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Kent Archaeological Review extract

Letter from the Chairman.
by W S Penn (Chairman).

During the past ten years there has been a remarkable growth of field archaeology in Kent, a process which still continues. This has been caused not only by the deliberate research policies of old and new societies, but also by building and road construction.

Certain groups have felt for some time that there should be a measure of organised co-operation between societies. This would ensure minimum overlapping of effort, full coverage of the County for emergency work, rapid dissemination of results, and perhaps a centralised research policy.

With these objects in view, therefore, an inaugural meeting of groups was held at Canterbury on 10th October, 1964, and as a result, the Kent Archaeological Research Groups' Council was formed and a constitution approved. There are at present fourteen groups, but membership is open to all organised groups actively engaged in any form of field archaeology.

The constitution provides for five officers, a general committee of seven responsible for the day-to-day work of the Council and research policy, and various committees to implement specific policies. Two meetings of the Council will be held each year. It is stressed that no "rules shall prejudice the freedom and independence" of a society.

At the inaugural meeting, it was resolved that two sub-committees be formed,

  1. an Editorial and Publicity Sub-Committee, and
  2. an Emergency Excavation Sub-Committee.

The former was charged with the task of organising the publication of a newsletter, and the latter with the formation of a sound emergency excavation organisation. Both of these aims have already been achieved.

Although a conference sub-committee was not deemed necessary, representatives were elected to organise conferences, alternatively in East and West Kent, and this will perpetuate the excellent tradition started in East Kent.

Thus, the KARGC has made a vigorous start with its newsletter, emergency work and conference. It is hoped that it will be possible to build on this solid foundation, and there is no reason why the Council should not become one of the most active in the County in which it will play its full part.

Finally, it should be emphasised that the KARGC is a body complementary to the Kent Archaeological Society to which it pledges its full support. A resolution to this effect was passed at the last meeting of the Council.

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