Kent Archaeological Review extract

Report on the 1967 Kent Conference held at Bromley on 25th February.
by R M Walsh -- Conference Organiser.

This was the third annual KARGC Conference and the second to be held at Bromley. Nearly 200 archaeologists and interested members of the public enjoyed a full day's programme of illustrated lectures. These were supplemented by a comprehensive display of finds, plans and photographs.

The morning session covered accounts of the excavations at the Romano-British cemetery at Otford; the Roman fort at Reculver; Neolithic and Bronze Age sites at Hayes; an ironworking site at Withyham and medieval sites at Leigh and Yalding.

The afternoon session included accounts of the excavations at a Bronze Age site at Godmersham; the Romano-British Settlement at Springhead and the medieval manor at Fawkham. These were followed by lectures from the two guest-speakers, the Viscountess Hanworth and Mr Tony Rook.

Viscountess Hanworth spoke about the excavation of a major Romano-British villa at Rapsley in Surrey. This revealed a substantial basilican building, a bathhouse, a shrine and many other interesting features. Five different periods of construction were detected. The more important of the illustrated finds included fragments of a pottery mural-crown, pieces of a fine imported glass beaker, a small brooch and an unusual pear-shaped tile.

Mr Rook gave an amusing account of his excavations and research in the Welwyn area of Hertfordshire. Besides emergency work on a number of Belgic and Roman sites, he gave details of the discovery and excavation of a large Romano-British building situated very close to the well-known villa of Lockleys. The building, of several periods, contained a substantial channelled hypocaust and part of a mosaic floor.

The obvious success of the Conference was due largely to the high standard of the lectures and to the Kent groups who supported the event. Particular thanks are due to the West Kent Archaeological Group for their help with the proceedings.

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