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Revealed: the Brightlingsea Harpy

Fans of Classical mythology (or the Game of Thrones series!) may be interested in the latest news from Colchester, where a  conservator has  just completed the painstaking process of cleaning a newly-discovered copper-alloy  harpy. Standing 98mm tall, with an intricately detailed face (topped with braided hair), wings, talons, and scales, the Roman figurine  is the […]

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Bodicacia’s brew: raising a toast to a recent Roman find

The recent discovery of a rare Roman tombstone by Cotswold Archaeology in Cirencester (CA 302) is being celebrated by the launch of a new beer named in honour of the woman it commemorates. ‘Bodicacia’ – a 4.7% golden ale that contains a variety of English hops including the floral ‘Boadicea’ – has been brewed by […]

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April Fool!

April Fool! Did we catch you out with our ‘breaking news’ about the earliest-known representation of the Easter Bunny? Sadly this discovery only exists in our imaginations – but the artefact we featured is real, though in reality it  is a 2nd-3rd century Roman brooch  from Lincolnshire. You can read its entry on the Portable […]

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Babylon

Recently I had the good fortune to spend a week in France doing babysitting duties with my grandchildren at my son’s house near Toulouse. It gave me the opportunity to read, so I so took with me a book on Babylon by Michael Seymour which we had been sent for review. Here are my thoughts. […]

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Richard III’s death blow revealed?

Richard III’s life was ended by a brutal thrust into the back of his neck, which penetrated so far into his head that it left a dent on the inside of his skull, University of Leicester experts  suggest. The sequence of wounds  was identified by  Professor Guy Rutty of East Midlands Forensic Pathology Unit, during […]

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Archaeosongs

While reading about the Bronze Age skeleton ‘Racton Man’, we got Elton John’s ‘Rocket Man’ well and truly stuck in our heads – so we asked our Twitter followers for more ArchaeoSongs!