Biggest archaeological dig ever in the UK
With our joint venture partners Oxford Archaeology, under the brand of Framework Archaeology, we have created a display for Heathrow Airport based upon our excavations at Terminal 5. There are two video screens showing a looped video telling the story of the excavations and the discoveries made. Beside them are cases containing replica artefacts from the site including a set of flint tools made by Phil Harding, a long standing presenter of the popular Time Team programme.
The video provides a glimpse of the sheer scale of the work at Heathrow and offers a unique insight not just into the history of Heathrow, but of the evolving landscape on the site over some 9,000 years.
The way in which the work was undertaken was pioneering. New forms of data capture and analysis were introduced and a new approach to publication was adopted.These achievements were recognised by the heritage sector when the work was awarded the prestigious British Archaeological Award for Best Project in 2008 and was highly commended in the award for ‘Best Innovation’.
You can find the video screens and replica artefacts at Terminal 5 Departures – near Gate 11.
To find out more about this project visit the Framework website.
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