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Message in the Stones

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 […]

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Rare Ice Age rock art found in Cheddar Gorge

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.

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Orkney's new Skara Brae

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 […]

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Leave the stones alone!

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.

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Rotherwas Ribbon unwound

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.

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Mick Aston reveals the secrets of Time Team

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.  

Advice and encouragement for first-time diggers

Many people from all walks of life find the idea of going on an archaeological dig to be a fascinating prospect, but face the reality of actually doing it with a certain amount of trepidation. Fear not – most excavations looking for volunteers and/or trainees anticipate all levels of experience and are set up (with […]

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Joining a field school

Few activities are as rewarding as the physical exploration of a personal hobby or interest, and for archaeological enthusiasts an increasing variety of opportunities to participate in fieldwork are becoming available across the country. There is high demand each season for places on the expanding number of training excavations and field schools, as people from […]

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Carenza's first dig

Carenza Lewis, Preceptor in Archaeology at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and Team member of Channel 4’s Time Team tells us of going on her first dig

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