Archaeology in the Front Line

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50 Years of Kent Rescue 1952-2002
by Brian Philp.

Published on behalf of the Kent Archaeological Trust by the
Kent Archaeological Rescue Unit


250 pages. Size 245 x 190 mm. 300 plates.
Rigid case binding with gold blocking.

This lavishly illustrated book is a highly interesting, often amusing and sometimes hard-hitting account of 50 years of non-stop rescue archaeology in Kent and S.E. London.

All the work was directed by Brian Philp, mostly urgent rescue excavations, but also including training and education schemes, major preservation projects and publication.

Of over 600 projects undertaken since 1952 fifty of the most significant are described in the book.

Following a largely autobiographical introduction, each site is outlined in terms of the threat, the strategy and the work.

There are many splendid colour photographs and line drawings briefly covering the structures, features and artefacts found.

The sites range from prehistory, through Roman villas and forts, Anglo-Saxon cemeteries, medieval palaces and manor houses and even two gunpowder mills.

A chapter is devoted to battles fought and won to save 15 sites from destruction and another lists Brian Philp's outstanding achievement of publishing several hundred sites.

Finally, over 150 veterans of the famous CIB teams are acknowledged by name by their grateful Director.

This book, written in a non-technical style, should appeal to archaeologists, to all residents of Kent and S.E. London and everyone interested in our past. An ideal birthday or Christmas gift!


Normal Retail Price: 19.00;
Special Price
(for CIB members and supporters only; max. 3 copies): 16.00;
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