Posted by: lukelavan | November 29, 2013

Fieldwork Evening 2013

Fieldwork Evening 2013

Posted by: lukelavan | June 13, 2013

Iron Age Day

On the 22nd May the University hosted a seminar on the Iron Age in Kent to provide a select audience with an overview of research taking place at the University.  The day commenced with a guided tour around a large excavation currently taking place on the campus itself, Canterbury Archaeological Trust are undertaking the work, prior to student accommodation being built.  This excavation has revealed extensive Iron Age occupation, which appears to be an extension of the settlement uncovered two years ago at St Edmunds School.  To date the excavations have revealed Iron Age buildings, a number of pits and ditches, and a well.  In terms of the material culture recovered, this is said to bear striking similarities to material recovered on sites on the Near Continent (i.e. France and Belgium) as opposed to evidence from this period recovered in neighbouring counties as one may expect.  This is a particularly important excavation as it will greatly increase our knowledge and understanding of Iron Age Occupation at Canterbury.

Following the guided tour, a seminar was held during which three papers were presented, by staff and students of the university.  The first paper, presented by Dr Steven Willis, focused on Late Iron Age settlement developments, in particular the oppida at Canterbury, Colchester (Camulodunum), and Stanwick.  The second paper, presented by Emma Jackson, focused on the theoretical elements of oppida exploring what they are, how they are currently understood, and how studies of these sites can be developed. We enjoyed speculating about the site of Canterbury itself, which was almost certainly an oppidum in the late Iron Age. Finally, the third paper, presented by Andy Bates, focused on new fieldwork on the environs of a local hillfort, and on a landscape study which has revealed the potential fortifications of Iron Age Canterbury. We are grateful to Mr Paul Dyer for supporting Andy’s work, and to Dr Paul Bennett for taking us our group around the new excavations.

Emma Jackson, PhD student 14/06/2013

Posted by: lukelavan | February 21, 2012

Coming Soon: Kent-Greek-Play 14-March-2012

We have generously been supported by

The Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies.

Posted by: lukelavan | February 10, 2012

Kent Classics Calendar 2012

Classics@Kent produced a calendar for the first time this year.  It contains photographs of students and staff from the Classical & Archaeological Studies Department in a range of historical and mythological poses.  The purpose of the calendar is to raise funds for the forthcoming production of Aristophanes’ Thesmophoriazusae, which is being produced by Gina May, an Associate Lecturer in the Department.   All the actors are students – either from the Classics Department or the Drama School.  A number of Masters Directing Students are also helping with the project, as well as students from the School of Arts who are making the set and props for the production.

The artistic team behind the calendar were Gina Sheeran, Jodie Roe and Lewis Marchant, with Becki Vinter (president of the Classics Society) as photographer.

Calendars are on sale at the departmental office for £7.

Posted by: lukelavan | November 12, 2011

Kent Fieldwork Evening 2011

UniKent Archaeological Fieldwork Evening 2011

Recent discoveries and current research of

The Department of Classical and Archaeological Studies

Tuesday 29th November 7-9 p.m. KLT5

An evening of illustrated lectures: free, and open to all.

Dr Francesco Trifilo  Estate agents’ distance meters and ancient gameboards: a report on fieldwork in the Forum Romanum, Rome

Ms Celine Murphy The ‘Three Peak sanctuaries of Central Crete’ Project

Dr Patty Baker     Excavations at Monte San Martino ai Campi, Trentino, Italy

Dr Luke Lavan    Kent work at Ostia 2011: from the Temple of Hercules to Victory Square

The lectures will be held in Keynes Lecture Theatre 5, Keynes College, University of Kent, Canterbury campus. The nearest car park is behind Keynes College.

Places are limited, so to reserve a place please email with the subject line ‘Fieldwork Evening’

Classical & Archaeological Studies, School of European Culture and Languages, University of Kent, Canterbury, KENT

Posted by: lukelavan | December 2, 2010

Kent Fieldwork Evening 2010

Recent discoveries and current research of

The Department of Classical and Archaeological Studies

Tuesday 7th December 19:00 – 22.00 GLT3

An evening of illustrated lectures: free, and open to all.


Lloyd Bosworth                   The Canterbury Campus Survey 2010.

Dr John Hammond            Geophysical survey sheds new light on the Ringlemere Cup.


Dr Steve Willis      Fieldwork on the Lincolnshire Wolds 2010: Finds, features and the bigger picture.

Dr Patty Baker      Wallingford Castle Pier? Excavations in 2010.


Dr Evangelos Kyriakidis & Celine Murphy    Crete 2010: Clearing the Minoan Peak Sanctuary of Gonies-Philioremos.

Dr Luke Lavan    Late Antique Ostia 2010:  the Main Forum, Street Encroachment and the Early Medieval Transition.

The lectures will be held in GLT3, Grimond Building, University of Kent, Canterbury campus. Parking at the Gulbenkian Theatre, which is adjacent to the Grimond Building.

Posted by: lukelavan | August 30, 2010

Ostia Excavations 2010

The University of Kent’s 2010 excavations at Ostia, port of Rome, have begun, and will last throughout September.

To follow our progress visit

Posted by: lukelavan | July 16, 2010

CLAS Internships 2010

Ostia Port of Rome

Having completed my paid internship on ‘Ostia, Port of Rome’ I think I can safely say that I have come away from it with some highly useful skills, a bit more confidence, and something interesting to draw upon in potential job interviews. I now have a sound understanding of Adobe Illustrator, something I greatly enjoyed using, as well as experience with databases, (always a good thing to have on your CV). It was interesting to see what is done with the data collected by archaeologists on site, including that collected by the excavation team which I was part of at Ostia last September. Fortunately a computer was all I needed this time, and it was more fun than I anticipated, and I found out I can learn how to use specialist computer programmes, which made me feel a bit clever. So in conclusion this was a good worthwhile experience. Thankfully, I was able to obtain a paid job with Wessex Archaeology almost immediately on completing my internship.

(Lauren Figg, CLAS graduate 2009)

Late Antique Archaeology

I was impressed when the University of Kent advertised paid internships to help graduates get ahead in the tough job market. This was an opportunity to develop my skills, learn new ones and keep in touch with both the heritage sector and the University. The internship definitely lived up to my expectations.

I started as the intern for ‘Late Antique Archaeology’ in January 2010, supporting Luke Lavan in his research in this area. Both Luke and the University’s HR staff were great, always making sure I was getting the best out my internship, checking I was gaining a variety of new skills and making the most of opportunities. My biggest achievement was learning to use Adobe Illustrator from scratch to produce digital images which were of a high enough quality to be published. I now have some solid skills to physically show potential employers what I am capable of. 

My advice to new graduates is to volunteer and take internships: it will pay dividends in the end, and the varied experience will set you apart from other candidates. I can’t wait to continue the experience in September when I’ll be off to Ostia, Port of Rome to help out in Luke’s excavation.

(Rebecca Newson, CLAS graduate 2009)

Posted by: lukelavan | June 19, 2010

Bursary for Historic Environment Record volunteer

Tim Mongiat spent a CLAS travel bursary supporting a volunteer placement at Kent Historical Environment Record. Here is his account of the internship, which should be valuable epxerience to prepare for professional work in archaeology.

The HER for Kent is found on the second floor of Maidstone town hall, a prominent building close to my place  of arrival: Maidstone East Train station. I was met on my first day by Dr  Ben Croxford, my mentor during my volunteering period and was placed initially at the desk of an archaeologist who was working in Brussels, invoking images of the global nature of archaeology. I was primarily concerned with the Historical Environment Record during my volunteering period, a database of Archaeological sites, finds and buildings in Kent (although the HER covers the country). My work mostly involved the deletion of erroneous information, repositioning of items and the amalgamation of duplicated details. I also spent a period considering some archaeological reports and amending and adding details to  ‘Sarah’, a database of information apparently named after its creator, a  previous volunteer. My volunteering was an educative process and it became clear to me how crucial the HER is as a source of Archaeological information.

Tim Mongiat CLAS undergraduate student

Posted by: lukelavan | June 7, 2010

Excavations at Hatcliffe Top, Lincolnshire August 2009

Steve Willis’ excavation in Lincolnshire provided the perfect opportunity to experience excavation at first hand, especially as the results of this project will be used to answer important research questions. 

As a group we uncovered numerous features and finds dating to the Roman and possibly Saxon periods, all of which point to Hatcliffe Top having been an occupation site during these time periods.  Possibly the most exciting finds were the two Roman corn dryers, and the numerous coins dating from the Iron Age to the Roman and Saxon eras as well as various modern day currencies, seeing coins such as these first hand is a rare experience.  One reason it was possible to see so many coins recovered was because we had a metal detectorist on site scanning the spoil heaps.  Other than this the majority of the finds were bone and pottery, the most common finds of these periods. 

Over the course of nearly three weeks we got to experience many elements of a working archaeological site, from the planning of trenches to the recording of finds and features.  This experience included excavation, filling in context sheets, soil analysis, taking survey points, and on site archaeological plan drawings, these are all valuable skills which can be put to use in further fieldwork. The days on site were sometimes long and hard but never dull, as the ideas behind the sites function kept changing and evolving as the project developed and we dug the layers and features. 

There was never a dull moment on site was the good nature and humour of everyone participating, including members of the local society, which resulted in a friendly environment which was pleasant to work in. For many of us it would not have been possible to participate in the fieldwork had we not received one of the fieldwork bursaries offered by the University of Kent, as these allowed us to stay together and live in comfort for the duration of the excavation, which after a full day on site was a blessing! 

 Emma, Shervelle, Lisa, and Enid (May 2010)

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