Ragstone was quarried from the upper Medway valley in Kent on a vast scale during the Roman period: the walls of Roman London were built with it, and the Blackfriars ship sank with a cargo of the stone. Little is known about the industry, though, and Simon Elliott’s survey is therefore hugely welcome.
Julius Caesar first invaded Britain on 23 August 55 BC. Within a month, he was gone, and although his army – fewer than 10,000 strong – did not campaign beyond east Kent, the invasion caused a sensation back home. By crossing the sea, Caesar had ventured beyond the world known to Romans – what they called the orbis terrarum – and he had brought Britain under the authority of Rome. In less than a year, he would return – and now, Andrew Fitzpatrick reports, the location of his landing point may have been revealed.
The Isle of Thanet Archaeological Society is an active Society of enthusiastic amateurs, based in the Isle of Thanet, in the east of the County of Kent in South-East England. Our aims are ‘to promote, for the benefit and education of the general public, the study of the archaeology and history of the Isle of Thanet’, […]
An international team of maritime archaeologists is working to excavate and record the remains of the Rooswijk, an at-risk Dutch wreck off the coast of Kent. The vessel was built in Amsterdam for the Dutch East India Company in 1737, but sank on the treacherous Goodwin Sands in 1740 while sailing for Batavia (modern Jakarta). […]
Edited by David Bird Oxbow Books, £40.00 ISBN 978-1785703195 Review John Manley This book of 17 papers provides a significant overview of our current understanding of agriculture and industry in south-eastern Roman Britain. It opens with a summarising chapter drawn from the New Visions of the Countryside of Roman Britain project, followed by a scene-setting […]
PRESS RELEASE: Canterbury Archaeological Trust wins prestigious award as Rescue Dig of the Year following a record number of votes from the general public
Top honours for Rescue Dig of the Year at the prestigious Current Archaeology Awards went to Canterbury Archaeological Trust for their work at Folkestone Roman villa. First examined in 1924, coastal erosion prompted a re-examination of the site before it was lost forever. This revealed that the villa overlay a major Iron Age port of […]