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Church archaeology

The local church is one of the major features of the English landscape. Churches and other places of worship are often the most visible and oldest buildings in their locality. Some, such as Canterbury Cathedral, are major tourist attractions and internationally famous. Others may be small and less well known, but are just as significant to their communities.

More than 80% of churches are listed buildings. They are significant archaeological sites as well as active places of worship. It is essential to maintain the balance between this use and the specialist requirements for preservation. No one understands this better than Trust Director, Paul Bennett, who holds the post of archaeological advisor to the Diocese of Canterbury. Supporting him is a team of skilled staff with specialist knowledge of church archaeology, built up over many decades.

Churches are ‘living’ buildings and there is usually enthusiasm for maintaining them, often via the Parochial Church Council (PCC). Here at Canterbury Archaeological Trust we encourage and support such community ownership and the recognition that these represent historic assets.

Our staff are always on hand to advise and provide skilled intervention where necessary.

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