Kent Archaeological

Rescue Unit


Founded in 1971 the Kent Archaeological Rescue Unit has excavated 400 sites throughout Kent. The unit continues to excavate, record, publish and protect the rich history of Kent to this day. Two of those archaeological sites are open to the public and are enjoyed by thousands of visitors each year. Both sites are run by our fantastic teams of knowledgable volunteers and we are always happy to add to those teams. If you are interested in gaining experience of working in a museum-like environment, please CONTACT US via the form below. 

The exposed ruins of the Crofton Roman Villa in Orpington is open to general visitors and for educational puroposes with local schools. Please visit our Crofton Roman Villa page to find out more about what we offer and to download our information for teachers leaflet.

The Roman Painted House in Dover is another site run by the Kent Archaeological Rescue Unit, which consists of extremely well preserved Roman house and portrays a facinating insight of Roman Dover. Please visit our Roman Painted House page for further information.

Notices and Upcoming Events

Half Term Fun at the Villa!

Crofton Roman Villa, Orpington

Tuesday 22nd & Wednesday 23rd October 2019

Travel back in time to Roman Bromley and discover fascinating facts about the Romans. Children can see and handle everyday Roman objects on our touch table, dress as Romans, dig for finds in our excavation tray, do a Roman soldier brass rubbing and play with replica Roman toys. Did the Romans really eat Dormice? You’ll be amazed what you can learn!

Open 10am – 3.30pm (last entry 3pm)

See what Roman Bromley was like 1,800 years ago!

Visit our Crofton Roman Villa page for further information.

Prehistoric Hippopotamus Skeleton

On display at the Roman Painted House, New Street, Central Dover.

Discovered 30 years ago on secret dig in centre of Folkestone. 

August marks its 100,000 year anniversary! 

Open Tuesdays to Saturdays 10AM till 5PM July - Septemeber 2019.

Admission only £3 and £4.

Children under 3 and over 93 free!

Why not check out our new Blog!

Celebrating the work of archaeology in Kent, the Kent Archaeological Review is a journal produced by our sister charity the Council for Kentish Archaeology, which sadly dissolved last year. 

We are currently working on getting  the archive of articles from the Review onto our new Blog, so please bear with us while we undertake this enormous task!

We hope that you will enjoy reading some of these articles, which touches on the work of archaeological groups in Kent as well as general areas of historical interest. 

Contact Us



Please send all mail enquires to:

Kent Archaeological Rescue Unit

The Roman Painted House

25 New Street


CT17 9AJ

Phone: 01304 203279

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