About Us

Welcome to the website of the Isle of Thanet Archaeological Society!

We are an active Society of enthusiastic amateurs, based in the Isle of Thanet, in the east of the County of Kent in South-East England.

The aims of our Society are ‘to promote, for the benefit and education of the general public, the study of the archaeology and history of the Isle of Thanet’.

Our activities include:

  • Regular Members’ Evenings
  • Programme of talks
  • Courses
  • Archaeological Investigations and Excavations
  • Providing displays at events and in museums
  • Social activities: Wine and Wisdom and Christmas Dinner
  • Walks, visits, holidays, day and weekend trips
  • Fundraising to support our activities

A session at one of our archaeology courses.

IOTAS is a registered charity, No. 275659

4 Responses to About Us

  1. Iain Hobbs says:

    Been asked by job advisor to find out if there are any volunteering vacancies with you. I expect you are still in lockdown but at least I can say I have enquired even if the answer is no. Would be nice to get out and excavating again.

  2. Dave pratt says:

    Roman cremation in front garden
    I contacted Paul bennet from Canterbury trust and he has collected what he said was a Roman cremation which I found while digging for a new water main pipe in my front garden.there was a red jug almost complete with all the bits, a black jar which was all broken and laying on its side which had the bones in. I did try to contact IOTAS but had no reply so went through Canterbury, I have photos of all finds and Canterbury have the objectives.pplease contact me for more info.

    • administrator says:

      Thank you for contacting us Dave. Unfortunately I have been very busy with family and health matters recently and have only recently found your various messages. You have done the right thing contacting CAT and it would be interesting to hear what Paul Bennett has to say about your finds. I asked where you live in my answer to your other message, which would be interesting to know. Do you live in Thanet, and if so which part? As a general rule it’s best not to clean anything up before contacting someone about a find, as it’s easy to remove identifying marks. IOTAS has recently lost its ceramic expert, and although we have an archaeologist on our committee, he is very busy with his day job and the rest of us are all enthusiastic volunteers. We are also unable to have any kind of meetings at present due to social distancing, but I know that CAT are up and running again now, so your finds are in good hands. Best wishes, IOTAS.

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