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Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 84    1969  page 93
Excavations at Eccles Roman Villa, 1968: Seventh Interim Report.
By A. P. Detsicas, M.A., F.S.A. Scot

Introduction
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
    1 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.

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