Archaeological highlights from our Heritage Records
The National Trust Heritage Records Online website is the easy way to discover more about the archaeology we care for. From buried remains to medieval buildings and industrial landscapes here are just some of the highlights from around the UK.
- Anglo Saxon Burials, Sutton Hoo, Suffolk
- Mound 1 at Sutton Hoo was excavated in 1939 by a team led by Basil Brown exposing a 90ft long ship with a burial chamber. This is thought to be the resting place of King Raædwald of East Anglia. More recent excavations in the area include a cemetery dated between the 6th and 7th centuries.Discover the burials at Sutton Hoo
- Avebury Henge Monument, Wiltshire
- The largest stone circle in the world with other monuments within it, including a cove and two stone circles, surrounded by a huge henge bank and ditch.Discover Avebury Henge
- Bronze Age beakers, Clumber Park, Nottingham
- A chance discovery of two Bronze Age beakers, found near the lake, provide a glimpse into the long-lost prehistoric landscape of the area.Discover Clumber Park
- Cerne Abbas Giant, Dorset
- An ancient naked figure sculpted into the hillside. At 180ft, it's Britain’s largest, and possibly best-known, chalk hill figure.Disover Cerne Abbas Giant
- Chedworth Roman Villa, Gloucestershire
- One of Roman Britain's grandest villas, including a 5th-century mosaic, two bath-houses and a water shrine.Discover Chedworth Roman Villa
- Citadel, Dinas Emrys, North Wales
- The ruins of a medieval tower at the summit of Dinas Emrys are recognised as one of the earliest stone castles in Gwynedd and connected to a famous Welsh legend of two dragons.Disover Dinas Emrys
- Croft Ambrey Hillfort, Croft Castle, Herefordshire
- An Iron Age hillfort survives within the parkland of Croft Castle. The earthworks have been extensively excavated revealing both prehistoric and later Roman archaeology.Discover the Iron Age hillfort
- Deserted medieval village, Gunby Hall, Lincolnshire
- A deserted medieval village survives as earthworks to the south of the main house. The village was abandoned many years before, finally being demolished probably at the time of building the present Gunby Hall in 1700.Discover the medieval village
- Late Iron Age settlement, Wimpole, Cambridgeshire
- Late Iron Age and Early Roman rural settlement at Lamp Hill on the Wimpole Estate in Cambridgeshire. Artefacts discovered include a handle depicting a stylised male figure thought to be a Celtic deity.Discover Lamp Hill
- Levant Mine and Beam Engine, Cornwall
- Mining remains of the industrial past on the ‘Tin Coast’, which forms part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site and includes a restored 1840s beam engine.Discover Levant Mine and Beam Engine
- Paviland Cave, Gower, South Wales
- The most famous discovery at the cave, also known as Goat’s Hole was a collection of human bones dated to about 24,000 years old, known as ‘The Red Lady of Paviland’ (later found to be the bones of a male).Discover Paviland Cave
- Ring fort, Limvady, Northern Ireland
- The Rough Fort outside Limavady is one of the best examples of a Rath in Northern Ireland and one of the best-preserved in our care.Discover Rough Fort
- Roman remains, The Weir, Herefordshire
- Riverside Roman remains, originally thought to be a villa or shrine complex but now interpreted as a bath house site.Discover The Weir
- Stonehenge landscape, Wiltshire
- An ancient ceremonial landscape of great archaeological interest, including an internationally important complex of prehistoric monuments. The Stonehenge landscape is a World Heritage Site.Discover Stonehenge
- Ticknall lime and brick yards, Calke Abbey, Derbyshire
- The remains of the lime and brick yards that survive within the woods provide a unique insight into the industrial landscape of the estate from medieval times to the 19th century.Discover Calke Abbey’s industrial landscape
From champagne bottles to deliberately blocked tunnels, learn about some of the discoveries at places in our care and the approaches we're using to protect them for future generations.
We survey all our sites for any signs of archaeological significance, using aerial photography and expert analysis on the ground. Find out more about our work to explore remnants of the past, and why it's so important to us.
Explore the atmospheric 7th-century Royal Burial Ground at Sutton Hoo and discover the history and mystery of what lay beneath the earth at this special place.
Discover the unusual objects that have been unearthed at Chedworth; from a 5th-century mosaic to bone hair pins and pottery.
In England, several sites of lost medieval villages can be found at National Trust places. Learn more about these abandoned villages.
Find out how your support helps us look after the past, from conserving historic buildings to revealing archaeological sites and supporting urban heritage projects.
Archaeology reveals the stories of people and communities from the past. Find out about the Anglo-Saxon burial ground at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk, Chedworth Roman Villa in Gloucestershire and many other rich and diverse sites.
Follow the final journey of the Anglo-Saxon burial ship found at Sutton Hoo, Suffolk, in our podcast episode, 'The last voyage'. You can also find more episodes from series seven, filled with nature and history.