WESSEX ARCHAEOLOGY – Talk on Monday 29 April

IOTAS welcome Mark Williams, Regional Manager for the South East, who will give us a talk on 10 years of Wessex Archaeology in Kent.

Where: Crampton Tower Yard, High St, Broadstairs
When: 7.15pm for 7.45pm
Free to members, £3 for visitors


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IOTAS COURSE 2019 – Postponement

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have had to postpone the beginning of our 2019 Course.  We hope to have further information about the start date and details of the course later in the Spring and will post any news here as soon as we are able.  Apologies for any inconvenience!

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*********IOTAS TALK ON MONDAY 26 FEBRUARY*********

IOTAS’s first talk of 2019!
Sound intriguing?
Come and hear Bob Varnham on Mon. 26 Feb, 7.15 for 7.45 pm at Crampton Tower Yard, Broadstairs, and find out!  FREE to members, £3 for Visitors



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Watch this space for news of our Programme of Talks for this year, starting on Monday 25 February, and our new Archaeological Studies course starting on Monday 18 March. If you missed the course last year, the last three lectures are rescheduled for September, October and November this year. Email us on mail@iotas.org.uk for further details!

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The last IOTAS talk of the year takes place on Monday 26th November at Crampton Tower Yard, High Street, Broadstairs CT10 2AB. Andrew Mayfield, KCC Community Archaeologist will be summing up three-year project to look for evidence at Ebbsfleet, Thanet and at Worth, of the first Roman invasion of Britain. What is the evidence?? Find out on 26 November!

Doors open 7.15 pm, talk starts at 7.45 pm prompt. FREE to members, £3 to visitors! DON’T MISS IT!

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We are very sorry to say that we have had to cancel the remaining three lectures of this year’s course due to the illness of our Lecturer, John Grigsby.  This means that the last lecture, due on 12 November, has also been cancelled.  We will be getting in touch with all course members affected by this decision.  We are hoping that we will be able to run the cancelled lectures next year, so watch this space for details of dates etc.  We are also hoping to run a NEW, short course next year and will be publishing further details in the New Year.

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*********FREE TALK AT IOTAS – DON’T MISS IT!!***********


THE STORY OF DUTCH GABLED HOUSES: comparing Kent with East Anglia and further afield.

IOTAS member Gordon Taylor, probably the country’s leading expert on Dutch gables, will deliver his illustrated lecture which he gave at Norwich University to the Norfolk Historic Building Group in April 2018, with examples from around Europe.

This is a special FREE talk from IOTAS
When? Monday 29 October, 7.00 pm.
                                                                                                 Where? Crampton Tower Yard, High St, Broadstairs  CT102AB


Find  our programme for 2018 on our What’s on Page!

Our programme of talks starts on Monday 26 February, 7.00 for 7.45pm at Crampton Tower Yard, Broadstairs, CT10 2AB.  The first talk is by a local Anglo-Saxon group – keep in touch and don’t miss it!


IOTAS Archaeological Studies Lecture Course 2018


The Goddess in Archaeology and Myth


  1. Goddesses of Old Europe? Looking at the evidence for a Neolithic              12 March  Great Goddess
  2. Eostre: The Spring Goddess: the development of a Saxon Goddess                 9 April
  3. Robin Hood and Maid Marion: the origins of the famous outlaw and            14 May  his bride
  4. The Children of the Goddess Danu: The Celtic Gods and the Fairy Folk      18 June
  5. Mother Tongue: Looking at the Prehistoric origins of language and the              9 July    alphabet
  6. Corn Dollies and Harvest Queens: Pagan elements in farming traditions   24 Sept.
  7. The Sky Mother: Henges and the Milky Way                                                              8 Oct.
  8. The Running of the Deer: The old Northern horned goddess                            12 Nov. ___________________________________________________________

Each session runs from 7.00-9.00 pm

Lecturer: John Grigsby – he has lectured in archaeology and myth for the University of Kent, worked for English heritage for 15 years and is now working for Canterbury Archaeological Trust while writing his PhD on Stonehenge with Tim Darvill

ADVANCE BOOKING ESSENTIAL – Fee for all eight lectures £80: individual lectures £12, including refreshments and course materials. Under 18s (minimum age 16): all eight lectures £65, individual lectures £10 each.

Limited places – book early!

For course details and enrolment:  mail@iotas.org.uk , message us on our Facebook page (Isle of Thanet Archaeological Society), or write to IOTAS at: Crampton Tower Yard, High Street, Broadstairs, CT10 2AB.



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IOTAS has a wide selection of Current Archaeology, World Archaeology and Ancient Egypt magazines for sale, as well as a number of books on Archaeology which may interest you. If you are interested, please message us via this page or contact us on mail@iotas.org.uk, let us know where your interests lie, and we’ll give you full details of what we have available.

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Lidar Map of England

A new link has been added to our links page, a Lidar map of England. Lidar is one of the newest scanning techniques used by archaeologists. An article from the Guardian helps to explain why Lidar is such a useful tool.

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New Link Added – England’s Places

One of the most well-known collections in the Historic England Archive, the Architectural Red Box Collection, has now been scanned and made available online. The collection consists of over 600,000 photographic prints taken of cities, towns and villages around England, attached to cards housed in red boxes. You can now browse this fantastic collection on the England’s Places website!

If you don’t have time to have a look now fear not, we’ve added the link to our ‘Useful links’ page.

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