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Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 86    19711  page 25
Excavations at Eccles Roman Villa, 1970: Ninth Interim Report.
By A. P. Detsicas, M.A., F.S.A. Scot

Introduction
The ninth season of excavations at the site of the large 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), was undertaken by the Eccles Excavation Committee, under my direction, at weekends from early April till October, 1970. A continuous fortnight's work was also carried out in August during which period a training course in Romano-British archaeology, jointly sponsored by the Committee and the Kent Archaeological Society, was based on the site.
   Once again, I am indebted to the landowners, Messrs. Associated Portland Cement Manufacturers Limited, for readily granting their permission for this work to be continued. My thanks are also due to their tenant farmers, Messrs. A. A. and A. C. Southwell, who again made us very welcome on their land.
   This work was financially supported by grants from the Kent Archaeological Society, the British Academy, the Society of Antiquaries of London, the Haverfield Bequest of the University of Oxford and private donors to whom I am very grateful.
   Considerations of space alone prevent me from mentioning individually the many volunteers who made this excavation possible; however, I must make an exception in the case of the following for their sustained support throughout a long season's work: Misses H. Balsdon, B.A., and S. M. Emerton, B.A., and Messrs. R. W. Chapman, B.A., 0. K. Hales, A. C. Harrison, B.A., F.S.A., T. Hetherington, T. Ithell, B.Eng., W. A. Knowles, R. Lowson, B.A., C. E. J. Martin, and P. Thornhill, B.A. I am also grateful to Mr. I. J. Bissett, for drawing the pottery and the small finds; Miss D. Charlesworth, M.A., F.S.A., for reporting on the glass; Miss S. M. Emerton, B.A., for much help with field drawing and processing the pottery; Mr. R. G. Foord, for the monochrome site-photography and the prints illustrating this report; Mrs. K. E. Hartley,
   1 Arch. Cant., lxxviii (1963), 125-41; lxxix (1964), 121-35; lxxx (1965), 69-91; xxxi (1966), 44-52; lxxxiii (1967), 162-78; lxxxiii (1968), 39-48; lxxxiv (1969), 93-106, and lxxxv (1970), 55-60.1 am glad to record my personal appreciation to Professor S. S. Frere, M.A., F.B.A., F.S.A., for his interest in and support of this work over the years, and for reading this report in draft form and suggesting a number of improvements which I have incorporated.

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