Please follow this link to read Timandra French’s moving tribute to Nigel Macpherson-Grant, whose passing we recently announced: https://theisleofthanetnews.com/2020/06/16/remembering-truly-unique-beautiful-soul-and-thanet-archaeology-pioneer-nigel-macpherson-grant/

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IOTAS MEMBERS’ UPDATE – SPRING 2021

Little has changed since I last updated our news: we are currently coming out of the latest lockdown. We have now cancelled all live activities until September 2021 at the earliest, as our programme is normally outdoor activities during the late spring and summer months.

We may be able to resume Monday members’ evenings, as long as there is a demand for these. Initially pre-booking will be necessary, as we will be restricted to 6 attendees, and members will be kept informed about future arrangements.

There are some other indoor activities we are hoping to let members know about which are planned for after 17 May, but all of this is provisional and depends on continuing progress in the reduction of Covid case numbers. Watch this space!

I understand that many English Heritage outdoor sites are opening, and National Trust outdoor sites as well.

JOIN IOTAS TO KEEP RECEIVING UP TO DATE INFORMATION ABOUT OUR ACTIVITIES AND FIND OUT WHAT SERVICES WE ARE PROVIDING FOR MEMBERS DURING THE COVID RESTRICTIONS!

If you are a member you will have been receiving enhanced monthly Bulletins to keep in touch and our Facebook page has been operating throughout the Coronavirus lockdown, with opportunities to see virtual exhibitions and any other information we can glean to brighten up your days while we wait to resume our usual activities.


Social Gatherings: There’s a big question about whether we would be able to hold any social gatherings, such as our Wine and Wisdom Evening and Christmas Dinner in November and December, as it would be impossible to maintain a safe distance between those who attend. I think it is unlikely that restrictions will be relaxed sufficiently by then, but who knows?

So all we can really say is that we will keep the situation under review and updated, and let you have further details about our future plans as soon as we are able.

In the meantime, we hope that you are able to enjoy the coming summer weather, and that you all keep safe and well until we are able to get together again, hopefully later this year.

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LOCAL FOLLOWERS – BOOKS AND MAGAZINES FOR SALE!

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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Investigating Caesar’s Camp?

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.’

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Latest News

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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What’s On?

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.

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