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Saturday November 1st 2014


The conference this year will be held jointly with Sussex School of Archaeology and will commemorate the work of the late Professor Peter Drewett and launch the book 'Archaeology and Land Use of South-East England to 1066. Speakers TBC.



CBA South East

Programme of Events 2014-15


This year pre-booking for all events is necessary and unless otherwise stated in the details below all walks and site visits will be charged at the following rates:


£6.00 Flat rate for all adults with £3.00 of this to be donated to the site visited, and £1.00 ringfenced for the Grants Fund.

Children: Free


Contact or to book a place on any of these events.


Walks and site visits:

Saturday April 26th at 11.00am – Teston Roman Villa excavation, Kent

The second season of investigation of this potentially stupendous Roman building on the banks of the River Medway just west of East Farleigh in Kent. A recent geophysical survey has indicated a large and important Roman villa complex overlooking the river which has not been previously investigated. Work done in 1872 exposed a large bath house which may be part of the main villa or could have been another associated building. The villa complex seems to cover a wide area and there are reports of a mosaic pavement being uncovered in recent years.   Investigations will include an additional geophysical survey to see how many other Roman buildings remain to be discovered! We shall be guided around this site by Paul Wilkinson and Simon Elliott. For guidance, it is to the immediate east of the Southern Water treatment works in Wateringbury and is accessed by the same access road.


Sunday July 20th at 2.00pm – Shorne Community Excavation, Kent

This community excavation has been running for many years and is uncovering Randall Manor which was occupied for over 100 years by the de Cobham family.

Foundations at Shorne WoodsThe community-based project has been uncovering the foundations of this 13th century Manor, that was slowly lost within the woods.

Although nothing survives above ground, the Manor sits on a rectangular platform, with a series of fish ponds running along one side.

Measuring an entrance at Randall ManorSo far archaeologists have looked at the kitchen building, complete with massive stone hearth, the bakery, the store buildings and the fish ponds. In 2009 they began to examine the main buildings of the Manor, where the Lord would have lived. In 2010 this work continued, as well as looking at the Lord's toilet! We also worked with local schools to uncover the original courtyard of the Manor.



Thursday July 24th at 2.00pm – Tidemills post-medieval site, Sussex

Meet by the level crossing just before 2pm. The tour will give a potted history to the site while looking at some of the extant remains, which include the 1760s tidal mill, the associated village, a Great War seaplane base and the Chailey Beach hospital for sick children. We will also visit the site of the current excavations, investigating the heart of the village. (A location map will be provided with booking confirmation)



Other site visits are being arranged including Lyminge and Woking Palace. Details tbc.


Central CBA Groups Network Events

The central CBA newsletter for groups: CBA_BA Group Events Ad_A4_2014.pdf


Other Events and Activities

Volunteering opportunities in Surrey, with Hannah Potter, Assistant Community Archaeologist. Like our Facebook page for up to date photos, information about archaeology in Surrey, and volunteering opportunities:

Find out more about heritage and archaeology in Surrey:


Saturday May 3rd at 9.00am - Kent's First World War forgotten fortifications, a guided tour by coach and on foot

Kent Archaeological Society and Maidstone Museum host a guided tour of secret invasion defences built after Britain declared war on Germany in August 1914. Tour leaders are defence historians Alan Anstee and Victor Smith.

They said : ‘Everyone familiar with the county’s history knows about the coast’s Tudor castles; the early 19th century forts, Martello towers and Royal Military Canal built to deter an invasion by Napoleon; and the pillboxes and tank traps hurriedly erected in the summer of 1940, when Hitler was expected to launch an invasion across the English Channel.

‘But few know that at the end of 1914 work began on the creation of epic lines of anti-invasion field defences, ready for action in the event of an invasion by the Kaiser’s army and navy.

‘The defences extended mainly along the north coast of Sheppey; south of the Swale to Detling and Boxley; and along the North Downs. There is also evidence of them on the Hoo Peninsula; at Chatham, Wrotham and Dover; and even as far inland as Tonbridge. They were elaborated upon from 1915 and the lines then began to resemble the Western Front, with miles of barbed wire, trenches, redoubts, pillboxes, blockhouses and gun positions.

‘They were to be manned and fought from by a home defence army similar to World War II’s Home Guard. They were removed and filled-in by German prisoners of war in 1919 and then gradually faded from memory, leaving remnants that are only now being rediscovered’.

The tour of ‘the battlefields that never were’ is an event not to be missed, say Alan and Victor. It will be made by coach and include walks that will require ‘a level of physical fitness – so bring stout walking boots and a packed lunch’.

The event will begin with coffee and a briefing at Newington Village Hall at 9am and end with tea at Minster Gatehouse Museum, Sheppey, from whose roof there is an overall view of defended areas of Sheppey. Newington is on the A2, two miles west of Sittingbourne. There is free parking at the village hall.

Tickets £40; seniors and members of Maidstone Museum Foundation, £35. More details from Amy Adams, Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery, St Faith's Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1LH, tel 01622 602845, email

Contact details: Alan Anstee ‑ , tel 01634 230981; Victor Smith ‑ , tel 01474 323415.


Major Publishing Event dedicated to the memory of Peter Drewett:

Archaeology and Landscape of South-East England to 1066 (eds Michael J Allen & David Rudling)

This is a new peer-reviewed book on archaeology of SE England, written by the recognised leading authorities in their field. It provides an overview and review of south-east England, allowing comparison with Sussex, Surrey and Kent (and the east Thames basin) which has rarely been achieved or attempted. It will also allow comparison within and between both the three counties, and the main topographic zones of Downs, Weald, Coastal Plain, River Valley and Thames Estuary.

The book will provide an informed narrative of an interpretation of the history of the south east and re-addresses, renews and re-evaluates the work and interpretations presented previously. It will be the new textbook for the South-East. As such we it hope provides a fitting tribute to the late Peter Drewett who inspired many in the current generation of archaeologists (professional and amateur) working in south-east England. Peter published a series of major excavations in Sussex and southern England 1974-82, and this book will be dedicated to Peter Drewett with great thanks, admiration and affection.