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Further intrigue at Halton Castle

In CA 323, we looked at the mystery behind two skeletons, a male and a female, found at Halton Castle in Cheshire. It was a surprising find at the time, partly because castle burials like these are rare, but also because, while the two skeletons lay less than 2m from each other, radiocarbon dating suggests […]

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Uncovering Bilton Water Main’s ‘warrior burial’

Archaeological work in the East Riding of Yorkshire has uncovered a possible Iron Age warrior burial. Northern Archaeological Associates was commissioned by Morrison Utility Services, on behalf of Yorkshire Water Services, to carry out excavations between Burstwick and Rimswell, ahead of the installation of a replacement water main. Initial archaeological appraisal in advance of this groundwork had identified that the pipeline route crossed an extensive landscape of later prehistoric to Roman date.

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Review – Scotland’s Early Silver

For centuries Scotland’s finely crafted silver brooches, neck chains, vessels, and more were made from a supply of recycled Roman hacksilver. Lucia Marchini learns more about the medieval afterlife of this metal at the National Museum of Scotland’s new exhibition. When a spectacular array of cut-up silver artefacts was discovered at Traprain Law, East Lothian, […]

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Feeding the ‘builders of Stonehenge’

A newly opened exhibition at Stonehenge documents the diet of the community thought to have been responsible for erecting the main phase of the monument – including the surprisingly far-flung origins of some of their food.

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Excavating the CA archive: archaeological science

Joe Flatman explores half a century of reports from the past. A selection of articles mentioned by Joe Flatman in this month’s column below can be accessed for free for one month via Exact Editions, from 7 December. Use the links within the text to jump to the individual articles, or click on the covers below. […]

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Digital exploration of the Sculptor’s Cave

The Sculptor’s Cave in Moray, Scotland, is a treasure trove of archaeological finds. During the late Bronze Age, the cave appears to have been a repository for precious objects, with finds ranging from bronze bracelets via pottery to a swan’s neck pin. Large quantities of human remains have also been discovered – especially those of […]

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Fulham Palace: Full of finds

The CA editorial team loves visiting excavations for the magazine (have notebook, will travel!), but it is a rare treat to go to see a dig in our neighbourhood. Along the river from us, the Fulham Palace community archaeology project has been searching for traces of the former residence of the Bishop of London. Acquired […]

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Threading through Cork’s Viking past

In the course of excavations on the site of the former Beamish and Crawford Brewery in Cork City, Ireland, earlier this year, a perfectly preserved Viking weaver’s sword was discovered. It was a striking find, as it cements the idea that medieval Cork had a Viking presence. As Dr Maurice Hurley, a consultant archaeology, said, […]

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Investigating the Iron Age in Inverness-shire

In 2010, on a rocky knoll above the River Glass in Comar Wood, Forest District staff came upon an enclosed Iron Age dun (4th century BC to 3rd century AD). Many such monuments are dotted around Strathglass, but few have been excavated or investigated in any detail. The Scottish Archaeological Research Framework panel (ScARF 2012) has labelled […]

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Ruminations on food supply at the Roman fortress of Caerleon

It is a problem not often considered: the difficulty of feeding armies while they are hundreds of miles from home or any of their allies. Previously, it was taken for granted that supplies were procured from local sources. But a new study by Dr Peter Guest and Dr Richard Madgwick of Cardiff University, with colleagues […]

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