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ArchaeoHaiku

We challenged the archaeological world on Twitter to come up with heritage-themed haiku… and they didn’t disappoint!

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Time Team final episode – review

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 […]

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Mick Aston’s latest dig

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 […]

The bustum, with seeds marked with white squares. Photo: Colchester Archaeological Trust

Roman Colchester: burning insights

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 […]

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DNA detective work: identifying Richard III

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 […]

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Richard III exhibition opens in Leicester

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 […]

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Reconstructing Richard III’s resting place

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 […]