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Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 88    1973  page 73
Excavations at Eccles Roman Villa, 19721: Eleventh Interim Report.
By A. P. Detsicas, M.A., F.S.A. Scot

Introduction
Excavations were continued, for the eleventh successive season, under my direction and on behalf of the Eccles Excavation Committee, at the site of the large Romano-British villa situated at Rowe Place Farm, Eccles, in the parish of Aylesford (N.G.R. TQ 722605; O.S. 6-inch Sheet TQ 76 SW), and at a nearby site (N.G.R. TQ 718605; O.S. 6-inch Sheet TQ 76 SW); this work was undertaken at weekends, from the beginning of April till the end of October, 1972, and during a fortnight in August when a training course in Romano-British archaeology, jointly sponsored by the Kent Archaeological Society and the Eccles Excavation Committee, was based on the site.
   Once again, I am greatly indebted to the landowners, Messrs. Associated Portland Cement Manufacturers Limited and Messrs. Reed Paper & Board (U.K.) Limited, for readily allowing this work to be continued on their property; I am also very grateful to their tenant farmers, Messrs. A. A. and A. C. Southwell, without whose wholehearted support and many acts of kindness this excavation would have been impossible.
   Financial support for this excavation was again granted by the Kent Archaeological Society, the Carnegie United Kingdom Trust, the British Academy, the Society of Antiquaries of London, the Haverfield Bequest of the University of Oxford and private donors to all of whom I am most grateful.
   Many volunteers shared the burdens of this work throughout its long campaign and space considerations alone preclude me from mentioning each by name. However, I should be allowed to make an exception in the case of the following on the grounds of their sustained support: first, Mr. A. C. Harrison, B.A., F.S.A., upon whom fell a large share of the supervision of this work; Mesdames S. M. Frettingham, B.A., and A. Thomson; Miss R. C. Symes; and Messrs. 0. K. Hales, T, Hetherington, T. Ithell, B.Eng., W. A. Knowles, C. E. J. Martin,
   1 Arch. Cant., lxxviii (1963), 126-41; lxxix (1964), 121-35; lxxx (1965), 69-91; lxxxi (1966), 44-52; lxxxii (1967), 162-78; lxxxiii (1968), 39-48; lxxxiv (1969), 93-106; lxxxv (1970), 55-60; lxxxvi (1971), 25-34, and lxxxvii (1972), 101-10. Professor S. S. Frere, M.A., F.B.A., F.S.A., has again been kind enough to support this work and to read this report in draft to its great advantage; I am very grateful indeed.

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