Students Take Part in 2016 Field School Dig
Aspiring young archaeologists from a number of schools in south east Kent have taken part in the 2016 Dig at the Roman Villa site, at Folkestone’s East Wear Bay. The project is organised by Canterbury Archaeological Trust, with funding for a number of student bursaries provided by the Roger De Haan Charitable Trust.
Students who took part in the first week of August included Rebecca Etheridge, Josie Davis, Rosie Cooper and Mirabel Maude, some of whom are now considering studying archaeology at university, driven by the experience of working on an active archaeological excavation.
An Open Day on 3 August attracted over 100 visitors, who were keen to see at first hand the investigations that have been taking place. The 2016 Field School continues the work begun by A Town Unearthed, the community archeology project that ran from 2010 to 2013, managed by Canterbury Archeological Trust and Canterbury Christ Church University, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Folkestone Town Council, Shepway District Council and the Roger De Haan Charitable Trust. The project aimed to record and research Folkestone’s rich and varied archeological heritage, particularly the site of the Roman villa which is danger of being permanently lost as a result of erosion of the cliffs at East Wear Bay.
The students are pictured here working alongside volunteers who were also taking part in this year’s dig. 2016 is the second year that CAT has managed the East Wear Bay Archaeological Field School, with a number of places provided free of charge to students who meet the qualifying criteria. CAT Director Andrew Richardson is confident that the scheme can continue in future years, with the objective that it should become a recognised university teaching site.