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COAST AND OFF-SHORE By taking a little more time when you stroll around our coastline, you may be a little surprised at what you find.

For example, in Folkestone, fossils litter the beach and ooze from the cliffs at Copt Point and around to East Wear Bay, courtesy of the gault clay within the rock layers.

Unearthed during a quarry excavation in Queen’s Road in 1834, the fossilised skeleton remains proved a breakthrough in the understanding of the dinosaur breed.

Such was its significance, in 1946 the local council was granted permission to add it to borough’s coat of arms.

Take a stroll along the coastline at Margate, towards Nayland Rock, and beachcombers have recovered a host of items from the near and distant past – most notably, perhaps, pipes dropped by sailors over the century, some of which have been remarkably well-preserved.

Chris Britcher digs up some of the county’s archaeological treasures In short, the county is something of a treasure trove of historical wonder right beneath our very feet just waiting to be discovered.

Of a more grisly nature, Deadman’s Island off Sheppey has the remains of hundreds of bodies of those believed to have died on prison ships and subsequently dumped there in the 19th century.

BOATS In 1992, as work took place on building the A20 link road between Folkestone and Dover, workers stumbled across the remains of a large and well-preserved prehistoric boat.

So why is Kent quite so laden with historic discoveries?

Perhaps ironically given Brexit looming on the horizon, it is primarily due to the county’s links to the Continent - and its centuries upon centuries of trading with our European cousins.

In 2004, while work was taking place on the High Speed 1 railway line, close to Ebbsfleet International station, the remains were found of a straight-tusked elephant and the flint tools to butcher it some 400,000 years ago.

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