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.

Happy archaeologist dressed in orange PPE.

Jess is in the Lancaster office


Jess popped in to see our colleague Richard and our super volunteer Lynn in the Lancaster office. Here they are washing finds (spot the newly clean pottery sherds in the tray!) today. Thanks for all your help, Lynn!

Volunteer Lynn and archaeologist Richard washing finds in the Lancaster office
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Portrait of Patrick Lambert

Paddy is excavating with Cosmo in our East region


Paddy's lovely cockapoo Cosmo is proudly posing atop the Roman road excavation at Priors Hall, Corby, being happy about being involved in Roman archaeology and all the attention. It makes us wonder, how did the Romans say "Who's a good boy?"

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