A dis­as­ter for trust and city

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Archaeology Raid -

Mem­bers of the Can­ter­bury Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal Trust found a scene of dev­as­ta­tion when they dis­cov­ered its store­room had been raided.

Not only were 1,500 items miss­ing, but other finds had been scat­tered around the build­ings – leav­ing vol­un­teers fac­ing hours of work to re-cat­a­logue and record the ex­act losses.

The pre­cious finds were the re­sult of the numer­ous digs which had taken place over the past 40 years in the city cen­tre.

News of the losses were shared world­wide across so­cial me­dia, in­clud­ing from renowned an­thro­pol­o­gist and TV pre­sen­ter Pro­fes­sor Alice Roberts.

Trust di­rec­tor Paul Ben­nett said: “These finds rep­re­sent the his­tory of the city – our col­lec­tive his­tory. They were for dis­play and study for gen­er­a­tions to come.

“It is a dis­as­ter for the trust and the city and one of the worst things to hap­pen in my mem­ory.”

The haul in­cludes hun­dreds of coins, An­glo-saxon coloured glass beads, brooches, buckles, bone ob­jects, dress ac­ces­sories and metal fit­tings, many of great an­tiq­uity.

Among the finds were many from the White­fri­ars dig which were metic­u­lously recorded and stored in boxes and used for ed­u­ca­tional pur­poses.

Mr Ben­nett said: “It’s heart-break­ing for our ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer Mar­ion Green who has spent years build­ing up the col­lec­tions for school use.”

The scene that greeted mem­bers af­ter the raid

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