I’m delighted to say that we now have a title for the IOTAS Course of Lectures for 2018:
The Goddess in Archaeology and Myth
The first session is from 7-9 pm on Monday 12 March at Crampton Tower Yard, High Street, Broadstairs CT10 2AB. On this course, we will be finding out about Goddesses from pre-history to recent history, Celtic Gods, Robin Hood and Maid Marion, Corn Dollies and Harvest Queens, Henges, and the origins of language and the alphabet, to mention just a few. Advance booking is essential to ensure your place. If you have already let us know you are interested, you will receive full details of the whole course very soon. If not, email us on firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.
IOTAS will soon be publishing our programme for 2018!
*Keep a lookout on this page for details of our talks, outings and events for the New Year*
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 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 email@example.com, let us know where your interests lie, and we’ll give you full details of what we have available.
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.
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.
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.
‘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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you do have any information. Many thanks!!
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 email@example.com.
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.
A new article about the Society’s ownership of the Stirling Castle shipwreck is now available.
Keep an eye on our updated What’s On page now to see what talks and activities we have lined up for the year ahead! Our new committee can also be found here. Please feel free to contact us if you have any suggestions for events or activities you’d like to see us run.