Archaeological Research In Worcester

Worcester Research Framework

As part of the Worcester Urban Archaeological Strategy Project, Worcester City Council has published An outline resource assessment and research framework for the archaeology of Worcester. This is based on both new and old data collected for the City of Worcester Historic Environment Record, especially from recent archaeological investigations, as well as many years of painstaking historical research.

The report focuses on understanding the development, growth and character of the city of Worcester, its site and immediate hinterland from earliest times to the present day. It assesses what we know about Worcester’s past, and more specifically what we do not know, but expect to be able to find out from archaeological or related historical work. Over 150 research priorities are set out, some for specific periods, while others have a much wider scope, including themes like the development of industries (especially iron and ceramics) from Roman times onwards, continuity from the Roman to medieval periods, and the way that town planning through the ages has shaped the modern city.

The resource assessment and research framework is designed mainly to support archaeological work which happens as a result of development in the city. However it is the most up-to-date and comprehensive review of Worcester’s archaeology currently available and should be useful to anyone interested in the development of the city and the evidence of its past.

Comments and questions on the Outline resource assessment and research framework for the archaeology of Worcester can be sent to

Updates on recent archaeological work in Worcester

The links below will take you to summaries of recent archaeological work in the city:

Winter 2012-Spring 2013

Summer-Autumn 2012

Winter 2011-Spring 2012

Summer-Autumn 2011

Winter 2010-Spring 2011

Summer-Autumn 2010

Winter 2009-Spring 2010

Summer-Autumn 2009

Winter 2008-Spring 2009

Summer-Autumn 2008

Winter 2007-Spring 2008

Summer-Autumn 2007

Earlier reports