Mapping Kent!

This week Kent has been helping our Heritage Team do some desk-based research. It is called desk-based because it involves reading, rather than digging.
This important part of our work involves finding out what is already known about the archaeology of a site. We find that information in different places, such as on old maps and documents, and in published books and journals.

2199 Here is Kent helping Heritage Consultant Marie Kelleher



We also get information from the Historic Environment Record (HER). Each county has an HER, which is a database containing details about all the known archaeological remains in that county. It is a very useful starting point for anyone who wants to find out more about the archaeology and history of their area. 
Like excavation, therefore, desk-based research involves piecing together lots of bits of different information – which presents Kent with a whole new set of challenges!
We do desk-based research so that we can tell people who want to build something whether there are likely to be any archaeological remains on their building site. This often means giving advice to people don’t know a lot about archaeology – which is why today Kent is all dressed up and wearing his tie.
It is really tricky to put on a tie when you are a teddy bear!