Archaeological excavations at Wimpole

Archaeological excavation at Wimpole

Discovering our past this summer

Wimpole Estate is about to add another chapter to its long history.

Plans for a new visitor welcome and gateway to the estate with a whole new arrival for visitors, including a new car park, are set to get underway later this year.

This ambitious project gives us a rare archaeological opportunity to glimpse at the past layers of Wimpole’s history before moving it well and truly into the future. What will you discover while we dig?

Why are we digging at Wimpole?

As part of the planning permission gained for the improvements to the estate, including a new visitor welcome and car park, it is a requirement that we carry out archaeological excavations before any building works begin.

Where are we digging?

Lamp Hill field site of the 2018 archaeology excavation
Lamp Hill field site of the 2018 archaeology excavation
Lamp Hill field site of the 2018 archaeology excavation

We’ll be digging in a section of the arable field to the South East of the house. We’re not excavating the whole field - a survey carried out in 2015 and previous investigations have allowed us to identify the ‘core’ of the settlement site and which parts of it that will be affected by the development.

The initial plan is to excavate and record a measured area of the site, based on the layout of the development and the known archaeology remains. 

As the dig progresses, there will be ongoing decisions regarding how to excavate the site effectively, where to investigate further and if it is necessary to extend the excavation area to look at significant archaeological features. 

Who are the archaeologists?

Oxford Archaeology East, who have worked on various projects at Wimpole for over 30 years, have been commissioned to undertake the archaeological excavations on behalf of the National Trust to ensure we record any significant remains that lie under the field before the new car park and visitor welcome is built.  They will be liaising with our archaeologists throughout the project and planning the progression of the dig over the summer.

What can you see?

What have we discovered?
listening to an explanation by an archaeologist whilst standing in the trench
What have we discovered?

There will be a unique opportunity for people to see the archaeologists in action throughout September by taking a walk up to the dig site.  Follow the signs from the car park.

When is the dig?

Archaeologists will be on site until the end of September.