29/03/12

ATU begins signalling experiment

The ATU Research group has begun planning for an experimental archaeology project to explore the idea that the East Cliff Folkestone was used as a signalling station in Roman times. The experiment will use helios lamps to track the signalling ranges between Dover (Roman Dubris)  and Lympne (Roman Portus Lemanis) and to see whether Folkestone may have been a station on the signalling route.

S.E. Winbolt who excavated the site in 1924 initially believed that the East Cliff was a signalling station used by marines from the Classis Britannica (the Roman Fleet in British waters) and an experiment led by soldiers from a regiment based at Shorncliffe was planned for the Summer holidays 1924. However the experiment had to be abandoned as the troops were moved elsewhere.

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