The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
Archaeology of the Transmanche region in later Prehistory and the Roman era
Principal Investigator: Steve Willis
This work is focused upon identifying patterns of similarity and difference in societies on either side of the Channel during the period c. 1000 BC to AD 500. The work is looking at a number of substantive areas: settlement types and morphology, pottery, trade and burial through the region, from the view-point of a series of key themes and a longue durée perspective. Collaborative fieldwork initiatives have been established with partner institutes on the near continent. Work has been undertaken with l’Université Charles-de-Gaulle, Lille 3, and with the Flemish Heritage Institute. Related seminars and a conference have examined aspects of the connectivity and shared experience of the region, as well as divergences. This programme of contacts is ongoing. This work is closely linked to Steve’s interest and research on the archaeology and culture of coastal milieux. The University of Kent has a taught Masters programme examining the archaeology of the Transmanche region through the first millennia BC and AD.
The Cambrésis Survey (with l'Université Lille 3):
The points from two polished axe heads found during the 2007 survey season.
View of Tongeren with the remains of the early Roman town wall in the foreground and the Church of Our Lady at the centre of the modern town seen through the trees; this basilica church overlies an apparent late Roman church.
Research and student training excavation in Tongeren: Excavation of the Roman town remains with the Flemish Heritage Institute