So that’s it! Last night saw the screening of the final episode of Time Team, notwithstanding a few ‘specials’ next year and a new project called ‘Dig Village’ currently in development. Sunday tea-times will never be the same again. Rather than one of the three-day digs for which the Team has become famous, this was a compilation [...]
Mick Aston is best known as the leader of the Time Team, running around telling other people what to do and where to dig. But Mick is someone who practises what he preaches and for many years now he has been investigating his home village at Winscombe, near Western-Super-Mare in Somerset. Here he practises ‘total [...]
Following the discovery of unusual ringfenced burials from Roman Colchester, further evidence of Camulodunum’s diverse funerary practices comes with the discovery of a rare bustum or pyre burial, found during a Colchester Archaeological Trust excavation on the site of the city’s Roman garrison. Closer examination of the cremation yielded something more elusive still: traces of [...]
Following questions about the validity of using a genetic sample from a modern day relative of Richard III to help identify his remains, Dr Turi King of the University of Leicester guides us through the process she used. I’m afraid I must start with a quick DNA primer! I promise to keep it short. Our DNA can [...]
A new free exhibition dedicated to the search for Richard III opened today (8 Feb) at Leicester’s Guildhall. Richard III: Leicester’s search for a king reveals the archaeological detective work that led to the rediscovery of Greyfriars church, the location of Richard’s grave, and the identification of his remains. Displays place these findings in their [...]
Two days after unveiling a reconstruction of the face of Richard III, Leicester experts have now recreated how Greyfriars, his final resting place, might have looked. Built in 1230, Greyfriars was one of the first Franciscan friaries to be established in England, just 6 years after the order came to Britain, but it was completely [...]
More than 500 years after his death, members of the public can look King Richard III in the eye once more, following the unveiling of a reconstruction of how he may have looked. Based on human remains found beneath a carpark in Leicester city centre by University of Leicester Archaeological Services, and recently identified as [...]
The human remains found beneath a city centre carpark last August are ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ those of Richard III.
Is this the skull of Richard III? Today (4 February) the University of Leicester, with Channel 4, unveiled the world’s first photograph of the human remains found beneath a car park in Leicester city centre, interred in what was once the Grey Friars church. Later this morning archaeologists will announce the results of months of exhaustive [...]
In ‘Sherds’, CA 275, we brought you the story of ‘George’, a sarcophagus lid now housed by the University of Birmingham’s archaeology museum. We were intrigued by the artefact’s long and eventful history, and Collections Assistant Emily Millward has kindly written us a biography of George, to shed a little light on his past – and to [...]
In CA 273 we shared the story of HMS Namur, the 18th century Royal Navy warship found beneath the floorboards of the Wheelwrights Shop at The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, and how her identity was revealed. We were very excited to subsequently receive the following message from two of our readers, Eunice and Ron Shanahan, all the way from [...]
New finds at Beechwood Farm, Inverness may help to reveal the ancient techniques of prehistoric Ironworkers, and provide new perspectives on metalworking in northern Scotland.
When Howard Carter discovered Tutankhamun’s tomb in November 1922, the Western world was seized by an epidemic of Egyptomania. What is less well known, however, is that England’s enduring interest in all things Egyptian has much earlier roots. Now English Heritage’s new exhibition in the recently-reopened Wellington Arch on Hyde Park Corner, launched to mark the 90th anniversary [...]
Operation Nightingale, the innovative rehabilitation project using archaeological fieldwork to help the recovery of soldiers wounded in Afghanistan, has added two more prizes to its trophy cabinet, after their success at the MOD’s Sanctuary Awards. Having already won the Project of Special Merit award at this year’s British Archaeological Awards, Operation Nightingale yesterday took first [...]
Time Team’s Phil Harding and senior naval staff met today (28 September) aboard HMS Victory to announce the launch of a new tri-service Defence Archaeology Group.
University of Leicester archaeologists have found a male skeleton with possible battle injuries and a distorted spine.
With London 2012 in full swing, we asked you to come up with some events for the ArchaeOlympic Games – and you didn’t let us down! We received a veritable spoilheap of suggestions via our Twitter and Facebook accounts , so many that we couldn’t cram all of them into our usual column in the [...]
University of Leicester archaeologists have found the lost church where Richard III was buried over 500 years ago – under a City Council carpark.
Orkney is world-famous for its spectacular Neolithic archaeology, and now visitors from all over the globe will be able to explore one of its most enigmatic monuments, after a new virtual tour of Maeshowe chambered tomb went live today (29 August). In a video unveiled yesterday by Scotland’s Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, the structure of [...]