Archaeology in Southampton

Southampton has a wealth of archaeological evidence and remains.

Below the modern streets can be found evidence of prehistoric hunter-gatherer and farming communities, the Roman settlement of Clausentum, the Middle Saxon town of Hamwic, and the late Saxon and medieval town and villages that laid the basis for the modern city and suburbs.

Some ancient walls and buildings survive above ground. The complex picture is constantly being amended and enhanced by new fieldwork and research.

Find out more about archaeology in Southampton 

Southampton Historic Environment Record (HER): The HER is the first port of call for anyone wishing to find out more about Southampton’s archaeology.

The HER database includes details of all archaeological fieldwork that has taken place in the city, as well as archaeological find spots and monuments. The HER also includes many historic buildings.

First World War Home Front Legacy Project: Southampton was an extremely important place during the First World War.

This project, led by the British Council for Archaeology and assisted by the HER, aims to record the remains surviving sites, structures and buildings of the First World War.

You can find information on other archaeological services on our Archaeological Collections, Archaeology and Planning and the Archaeology Unit pages.

You can also visit the Archaeology in Hampshire Annual Reports website, the Portable Antiquities Scheme website and the Maritime Archaeology Trust website.