This article appeared in the Summer 1977 (Issue #48) edition of the Kent Archaeological Review.
Where the Money Goes.
The Dept. of the Environment has recently published a list of grants made for excavations during 1975 of which the following shows the major recipients.
|County Unit..||Grant.||Humberside Arch. Comm.||£42,250|
|Wiltshire Arch. Comm.||£31,000|
|Scole Comm. (Norfolk)||£28,000|
|M3 Arch. Rescue Comm.||£28,000|
|Scole Comm. (Suffolk)||£25,000|
|London & Middlesex Arch. Soc.||£20,500|
|Surrey Archaeological Society||£20,005|
|Dorset Archaeological Society||£17,792|
|Berkshire Arch. Comm.||£16,500|
|Essex County Council||£12,750|
|Bedfordshire County Council||£10,750|
|Kent Archarchaeological Rescue Unit||£10,500|
|North Yorks County Council||£ 6,000|
It is of interest to note that 5 cities have received a total of about £195,000 where 15 county units have received about £320,000 between them. Of these the Kent Archaeological Rescue Unit dealt with some 20 sites and kept a watching brief on the whole of the county for the very modest sum of £10,500. Indeed, with just about the smallest budget the Kent programme was at least as busy as any. Of the 14 most important sites dealt with across the whole of southern England, (14 counties) 5 were in Kent. These were the Neolithic peat-filled lake at Wilmington; the Bronze Age barrow at Margate; the complete Iron Age farmstead at Farningham (on the line of the M20); the Roman army and navy forts at Dover and Saxon structures also at Dover.
It is good to learn that Kent tops the list for major sites and that these can be dealt with in such a cost-effective manner. This reflects the efficient work of the full time Kent Unit and the good support it gets from its associated part-time groups. Archaeological Excavations 1975. HMSO Price £2.50.