Before gravel extraction began on the site in 1985, major archaeological excavations were carried out that uncovered thousands of years of heritage at Stanwick Lakes. A truly wonderful array of treasures were discovered which enabled archaeologists to piece together the story of thousands of years of human activity within the Nene Valley from as far back as Neolithic times. Neolithic long barrows, Bronze Age round barrows, Iron Age roundhouses and a Roman villa are just a few of the treasures that were discovered. Our Heritage Trail uses marker stones to show the sites of these important historic settlements. Pick up a copy of the leaflet from the Visitor Centre.

Some of the items discovered during the excavation work are on display on the mezzanine in the visitor centre along with additional historic information. Please feel free to come and look at these displays.

A local archaeologist, Andy Chapman, leads a very informative ‘Walk Through Time’ at various times during the year where he explains the history of the site and points out the keys locations on the ground at Stanwick Lakes. Please refer to our events programme to see when the next one is.