Kent Archaeological

Rescue Unit


Founded in 1970 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 using the following email address: kentarchunit@gmail.com.

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


We are sorry to announce that due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, our August event 'Marvellous Mosaic Making' has been cancelled for the Crofton Roman Villa, Orpington. This decision was made by the organisers in order to ensure the health and safety of the public and our volunteers. 

The trustees regret that the Crofton Roman Villa, Orpington and the Roman Painted House, Dover will not be opening before August. Depending on the progress of the virus, we hope to open in the near future. We apologise to schools and groups who had planned to visit, but we look forward to welcoming you soon. Please keep checking our website for future updates.

Why not check out our Blog?!

The KARU blog consists of both old and new articles, some taken from our Kent Archaeological Review journal, which were written by various contributors and some regarding current archaeological projects and issues.

Kent Archaeological Review

Although the CKA has ceased to function the Kent Unit holds most of the back numbers of the Kent Archaeological Review and these can be purchased from KARU (at £1 a copy, plus postage), presently only by post, but normally also from the Roman House at Dover.

Contact Us

Mailing Address:

Please send all mail enquires to:

Kent Archaeological Rescue Unit

The Roman Painted House

25 New Street


CT17 9AJ

Phone: 01304 203279

Please email us if you have any enquiries about volunteering at the Crofton Roman Villa or Roman Painted House.

Email: kentarchunit@gmail.com

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