Festival of Archaeology 2022


17 Jul 2022

At National Highways we take great care in carrying out archaeological work before any road is built. This year we’re supporting the Festival of Archaeology, the UK’s biggest annual celebration of archaeology.

Festival of Archaeology 2022

The Festival of Archaeology is the UK’s biggest annual celebration of archaeology. It features in-person and virtual events around the UK and encourages audiences to discover the places and archaeology around them. Events and activities this year will run between 16 and 31 July and the theme for 2022 is ‘Journeys’.  

Our scheme has been designed to improve journeys along the A303 past Stonehenge, as well as reduce rat running in the surrounding villages. Journeys will go from what can take over an hour in peak times, to just 7 or 8 minutes. More reliable journey times aren’t the only benefits our scheme will deliver either -  our proposal will also enhance the landscape surrounding the monument by removing the road and putting it through a 3.3km tunnel.  

To mark this key event in the archaeology calendar we’ve spoken to several independent archaeology and history experts. Find out why they support our plans, and how the A303 Stonehenge scheme presents real opportunities for the World Heritage Site and for solving the traffic problem that has blighted the landscape for decades.  

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