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 Kat Blackbourne

Kat is digging in our East England region


This later Iron Age/Early Roman weaving comb was recovered from a pit. These combs are often found without their “teeth” intact, and their use in the weaving process still isn’t fully understood.

broken fragments of a bone weaving comb
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Portrait of Lauren McIntyre

Lauren is digging in our North England region


A beautiful quarry tile floor was uncovered during excavations of an earlier church building in Hull.

An archaeologist excavates a medieval red and black tiled floor surface
An illustration drawing of a trowel