In this, the first episode of three, Mary Beard (Cambridge’s Professor of Classics) sets out to find the human stories behind the dazzling spectacle of ancient Rome.
Two rare archaeological treasures – the silver-gilt head of a crosier and a ring set with a white gemstone that may have once belonged to a Medieval abbot -are to go on display at Furness Abbey, Cumbria, over the May bank holiday weekend (Fri 4-Mon 7 May).
Another week, another micro-dig courtesy of the Pub Dig team, and this time Rory and Paul are at the Six Bells in St Albans, Herts. Built in c.1600, this is the only pub standing within the walls of old Verulamium, once the third biggest city in Roman Britain. Will the team unearth evidence of the site’s Roman past?
The Pub Dig team are back, hunting for ‘evidence of historical naughtiness’ beneath Ye Olde Smugglers Inne in Alfriston, East Sussex.
St John the Baptist’s in Inglesham, Wilts., is a Saxon church that boasts a stunning gallery of artwork spanning seven centuries. Images and text compete for space on its walls, in some places overlapping up to 21 layers thick.
Last night saw the first episode of Pub Dig premiere on Channel 5: an exuberant hunt for Elizabeth I’s lost dockyard – once home to the fleet that defeated the Spanish Armada in 1588.
Resurrecting London’s lost Medieval cathedral: what was St Paul’s cathedral like on the eve of the Great Fire?
Many archaeologists like to visit the pub for a post-excavation pint or two… but Pub Dig has taken this tradition to a new level. CA caught up with Paul Blinkhorn to learn more.
An initiative to help rehabilitate injured soldiers recently returned from Afghanistan by getting them involved in archaeology.
Now in its fifth year, Current Archaeology Live! is still going from strength to strength. Held for the first time at the University of London’s Senate House, over 350 people came to share the latest news from digs taking place all over the UK and abroad, and to hear the results of the 2012 Current [...]
Is the Titanic archaeology? A century since her loss on 15th April 1912 we examine how recent survey has revolutionised knowledge of the wreck.
What is archaeology alongside a film crew like? Matthew Symonds found out. There is something different about a Time Team dig. Excavations normally have an air of calm, with people quietly troweling, sectioning features or wrestling with drawing frames. The hustle and bustle comes at tea time, when diggers compete for the best biscuits and [...]
A Roman imperial jigsaw puzzle The discovery of fragmentary remains of several Roman helmets at Hallaton, Leicestershire, set conservators quite a challenge. Now, over a decade later their work is complete. Helen Sharp and Simon James reveal what has been learnt. It is 11 years since a mass of corroded iron was found in a [...]
One summer’s day in 2007 several companions set about an ambitious piece of landscaping in the back garden of their residence in Hackney, Greater London. As their shovels pierced the turf they were likely to have been thinking of the heavy work before them when a chance discovery brought them to a halt; for from [...]
A new chapter for Oliver Twist February 7th marks the 200th anniversary of novelist Charles Dickens’ birth. But how might archaeology offer a new chapter to his blockbusting London slum story, Oliver Twist? David Saxby, of Museum of London Archaeology, explains all. Few writers conjure up images of Victorian London more readily than Charles Dickens, [...]
The Time Team are back! Join Tony Robinson and friends at a number of noted and less well known archaeological sites across Britain. Expect grubby hands, evocative insights, intriguing discoveries, revealing reconstructions, plenty of arguments amongst the experts and the usual excitement from the team.We are very excited to mark the start of series 19 of the [...]
I was down in the very splendid library of the Society for Roman Studies, looking for a book and happened by chance to notice a title Rome and China. I thought, ha ha!, this is a book for me. Since I am devoting my semi-retirement to writing my ‘big book’, a history of the world [...]
Last year’s discovery of six Bronze Age boats and an intact prehistoric riverside at Must Farm, Cambridgeshire, was a stunning find.
Exposing hidden sinners in a rural Welsh church Deep in the Vale of Glamorgan, the interior of the 13th-century church of St Cadoc in Llancarfan was once a riot of colour. Dramatic images of saints and allegorical scenes competed for space while vivid depictions of the Seven Deadly Sins cavorted around the arch of [...]
New excavations in Britain’s oldest Scheduled Ancient Monument In the first half of the 19th century John MacEnery’s excavations in Kent’s Cavern produced objects that seemed to challenge the Bible’s version of creation, leaving the excavator grappling with the meaning of his findings. Now Paul Pettitt and Mark White have returned to the cavern [...]