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Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 79    1964  pages 121

Excavations at Eccles, 1963: Second Interim Report.
By A. P. Detsicas, M.A., F.S.A. Scot

 

INTRODUCTION
Excavations were continued1 by the Lower Medway Archaeological Research Group during 1963 at the site of the Romano-British villa at Rowe Place Farm, Eccles, in the parish of Aylesford (N.G.R. TQ722605; O.S. 6 in. Sheet TQ76 S.W.).
   The work was undertaken once again by kind permission of the landowners, Messrs. Associated Portland Cement Manufacturers Limited, and with the most generous co-operation of the tenant farmers, Messrs. A. A. and A. E. Southwell, to whom I am greatly indebted for their continuous help. The excavation was entirely financed by generous grants from the Carnegie United Kingdom Trust, the Kent Archaeological Society, the Craven Fund and the Haverfield Trust of the University of Oxford, and by public contributions.
   My thanks are due to the many volunteers who made this excavation possible, and in particular to the following for their sustained support throughout a lengthy season: Misses A. M. Arnott, M. Bennett, L. S. Smith and M. Webster; and Messrs. D. Bartram, I. J. Bissett, P. Dives, D. Dorrington, L. A. Griffith, A. C. Harrison, B.A., T. Hetherington, W. A. Knowles, C. E, J. Martin, A. Miles, A. M. Rowland, B.A., E. R. Swain and P. Whiteoak. I am also greatly indebted to Dr. J. P. C. Kent, F.S.A., for kindly identifying the
coins, and to Mr. R. G. Foord for taking charge of the monochrome photography and supplying the prints illustrating this report.

THE EXCAVATION
  
Work this season was carried on mainly to north and west of the 1962 area and fell into two distinct parts,
(a) on the Bath Building, and (b) on the Living Quarters. In both areas the same three periods of construction were recognized as were noted in last year's interim report.

   1 Arch. Gant., Ixxviii (1963), 125-41. I am indebted to Professor Sir Ian Richmond, P.S.A., and to Professor S. S. Frere, V-P.S.A., who kindly read the present report in draft form and contributed many helpful suggestions.

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