Richard Taylor is a distinguished archaeologist, accomplished TV presenter, and published author. He currently serves as the General Manager of the Kent Archaeological Society (KAS). Richard holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from the University of Greenwich, a Masters degree in Victorian Studies from Birkbeck College and studied Archaeology at UCL's Institute of Archaeology.
After serving five years as an operational support officer with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Richard decided to change careers and become a Secondary School Teacher. He co-authored several sports and education textbooks for Heinemann and Pearson Publishing during this time. More recently, Richard co-presented Channel 4's Great British Dig and, in addition to his current GM role, serves as the editor of the Society’s magazine.
Richard was appointed a Trainee Community Archaeologist for Kent County Council in 2013. Since then, he has directed numerous excavations, including the Footsteps of Caesar Project with the University of Leicester, the Lees Court Estate Project with the Society, and the Roman fort sites at Lympne. He specialises in geophysical survey techniques and fieldwork excavation methods.
Richard's primary role with the Society is to expand its public provision and employ heritage as a public engagement and education tool. In this capacity, he revised the Society's strategic aims to enable a more public-facing organisation that uses history and archaeology to impact local communities and schools, encouraging the research, investigation, and preservation of local heritage assets.
KAS features in Channel 4's The Great British Dig
Sun, 21 Jun 2020
The Society has featured in Channel 4's The Great British Dig, available to watch now on-demand at 4OD. Read more
Caesar in Kent; did he land at Pegwell Bay?
Wed, 10 Feb 2021
A talk hosted by KAS President-elect Kerry Brown with Richard Taylor on the evidence of whether Caesar landed at Pegwell Bay near Ramsgate. Watch
Lees Court Estate post-excavation interview
Mon, 04 Feb 2019
Archaeologists Steve Willis, Keith Parfitt and Richard Taylor discuss the initial findings from the May 2018 excavation of the ring ditch in Stringman's Field on Lees Court Estate. Listen