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Welcome to the Kent Archaeological Field School based at Faversham in Kent. The KAFS runs a relaxed, friendly, informative, affordable programme of archaeological subjects taught by the very best practitioners in their field. If you have any questions, please write to us at the address below, or alternatively, you can contact via the website by using the form on our contact page.

Dr Paul Wilkinson MifA, Director. Kent Archaeological Field School, The Office, School Farm Oast, Graveney Road, Faversham, Kent ME13 8UP

Telephone: 01795 532548 or 07885 700112

   

Kent Archaeological Field School

In 2006 the Kent Archaeological Field School (KAFS) celebrated its 10th Anniversary. Now in 2016 it celebrates 25 years. For quarter of a century KAFS has offered a varied and stimulating programme of courses aimed at non-specialist, volunteer and student archaeologists but it is its work in the field which, from the beginning, set it apart from other clubs and societies across the country. In 2007-2008 we built a new classroom and offices (right pic) and our first course there-Bones and Burials- in April 2009 was a huge success. Since then all our class-based courses have been held at the new facility. KAFS is run as a not-for-profit organisation and any surplus fees are used for additional archaeological  research. For further enquires contact Dr Paul Wilkinson on info@swatarchaeology.co.uk

It has often been said by our new members and visitors that the opportunity to take part in real excavation, as offered by KAFS, is something they cherish and, particularly in the early years, was virtually impossible to find elsewhere. Complete beginners have always been made very welcome, given basic training and allowed to learn through hands-on experience in the field supported and encouraged by friendly professional and amateur experts.

Many good and enduring friendships (and more than one romance!) have developed in the trenches and our annual Easter and summer excavations in particular are a holiday destination of choice for a number of our regular participants.

There is no doubt that more societies and local authority heritage teams do now run outreach programmes which offer more opportunities for amateur enthusiasts to take part in excavations, although our members’ experiences vary from county to county. We are still proud that the KAFS was something of a pioneering organisation when it was set up and still offers a unique forum for people to indulge their love of archaeology.


Gold medal struck by Constantius Chlorus to commemorate the recovery of Britain in AD 297.

The Caesar rides through Kent along Watling Street, with the Roman fleet keeping pace along the Swale and Thames. He is being greeted by a woman kneeling outside the walls of London, representing the spirit of the city.
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