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CKA Maidstone Conference.
The conference held at Maidstone on 25th March, 1972, was yet another great success. With over 250 friends of CKA there is now a need for good lectures which are not too academic.
Mike Sydell and Ian Jackson both spoke on excavations on the marshes at Cooling and Upchurch and Alan Gidlow's light-hearted lecture on "Making Gunpowder" went with a bang. John Parsons spoke on "Pits and Post-holes" and Duncan Harrington gave a good lecture on the "Medieval Tile Industry at Canterbury." The morning session was brought to a close with Edna Mynott's lecture on the "Excavations at Warbank, Keston."
The afternoon programme was also varied. Syd Harker opened the batting with "The Development of a Riverside Area." Peter Marsden then gave a good account of the work involved on the Dutch East Indiaman the ship "Amsterdam" and its hidden treasure. Finally, Nick Farrent spoke on the "Treasures of London," a slightly nostalgic look at some past discoveries.
My thanks must go to all the speakers and especially to Syd Harker, who cancelled a previous engagement to lecture and MC the afternoon session and to Brian Philp for being MC in the morning. Also to the Dover Archaeological Group who travelled a long distance to assist in the smooth running of the conference and to all who helped in making this meeting a success.