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The logboats in the lake

For up to 4,500 years, a series of sunken dug-out canoes have been lying,  forgotten, on the bottom of Lough Corrib in Co. Galway. Now these vessels  are beginning to surrender their secrets once more, in an investigation by  Ireland’s Underwater Archaeology Unit, spearheaded by Karl Brady. Precisely what happened that 11th century day on […]

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Sutton Hoo at the British Museum

Marking the 75th anniversary of a watershed discovery In May 1939, Suffolk archaeologist Basil Brown made a discovery that would change perceptions of Anglo-Saxon England forever: a spectacular 7th-century ship burial, overlooking the River Deben at Sutton Hoo. Seventy-five years on, its contents form the centrepiece of the British Museum’s recently reopened Early Medieval Europe […]

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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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Archaeological April Fools

Every year on 1 April, the staff of  CA  eagerly scan as many news sources as we can get our hands on, searching for the best archaeological April Fools’ Day pranks that we can spot (while keeping everything crossed that we don’t laughingly pass up a genuine scoop!). This year we weren’t disappointed – here […]

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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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Earliest human footprints outside Africa found – in Norfolk

Archaeologists have found the earliest human footprints known outside Africa, at Happisburgh on the Norfolk coast. Dating back 800,000 years, the prints are thought to have been made by five individuals, including both adults and children. They were identified by a team of scientists led by the British Museum, Natural History Museum, and Queen Mary […]