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Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 80    1965  page 69

Excavations at Eccles, 1964: Third Interim Report.
By A. P. Detsicas, M.A., F.S.A. Scot

INTRODUCTION

   Excavations were continued,1 in association with the Lower Medway Archaeological Research Group, every weekend from late March to early November 1964, at the site of the Romano-British villa at Rowe Place Farm, Eccles, in the parish of Aylesford (N.G.R. TQ/722605; O.S. 6-inch Sheet TQ/76 SW).
   For permission to continue with this work, I am again indebted to the landowners, Messrs. Associated Portland Cement Manufacturers Limited and the Reed Paper Group Limited, and to the full co-operation of the tenant farmers, Messrs. A. A. and A. C. Southwell, without whose generosity the tasks of the excavation would have been considerably harder.
   The excavation was financed by generous grants from the Carnegie United Kingdom Trust, the Kent Archaeological Society, the Society of Antiquaries of London, the Craven Fund and the Haverfield Trust of the University of Oxford, and by public contributions.
   My thanks are due to the members of the Lower Medway Archaeological Research Group and the many other volunteers who made this excavation possible, and in particular to the following for their sustained support throughout the season: Misses L. S. Smith and M. Webster, and Messrs. I. J. Bissett, A. C. Harrison, B.A., T. Hetherington, T. Ithell, W. A. Knowles, C. E. J. Martin, and A. M. Rowland, B.A. I am also especially grateful to Messrs. I. J. Bissett and A. C. Harrison, B.A., for much help with field drawings, to Miss A. M. Arnott for preparing for drawing some of my sections, to Mr. R, G. Foord for undertaking the monochrome photography and supplying the prints illustrating this report, to Mrs. K. F. Hartley for reporting on the mortaria, to Dr. J. P. C. Kent, F.S.A., for identifying the coins, and to Mr. E. R. Swain for taking charge of the drawing of the small finds.
  
1 Arch. Cant, lxxviii (1963), 125-41; lxxix (1964), 121-35. I am greatly indebted to the late Professor Sir Ian Richmond, P.B.A., P.S.A., and to Professor S. S. Frere, V-P.S.A., for reading this report in draft form and kindly contributing several valuable suggestions.

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