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Kent Archaeological Review extract

CKA Conference and AGM.
by Victor Smith.

Probably the largest attended archaeological meeting yet held in Kent took place during the afternoon of 6 November, 1971, at the Technical College, New Dover Road, Canterbury.

The afternoon lecture programme went off without a hitch in spite of one of the key lecturers being unable to attend through illness. Tony Rook from Hertfordshire spoke twice and delivered many of his points in strong terms. He discussed the future of part-time archaeology and described the excavation of the Romano-British villa complex at Dicket Mead, Lockleys, Hertfordshire.

Cecil Hogarth lectured on the Saxon cemetery at Broadstairs and Brian Philp gave an excellent talk on the Dover rescue excavations. The standard of speaking was higher than ever before and the presentation was often (intentionally and unintentionally) theatrical, but with good effect.

The meeting was preceded in the morning by the Annual General Meeting of the CKA which was attended by representatives of the constituent groups and the Kent Archaeological Society representative. Among the many items discussed was the possibility of a vehicle to serve as a CKA mobile field headquarters, taped lectures on archaeology, with slides for schools and a mobile exhibition centre.

An appeal was made for contributions of articles for the Kent Archaeological Review. Groups were asked for excavation reports and were also requested to encourage their individual members to write. The critical need for material was strongly stressed. Just as a car cannot run without petrol, so the Review cannot run without articles.

The booking of the hall at Canterbury and the success of the afternoon meeting was made possible by the dedicated efforts of Mr Gerald Clewley of the West Kent Border Archaeological Group. The next lecture meeting will be held on 25 March, 1972, at Maidstone. Details are given on page 218 of this issue, together with. the address for tickets.

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