North canterbury dating

Dr Simon Elliott, a noted historian and also serves the Kent Archaeological Society (KAS), explains: “You can find bits of worked flint all over Kent and they date back 400,000 years to the earliest hominid inhabitants [humans’ ancestors] of Britain all the way to late Neolithic [3,000 – 2,500BC] – once you get your eye in it’s quite easy to find them.“Finding bits of old roof tiles in the soil will often hint at previous Roman settlements, while lots of local churches will reveal much by the fact they use remains of Roman villas in their construction.”Keith Parfitt, a senior manager at the Canterbury Archaeological Trust, adds: “If you go to the beach at Folkestone, near East Wear Bay, you can collect fossils and Iron Age material and litter from war damaged Folkestone – so with a good pair of eyes you can find all types of things from the distant past to our more modern history.”Certainly, Kent has revealed some world-class finds over the years from the Bronze Age boat in Dover to some of the oldest human remains ever uncovered near Gravesend.

Not to mention remains of dinosaurs, which forever changed our understanding of certain species. With major developments now obliged to liaise with archaeologists when renovating areas of potential interest, there’s every chance with every new road or housing estate we may unearth more hugely significant finds.

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From remains of the Richborough Fort, to the mosaic-floored splendour of Lullingstone Villa near Dartford, or the wealth of treasures at Canterbury – you can even peer in at the foundations of a Roman bath house on the lower floor of the city’s Waterstones book store - there is plenty to admire.

Following the discovery of an Iron Age forge in Tunbridge Wells three years ago, archaeology teams have recently unearthed evidence of Roman settlements in and around the High Brooms area.

Unearthed during a quarry excavation in Queen’s Road in 1834, the fossilised skeleton remains proved a breakthrough in the understanding of the dinosaur breed.

Such was its significance, in 1946 the local council was granted permission to add it to borough’s coat of arms.

In 2004, while work was taking place on the High Speed 1 railway line, close to Ebbsfleet International station, the remains were found of a straight-tusked elephant and the flint tools to butcher it some 400,000 years ago.

The Southfleet Road elephant, as it has been dubbed, is seen to provide evidence of early human tool manufacture and how it was used to carve up the creature.

This beautiful trail starts in Farnham, Surrey and heads east through the stunning North Downs to the historic city of Canterbury in Kent.

The path runs for 153 miles taking you through some stunning scenery, including the Surrey Hills and Kent Downs Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

more Owned by the National Trust, Eastbury Manor House is a superb example of a 16th-century merchant's house, dating to the Elizabethan period.

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