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Archaeology site in Shorne to become education hub

PUBLISHED: 09:51 21 April 2011

Andrew Mayfield with a mystery tile found at medieval Randall Manor

Andrew Mayfield with a mystery tile found at medieval Randall Manor

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»Prehistoric and medieval archaeological findings at a country park could become an education hub for the region.

A five-year archaeological dig at Shorne Country Park discovered the remains of Randall Manor, a medieval home, and prehistoric flint tools. The finds, believed to date from the mesolithic period 8,000 years ago, were displayed to visitors at the 
weekend.

With funding for the project coming to an end this summer, community archaeologist Andrew Mayfield and Kent County Council are seeking a £50,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant to transform the area into an education hub for aspiring archaeologists.

He said: “We will definitely be digging this summer, but then we hope to find funding for a further two years to provide a part-time position to regulate the site and bring in experts to run one-off sessions for enthusiasts, schools and local groups throughout the year.

“We want the site to become an education hub for the area.”

The discoveries are too delicate to allow visitors to have constant access, but Mr Mayfield said plans to create artificial mounds explaining how the site looked originally and information about the project and the findings would be put in place using the grant.

Volunteers at the project are looking for people with memories and photographs of the park, both during wartime and when it played a part in the clayworks industry, from the 1920s to the ’60s.

If you can help, contact Mr Mayfield on 07920 548906.

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