Two AIM members collaborate on new exhibition

The Kent Archaeological Society (KAS), in collaboration with the Faversham Fleur De Lis Museum and the Lees Court Estate, has launched a new archaeological exhibition called “Lees Court Estate: Story of a Prehistoric Landscape.”

This exhibition tells the story of one of the UK’s most extensive long-term community excavation projects. The Lees Court Estate, located near Faversham, has been a site of archaeological investigation since 2017, thanks to the Countess Sondes’ generosity and enthusiasm. Over the past seven years, the KAS has discovered evidence of a previously unknown prehistoric landscape situated around a valley between Badlesmere, Shottenden, and Sheldwich.

Among the discoveries are four Bronze Age hoards, a late Bronze Age/early Iron Age settlement, and two possible Neolithic monuments. The Fleur De Lis Museum team has partnered with KAS to choose objects from various excavations that help tell the story of this mysterious landscape.

Andy Ward, KAS Curator, said: “Many of the objects on show have been excavated by volunteers who have given up their time to investigate this fascinating and previously unknown prehistoric landscape. This is part of a wider community archaeology project that is only beginning to explain the complexities of life dating back as far as 150,000 years ago.”

The exhibition, open until 29 June 2024, is suitable for all ages and provides an understanding of an ancient way of life and often misunderstood period of history by displaying flint and ceramic artefacts, bronze hoards, and artistic interpretations.

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