Archaeologists working near Stonehenge have uncovered what they believe is the largest Neolithic settlement ever discovered in Northern Europe. The settlement is buried beneath the bank of Durrington Walls, a great circular ditched enclosure, and archaeologists beleive that Durrington Walls holds clues to the Stonehenge mystery. For the full story: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/7078578.stm
A reminder of our Viking past was recently discovered lurking beneath a Yorkshire field; what is now being called the ‘Harrogate Hoard’ is an archaeological find of global significance. Said by experts to be the most important Viking find in Britain in 150 years, the finders, metal detectorists David and Andrew Whelan, called the discovery [...]
The Roman writer Tacitus says that 30,000 Caledonians massed to stop the Roman invasion under Agricola in AD 84. The bloody battle of Mons Graupius may have been fought near Inverness. Now a major site of the period has been uncovered in the area – complete with two huge residences, a cluster of smaller houses, [...]
Why transport 82 two-tonne megaliths across more than 250 miles of mountain, river and sea to build a stone circle at Stonehenge? This is one of the greatest mysteries of Britain’s best-known, but least understood, prehistoric monument. Now Tim Darvill thinks he has the answer: the famous bluestones had healing powers, and the builders of Stonehenge [...]
A very rare mammoth carving has been discovered on a wall in Cheddar Caves (Somerset, England). The 13,000 yearold carving is being hailed as one of the most significant examples of prehistoric art ever found in Britain.
A Neolithic complex has been found in Orkney (Scotland) that rivals the importance of the well-known Skara Brae site. Only a small part of the 4-5,000 year-old, 2.5 hectare site has so far been unearthed, including large, well preserved stone buildings, (some believed to be ritualistic in nature) and other structures which are likely to [...]
Northumberland National Park archaeologists, rangers and volunteers from Coquetdale Community Archaeology Group are taking part in a major conservation effort to restore the ancient monuments of the Simonside Hills which have been damaged by enthusiastic walkers.
Archaeologists in Herefordshire have uncovered a hitherto unknown type of monument – a serpentine path at least 75m in length, made up of fire-cracked pebbles – on a sloping hillside between the ridge at Dinedor, with its Iron Age fort, and the River Wye at Rotherwas, two miles southeast of the city of Hereford.
The Time team is Britain’s longest running archaeology TV series. Here, Professor Mick Aston, the leader of the Time Team, reveals the secrets behind the programme’s success.
‘Flames were in their eyes, and in their teeth whiteness, and in their whole body a noisome blackness appeared…’
What do you do if you find yourself bewitched? If you find you are constantly out of sorts, and you just know someone has put the evil eye on you? The answer is obvious: you must set about killing the witch who has bewitched you. But how do you set about killing a witch?
“Feet- did you say Feet?-Ugh-h-h!” That is the usual remark I hear when I mention my Research Project. I hope that when you have finished reading this your reaction will have changed.
Many people from all walks of life find the idea of going on an archaeological dig to be a fascinating prospect, but face the reality of actually doing it with a certain amount of trepidation. Fear not – most excavations looking for volunteers and/or trainees anticipate all levels of experience and are set up (with [...]
Few activities are as rewarding as the physical exploration of a personal hobby or interest, and for archaeological enthusiasts an increasing variety of opportunities to participate in fieldwork are becoming available across the country. There is high demand each season for places on the expanding number of training excavations and field schools, as people from [...]
Carenza Lewis, Preceptor in Archaeology at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and Team member of Channel 4’s Time Team tells us of going on her first dig
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I have spent all my life studying the past. From travelling around the UK in my camper van going from site to site in the summer, to visiting the archaeology of Guatemala, South East Asia, all across Europe and many other corners of the world. The best thing about the past is being part of [...]
On the night of 31 March 1986, Hampton Court Palace caught fire. The great state apartments, built by Wren, were ravaged, but a decision was at once made to restore them to their original condition. The Historic Royal Palaces Agency has decided also to restore King William Ill’s Privy Garden, which was laid out with [...]