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About the Society

The Kent Archaeological Society is a registered charity founded in 1857 with the stated objective of promoting advances in knowledge of Kent’s archaeology and history by fieldwork, documentary research and publication.


The Society’s interests embrace the full range of specialist archaeological and historical subjects including the study of Kent’s landscape, the County’s social, economic and political history, its religious and domestic built heritage, defences and industrial archaeology, encouraging the involvement of the wider community wherever possible.

The County of Kent remains defined as it existed when the Society was founded, including the areas since lost to London (now comprising the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich and Lewisham), and Medway administrations.


Much excavation in the County is carried out by professional contractors, but the Society wishes to encourage local groups to remain active in fieldwork as well as historical and desk-based research, and makes grants, organises events, publications, lectures and training excavations.

The Society promotes education and the study of history and archaeology in schools and encourages people of all ages to take an interest in the subject.


Join the Society

The Society has over 1,000 members, many outside the County or overseas, and welcomes new members. Apply




Upcoming events

A series of lectures is provided from autumn to spring and occasional visits amd conferences are organised. Activities for members include opportunities to meet socially and for study. Upcoming




Grants, bursaries & prizes

The KAS administer, fund and distribute grants, bursaries and prizes in support of initiatives and projects which meet our core value of bringing the past to the present for everyone. Many of the grants are funded by the generous legacies of past supporters. Grants


Library & Archive

The KAS Library & Archive at Maidstone Museum from which members and non-members may access our archival and library collection. Other archival material belonging to the KAS is deposited at the Kent History and Library Centre. Catalogue



Archaeologia Cantiana

The annual journal Archaeologia Cantiana is free to members, containing numerous articles about most aspects of the County’s history and archaeology. The journal is made available online after three years. Archive




KAS Magazine

The bi-annual KAS Magazine is issued free to members of the Society and is featured on the website after one year. Archive





KAS E-Newsletter

The monthly KAS E-Newsletter is distributed free to members of the Society. Join