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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Interested in taking part in some practical archaeology?

Several IOTAS members took part in a dig in October 2016 to find the site of a Camp from the first Roman invasion of Britain.  Andrew Mayfield, Community Archaeology Liaison Officer for Kent was leading this dig, which followed some promising geophysing in 2015.

Andrew reports:

‘Two slots were dug through the ditch and heroically excavated down to natural. We also identified at least one phase of trackway and an entrance. Not to mention a series of features ?cut? by the ditches…

We recovered some excellent dating evidence in the form of pottery, metalwork, animal and human bone.’

There’s a possibility more work will take place on this site next year – WATCH THIS SPACE!

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Can You Help Us?

IOTAS has been investigating Holmes Park, on the Chessboard Estate in Broadstairs. This park was named after George Augustus Holmes, who gave the land to Broadstairs and St. Peter’s UDC in 1944 in his will. We are interested in finding out as much as possible about this generous man, and are appealing for any information any local residents may have about him. Please email us at mail@iotas.org.uk if you do have any information. Many thanks!!

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If you join IOTAS you can take part in activities such as finds processing and geophysing, as well as enjoying all the talks and visits to places of interest.  To join, visit the Membership Page and follow the link to download the membership form or e mail the Society at mail@iotas.org.uk.

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Calling all volunteers who worked on the St Peters Anglo-Saxon cemetery

An excavation of the St Peter’s Anglo-Saxon cemetery was carried out from 1969 – 1971 under the direction of Cecil Hogarth, assisted by pupils from Chatham House and Clarendon House grammar schools.

We would like to invite volunteers who took part in this excavation to share their experiences or to come and learn about recent research.

Do you know anyone who took part in the excavation in the 1960’s?

Please get in touch with either the society or The Trust for Thanet Archaeology.

A report on this important excavation is to be published by two archaeologists from Cambridge University and will be featured in a seminar and a convention planned for the autumn this year.

We would also like to invite anyone interested to come along to the special talk planned for October this year so watch this space for further news.

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