Welcome to the Nene Valley Archaeological Trust - NVAT

The Nene Valley has attracted people to live and do business since the Neolithic. The Nene Valley Archaeological Trust has been helping to discover, document and communicate the history of the area since 1958. 

We bring together professional archaeologists, we support local amateur groups, we lobby government, and we help focus funds and expertise on Nene Valley archaeology.

The NVAT is a charitable trust with strong academic credentials. We have been involved with archaeological excavations and studies of over 40 sites in the area. Please join our network to find out more about our activities and ways in which you can help continue our important work.

Our programme of investigation at Durobrivae included an exploratory excavation in July.  Please help our work by making a donation. A preliminary report on this year's work was made recently by Dr Stephen Upex at a talk in Water Newton.

nvat sites

Explore over 40 sites where the Nene Valley Archaeological Trust or its associates have played a key role

Our own Roman town but also a publication which detailed archaeological work undertaken during the foundation of Peterborough new town

A capable 19th century antiquarian Artis has left us a valuable legacy in the form of detailed drawings of his excavations

News From Nene Valley Archaeological Trust

October 30, 2019

Spend an evening in the company of Francis Pryor MBE. Famously known to many as the discoverer of Flag Fen Bronze Age Settlement in Peterborough and a regular contributor to the extremely popular and long running Channel 4 TV programme, Time Team.

Date: Wed, Nov 13, 2019

Time: 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Venue: Brewery Tap, Peterborough

Francis has not only had a wide and varied career as an Archaeologist and Writer, but also as a Farmer a...

October 22, 2019

More than 100 people squeezed into the church of St Remigius at Water Newton on Saturday afternoon. They were drawn there to hear feedback on the exploratory excavation that had taken place in July within the walled Roman town of Durobrivae.


Dr Stephen Upex, who has been leading the Durobrivae project for the Nene Valley Archaeological Trust, explained the background to the site – as well as the preliminary findings from this...

August 4, 2019

NVAT is delighted to be awarded a Grant of £1,000 from the Francis and Maisie Pryor Charitable Trust. 

We are very grateful for this support which will help fund the Durobrivae Gradiometer Survey by Archaeological Services, Durham University.

It is a particular pleasure for the more senior members of NVAT, in that  Francis and Maisie have had a long association with our activities, going back to the beginnings of the Flag Fen di...

July 15, 2019

Forty members of the public and supporters of the NVAT visited the site of the Roman town of Durobrivae on Sunday July 14th - and a further hundred on Sunday 21st!  They had come to witness a series of excavations being carried out by Dr Peter Guest  of the Archaeology department of Cardiff University working in partnership with the NVAT.

After a brief introductory talk from Dr Stephen Upex they were shown s...

June 20, 2019

Arrangements have been made with Historic England for exploratory excavations at the Roman Town of Durobrivae during July. Register to attend an Open Day

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