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.

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Stephanie is digging in our East England region


This late Bronze Age pottery fragment popped out of my pit. You can see the groove pattern made from pushing their thumb into the clay. 

A close up of a hand holding a fragment of decorated Prehistoric pottery
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Matt is digging in our East England region


Having a well earnt lie down after digging this monster Bronze Age pit! Part of a series of similar pits found close together at the edge of the site.

A male archaeologist lies down in a large circular pit with his arms and legs spread out
An illustration drawing of a trowel