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.

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.


Dr. Philp’s book, Archaeology on the front line - 70 years of rescue 1952 - 2022 across Kent and S.E. London is out now!

A fascinating record of his 70 year career, the book covers sites across Kent and S.E. London.

Visit our Publications Page to find out how to purchase your copy!

All proceeds go towards further rescue work in Kent.

The Latest KARU Publications By Dr. Brian Philp MBE, Hon. D. Litt., FSA are now available for purchase via our

Publications Page.

  • No. 27 - Excavations at Allington Castle Near Maidstone, 2013 - 21
  • No. 28 - The Discovery of Prehistoric and Roman settlements at Meopham, Kent

Kent Archaeological Review

Although the Council for Kentish Archaeology (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 20% postage), only by post,

Please send any requests and enclose a cheque made payable to Kent Archaeological Rescue Unit to:

18 Highfield Avenue, Orpington BR6 6LF

When ordering, please give your name, address, issue numbers and quantity of copies.

Notices and Upcoming Events

Roman Painted House, Dover Notices

Please note that the Roman Painted House, Dover will remain closed for repairs until April 2025

Please check back with the website for updates.