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Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 91    1975  page 41
Excavations at Eccles Roman Villa, 1974: Thirteenth Interim Report.
By A. P. Detsicas, M.A., F.S.A. Scot

Excavations were continued, for the thirteenth 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-in. Sheet TQ 76 SW); this work was undertaken at weekends, from April until the end of October 1974, and during a fortnight in the summer when a training course, jointly sponsored by the Kent Archaeological Society and the Eccles Excavation Committee, in Romano-British archaeology and excavation techniques was based on the site.
   Once again, I am indebted to the landowners, Messrs. Associated Portland Cement Manufacturers Limited, for their kindness in allowing me to resume work on their property. I am also grateful to their tenants, Messrs. A. A. and A. C. Southwell, for many acts of generosity.
   This excavation was financed by grants from the Kent Archaeological Society, the British Academy, the Haverfield Bequest of the University of Oxford, the Society of Antiquaries of London and private donors; I am in their debt for their generosity without which our work would have been impossible.
   As in previous years, this work was carried out entirely by many friends, who volunteered their labour and to whom I am most grateful though, considerations of space, preclude individual mention; however, I am glad to make an exception in the case of the following, for their sustained support throughout the long season: Mr. A. C. Harrison, B.A., F.S.A., for supervising much of our work; Mesdames G. Goodwin, H. Lowson, B.A., and P. M. Winzar; Miss A. S. Fetterlein; and Messrs. R. J. Ansell, T. Beswick, G. Brown, T. Hetherington, T. Ithell, B.Eng., W. A. Knowles, R. Lowson, B.A., C. E. J. Martin, L. Thomsen, and P. Thornhill, B.A. I am also grateful to Mrs. K. F. Hartley, B.A., F.S.A., for reporting on the mortaria; Mr. M. W. C. Hassall, B.A., F.S.A., for reading and reporting on the graffiti; Mrs. S. C. Hawkes, M.A., F.S.A., for arranging for the conservation of the Anglo-Saxon objects at the

   1 Arch. Cant., lxxviii (1963), 125-41; lxxix (1964), 121-35; lxxx (1965), 69-91; Ixxxi (1966), 44-62; lxxxii (1967), 162-78; lxxxiii (1968), 39-48; lxxxiv (1969), 93-106; lxxxv (1970), 56-60; lxxxvi (1971), 25-34; lxxxvii (1972), 101-10; lxxxviii (1973), 73-80, and lxxxix (1974), 119-34.

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