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Dartford District Archaeological Group celebrate 40th anniversary
DARTFORD’s very own Time Team has celebrated its 40th anniversary.
The Dartford District Archaeological Group (DDAG) was founded by enthusiast Roger Walsh in December 1972 as a spin-off from an adult education course.
Highlights of the group’s work include the discovery of a complete glass bowl at an Anglo-Saxon cemetery in Darenth.
The find was dated 450AD by the British Museum and is now on permanent display at Dartford Borough Museum.
Evidence of a royal manor house built for Henry VIII at Manor Gatehouse in Dartford between 1541 and 1544 was also found on a dig in 1976.
Group director Chris Baker, 63, joined in 1973 and says the town owes the DDAG’s founder a great debt.
The retired engineer said: "If it wasn’t for Roger Walsh great chunks of Dartford’s history would have been lost."
Around 20 of the group’s more than 60 members attended a get together in early December two days before the anniversary of its founding on December 5, 1972.
Mr Baker added: "We had a drink and a toast to the next 40 years."