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
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,
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.