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Kent Archaeological Review extract

The Archaeology Division of the Ordnance Survey.

The Archaeology Division of the Ordnance Survey is responsible for all the archaeological information published on the Department's standard maps and plans, and also for the compilation of its archaeological and historical maps. In order to carry out this task the Division is engaged in making and keeping up to date, a comprehensive record of antiquities in Great Britain. This information is collected in a programme of county research, the priorities being based on the Ordnance Survey's general programme of re-survey. At the same time information on sites outside the county programme is collected empirically from a number of sources including honorary correspondents, archaeological bodies and the general public.

The research programme consists in the main of careful recording from all known archaeological and historical literary sources and inspection of air photographs. This is followed up by investigation in the field, when special surveys of extant features and remains are made. Accuracy of siting is of prime importance, and a great deal of attention has to be given to this when investigating find spots or the sites of non-extant antiquities. This sequence of recording and field investigation has been recently completed for Kent and the next stage is to keep this record up to date. It is with this in mind that this note has been written for the newsletter at the invitation of the editor. It is the Division's intention to keep in touch with all the local groups in Kent, initially by post, and where necessary visits will be made.

The Division is interested in information on British archaeology of all periods up to and including the Industrial Revolution, and its scope and interests are fully described in Field Archaeology, a booklet written by the former Archaeology Officer, Mr C W Phillips, OBE, MA, FSA, published by the Stationery Office.

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