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.