The investigations

Archaeologists working in a trench within the Olympic Park


Archaeological remains are the ‘footprints’ left by people in the past: the remains of their homes and workplaces, of things they lost or threw away in their rubbish, and occasionally deliberate deposits, sometimes of special objects, other times burials – of both people and animals.

Archaeological remains were found in all of the 122 trenches excavated across the Olympic Park, and a huge variety of finds and features was recorded including:

  • a fragment of a prehistoric pot broken and trampled underfoot
  • the trace of a circular gully showing the outline of an Iron Age house
  • a post from a timber revetment (retaining wall) supporting the bank of a river
  • a scrap leather from somebody’s shoe
  • a clapped out old boat abandoned to rot in the mud.

From individual finds to large, multi-period excavations sites, the archaeological investigations have accumulated a mass of evidence about the lives of the previous occupants of the Olympic Park.