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. 

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Field portrait of Cami

Cami is in the field in the South East region


With more rain today, Cami shared this photo from her days working on the HS2 site at Fleet Marston, Buckinghamshire. Sometimes you need to get through more than just mud to get to the archaeology...

View of excavations at Fleet Marston with flooded trenches
An illustration drawing of a trowel

Ed is in the Oxford office 

Ed is working on some pretty spectacular Samian pottery sherds from a site in the North of England. This one has beautiful decoration representing gladiators, dogs chasing one another, and a chariot. It's so beautiful that he couldn't resist sharing it! 

Samian pottery sherd with gladiators, running dogs and chariot
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