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.


Clem and Jess are at the EAA conference in Belfast, Northern Ireland 


Clem and Jess attended the conference of the European Association of Archaeologists in Belfast where they presented their paper "Archaeology legacy: designing a digitally innovative educational resource". Well done both!

Clem and Jess in Belfast
An illustration drawing outline of people
James Cross selfie

James is in the field in the South West region


James is dancing in the sunshine instead of the rain for once. Being an archaeologist in the field gives you a very special appreciation for good, dry weather!

James in the field
An illustration drawing of a trowel