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Archaeological Archives

Cambridgeshire Archaeology Archive is the main repository for archaeological material found as part of archaeological fieldwork in the county.

It is best practice for any archaeological project to prepare a final archive for future researchers to consult. This applies for local amateur projects to major schemes undertaken by the largest of commercial companies.

More information about depositing archaeological archives with us.

Archaeological archives are large and bulky, requiring space to store and expertise to manage. The council currently holds over 12000 boxes of material from over 1000 sites. In 2018, we accessioned archives from over 80 sites including the material from the University of Cambridge excavations at the Upper Delphs, Haddenham (1981-1987) and the Fenland Survey (1976-1987).

We provide:

  • artefacts to museums for exhibitions
  • access for researchers to study
  • teaching collections to Higher Education bodies

Many of these archives are considered to be of national significance in terms of what they tell us about previous communities.

For more information about using material from our collections see page - Using archaeological archives for research.

The Historic Environment Team (HET) hosts a guided tour of the store every year and occasionally arranges tours for local groups and societies.

For more information please contact HET at or on 01223 728564.

The deposition of archaeological archives incur a charge to cover the initial accessioning and the long term storage. For more information please read the following user guidance and pricing notes.

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