Sites & monuments

With over 73,000 archaeological sites, ours is the largest privately-owned collection in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Comet lander named after Kingston Lacy obelisk

The Philae obelisk stands at 6.7m tall

The Philae obelisk stands at 6.7m tall

A robotic landing craft due to make its first ever touchdown on a comet, owes its name to an obelisk which stands in the grounds of Kingston Lacy, in Dorset.

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What is archaeology?

An archaeologist's role goes beyond excavations - find out about the methods we use to learn about those who came before us, and how we look after our monuments and sites.

Historic landscapes

Archaeology isn't just about digging up dinosaur bones or uncovering Roman mosaics. Our landscapes hold many clues to how our predecessors lived.

Northern Ireland

Malachy Conway, Survey Archaeologist shares his top five archaeologically significant sites in Northern Ireland.


  • Formby Footprints

    We’ve always known that Formby is a site of major archaeological and historical importance. But erosion of the sand here has revealed some exciting discoveries, including footprints that date back to the late Neolithic era (7,000 years ago).

  • Coleshill Auxiliars

    Coleshill was an important military hub during WWII and our team of experts are building a new secret bunker on the Estate, using original guidance from the 1936 edition of the Royal Engineer handbook of construction.

  • The Chantry Chapel

    This 15th-century chapel was restored by Gilbert Scott in 1875 and is now open to the public as as a second-hand bookshop. As the oldest building in Buckingham, when we decided to make some internal alterations, we needed to carry out a detailed archaeological survey first.

  • The Bishop's Palace, Downhill

    Downhill is on the North Coast of Co. Londonderry to the west of the town of Castlerock. It was acquired by us in the 1980s as the core remnant of a landscaped estate, established in the late 18th century. The survey and excavation project 2009-2011 was initiated as part of a research strategy to record and interpret the archaeology of the Downhill Estate.

  • Uffington White Horse - how old?

    This chalk figure seems to gallop across the chalk downland. Whilst it is best viewed from the air, this majestic form is something to behold from close up. It is about 3,000 years old, making it the oldest dated chalk figure in Great Britain.

Late Iron Age and Roman coins discovery

Discover the fascinating story of uncovering buried treasure in a Derbyshire cave - with help from the British army.

Dig into the life of an archaeologist

Martin Papworth has been an archaeologist with us for over 25 years. Find out what his job involves, why one day is never the same, and how you could get involved with our archaeology work.