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Founded in 1857, the Kent Archaeological Society has following objectives:

To promote the study and publication of archaeology and history in all their branches, especially within the ancient County of Kent.

The Society’s interests are not confined to fieldwork. Its objectives cover archaeology and local history in the widest sense. They include historic buildings, genealogy, industrial archaeology and local history.


Lees Court News

A partnership project between the Society, the Lees Court Estate Trust and the School of Classical and Archaeological Studies at the University of Kent to investigate the history, buildings, place names and archaeology of the Lees Court Estate.
  • Badlesmere Bottom 2019 - Day 2

    Much progress made by the KAS Project Team at Lees Court today.

    Setting up the marquee
    Setting up the marquee 

    The containers and office arrived on the Woods Court site newly stocked and refurbished (with some heavy duty security after last year's break-in). Members and council members alike were involved with the setting up of the marquee, organisation of the stock container and preparation of the administrative material, all ready for members to pop down and get cracking straight away.

    The office
    Finds from Stringman's are being processed in front of
    the refurbished office
    Inside the office
    Smart new office, courtesy of the Estate


    Three trenches have been stripped back revealing mixed archaeological results but with many possibilities matching anomalies from the geophysical survey results. All members are welcome to come down, join in or just learn more.

    Trench locations and vistor parking
    Location of the trenches and members parking

    Particularly interesting were the results of trench 3 which show some exciting potentially prehistoric features

    Trench 3 ring ditch
    Trench 3 - circular anomaly, possible ring ditch
    Trench 3 linear ditch 2
    Trench 3 Linear anomaly/ditch 2
    Trench 3 linear ditch 1
    Trench 3 Linear anomaly/ditch 1


    The digging will start in earnest on day 3. Watch this space for further news.





  • Badlesmere Bottom 2019 - Day 1

    Logistics day at Lees Court Estate for the first day of the Badlesmere Bottom excavations.

    Members of the Folkstone Research and Archaeology Group, the Shorne Woods Archaeological Group and the Faversham Society Archaeological Research Group were out today helping Richard and I to set up for the two week 'warm up' dig in advance of Keith's hoard dig.

    The weather was mixed to say the least but after a tour of the Stringman's Field excavation (last year's university of Kent dig) which has been transformed due to some hard work in the spring, we went about setting out the containers and office and staking out the trenches over our geophysics targets. Two out of the three initial trenches have now been stripped of their top and sub soils and are revealing some quite promising features.

    Early stages but things are looking good for plenty of work over the next two weeks. More volunteers needed!


    The first trench over a circular and three linear anomalies reveals some possible ditches
    John and Richard musing over potential features while waiting for that cloud to burst.


  • Lees Court Estate Documentation and Information Pack
  • Video on Lees Court



  • Stringmans Field


Kent Archaeology Society
The Lees Court Estate Project 2019 Season

The Lees Court Estate Project 2019 Season


You are cordially invited to come and take part in the 2019 Season excavation on the Lees Court Estate.


We now have a fixed diary of events for the 2019 season on the Lees Court Estate.


Kent Archaeology Society
The Literary History of Kent

Talk at the Kent Archaeological Society Annual General Meeting, University of Kent. May 18th 2019.

By Kerry Brown

Kent Archaeology Society
The Inventory, Accounts and Probates of Henry Saker of Faversham

Kent Archaeology Society
Community Dig at Lullingstone

Volunteers needed for the upcoming community dig at Lullingstone Roman villa. Click here for details:


Kent Archaeology Society
New Website Feature - Kent Archaeological Reports

Great news - we have added a new feature to our Kent Archaeological Reports.  You can now use an interactive map to find reports in an area and even sort by Phase.  You are still able to look at the full reports in a list format as well, however the sorting facility allows you more freedom to find the reports you are interested in for example, Anglo-Saxon etc.

You can find this new feature via the publications drop-down or click on the link below to go there now:-

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