Archaeology at our places

hands with trowels digging in sand

We care for many rich and diverse archaeological sites, from prehistoric monuments such as Avebury in Wiltshire, to twentieth-century military installations like Orford Ness, Suffolk. Our archaeologists work to care for these places so that everyone can enjoy them.

Archaeology enables us to tell the stories of the places that we care for, revealing their longer histories of use and people. Through the earthworks of lost landscapes, buildings, buried remains and artefacts we’re able to make connections with past communities and understand more about the lives that they led.   

One of the burials uncovered at Long Bredy, Dorset

Long Bredy's prehistoric burials 

This summer, our archaeologists were busy digging at Long Bredy, Dorset, to discover more about a rare prehistoric burial site found during drainage work on one of our cottages. Their exploits featured on the BBC 4 series ‘Digging for Britain’.

" To me, archaeology roots us in place and time and gives a sense of belonging – of depth of time. And that is why archaeology is important to the Trust. We can display the evidence and tell stories of the habitation of these islands dating back thousands of years. "
- Ian Barnes, Head of Archaeology

Archaeological discoveries

Archaeology in process at Sutton Hoo

Experience a working holiday 

If you have a passion for uncovering the past then look out for one of our archaeology working holidays and join us at a dig. You could be one of the first to view a rare or unusual find.

Read about our cause

While we're passionate about open spaces and historic places, we're working hard in other areas too. With your help, we're caring for the environment, food and farming, green energy and transport, and heritage.