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PRESS RELEASE 24th June, 2013:

The Queen's Birthday Honours for 2013 were published recently and local archaeologist, Brian Philp, was surprised to learn he had been awarded the MBE. This was for his services to rescue archaeology in Kent and S E London.

Brian Philp, who has lived in West Wickham for most of his life, now resides in Green St Green. He said I am honoured and absolutely delighted to receive this national acknowledgement of 60 years work in archaeology, which I still continue today. My passion for archaeology started when I was at Bromley Grammar School in the 1950s.

Brian's life-long work has included many excavations in the Borough of Bromley. He and his team excavated over a period of 25 years and published (in two volumes) the extensive Roman villa site and cemetery at Keston. This was the most extensive excavation of a Roman villa in S E England.

The second local Roman villa excavated under his leadership was the Crofton Roman Villa at Orpington. Not only was the villa house excavated and published, but was saved from a proposed car-park development. Since 1992 the villa has been open to the public and schools, managed by the Unit in partnership with the London Borough of Bromley.

His other major excavations have been at Reculver (18 years) and Dover (43 years) and with many other sites, mostly described in 11 major monographs or many issues of the Kent Archaeological Review. He was a founder member of the CKA and its chairman for several years.

Contact : Edna Mynott on 01689 860939.