The archaeological excavations in advance of the construction of the National Highways A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Improvement Scheme were one of the most complex archaeological projects undertaken in the UK to date. During the works over 280K artefacts were unearthed.

Now you can read about fifty of these incredible finds in our new book, Unearthing the A14: 50 objects from one of Britain’s biggest digs.

The book is based on specialist analysis and research undertaken over six years by MOLAHeadland Infrastructure and is available for purchase here: https://bit.ly/UnearthingTheA14




Illustrated by incredible photography are finds such as the beads of two amber necklaces from a Bronze Age (2500-750 BC) cremation burial and a rare Roman coin from the reign of Emperor Ulpius Cornelius Laelianus – who was emperor for less than a year and had likely already been executed before this coin even arrived in Britain. 

Another exquisite find to uncover in the new book is an intricately carved Paleolithic (750,000 to 12,000 years ago) stone axe head – incredibly, made before the last ice age.

Once your ferver for finds has been filled you can immerse yourself more fully in the discoveries from The A14 by exploring our virtual journey on the A14 Roadtrip to the Past. Use the digital resource to see how archaeologists pieced together the story of the A14; from woolly mammoths to the remains of an abandoned Victorian Railway Station!

Explore the A14 Roadtrip to the Past here: https://bit.ly/A14RoadTrip

The archaeological programme for the Cambridge to Huntingdon National Highways scheme is being carried out by A14 Integrated Delivery Team on behalf of National Highways.