Archaeology at our places

We look after many rich and diverse archaeological sites, from the awe-inspiring Anglo-Saxon burial ground at Sutton Hoo, Suffolk to Levant Mine and beam engine, part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. 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.   

The Dig film and Sutton Hoo's story
Hear from our archaeologists
Latest archaeology video

Hidden history revealed

Join us on a behind-the-scenes tour of Chedworth Roman Villa in Gloucestershire and discover Britain's first known 5th-century mosaic. Although the site is currently closed for visitors, you can still uncover the fascinating story behind this mosaic and meet one of the archaeologists involved in its excavation.

Recent archaeological discoveries

Things to spot and do

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" 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, Senior National Archaeologist
About archaeology

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.