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12 OCTOBER LECTURE by Nathalie Cohen and Eliott Wragg
Thursday 13th October 2022

'Investigations at Smallhythe in Kent by the National Trust'

During two seasons of excavation at Smallhythe Place in 2021-2, a team of archaeologists has been uncovering the evidence for medieval royal shipbuilding documented at the site, previously investigated by Time Team and Archaeology South-East. This talk will present the interim results of the National Trust’s discoveries, which span a time period of over 2000 years of activity along the Kent / Sussex border.

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