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.