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 Gerry Thacker

Gerry is surveying in our South England region


An aerial shot of our site in Oxfordshire, showing a series of roundhouses and possible enclosures.


An aerial drone image of roundhouses and enclosure features visible in a field
An illustration drawing of a hill with a horse chalk figure
Profile photo of Matt Edwards

Matt is digging in our East England region


A little birdy told me that - this is a little birdy. A (mostly) intact bird skull found near the bottom of my pit. It was within soil that had collapsed in, so it’s unlikely that it was discarded as rubbish.

A close up of an archaeologists gloved hands holding a bird skull
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