People have lived in Kent for over 400,000 years and even
today the evidence of their activities still surround us.
Their homes and settlements, farms, places of work, business and
worship, and the means by which they defended themselves, still lie
scattered in the towns and countryside of Kent.
The county Historic Environment Record currently records over
42,000 archaeological sites, artefacts and historic buildings.
Although many of these sites are highly visible, such as the
churches, cathedrals, castles and buildings that are part of our
everyday lives, much of the heritage of Kent now lies buried
beneath the ground.
Kent County Council seeks to protect the best of our past by
helping local authorities draw up development plans and strategies
that conserve Kent's heritage and by advising them on planning
Where appropriate, archaeological sites are protected within the
planning process. Where this is not appropriate sites are recorded
by archaeologists prior to any development. Find out more about how we carry out this
You can view the Historic Environment
Record online. This online version is not suitable for legal,
planning or professional work; please contact the Historic
Environment Officer to make an
You can also view archaeological reports and aerial photographs
at the council offices. Please make an
appointment to visit the offices in Maidstone.