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Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 89    1974  page 119
Excavations at Eccles Roman Villa, 19731: Twelfth Interim Report.
By A. P. Detsicas, M.A., F.S.A. Scot

Excavations were resumed, for the twelfth successive season, under my direction and on behalf of the Eccles Excavation Committee, at the site of the large Romano-British villa located at Rowe Place Farm, Eccles, in the parish of Aylesford (N.G.R TQ 722605; O.S. 6-in. Sheet TQ 76 SW) and at another nearby site (N.G.R. TQ 718605; O.S. 6-in, Sheet TQ 76 SW); this work was carried out at weekends, from the end of March until the end of October, 1973, and during a fortnight in the summer when a training course in Romano-British archaeology and excavation techniques, jointly sponsored by the Kent Archaeological Society and the Eccles Excavation Committee, was conducted on the site.
   I am, once more, greatly in the debt of the landowners, Messrs. Associated Portland Cement Manufacturers Limited and Messrs. Reed Paper & Board (U.K.) Limited, and in particular to Mr. A. W. Baker, their Chief Engineer, for readily allowing this excavation on their property; I am also grateful to their tenant farmers, Messrs, A. A. & A. C. Southwell, for the wholehearted support of our work and many acts of kindness.
   Financial assistance for this excavation was again granted by the Kent Archaeological Society, the British Academy, the Haverfield Bequest of the University of Oxford, the Society of Antiquaries of London, and private donors, without whose generosity this work could not be undertaken.
   This excavation was carried out entirely by volunteer labour to whom I acknowledge my debt, though space limitations preclude individual mention; however, I am glad to be able to make exceptions in the case of the following, for their sustained support throughout a long campaign: Mr. A. C. Harrison, B.A., F.S.A., who again shouldered much of the supervision of this work; Mrs. P. M. Winzar; Misses C. E.
   1Arch. 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; lxxxiv (1969), 93-106; lxxxv (1970), 55-60; lxxxvi (1971), 25-34; lxxxvii (1972), 101-10; and lxxxviii (1973), 73-80, I am very indebted to Professor S. S. Frere, M.A., F.B.A,, F.S.A,, for his continued interest in this work and reading through this report in draft to its great benefit.

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