There was an archaeological project starting in town and just had to get involved. We were going to be digging at the Roman Villa buried within the Folkestone boundaries.
We all got involved, from painting huts, erecting fences, digging test trenches and finally getting to the villa dig itself. A number of people who joined in had experience of archaeological digs, however there were a bunch of us who arrived there expecting to be handed a fine paintbrush to meticulously clear the mummified bodies (too much exposure to 19th century Egyptian photographs I
think), whilst others were expecting to have Raiders of the Lost Ark adventures (too much exposure to 1980's movies)!
In reality, it was nothing like that, however it was even more addicting. Within a few days we discovered items from the roman era, suspiciously looking like a ritual placement, however it didn’t take long before other artefacts were found. Bit by bit, more and more was discovered, indicating an iron age settlement was in existence before the roman settlement. And this was all before we got to excavate the previously dug scheduled monument of the Roman Villa itself.
When we did get onto the scheduled monument, we had to contend with ash which had been used in 1957, to fill in the 1924 dig after the war years. We exposed the walls of the villa and that was when our discussions started. We knew that there were a number of