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Archaeology

Exploring our past, preparing for the future

We will reveal over 10,000 years of British history.

Before we build bridges, tunnels, tracks and stations, the largest archaeology programme ever undertaken in the UK is taking place along the line of route.

Our archaeology programme is providing a fascinating insight into the everyday lives of the people and communities who made modern Britain.

Uncovering West London's Hillingdon Hoard

Over 300 Iron Age 'potins' - or small coins - have been discovered on this HS2 site in West London.

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Other interesting sites

Coleshill Manor, Warwickshire

During archaeological work in Warwickshire, the remains of Coleshill Manor, an octagonal moat and impressive formal garden were discovered.

St Mary's Church, Buckinghamshire

In Stoke Mandeville our archaeologists have found the remains of the medieval church of St Mary with some other unusual discoveries.

Curzon Street Station, Birmingham

We have unearthed what is thought to be the world’s oldest railway roundhouse at the Curzon Street Station site.

Wellwick Farm, Buckinghamshire

Archaeological work at Wellwick Farm, near Wendover has revealed ceremonial and domestic features spanning thousands of years.

St James' Gardens Burial Ground, London

Archaeologists working on the HS2 project in Euston have discovered Victorian time capsules and the remains of Captain Matthew Flinders.

Offchurch, Fosse Way

Iron Age and Romano-British settlement, and a landscape of transport and transition at Offchurch, Warwickshire.

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The archaeological work will enable us to show that HS2 is more than a railway. It’s a project that will have a huge positive impact on the UK, dramatically enriching our cultural heritage and leaving a lasting legacy for the future.

  • Dignity, care, respect

    The careful excavation of the remains of ordinary people and celebrities of their time will give us an unprecedented opportunity to trace our ancestors and tell their stories.

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  • Sharing the discoveries

    People of all ages and from all over the UK and beyond will be involved in the discoveries in a variety of ways. Expert lectures, community open days and online channels will enable us all to learn about the people that shaped our landscape.

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  • Leaving a lasting legacy for the future

    Traineeships, apprenticeships and school visits will expose people to the cutting-edge technology and modern techniques being used by our team of archaeologists.

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Community Voices

HS2 offers an opportunity to explore the stories of communities living and working close to the HS2 route. We invited people to share their stories with us as part of an oral history project.

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