Kent is a county in South East England with a long history of human occupation. Kent has been occupied since the Lower Palaeolithic as finds from the quarries at Swanscombe attest. During the Neolithic the Medway megaliths were built and there is a rich sequence of Bronze Age occupation indicated by finds and features such as the Ringlemere gold cup.
The name Kent probably means 'rim' or 'border', regarding the eastern part of the modern county as a 'border land' or 'coastal district.'
Although now two miles from the sea amid the marshes of east Kent, Richborough Castle was arguably the Romans' main entry point when they invaded Britain in circa AD 43. They established a bridgehead and commemorated their success by building a triumphal arch whose cross shaped foundations still survive at the site which is now looked after by English Heritage.
Roman Britain was under attack by Saxon and other raiders in the 3rd Century. East Kent became one of the kingdoms of the Jutes during the 5th century and the area was later known as Cantia in around 730 and Cent in 835. The early Medieval inhabitants of the county were known as the Cantwara or Kent people, whose capital was at Canterbury.
Kent has a great and varied history which makes this county a wonder to explore.