This article appeared in the Spring 1977 (Issue #47) edition of the Kent Archaeological Review.
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Orpington and District Archaeological Society (ODAS).
Since its formation in February 1975, ODAS has concentrated on building up and training an archaeological group. This has entailed monthly lectures comprising general interest as well as specialist subjects, and has included a number of guest speakers from other groups. Field surveys have been organised to get Members used to looking at their area. During these surveys surface finds at TQ 4699 6734, together with cartographic evidence, suggested the need for a more detailed survey at St Mary Cray. Excavation has been limited, but a number of trial trenches have been worked, allowing a controlled survey in a large development area, together with the training of Members new to digging techniques. A large amount of R B pottery, building material and animal bones has been recovered, and training in processing of finds is under way. Investigations at St Mary Cray will continue into 1977.
Meetings in 1977 to be held at 8.0pm in the Methodist Church Hall, Sevenoaks Road, Orpington, include: February 9th: Illustrated talk by Arthur Harrison, BA, FSA, General Secretary of the Kent Archaeological Society.