What to do if you make a find
There are many
archaeological sites and objects that have remained undiscovered in
the Kent landscape. There are also historic buildings that may now
be hidden beneath more modern facades.
From time to time, though, discoveries are made by people
enjoying the countryside, digging their gardens or working around
If you do find something that you think may be of archaeological
or historic interest, then the following steps will help ensure
that it is treated properly and that people are informed, who may
be able to help.
- Try not to disturb a suspected archaeological
site; certainly do not attempt to dig it up! Much of the
most important information about archaeological sites and finds
comes from the context that they are found in - how they lie in the
ground, what other features may be close by and the condition they
are in when discovered. Removing finds from the ground without this
information being properly recorded can significantly reduce our
ability to understand them properly.
- Many sites and finds are very fragile. Taking
them from the ground without proper care can damage or destroy
them. If you must remove small items please do not try to clean
them with household cleaning materials as this can be extremely
harmful. Please note that you cannot remove artefacts without the
permission of the landowner.
- Carefully note where the site is. If possible
try to find a grid reference from an Ordnance Survey map or create
a small sketch map. Alternatively, pace out the location of the
find spot from an easily identifiable landmark.
- If you can do so without disturbing the site, take photographs
and make any notes that will help identify it later.
If you have discovered an archaeological site, then please
immediately contact the Heritage Conservation Group and inform your
local archaeological society.
We can ensure that the site is properly recorded in the
We can also give advice about how to protect the site as much as
possible, or, if it is likely to be harmed by a development, we may
be able to arrange for it to be recorded first by
If you have found a small and portable item, then please contact
Liaison Officer who will record where it was found, and may be
able to identify it for you.
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