/Biggest archaeological dig in Europe will uncover UK’s buried history

Biggest archaeological dig in Europe will uncover UK’s buried history

digital recording of skeletons

HS2/Mola Headland Infrastructure

THE most extensive archaeological dig in Europe is under way in the UK, thanks to the high-speed train line being built between Birmingham and London (see “Map”). Major construction projects like the new line, known as HS2, are an ideal opportunity to investigate the buried past. Before building work begins this year, archaeologists will investigate 60 different sites along the 240-kilometre route.

The digs will uncover 10,000 years of history, from the time of hunter-gatherers through to the Roman, Saxon, medieval and modern eras. “We expect to find archaeology from every period in …