Folk Week

Our Monday evening members’ meeting on 8 August is cancelled as it’s Folk Week, and there will be other events on in the hall.

Apologies for any inconvenience.

IOTAS and the Trust for Thanet Archaeology will be holding stalls on the 9th and 10th August in Balmoral Gardens, Broadstairs, as part of Folk Week so please feel free to stop by and say hi.

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IOTAS in upcoming events

  • Gordon Taylor will be giving a talk at the Ramsgate Festival (23 – 31 July) on Dutch Gables. IOTAS will be there, but the date of the talk is to be confirmed.
  • Folkweek (5th-12th August) – IOTAS will have a stall in Balmoral Gardens in Broadstairs on 9th-10th August.
  • 3rd-17th September will see IOTAS hosting a display at St Lawrence Church hall as part of their heritage exhibition.
  • In September a 3-4 week community dig will take place at Ebbsfleet, with the support of Andrew Mayfield. More information to follow.
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Lecture Course is Full!

Sorry, our complete Lecture Course for 2016 is now full, but please let
us know if you would still like to enrol for some individual lectures –
there are still a very few places on all lectures except those in May
and July. But you’ll need to hurry before they are all gone!

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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, 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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Programme of Events 2016

Our events, (talks and outings) for 2016 can now be viewed on our What’s On page! Some details remain to be worked out but we will update the page frequently so please keep checking back.

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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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Ramsgate Tunnel Tour – 5th October

This coming Monday, 5th October we have our tour of the Ramsgate Tunnels. This is a private tour of the Tunnels, which are not normally open on a Monday, for society members. The cost is £7.50 p.p. payable on the night. Please email us for more information.

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Antoinette Powell Cotton

On Monday, 28th September, we had an interesting Talk at Crampton by Hazel Basford, archivist at the Powell Cotton Museum, Quex, Birchington. Her subject was Antoinette Powell Cotton who, inspired by the findings of a 14 year old schoolboy of a Bronze Age hoard at Minnis Bay, continued the archaeological work in that area. She was by all accounts a remarkable woman.

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Interested in taking part in some practical archaeology?

There is a project just about to start in Thanet to find the site of a Camp from the first Roman invasion of Britain. The aims of the project, what it involves, and how IOTAS members can be involved will be outlined by Andrew Mayfield, Community Archaeology Liaison Officer for Kent, at a meeting for members at Crampton next Monday evening from 6.30 p.m. IOTAS understands that the project will involved aspects of hands on archaeology such as geophysing, surveying and fieldworking. To find out more about this project and how you can get involved, even if just for a day or two or just to find out what will be happening, come along next Monday, 7th September. This is a great opportunity for IOTAS members to get involved in some practical archaeology.

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