Forget the X Factor and Dancing on Ice, this is the ONLY public vote that matters this winter! An article written by Keith Parfitt,  about the A Town Unearthed excavation of Folkestone Roman Villa, has been nominated for an award by Current Archaeology – the journal it appeared in. Congratulations to Keith and Canterbury Archaeological Trust! The article has been nominated in the Rescue Dig of the Year category. The awards are only voted for by the public, so everyone’s vote counts.

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Planning for the second A Town Unearthed exhibition is well under way. The exhibition, which will open in February 2013, is being curated by local artists Ken Fisher and Diane Dever. It will encompass an introduction to the early history and archaeology of Folkestone and its environs and also cover the history to the ATU project. Watch this space for more updates on what will be in the exhibition.    

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The 20th anniversary of the discovery of an ancient boat from 1550BC was marked at Dover Museum in September 2012. Commemorations took place on the day (28 September) and at the Museum on Saturday when a Family Open Day was held and Dr Peter Clark delivered the last of a series of lectures about the historic craft.

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Whilst the ' A Town Unearthed' archaeology and local history project centred on Folkestone moved to an end in 2012, though researching and Test Pits are still ongoing, a further three year archaeology dig was begun at the nearby village of Lyminge. Started in 2008, near the environs of the Parish Church of St Mary and St Ethelburga, the dig has already found a great deal of new information about the Anglo-Saxon period locally.

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It may come as a surprise to you that Folkestone once had not one but two Medieval castles. The better known used to stand on what is known locally (and misleadingly) as Caesar’s camp, on top of Castle Hill. The town’s second fortified site was The Bayle; the name of Folkestone’s oldest neighbourghood comes from ‘bailey’ – the outer enclosure of a medieval castle. On October 31st, as part of Kent Coastal Week, there will be a talk at the University

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Get dirty and handle artefacts at a fun and instructive weekend washing finds from the Roman Villa site. See our activities page for further details

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