Why archaeology matters

The physical remains of the past hold our shared story. Understanding what came before us creates a sense of place and identity which can inform and enrich our lives today. This is recognised in the UK's planning process, which seeks to strengthen local economies, support communities, and protect and enhance our environment through consideration of archaeology and heritage in development. Through our investigations, we help to physically and digitally preserve the past and ensure it is accessible to everyone now and forever.

School visit on an archaeological excavation

Project feed

Every week our teams of archaeologists are uncovering interesting finds across the country. Whether it is an artefact or an ecofact, each piece of evidence helps us build a more detailed picture of the past. 

Join us in an exciting journey of discovery through our Project Feed.

Portrait of Ann-Laure Bollen

Anne-Laure is digging in our East England region


One of the many fragments of axe moulds we’ve found during excavations on this Bronze Age settlement in Cambridgeshire. A socketed axe core. Quite a rare find.

A close up of a hand holding a late Bronze Age axe mould fragment
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Profile image of Sarah Peacop

Sarah is digging in our South England region


Some wonderfully detailed medieval pot is being discovered on our urban site in Oxford.

A close up of an archaeologists hands holding two fragments of decorated Medieval pottery
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