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There are 20 archaeologists working for the National Trust across England, Wales and Northern Ireland caring for our monuments, houses, collections, gardens and landscapes.  Learn more about their discoveries first-hand. 

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Winter sunrise at Coldrum Neolithic Long Barrow, Kent

Behind the scenes of excavations, surveys and building projects, getting up close to artefacts and collections research, and sharing archaeological and historical perspectives. Follow the National Trust Archaeologist’s blog to hear the latest news, and stories from our experts, volunteers and partners.

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13 Apr 2021

All quiet on the National Trust estate: the impact of past conflicts


Published: 13 April 2021

Ian Barnes is the National Trust’s Senior National Archaeologist. He previously worked for the Ministry of Defence in numerous different roles including as the Archaeologist for Salisbury Plain and as the Head of Historic Environment. In this article, he reflects on the evidence of conflict in the landscape, both ancient and modern.

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18 Mar 2021

Written in stone: mapping Nymans' historic graffiti


Published: 18 March 2021

In this blog, Tom Dommett discusses recent work undertaken at Nymans in West Sussex to record historic graffiti inscribed on the rocks in the woodlands on the estate, some of which dates back hundreds of years. Having previously worked as an Archaeologist and a Consultancy Manager in London and the South-East, Tom is now the National Trust’s Head of Historic Environment.

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24 Feb 2021

Fountains Abbey's archaeology: past, present and future


Published: 24 February 2021

Mark Newman is one of our archaeologists, based in the North of England. In this blog, Mark looks back at his work with the National Trust, and in particular, at the World Heritage Site at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden in North Yorkshire. Discover the past, present and what the future of Fountains Abbey holds, as Mark takes us on a journey through his discoveries from ancient ...

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10 Feb 2021

Letters from Eve: Chedworth, the London Mithraeum and 1954


Published: 10 February 2021

Martin Papworth is one of our archaeologists, based in the South West of England. In this blog, Martin revisits his research on Eve Rutter – later Harris – and her work at Chedworth Roman Villa, Gloucestershire, in 1954. Eve was a pioneer in archaeological excavation and publication at Chedworth.

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27 Jan 2021

Personal reflections on the digs and discoveries at Sutton Hoo


Published: 27 January 2021

Angus Wainwright is one of our archaeologists, based in the East of England. He has visited and worked on many fascinating dig sites over the years, but if there’s one that stands out, it has to be Sutton Hoo in Suffolk. Archaeologists have been working on the area for more than 80 years, but it’s the first excavations in 1938-9 which are the subject of new Netflix film The Dig, starring Ralph ...

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