Excavations were undertaken by the Eccles Excavation Committee
for a seventh season, beginning in early April and concluding
at the end of October 1968, 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). A continuous
fortnight's work was also carried out in August, during which
period a training course in archaeology was based on the site.
Permission to continue with this work was again readily
granted by the landowners, Messrs. Associated Portland Cement
Manufacturers Limited and the Reed Paper Group Limited. I am
greatly in the debt of the tenant farmers, Messrs. A. A. and
A. C. Southwell, for welcoming us once more on their land and
easing the burdens of our work by their unstinted kindness.
Financial assistance for this work was given by an anonymous
donor, the Kent Archaeological Society, the Society of
Antiquaries of London, the Haverfield Bequest of the
University of Oxford, and other public contributors.
The major burden of the actual work fell upon many volunteers,
amongst them several members of the Lower Medway
Archaeological Research Group, without whose help this
excavation would have been impossible and whom space
considerations only preclude from individual mention. I must,
however, make an exception in the case of the following to
whom I am especially grateful for their sustained support
throughout the season's work: Mrs. M. E. Davies, B.A.; Miss M.
B. V. Webster; and Messrs. I. J. Bissett, R. W. Chapman, A. C.
Harrison, B.A., F.S.A., T. Hetherington, T. Ithell, B.Eng., W.
A. Knowles, R. Lowson, C. E. J. Martin and P. Thornhill, B.A.
I am also particularly indebted to Mr. I. J. Bissett, for
continuing to draw the pottery; Miss D. Charlesworth, M.A., F.S.A., for reporting on the glass;
Mr. R. G. Foord,
for the monochrome site-photography and the prints
Arch. Cant., lxxviii
(1963), 125-41; lxxix (1964), 121-35; lxxx (1965), 69-91;
lxxxi (1966), 44-52; lxxxii (1967), 162-78; lxxxiii (1968),
39-48. Professor S. S. Frere, M.A., F.S.A., has kindly read
this report in draft form and has made several suggestions for
its improvement and, in acknowledging my indebtedness, I
should also like to place on record my personal appreciation
for his practical support and interest throughout the several
years of this excavation.