HS2 helps unearth Britain’s past
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.”