Folkestone & Hythe MP Damian Collins visited the East Cliff excavation site on Monday 11 September to catch up with ATU’s progress. “This project has uncovered new and fascinating insights into Folkestone’s history and relationships with the continent,” he said. “I hope we can build on this achievement and make that story accessible to local people.” Mr Collins, who had visited the site during last summer’s excavation, is pictured holding a Roman hare brooch found on the site in August. Finds Manager

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Essential viewing! Put this date in your diary – Sunday, September 9th, 9pm, BBC2. That’s when the Roman Villa dig at the East Cliff will feature in the BBC series ‘Digging for Britain’. Presented by Dr Alice Roberts, this episode, entitled ‘Britannia’, focuses on Roman Britain and links digs going on across the country throughout this year. Featuring alongside the East Cliff will be the mystery of 97 baby skeletons found by the Thames and a new Roman town in Devon.

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The dig at the Roman villa on the East Cliff at Folkestone will now continue until the end of September, with digging daily from 9am to 4pm. As the archaeology has proved quite complex, progress has been slower than expected. After several weeks’ preparation, work started seven days a week on July 11th at the front of the villa between the entrance porch and the right wing, an area never before excavated.  The final courtyard of around 350 AD was

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Current Archaeology magazine have a new Facebook discussion page at www.archaeology.co.uk/discuss It is intended for people to share their experiences of past digs and spread the word about new ones. You can also write to the magazine and take part. Current Archaeology say: ‘We invite you to share your memories and experiences of the great excavations in which you have taken part- what you learned, how it helped shape your studies, your hobbies, your future career, the people you dug

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Over the past two weeks 383 primary Folkestone school children and secondary school students, together with 59 teaching staff have visited the excavation site of the Roman Villa on East Cliff in Folkestone as part of the project A Town Unearthed: Folkestone before 1500. Organised by Marion Green, education officer of the Canterbury Archaeological Trust and helped by volunteers Yvonne Hutchcraft, Pat Cocks, Roma Mortimer, David Paton, Daniel Harris and Iain Nielson, groups of children and students have been shown round

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The excellent weather during the weekend of July 2nd & 3rd helped ensure that over 1000 people, including many children, came to the Roman re-enactment event at East Cliff put on by Legio II Augusta.  Bringing along a doctor’s tent with midwife in attendance, a lounge with women weaving and making clothes and a street kitchen (popina), the group portrayed with great detail and accuracy some aspects of Roman Life.  In a small arena there were gladiator fights and military

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