Can you dig it? Infrastructure and archaeology

Ellie Dewdney takes us on a journey from a Wessex hilltop via a Peak District cave, and tunnels far and wide into the sometimes unexpected places that archaeologists find evidence that reveals the story of our past

National Trust Places

In this series of blog posts Ellie Dewdney will be keeping you up to date with current issues that could affect Britain’s most special places and what the National Trust are doing to preserve these national treasures.

When it comes to archaeology it is an exciting time here at the Trust. To the delight of our team of archaeologists we have just purchased the vast Iron Age hill fort complex at Hambledon Hill, Dorset. It would probably be fair to describe this as the most important archaeological acquisition we have made in 30 years.

Part of the Hambledon Hill earthworks Part of the Hambledon Hill earthworks

But is not all about purchasing power – our archaeologists like to get their hands dirty too. Earlier this year a team lead by the Trust’s Midland’s Archaeologist, Rachael Hall, found a hoard of 26 Roman and Late Iron Age coins in Reynard’s Kitchen Cave.

Reynard's Kitchen Cave Reynard’s Kitchen Cave

Unsurprisingly, archaeology…

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About Dr Nick

Dr Nick Snashall is Archaeologist for Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site. She is fascinated by prehistoric stones, large and small, and their potential for unlocking the secrets of our past. Nick is co-director of Living with Monuments (an AHRC funded research project aiming to address our lack of knowledge of Neolithic settlement and non-monumental activity through targetted fieldwork and archival research into the Avebury region) and Ground -Truthing Stonehenge’s ‘Superhenge’: excavations at Durrington Walls (Current Archaeology's 2017 Research Project of the Year)

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