The CKA Autumn Conference 2013 was held at the University of Kent at Canterbury on Saturday, the 19th of October, in association with the Kent Archaeological Society, and the University of Kent.
This was an important meeting for a number of reasons:
The Kent Archaeological Reascue Unit (KARU) had recently been awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service on the 60th anniversary of the Coronation–an Award that equates to a corporate MBE for the recipients. The Unit, founded in 1971, has engaged hundreds of volunteers in its 42 year programme of extensive work across Kent.
The Chairman of the CKA, Dr Brian Philp, had recently been awarded the MBE for his services to rescue archaeology in Kent and S E London in The Queen's Birthday Honours.
At this meeting, the KARU award would be presented to the group by the Vice Lord Lieutenant of Kent, Richard Oldfield.
The theme of the Conference was Archaeology Abroad, and had presentations on:
- Roman Ostia: Urban life in AD 387 by Dr Luke Lavan Lecturer in the Classical and Archaeological Studies Department at the University of Kent
- Madeira -- The Gateway to the World: Origins and Discovery by Dr Brian Philp
- Roman Sites in North Africa by Dr David Plummer.
Some of the images from the day:
Dr Steve Willis, Senior Lecturer in the Classical and Archaeological Studies Department welcoming the audience to the University of Kent.
Peter Homewood, Vice Chairman of Kent County Council addressing the audience.
Ian Coulson, president of the Kent Archaeological Society addressing the audience. KAS, along with the CKA, and the University of Kent were the organisers of the event.
Mrs Rosalind McCarthy, Deputy Lieutenant of Kent, speaks to the audience.
Waiting for the Vice Lord Lieutenant of Kent to arrive, with local press in attendance.
Brian Philp, Chairman of the CKA escorts the Vice Lord Lieutenant of Kent, Richard Oldfield, into the lecture theatre.
The Vice Lord Lieutenant of Kent, Richard Oldfield, addresses the audience before presenting the Queen's Golden Jubilee Award for Voluntary Service by Groups in the Community 2013.
Edna Mynott receives the Queens Award for Voluntary Service Certificate on behalf of KARU.
The Queens Award for Voluntary Service Trophy.
Edna speaks to the audience after having received the Queens Award on behalf of KARU
Members of the Kent Archaeological Rescue Unit (KARU) proudly displaying their Queen's Golden Jubilee Award for Voluntary Service by Groups in the Community 2013.
The award certificate makes special note of the unit's work in Managing 'two major Roman monuments open to the public'. These are the Croften Roman Villa, and the Dover Painted House.
Marina Spiteri receives her New Archaeologist award for 2013 from Richard Ansell, Vice-Chairman of the CKA.
Richard Ansell presents the Jonathan Horne award to Doug Cockle of the RAF Manston History Museum.
Richard Ansell presents an Honorary CKA Membership award to a rather surprised Spencer Hann, CKA webmaster.
No conference is complete without the raffle.
Richard Ansell presents a special certificate from the CKA and KARU to Brian Philp, Chairman of the CKA.
The certificate reads:
"Presented to Brian John Philp on behalf of the Council for Kentish Archaeology and the Kent Archaeology Rescue Unit in recognition of him receiving an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Kent.
Also, the Award of Member of the British Empire together with The Queens Award for Voluntary Services 2013 to The Kent Archaeology Rescue Unit for his outstanding work and dedication to Kentish Archaeology".
Dr Luke Lavan, Lecturer in the Classical and Archaeological Studies Depatment at the University of Kent giving his presentation on late Roman town life.
Just one of the many excellent images illustrating the Ostia presentation, and shown on the 3-screen system.
Luke Lavan and Steve Willis answer questions after the Ostia presentation.
Flags of Madeira and Portugal. Brian Philp presented his recent work in Madeira, as well as some history of the island.
While Brian presents, Ruth Plummer (the conference organiser) operates the new technology.
David Plummer delivering his presentation on Roman sites in North Africa (and Petra).