Day 4 begins with a highly informative morning poking about in fields with Dr. Paul Wilkinson from the Kent Archeological Field School. We meet at near Bax Farm, where a huge villa, complete with bathhouse and aqueduct, overlooked Watling Street. I’m amazed that we can look down and pick up bits of Roman tile, mortar and pottery – which is true of all the fields we look in. Have a read of the report about Bax Farm – some brilliant stuff there.
I get back on the road and make my way to Faversham Stone Chapel, just off the current route of the road. This is likely to be where the settlement of Durolevum was – now non-existent. I re-meet Paul and he talks me through the chapel building – which is not what it seems. The later structure on top belies a bigger building underneath, set at a slightly different angle. There are red Roman tiles and brickwork on display, but there is much more under the soil. A boundary wall encompassed multiple buildings, themselves over the hill from a fort near a spring. Another KAFS report into it here.
We take a trip to KAFS HQ and walk to where Paul found a theatre near the spring here. At sunset, mists rise up from the water at the bottom of this hill, which must have been a spectacular sight – and an important one, bearing in mind the religious and practical importance of water I talked about yesterday.
Now to Maison Dieu!