East Wear Bay
East Wear Bay

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Folkestone Roman Villa 1924
Folkestone Roman Villa 1924

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East Wear Bay
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WELCOME TO EAST WEAR BAY ARCHAEOLOGICAL PROJECT

The East Wear Bay Archaeological Project (EWBAP) is a community project with the aim of researching the archaeological landscape of East Wear Bay, Folkestone.

Situated on the edge of the cliff overlooking the Dover-Folkestone Heritage Coast, the area is famous for the fossils eroding from the cliffside in The Warren. Unfortunately this same erosion is threatening extensive archaeological remains along the cliff top.

The archaeological site at East Wear Bay has a complex history. As presently understood, following some activity during earlier prehistoric times, this area grew to particular importance during the Late Iron Age, when it served as the focus of a quern-stone production industry and probably functioned as a port of trade with the developing Roman Empire. After the Roman Conquest of Britain, a major villa complex, whose full extent is yet to be ascertained, was established on the site surrounded by a system of ditched fields and enclosures that replaced earlier ones belonging to the Late Iron Age settlement.

Further information on who we are, about the archaeology of the area, and the history of the site can be found  under the menus at the top of the screen.

We hope to be able to return to the site in the future but at the moment there are no concrete plans to do so. Please keep checking our social media pages for updates.