Come face to face with the past as Iron Age re-enactors join Folkestone dig open day on Saturday

Contributed by editor on Jul 26, 2017 - 01:30 PM


By Ray Duff

Locals and tourists are invited to join archaeologists of Canterbury Archaeology Trust and support staff from Folkestone Research & Archaeology Group, on Saturday 29th July to view the on-going excavations at East Cliff, Folkestone.



The archaeologists have once again opened the Iron Age site, near the Roman Villa's at East Wear Bay just below the cliffs above the Warren Country Park.

The event is part of the annual Festival of Archaeology and part of the 'Up on the Downs' Big Summer Festival.

Top - The 2017 trench under excavation
Below - Part of the '
quernstone' production area  Photos: Ray Duff

The site this year is a continuation of the excavations of the last few years on the large internationally important mostly Iron Age (500BC-43AD) site which surrounds the Roman Villas, though these remain under the ground due to the erosion by the crumbling cliff.

Top - The pot-washing of finds in full swing
Below: Kentish made imitation terra-
negra pottery  Photos: Ray Duff

There will be tours of the site by archaeologists throughout the day, along with displays of some of the many finds of pottery, bone, flint and querns (corn-grinding stones) found amid the various field boundary and drainage ditches marking the settlement.

Joining in throughout the day will be an Iron Age re-enactment group 'Be Belo Cantium' with displays of period clothing, food and other lifestyle information.

There is limited parking near the site but Bus no. 72 runs half-hourly and stops close by on Wear Bay Road beside the tennis courts or further up near Swiss Way.

East Wear Bay Archaeological dig 'Open Day'
Saturday 29 July 10.00am - 4.00pm

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