Archaeology at our properties

The National Trust cares for many historic places, but it's not just what you can see that we care for. From Anglo-saxon burials at Sutton Hoo to 19th Century courtyards at Trerice, our archaeologists are working to care for these archaeological finds so everyone can enjoy them.

Archaeology at Gunwalloe, Penrose
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Neolithic and Early Bronze Age archaeology in the Midlands

The National Trust cares for many unique and historic landscapes across the Midlands, many of which are scattered with the remains of prehistoric occupation.

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Parch marks reveal hidden history in the Midlands

Summer of 2018 was a scorcher, so much so that the grass in many of our places went completely brown. As the ground dried out it started to reveal some pretty amazing bits of archaeology.From lost gardens to entire mansions it was amazing to see shapes appearing right before our eyes.

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Archaeology in the Midlands

Archaeology isn't all about digging holes! Discover how we use it to uncover all kinds of history and stories about the places in our care.

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Meet Cotswolds Ranger, Matt Stanway

Lead Ranger in the Cotswolds, Matt Stanway, explains what makes Crickley Hill such an important and special place.

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A life full of stories

Meet Laura - the holder of a completely unique role within the National Trust. She tells us more about her day to day job and what she loves most about Sutton Hoo.

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Calke Abbey’s lost garden rediscovered

Recent examination of detailed landscaping mapping of Calke Abbey has revealed the remains of a ‘lost’ garden.

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Finding Shelter on the Eastern Moors

Finding shelter on the moors can be tough. Find out more about how people in the past worked and lived out on the Eastern Moors in the Peak District.

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Using radar to reveal hidden archaeology

Archaeology isn't all about digging! Some of our properties in the Midlands have been using scientific techniques and radar to investigate what intriguing archaeology survives underground.

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Who was John Gardner Wilkinson?

Sir John Gardner Wilkinson (1797-1875) was a nineteenth-century traveller and scholar. He was a pioneer of Egyptology, the modern science devoted to the study of ancient Egypt.

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What is Egyptomania?

The term Egyptomania refers to the enthusiasm for everything that is related to ancient Egypt. Although Egyptomania has been seen in many places and at many times, several peaks are especially noteworthy.

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Geological diversity on Llŷn

Enjoy the incredible geological diversity on the Llŷn Peninsula and discover a valuable resource that is used for educational and research purposes, as well as by the manufacturing and construction industries.

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Join the CITiZAN coastal heritage survey

Join a crowd-sourced project to survey endangered archaeological sites along our coast. CITiZAN need your help to record all our shoreline sites, daily threatened by the tides and adverse weather, on an interactive coastal map.

Published : 11 Aug 2016

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Second chalk figure discovered near Uffington White Horse

The Uffington White Horse is one of England’s best-known chalk figures, but a recent geophysical survey has revealed that it is not the only ancient work of art in the area.

Published : 01 Mar 2017 Last update : 31 Mar 2017

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Bring history to life in Llŷn

Are you curious about the rich and colourful history in Llŷn? Take a journey into its past and find out more about some of the people and places that have shaped this special peninsula.

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Digging into history

Discover how a team of volunteers helped us to excavate the Second World War tunnels at Fan Bay Deep Shelter, Kent, and get the shelter open to the public. It was one of our biggest volunteer projects and took over 3,000 volunteer hours.

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The power of books and the English landscape

Extraordinary books can transport us and take us beyond ourselves - and some even transport us to recognisable places from around the South West. Archaeologist Martin Papworth reflects on the beauty of the English countryside as portrayed in literature, through four of his must-reads.

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Archaeology at our places

We care for special places for ever, for everyone. Archaeology helps us to protect our places.

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What is archaeology?

Archaeology is the study of human society and life in the past through physical remains.