Community Archaeology in West Kent
SHAAS was formed in the spring of 2015 as an open access community archaeology group. Our primary goal is to explore our local heritage and encourage active participation from the local community.
Our members are of all ages and backgrounds and we operate a hands-on approach with members working alongside archaeologists and local experts. We also offer practical workshops and have an active outreach programme where members visit local schools and youth organisations. Members also organise a number of social and fundraising events including visits to archaeological sites, museums and quiz nights.
Our first season of excavation was in the summer of 2015 where we excavated an Iron-Age smelting furnace. The furnace was well preserved and further excavation revealed other areas of prehistoric activity illustrating how far back occupation of the Southborough Valley extends.
If you would like to join us this summer on our 2020 Southborough Valley excavation we are now open for membership. You need nothing but bags of enthusiasm and perhaps something to eat and drink and a waterproof! Click the link below to become a member of SHAAS
****EVENTS FOR 2020 *****
Details coming soon
The Digging season starts at the end of April
Every Sunday 10am-4pm (Weather permitting)
We will be continuing our excavation of the "Brokes Mill" site started in 2019:
an old Wheat Mill dating back to Victorian or Georgian periods
At the end of Powdermill Lane, just before the train viaduct on the left.
Please bring good work clothes and boots and something to eat and drink for lunch.
We can provide the rest.
In 2019 we unearthed and identified several structures.
During 2020 we will be continuing our exploration of these and extending the current trench.
Last year we found some fascinating archaeology and artifacts and we are anticipating finding more in the 2020 season.
If you are interested in archaeological then we are interested in you.
It's not all digging and scrapping away at the earth.
There are also opportunities to be involved in other ways:
recording, cleaning finds, using metal detectors and
behind the scenes historical / document / map research.
So lots of different aspects of achaeology.
Something for everyone and the whole family can get involved.
SHAAS Members get your trowels and kneelers ready!
Want to join in? Pop down and join us on the day.
Membership covers insurance whilst on the dig and help fund resources for everyone to use.
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We dig every Sunday
in the season
Please do join us
latest information from our
Facebook page on the left
All members are welcome
every Sunday - Weather Permitting
Right at the bottom of Powder Mill Lane on the left just before the Viaduct
Look for the signs - parking available
Not a member?
Join on the day
£5 individuals or £10 family
for one year
Need more information? Please get in touch using the form below or on our Facebook Page
If you would like to contact the society then you can do so via the contact form below. Simply fill out your details and add your message. Alternatively you can contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Day of geophysics at our Honnington Farm site 2015