Thanet: Digging at the Gateway

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Heritage Conservation, Kent County Council have kindly donated a copy of two, recently published volumes relating to the landscape of south Thanet. Details follow:

“Digging at the Gateway: archaeological landscapes of south Thanet: the archaeology of the East Kent Access (phase II)”

East Kent has been a gateway for new people, cultures, ideas and trade for thousands of years. The Isle of Thanet, now joined to the mainland following the silting and reclamation of the former Wantsum Channel, was at the forefront of these movements. A Kent County Council programme to build a new road link, the East Kent Access, in the south-east part of Thanet resulted in the largest archaeological project carried out in Britain in 2010. An Oxford Wessex Archaeology joint venture undertook the excavation of 48 hectares along the 6.5 kilometre route, revealing a wealth of archaeological evidence spanning the Palaeolithic to Second World War. Volume 1 describes the archaeological remains and discusses their wider significance in Thanet and beyond while volume 2 presents the analysis of the finds, environmental remains and results of the extensive radiocarbon dating programme. Published by Oxbow Books.