The East Wear Bay Archaeological Field School ran between 2015 and 2017 investigating land to the north of the Villa. The focus of this excavation was to establish the extent of the earlier Iron Age features found in the 1989 and 2011 excavations.
Recognising a need for quality archaeological training, the project was designed as a field school welcoming anyone who wanted to learn archaeological skills with training from Canterbury Archaeological Trust.
Our thanks go to Dover Archaeological Group and Folkestone Research and Archaeological Group who provided training and support throughout the field school.
The site itself far exceeded expectations in terms of the archaeology. Multiple phases of occupation were discovered dating from the Roman period back to the late Bronze Age.
The most important find was of an extensive quern stone production area dating, at its height, to the late Iron Age. The querns were made from the local greensand stone bought up from the cliffs and beaches around Folkestone.
Building up the picture of Iron Age East Cliff we found evidence for international, national, and local trade alongside roundhouses and other domestic finds.
Research is currently being done on the finds. Once the reports are made available they will be posted onto the reports section of this website.
We have aspirations to return to the site to join up the field school excavations to the A Town Unearthed excavation to get a better picture of the site before it is lost to the sea.