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.   

Hear from our archaeologists
Latest archaeology video

Archaeologists reveal likely age of enigmatic Cerne Abbas Giant

Go behind the scenes with archaeologists to find out how and why, for the first time, they have uncovered the likely age of the Cerne Giant - Britain’s largest and perhaps best-known chalk hill figure.

Behind the scenes at our places Discover more
Recent archaeological discoveries
The Dig film and Sutton Hoo's story
Things to spot and do
Heritage explorer sheet tile

Take part in the Heritage Explorer Challenge 

The gardens and parks in our care are full of secrets from the past waiting to be discovered. Become a heritage explorer with this spotter sheet and see how many discoveries you can make.

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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

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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.