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After a lot of trial and even more error, our website has been updated and moved to a new server. There are no doubt a few glitches and wrinkles, but thanks to a splendid man at 1and1 it looks like we are up and running again.
Many thanks for all your patience.

Gillian Tully shared a link to the group: Maidstone Area Archaeological Group.

Has anyone got the time or inclination to help my daughter with her research project, please? It's quite interesting and looks at how an area of the Cotswolds h...as changed over 2000 years. It takes you on a virtual tour if you select the virtulal link and perhaps you would be able to comment/evaluate at the end. Many thanks.

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Many of us think of the Cotswolds as an area with beautiful villages, rolling green fields and drystone walls, but what about the rest of the story? What wildli...
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Stephen Hannie Clifton to Maidstone Area Archaeological Group

A beautiful day on site with a select group of diggers, we managed to remove a large quantity of the hill wash over building six ready for further excavation in... the upcoming weeks. No star finds, but a gold star for effort for those who worked so hard today!
In Sandra's trench to the north of the site, the wall that we were tracing appears to have turned into an area of metalling, suggesting either a trackway or some sort of yard area.

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Stephen Hannie Clifton to Maidstone Area Archaeological Group

A fine dry day allowed us to make good progress.
Star finds today were a bone gaming counter and a coin from Sandra's trench, and another very indistinct coin f...rom the hill wash layer of building six.
We have been working on the south side of building six, and managed to expose a curious secondary wall abutting the inside of the building. The mortar is different to the main structure, suggesting that it is a different phase, but for such a small building it is difficult to speculate its purpose at this stage. So have now made a good start removing the central section of overburden.
On the north side of the building the central internal wall is now clear, although the outer wall of the building has been heavily robbed out.

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Wayne Hepworth shared a link to the group: Maidstone Area Archaeological Group.

Interesting news this morning:

Egypt's antiquities ministry says it has found a necropolis with at least 17 mummies near the southern city of Minya, the first such find in the area. The discovery was made in the village of Tuna al-Gabal, a vast archaeological site on the edge of the western desert. The ministry said they belonge...
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Linda Weeks shared a link to the group: Maidstone Area Archaeological Group.

Archaeology Group AGM

Maidstone Area Archaeology Group will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Friday, 12th May at Maidstone Community Support Centre, Mar...sham Street, Maidstone between 7.30pm and 9.30pm. New Members always welcome! £1 or donation at the door for non-members, which will be refunded if you join. Annual Membership Fees: Family £9, Adult £6, Junior (under 17) £2. Please contact Mrs. Linda Weeks, Honorary Secretary, Tel 01622 762422, email maag.info@virginmedia.com. You can also follow our progress on the East Farleigh Roman Buildings excavation by seeing the digging blog on our website at

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Maidstone Area Archaeological Group (MAAG) Home page
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Here's a fascinating article to help you make it through the rest of your work day.

It's also a great way to get a weird look from your coworkers.

High-tech tools divulge new information about the mysterious and violent fates met by these corpses
smithsonianmag.com

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Hopefully our email addresses still work.
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Stephen Hannie Clifton to Maidstone Area Archaeological Group
April 17

Much progress was made in all trenches as a result of the hard work put in by everyone on site. Some of the ground is still very hard and dry as we have not had... any serious rain for several weeks now.
In the central large trench we continued the work started on Friday to expose the new wall heading south from the middle of the south wall of building six. It is immediately clear that it is a much more substantial wall than that heading north off the northwest corner. The mortar in this new wall matches that seen in the structure of the building and it would appear to have been conceived as an integral part of the building rather than merely abutting it.
The central trench has been a particularly hard dry area where a large tree was removed, but a wall that we have been struggling to uncover is starting to emerge. Early signs are that it is going to confound expectations, as usual!
In the northerly trench things are not going as expected either. The robbed out wall line has disappeared, and a new feature has been revealed crossing it, northwest to southeast, which looks like a ditch at the moment. To complicate matters a void has appeared courtesy of some old animal burrows!
But if the archaeology always followed the script it wouldn't be nearly as interesting. So we are well into this years digging with a flying start and more surprises to come no doubt.
We will be continuing with weekday digging on a Friday for the next few weeks at least, so do come along if you can.

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Stephen Hannie Clifton to Maidstone Area Archaeological Group
April 9

Another good day on site accompanied by fabulous weather, although maybe a little too hot for heavy digging.
All trenches progressed well, revealing the souther...n wall of building six which appears to be at a higher level than the corner revealed at the end of last year, suggesting that the corners may have been knocked out to facilitate the demolition of the building.
And we finally revealed the northern wall after removing one of the hop anchors. Again this was at a shallower depth than we might have expected.
Star find from Gillian was a great piece of Roman glass vessel with incised grafito. No doubt the experts will be able to shed some light on this one.
I will be opening the site on Good Friday if anyone would like to come along to dig, weather permitting of course.

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A day to commemorate an important member of the Canterbury community!

Dr Urry was the Archivist and Librarian of Canterbury Cathedral between 1948 and 1969. A l...ittle while later, as some of you may remember, Canterbury Cathedral Archives became part of the Kent Archives Service under a partnership between the Dean and Chapter of Canterbury and KCC, a relationship that ran up to 2011.

More information in the link below.

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An afternoon to remember the work of Urry, Cathedral and Canterbury City Archivist during the 1950s and 60s.
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Elizabeth Blanning to Maidstone Area Archaeological Group
April 6

As some of you know, several years ago, two joining pieces of pot base scratched with a cursive Latin inscription were found on the site. These went to Oxford ... last year for specialist scanning and they are in the care of Latin literacy expert Alex Mullen. As it was so incomplete we decided to search the bags for any additional pieces and I'm glad to say one turned up yesterday! You will probably have to enlarge the photo to see anything.

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Stephen Hannie Clifton to Maidstone Area Archaeological Group
April 4

I have been asked whether we are digging on Friday. The forcast is fine. Would anyone like to dig this Friday? If there are a few takers I will open the site.

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Stephen Hannie Clifton to Maidstone Area Archaeological Group
April 2

Fine weather enticed a good turn out of diggers today, and we were able to make more progress in the large trench, starting to expand on last year's work to see... the southern wall of building six.
Elsewhere, great work was done revealing the extent of last year's excavations from underneath their protective layers of soil.
And a start was made on the northern trench where we hope to get more information about the robbed out wall there.
We battled some very hard ground in the central trench to define the feature found there last week (denoted by the dotted line). Tanya has obviously got her coin detecting eye in as she found another one today, alas only a halfpenny from 1917, which probably accompanied the military button also found on the spoil heap, no doubt from the first world war great coats used on the fields as fertiliser.

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Does anyone recognise this pub?

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Stephen Hannie Clifton to Maidstone Area Archaeological Group
March 26

Fine weather for our second day back on site. We did more work to clear the main trench over building six, removing the protective soil that we had used to cove...r the walls, and tidying up the edges. Tanya and Sandra made good progress on their area of the trench and were able to make a start on new archaeology, revealing a feature running east west back in the direction of building one. Star find was a coin from this feature, found by Tanya, which looks like Constantine I 335 - 341AD, but lets see what the experts think.

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Stephen Hannie Clifton to Maidstone Area Archaeological Group
March 19

Our first day back on site this year. Following two days last week with Mike Howard doing a splendid job on the mechanical digger and dumper preparing a number ...of trenches. Today we had a good turn out and dry weather for a good clear up of the main trench to look at building six which we partially saw last year.

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