In 1901 Seebohm Rowntree – a York chocolate manufacturer – published one of the classic texts of early sociology. His work inspired decades of social reform to eradicate poverty and construct a welfare state. Now, archaeologists in York are excavating the remains of the very urban slums that were the subject of Rowntree’s study.
On May 29, 2000, Amanda Chadburn, the English Heritage Inspector of Ancient Monuments for the South-Western Region, received an alarming phone call: Silbury Hill had collapsed…
In the story of Bricriu’s feast and of MacDatho’s pig in the Irish epics, heroes vie with each other for the champion’s portion – the first cut of meat to be speared in the communal cauldron. What were these cauldrons like? A hoard of twelve – gobsmackingly unique’ in the words of one British Museum [...]
Museum of London archaeologists have unearthed both the latest Roman and the earliest Anglo-Saxon evidence so far found in the capital. Roman Londinium was largely abandoned by c. AD 400 and it was not until c. AD 650 that Anglo-Saxon Lundenwic established. What happened in between? New rescue excavations at St Martin-in-the-Fields church in Trafalgar [...]
‘A house is a living organism. It expresses the needs, habits, energy, taste and imagination of its builder and his descendants. To interpret the building, understand the builder. And look at its immediate context to help bring the property to life.’ This is the approach of Anthony Emery, our leading expert on the great houses [...]
The treasures of King Tutankhamun's tomb have gone on display in a blockbuster exhibition at the 02 Centre. Opinions are divided about the exhibition: http://arts.guardian.co.uk/art/heritage/story/0,,2211279,00.html
The Red Lady of Paviland, discovered in a cave on Gower (Wales) in the 1820s may be 4,000 years older than previously thought.
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.