Festival of Archaeology

We had a very successful Festival of Archaeology weekend. There was over 180 visitors to the site and a dig for the Young Archaeologists Club.

Huge thank you to everyone who supported the event, but a special shout out to Pauline for organisation and management of a great weekend. A Chatham shop token turned up along with the obligatory Mesolithic flintwork…so we have a prehistoric beginning and Victorian end to activity on the new site!

Here is a mesolithic flint blade found by YAC Jack on the weekend. It adds to our understanding of the prehistory of the Park for the period 10,000 BCE to 4,000 BCE. Shorne Woods area was obviously a good place to be, with high views over the Thames Valley and lots of flint to knap.

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We are very proud to announce the winner of the Marsh Community Archaeology Award for 2022 is Andrew Mayfield! Yes, our very own leader. Congratulations Andrew.

Details about the Marsh Award can be found here:

An article on Andrew’s win was published by the KCC Media Hub and can be found here – https://kccmediahub.net/kent-community-archaeologist-receives-marsh-award/

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CBA event at Shorne coming up: 23 & 24 July

Visit the current excavations in Shorne Woods Country Park, where the archaeology team are investigating the remains of a mystery medieval building (Saturday and Sunday). Just off the A2, near Gravesend, Kent.

Take a guided tour of the medieval archaeology of the Park, including Randall Manor and our new dig site. (Saturday 2PM).

Get involved in the dig on the mystery building (both Saturday and Sunday – two slots at 11AM and 2PM each day). To book on the dig or guided walk email Andrew at andrew.mayfield@kent.gov.uk or phone 07920 548906.

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We have great news. Andrew Mayfield has been shortlisted for the Marsh Award for Community Archaeology.

This is a Council for British Archaeology Award that showcases excellence in archaeology. It celebrates the passion and dedication of individuals and the outstanding contribution of archaeology projects which create social, cultural and environmental benefit.

For more details click here https://www.archaeologyuk.org/resource/marsh-awards-shortlist.html

To watch the event Saturday evening of the 16th online, from 7pm (lecture at 7.20), go here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvETqp6ILic

Andrew in action at the Shore Woods open day 2021

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Medway Archive events for June and July

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