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News: Why a flint arrowhead at a medieval monastery?

Unearthing the personal beliefs of Medieval monks   There are many qualities you might associate with a Medieval monk, but a superstitious belief in elves probably isn’t one of them. Yet a community dig at Kilwinning Abbey in North Ayrshire has uncovered an intriguing clue about the possible personal beliefs of one of the monastery’s […]

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Gathering Time: The Second Radiocarbon Revolution

The publication of Gathering Time marks a turning point in our understanding of the early Neolithic, and a revolution in dating methodology. New radiocarbon techniques have resulted in a more precise chronology for causewayed enclosures in southern Britain and Ireland than was ever thought possible. Christopher Catling summarises 1,000 pages of data to explain why […]

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News: Exploring the Lusitania

Archaeologists lead underwater  investigation  to uncover the century-old secrets of RMS Lusitania On May 7th 1915 the Cunard ocean liner RMS Lusitania was nearing the coast of Ireland on the return leg of her 101st voyage between Liverpool and New York. It would prove to be her last. At 14.10pm she was torpedoed by the […]

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Aberdeen's Mither Kirk

Uncovering seven centuries of cemeteries The largest area excavation ever undertaken in Aberdeen has disclosed astonishing details about the Church of St Nicholas, also known as the Mither Kirk, and its congregation. Alison  Cameron, of Cameron Archaeology Ltd, reveals four medieval churches and seven centuries of funerary fashion. In 1874 disaster overtook Aberdeen’s Kirk of […]

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News: The ‘Brodgar Boy’

Neolithic clay figurine found during Orkney excavation Meet the newest member of a small and very special family: the ‘Brodgar Boy’. Archaeologists found this tiny clay figurine while working on a spectacular Neolithic settlement complex between two stone circles on the Ness of Brodgar in Orkney. Measuring just 30mm long with a clearly-defined head, body, […]

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News: Iron Age Heritage of Sheffield Farm

  Whirlow Hall Farm is a working farm on the western edge of Sheffield. Every year over 10,000 children visit it from inner city areas to learn about various aspects of agriculture. But on 19th July archaeological excavations began, marking the culmination of a community-orientated survey project carried out through spring and summer by local […]

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Bedlam Burials

Unearthing an English institution Excavations in Liverpool Street have revealed a post-Medieval  cemetery. Could it contain the dead of the world’s first lunatic asylum? Jay Carver and Nicholas Elsden spoke to Matthew Symonds. In 1247 Simon Fitz-Mary, an Alderman and Sheriff of London, financed a new priory on the outskirts of the city. The site […]

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Reading the writing on the wall

The Norfolk Medieval Graffiti Survey Today the word graffiti carries unpleasant connotations. Articles tackling both graffiti and churches are normally reports of destruction and wanton vandalism. For one community archaeology project, however, church graffiti has shone new light on the Medieval parish, as Matthew Champion reveals. In 2010, a volunteer-led community  archaeology project was established […]

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Go Digging!

Nothing beats the excitement of hands-on archaeology, and with the new digging season almost upon us, there is no time to lose. This is a chance to get practical experience, either before heading off to university, or putting into practice what has been studied in theory. But for most, this is simply a glorious way […]

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Shadow of St Pancras

Excavating the Age of Steam St Pancras station famously escaped demolition in the 1960s, but what happened to the bit Betjeman did not save? Louise Davies and Hana Lewis from Museum of London Archaeology share the secrets of the Somers Town Goods Yard with Matthew Symonds. The 1960s were not kind to London’s Victorian heritage. […]