KAFS 2015 Course Diary

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'STOP PRESS' Oplontis 2015. Monday 1st June to Friday 5th June and Monday 8th June to Friday 12th June 2015 (Two places left 05/03/2015)

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We will be spending two weeks in association with the University of Texas investigating the Roman Emporium (Villa B) and the Roman palace (Villa A) at Oplontis next to Pompeii. See 'NEWS' for details. Both sites offer a unique opportunity to dig on iconic World Heritage Sites in Italy and is a wonderful once in a lifetime opportunity. Cost is £175 a week which does not include board or food but details of where to stay are available (Camping is 12EU a day and the adjacent hotel 50EU).

For further information email info@kafs.co.uk

March, Sat & Sun 14th & 15th 2015, Test-pitting, Field Walking and Map Analysis at a newly discovered Roman building at Borden near Sittingbourne in Kent.

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Field work at its most basic involves walking across the landscape recording features seen on the ground. On this weekend course we are concerned with recognising and recording artifacts found within the plough soil. and on an archaeological site. These will include Roman Building Ceramics and Roman pottery. One of the uses of field walking is to build up a database for large-scale regional archaeological surveys. We will consider the importance of regressive map analysis (left) as part of this procedure. The course will cover standard and non-standard linewalking, grid walking, pottery distribution, identifying pottery and artifacts. Free to members. £10 for non-members

Easter, Good Friday 3rd April to Sunday 12th April 2015. Excavation and Investigation of a newly-discovered Roman villa at Teston, west of Maidstone in Kent

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Our third season of investigation of this potentially stupendous Roman building on the banks of the River Medway just west of East Farleigh in Kent.
A recent geophysical survey has indicated a large and important Roman villa complex overlooking the river which has not been previously investigated. Work done in 1872 exposed a large bath house which may be part of the main villa or could have been another associated building. The villa complex seems to cover a wide area and there are reports of a mosaic pavement being uncovered in recent years.KAFS member's special fee £10 per day, non-members £25 per day.

May Bank Holiday Friday 1st May to Monday 4th May 2015. How to identify and appreciate Roman Buildings in Rome with Dr Paul Wilkinson

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Staying at the British School in Rome (from Thursday 30th April) with private access to Trajan's Forum and the underground works of the Imperial Baths of Caracalla plus many other sites- cost £75 plus accommodation and flights - bookings now being taken

May Bank Holiday Friday 23rd May to Monday 25th May 2015. An Introduction to Archaeological Survey

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On this Bank Holiday weekend and the Bank Holiday Monday we shall look at the ways in which archaeological sites are recorded including standing buildings. Scale metric drawing will be the main theme of the course but also to include optical site level work. On the Monday you will have the opportunity to survey an impressive Roman and Anglo-Saxon sacred building at Stone Chapel just to the west of Faversham. £50 per person for members

June 1st to 12th excavating at 'Villa B' at Oplontis next to Pompeii in Italy

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We will be spending two weeks in association with the University of Texas investigating the Roman Emporium (Villa B) and the Roman palace (Villa A) at Oplontis next to Pompeii. See 'NEWS' for details. Both sites offer a unique opportunity to dig on iconic World Heritage Sites in Italy and is a wonderful once in a lifetime opportunity. Cost is £175 a week which does not include board or food but details of where to stay are available (Camping is 12EU a day and the adjacent hotel 50EU). Email Paul Wilkinson at info@swatarchaeology.co.uk  for update on places left.

June 20th and 21st 2015. The Investigation of a substantial Roman Building at Sittingbourne in Kent

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A weekend investigating a substantial Roman building to find out its form and function. This is a newly discovered site confirmed by ground penetrating radar with tremendous potential and is one of the many Roman buildings earmarked by the Field School for further work. We have on our register a further six Roman sites in Swale District which will need similar research.

June 27th to 28th 2015. The Investigation of a substantial Roman building at Sittingbourne in Kent

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A weekend course on the theory and practice of archaeological survey. Methods from basic optical site levels to laser technology and GPS will be taught. The work of the Ordnance Survey will be explained from the early days of triangulation using a base line to the use of GPS and its drawbacks. Practical exercises will take place at a Roman building at Sittingbourne on plan drawing. Context sheet recording for archaeological sites will also form part of the course.

Cost is £50 witch includes free membership. For members who wish to dig the weekend is free

July 4th to 10th 2015. Investigation of Prehistoric features at Hollingbourne in Kent

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An opportunity to participate in excavating and recording prehistoric features in the landscape. The week is to be spent in excavating Bronze and Iron Age features located with aerial photography and Geophysical survey. Cost is £10 a day with membership.

July 25th to August 9th 2015, Excavation of a Roman villa and bath-house in Faversham

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An opportunity to participate in an important excavation of a Roman waterside building at Abbey Barns in Faversham. Originally built as an aisled building for the adjacent Roman villa it was then rebuilt as a huge bath-house. Our task for this year is to investigate the east end of the building to clarify if all the building was entirely a bath-house or whether it was attached to a domestic building. We will also investigate the waterway with augers to see if there any remains of Roman shipping and also investigate additional Roman buildings in the vicinity of the bath- house. This is an important investigation which will help to clarify the extent and importance of Roman Faversham and its harbour.

KAFS member's special fee £10 per day , non-members £25 per day

August 3rd to August 9th 2015 Training Week for Students at Faversham in Kent

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It is essential that anyone thinking of digging on an
archaeological site is trained in the procedures used in professional archaeology. Dr Paul Wilkinson, author of the best selling "Archaeology" book and Director of the dig, will spend five days explaining to participants the methods used in modern archaeology. A typical training day will be classroom theory in the morning (at the Field School) followed by excavation atВ Abbey Barns Roman Villa in Faversham under the guidance of trained archaeologists.
Topics taught each are:

Monday 3rd August: Why dig?
Tuesday 4th August: Excavation Techniques
Wednesday 5th August: Site Survey
Thursday 6th August: Archaeological Recording
Friday 7th August: Pottery identification
Saturday and Sunday digging with the team

A free PDF copy of "Archaeology" 3rd Edition will be given to participants. Cost for the course is £100 with free membership. The day starts at 10am and finishes at 4.00pm. For directions to the Field School see 'Where ' on this website. For camping nearby see 'accomodation'.

October 3rd and 4th 2015 Bones and Burials

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Osteo-archaeology is the study of human remains. The course will be led by Dr Chris Deter who is an osteologist at the University of Kent. The course will cover the on-site recording of human remains and how they can reveal information about the person's age, sex and state of health. Excavated skeletons will be available for study and analysis in practical sessions. An excellent course at £75 for the weekend (£60 for members). Held at the Field School in Faversham.

October 17h & 18th 2015, Archaeological Drawing with Jane Russell

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A beginner's and refresher course introducing participants to drawing archaeological artifacts. The reasons for drawing artifacts and the principles of archaeological illustration will be explained. There will be practical sessions each day demonstrating how to illustrate pottery, bone, metal and other artifacts found on archaeological sites. Course led by Jane Russell, who was senior illustrator of the UCL Field Archaeology Unit.
Cost is £50 for members.

TRIPS left in 2015 include:

Diocletian's Palace. A weekend in Split, Croatia: September 12th and 13th 2015

 An exclusive visit to one of the most famous Roman Palace's in the world- the Palace of the Emperor Diocletian at Split in Croatia.  Cost is £75 which includes all entrance fees but not flights or accommodation. We will also visit the Split Archaeological Museum, the nearby Roman town of Salona and the Venetian city of Trogir founded by the Greeks.

Saturday 12th September 2015, In the morning we will meet at one of the main gates for a tour of this wonderful building.

The ground plan of the palace is an irregular rectangle with towers projecting from the western, northern, and eastern facades. It combines the qualities of a luxurious villa with those of a military camp. The three main gates are still preserved to the height of the still surviving ramparts. These monumental gates are set into the middle of each of the rampart walls and led to an enclosed courtyard.

The gate overlooking the sea on the southern side was simpler in shape and decoration.

With so much to see within the Palace we will continue our tour until lunch. Diocletian's cabbages are still renowned as a local speciality as well as other delicacies slow cooked in a pot called a Teka'.

In the afternoon, we will visit the Archaeological Museum in Split, rightly described as the oldest museum in Croatia.

Sunday 13th September. We will start the day with taking the local bus to visit Salona, the Roman town set on the hills above Split where we will visit the small museum and the rest of the town. In the afternoon we will take a local bus to Trogir situated on its own artificial island. Its rich culture was created under the influence of Greeks, Romans and Venetians. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site the town is an absolute gem of architectural styles.


What the price of £75 per person includes:

• Fully-guided and escorted tours provided by Dr Paul Wilkinson

• Entrance fees for museums and sites as specified in the itinerary.

The trip does not include flights, transfers, hotels or meals (flights available from easyjet at about £49.99 - see- easyjet.com).

Our preferred hotel is the Hotel Kastel, located beside Diocletian’s Palace at about £65 double

(see www.kastelsplit.com), or www.booking.com. (Split, Dalmatia)

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