Centre for Experimental Military Archaeology

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Experimental military archaeology is the practical exploration of the function and reality of attack, defence, and the life of the soldier throughout history.

“Nine-tenths of tactics are certain, and taught in books; but the irrational tenth is like the kingfisher flashing across the pool, and that is the test of generals.”

T. E. Lawrence

‘The Evolution of a Revolt’ in The Army Quarterly and Defence Journal October 1920


Centre for Experimental Military Archaeology is the home of pan-historical experimentation concerning methods of military attack and defence, and of soldiers’ day-to-day lives, from the Roman period to the Second World War.

We work in collaboration with the University of Kent and Wessex Archaeology to provide research and educative experiences using cutting-edge technology, the arts, and traditional means.

Based at Kent Showground, early study of the area has uncovered evidence of a Roman watchtower, Saxon fortifications, and a well-preserved Norman motte-and-bailey. More than 2000 years of history have passed through this corner of England, and we aim to uncover it.

The site also serves as a film and production set for both major studios and local creatives, as well as being open to schools, universities and tour groups. Feel free to get in touch using the contact form.

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