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Exploring Anglo-Saxon Settlement

In search of the origins  of the English village Just how much information has come from excavation undertaken in  advance of development work? In a major survey of Anglo-Saxon settlement,  John Blair has been discovering what riches lie in the archives.   It is useless for Anglo-Saxonists to deny it: Roman villas and Norman castles […]

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Richard III to be reburied in Leicester

The remains of Richard III are to be re-interred in Leicester Cathedral – likely next spring – a judicial review concluded today (23 May). Addressing crowds of journalists in the cathedral, shortly after the High Court handed down their decision at 10am, the Rt Rvd Tim Stevens, Bishop of Leicester, announced that the judges  had […]

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Maryport’s mystery monuments

Investigating  gigantic timber  structures from  the imperial  twilight Last time we visited Maryport, a series of pits  long assumed to be ritual repositories for  Roman altars had just been exposed as a set  of gigantic postholes (CA 259). So what did  they support? The Newcastle University team  investigating this edifice have been exploring  when it […]

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First Impressions: discovering the earliest human footprints in Europe

Between 850,000 and 950,000 years ago a small party set out across the upper reaches of an estuary. The group was made up of at least five individuals, including adults and  children, while the tidal mudflats they were navigating lay at the mouth of what is now the Thames. Flowing almost 100 miles north of […]

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Colonising Britain – One million years of our human story

When did the first people arrive in what is now Britain? Ongoing research into an extraordinary concentration of Palaeolithic sites on the coasts of Norfolk and Suffolk has uncovered evidence of human activity dating back about 900,000 years — almost twice as long as previously thought. Now the subject of a major exhibition at London’s […]

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How to build a dolmen

Exploring Neolithic  construction  at Garn Turne Well known on the Continent and scattered  along the coasts of Wales, Cornwall, and  Ireland, dolmens are an immediately  recognisable form of chambered tomb.  They represent remarkable achievements  for their Neolithic builders, crowned  with stones weighing as much as 160  tonnes. Vicki Cummings and Colin  Richards investigate how these […]

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Mick Aston: Time Team remembers

When we invited Mick’s Time Team colleagues to contribute to our commemorative article, we were inundated with warm words and loving memories.   Tim Taylor Time Team Series Producer and creator After 23 years of friendship and working with Mick, it is hard to summarise my thoughts about the lovely man, but I will give […]