Hundreds brave the weather for Folkestone East Cliff archaeological dig open day

Contributed by editor on Jul 31, 2017 - 10:35 AM


By Ray Duff

Saturday 29th July saw the East Wear Bay Field School hold it's latest 'Open Day' to show off what has been found so far.


The archaeologists, students and volunteers, were joined by the 'Up on the Downs' van, Romano-British re-enacters Be Belo Cantium and a bookstall.

Top: Local author and historian Nicholas Reed (left) with Chris Snook from Archaeology Plus Ltd bookshop in Eastbourne. Middle: Visitors are shown the exhibition about the site in the Portakabin. Below: The excavation continued whilst visitors were shown around.  Photos: Ray Duff

People of all ages enjoyed the various stalls, watched re-enactment displays and spoke to the staff both at the finds-washing stands and within the portakabin exhibition displaying the Iron Age finds and some Roman era finds which have been excavated this year.

Left: Iron Age/Roman 'battle' re-enactment. Right: Site Supervisor Dr Annie Partridge (right) oversees the site diggers; or is that 'slaves'?  Photos: Ray Duff

Visitors watched the digging continued with further amounts of late Iron Age pottery, bone and other items being found amid the various gullies and field boundary ditches. Further evidence of quern-stone making was also being found.

Top - Dr Andrew Richardson from Canterbury Archaeology Trust greets visitors to the site. Middle: The Romano-British Re-Enactment group stall. Below: The public gets close up to the finds-washing team  Photos: Ray Duff

The day was curtailed by the arrival of forecast rain from mid-afternoon but everyone felt that the day once again been successful.

The dig continues for just one more week until 5 August. Work on the site takes place between 10am and 4pm.

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