HS2 helps un­earth Britain’s past

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HS2 Ltd has be­gun a large-scale ar­chae­ol­ogy project as part of en­abling works for the new line.

Over the next two years, 1,000 ar­chae­ol­o­gists are set to in­ves­ti­gate 60 sites along the route, to ex­plore Britain’s his­tory. Early finds have in­cluded pre­his­toric tools in Buck­ing­hamshire, me­dieval pot­tery in Stoke Man­dev­ille and two Vic­to­rian time cap­sules.

BBC2 will air a se­ries in 201920 based on the find­ings of the digs, while HS2 plans to share its find­ings with lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties through a suc­ces­sion of open days. It added the find­ings will be pre­served for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions to ex­plore.

HS2 Ltd Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Mark Thurston said: “As well as im­prov­ing con­nec­tiv­ity, gen­er­at­ing 30,000 new jobs and cre­at­ing a net­work of new wildlife habi­tats, our ar­chae­ol­ogy pro­gramme shows that HS2 is more than a rail­way - it’s an op­por­tu­nity to tell the story of our past, cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties in the present, and leave a last­ing legacy for gen­er­a­tions to come.”

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