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The Tonbridge Conference.
by Gerald Clewley.

The 6th annual conference of the CKA was held at Tonbridge on 7th March through the kind permission of the Headmaster of Judd School. The emphasis of the meeting was on instruction and admission was limited to 100 people, preference being given to field archaeologists. The programme, which included illustrated lectures by well-known Kent archaeologists, proved both informative and entertaining.

Mr Alan Gidlow chaired the meeting with the skill, timing and precision of a well-oiled human computer. Mr Roger Walsh opened with "Archaeological Surveying Simplified" and clearly could have continued with great interest for several hours. This was followed by Mr Brian Philp (described by one small lad as an armchair-archaeologist) who gave a brief glimpse of future British field-archaeology, the need for establishing priorities and "Emergencies: Approach and tools."

In the afternoon Mr Ron Fendt spoke about the tremendous progress and popularity of the Kent Archaeological Review and announced plans for Reprints, for which orders were taken at the meeting. He was followed by Mr Syd Harker who spoke with authority on "Identification and Dating of Roman Pottery." Next was Mr James Money on "Methods of Archaeological Field Work" which included some excellent drawings. Members were then able to enjoy a long tea-break provided by the West Kent Border Group and to purchase many new publications at the bookstall manned with enthusiasm by the Sittingbourne Group. There was also a fine exhibition of material from the Wickham Field site displayed by the Otford Group and also several superb Papal seals from the Otford Palace area.

Finally, after tea, the audience enjoyed a brilliant lecture by Mr Norman Cook, Vice-President of the Society of Antiquaries and our chairman since 1968, on "Post-medieval Pottery" which formed a fitting climax to a pleasant, friendly and inexpensive conference. Special words of thanks are due to Mr E Connell for his considerable help and to Mr R Gierth for supplying the projector and for his dextrous manipulation!

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