Special Topics

Faversham's Pottery



One of the strengths of the micro-archaeological approach used by FSARG in this project is 100% recovery of pottery – the sievers do not miss the tiniest sherd. This area details the chronology of the pottery found for each of the keyhole pits dug.


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Faversham's Clay Tobacco Pipes


Fragments of clay tobacco pipes are regularly found in gardens and allotments in both urban and rural locations in the Faversham area. Such a common and fragile artefact has become an important dating aid for archaeologists working on sites from the late 16th to 19th centuries.


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FSARG's 5th Anniversary Report 2009


FSARG, Faversham’s community archaeology group, is just coming to the end of its fifth year of archaeological activity. Community archaeology is first and foremost local – by Faversham people, for Faversham people and about past Faversham people. Sixty local people have been directly involved at some stage over the last five years with around thirty active each year. We have met and worked with hundreds of you in the town and we are learning more and more about those vanished people who created the landscape around us today. Read the full report.

Jobs For The Boys


This paper was written four years ago for a conference at Folkestone organised as part of the introduction to the Town Unearthed project. This was a HLF funded community archaeology project centred on a large Roman villa on East Wear Bay that was threatened by cliff collapse. The project was top-down inspired and managed by representatives from the Canterbury Archaeological Trust and Christchurch University, Canterbury.


Since 2010, this Jobs for the boys paper has been held for publication by Christchurch  University. Even if that still happens, the paper is already becoming out of date.  I have therefore retrieved it and am publishing it on the FSARG Community Archaeology site with which I am associated. It is followed by a 2014 discussion paper A view of the crossroads.


This, of course, is in no way an evaluation of the Town Unearthed project or any other top down project. Neither is it an official statement of Faversham Society or FSARG. It is simply an offering of the perceptions of an experienced community archaeologist on the ever-changing contexts in which we volunteers operate. Read the full report.

Deconstructing and reconstructing 'Watling Street'


This is a support paper for the FSARG 3rd season of Preston: a most peculiar parish. Read the full full report.


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