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Organization: Kent Archaeological Field School
Name: Paul Wilkinson
Address: The Kent Archaeological Field School, School Farm Oast, Graveney Road, Faversham, Kent ME13 8UP
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01795 532548


The Kent Archaeological Field School offers a number of courses in 2019.

Excavation continues in Kent. (Credit: Archaeological Field School) 

Courses at the Kent Archaeological Field School for 2019 will include:

Field Walking and Map Analysis

Saturday 13th April 2019

Field work at its most basic involves walking across the landscape recording features seen on the ground. On this weekend course we are concerned with recognising and recording artefacts found within the plough soil. These include flint tools, Roman building material, pottery, glass and metal artefacts. One of the uses of field walking is to build up a database for large-scale regional archaeological surveys. We will consider the importance of regressive map analysis as part of this procedure.

The course will cover:

  1. Strategies and procedures,
  2. Standard and non-standard line walking, grid walking,
  3. Pottery distribution, identifying pottery and building ceramics.

We will be in the field in the afternoons so suitable clothing will be necessary.

Wye Roman Villa and Water Mill

Good Friday 19th April to Sunday 28th April 2019

Archaeological excavation on the site of a recently discovered Roman Villa and water mill at Wye in Kent

On this ten day course we shall look at the ways in which archaeological sites are discovered and excavated and how different types of finds are studied to reveal the lives of former peoples. Subjects discussed will include aerial photography, regressive map analysis, HER data, and artefact identification. This course will be especially useful for those new to archaeology, as well as those considering studying the subject further. After tea break we will participate in an archaeological investigation on a Roman building under expert tuition. Expert diggers are not required to participate in the tool box talks.

Cost for members is £50 for the week or £10 a day if membership is taken out at the time of booking. For non-members the cost will be £75 for the week or £15 a day.

Training Week for Students on a Roman Building at Faversham in Kent

20th May to 6th June 2019

It is essential that anyone thinking of digging on an archaeological site is trained in the procedures used in professional archaeology. Dr Paul Wilkinson, author of the best selling “Archaeology” book and Director of the dig, will spend five days explaining to participants the methods used in modern archaeology. A typical training day will be classroom theory in the morning (at the Field School) followed by excavation at a Roman villa near Faversham.

Topics taught each day are:

  • Monday 6th May (Bank Holiday): Why dig?
  • Tuesday 7th May: Excavation Techniques.
  • Wednesday 8th May: Site Survey.
  • Thursday 9th May: Archaeological Recording.
  • Friday 10th May: Small Finds.

A free PDF copy of “Archaeology” 3rd Edition will be given to participants. Cost for the course is £100 if membership is taken out at the time of booking plus a Certificate of Attendance. The day starts at 10am and finishes at 4.00pm. For directions to the Field School see ‘Where ‘ on this website.

Archaeological Survey for Students

Saturday 6th July, Sunday 7th July 2019

An opportunity to participate in excavating and recording Roman features in the landscape.

Cost for members is £10 a day if membership is taken out at the time of booking. For non-members the cost will be £15 a day.

Excavation of a Roman villa at Teston near Maidstone

Saturday 3rd August to Sunday 11th August 2019

Last year a geophysical survey took place down slope from the Canterbury Archaeological Trust (CAT) discoveries and possible masonry walls identified. Subsequently the Kent Archaeological Field School were invited by the owner to investigate the site and a field walking weekend in March identified an area of disturbed Roman masonry below that of the CAT discovery and above that of the geophysical survey. Hand digging of test pits identified a substantial deposit of Roman building material and on opening up the trench the south wall stretching for 39m was exposed and running east-west, At each end substantial towers or pavilions were also exposed. Rooms with hypocaust heating were exposed to the north and stretching into the adjoining field and towards CATs investigations in 1991.

Work in 2018 included searching for the masonry bath-house and two geophysical surveys which has identified a major building to the rear of the main villa and this will be the focus of our investigations in August 2019.

Cost for members is £50 for the week or £10 a day if membership is taken out at the time of booking. For non-members the cost will be £75 for the week or £15 a day.


  1. Ray Drury
    January 25, 2017 @ 8:55 am

    Do you have a programme for 2017?


    • CA
      January 30, 2017 @ 10:28 am

      Hi Ray,
      Thank you for getting in touch. We’re currently in the process of updating our online digs listings. In the meantime, you can see the latest KAFS programme on their website:
      Best wishes,
      The CA Team


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