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Kent Archaeological Review extract

About the Review.
by Victor Smith.

The creation of the Council for Kentish Archaeology or Kent Archaeological Research Groups Council as it was first known was a far reaching event for Kentish Archaeology, and ever since the progress of the CKA and of the Kent Archaeological Review has been one of rapid evolution with standards leaping cumulatively all the time. The CKA leads the country as an example of what the part-time archaeologist can do -- I hesitate to use the term "amateur" for the achievements of the part-timer are often no different from the "professional." The Kent Archaeological Review is a publication which no Kentish Archaeologist can possibly do without and is read outside the county by many archaeologists who recognise that it has a great deal to offer in the form of up-to-date reference material on a spectrum of different sites and periods.

Up-to-date information published "soon after the event" is where the KAR scores and it is up to the directors of digs to continue to respond to the situation by sending in reports on their work even if they are only interim. We want to publish now, not in a year or 18 months. The individual has a right to be heard too -- the man who finds a Bronze Age Axe or a patch of occupation debris in a field should feel equally justified in contributing to the Review. Papers on the specialist and technical aspects of archaeology are useful and have proved very popular. The orientation of the KAR has always been from the Prehistoric, through Roman and Saxon to, the Medieval periods but this does not mean that it cannot cater for later periods and the "off-beat." The field of Environmental Archaeology is one where the KAR can be used as a vehicle for news. The term Environmental Archaeology includes the orthodox Industrial Archaeology and anything not covered by that term -- hospitals, sewers and interesting lavatories, etc.! Contributions should in the main be limited to cases where some feature of Environmental Archaeology is in danger of destruction or is actually being destroyed. We could have one or two short papers in each issue but conventional "archaeology" must always take the major share of space.

A word about contributions to the KAR -- if contributors can send in their work to a set pattern they will make the Editor's life an easier one!

  1. Reports are best typed double-spaced on one side of the paper with a left hand margin of 3 centimetres. The approximate number of words should be pencilled in on the lower right hand corner of the last page.
  2. The titles of reports should be in block capitals not underlined, and the writer's name in lower case.
  3. Photographs and drawings are welcome. Photographs need to have good contrast for printing -- not washed out or dark. Blockmakers like drawings to be executed in black ink on good white or tracing paper and have a sharp appearance. A scale, preferably metric, should be included and it is useful to suggest a meaningful title.
  4. References in reports to weights, dimensions or distances are best in metric.
  5. A closing date for contributions to KAR is put in every issue. It is helpful if contributors can, where possible, send in their material before the closing date so that the Editor is not presented with an 11th hour mass of paper to process.
The circulation of the KAR has gone up steadily over the past few years, but we still have a long way to go. Everyone is asked to continue to publicise the KAR and to increase sales through the Groups, shops, friends and any means available. Those who have archaeological contacts outside the County are particularly asked to carry a copy of the KAR in their knapsacks!
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