Author: Amy Brunskill

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Heritage from home – July

Although some heritage sites are slowly reopening, many of our favourite destinations will remain closed for a while longer. To fill the gap, Amy Brunskill has created another summary of some of the best ways to get involved in archaeology and heritage from home – as well as listing some of the places that you are now able to visit in person.

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Changing diets in Pictish Portmahomack

Isotopic analysis of skeletons excavated from a graveyard in the Scottish Highlands has revealed a story of changing diets among the Pictish and medieval communities at Portmahomack.

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Review – Digging into the Dark Ages

The use of the term ‘the Dark Ages’, to describe the early medieval period (5th-11th centuries AD) is closely tied to many of the misconceptions surrounding that era. This new publication, based on discussions at the 3rd University of Chester Archaeology Student Conference in 2017, examines public understanding of early medieval archaeology, identifying and challenging ideas that persist in popular views of the period.

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Collecting COVID-19

Museums across the UK are gathering objects and accounts that reflect people’s experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Science Notes – Oxygen isotope tree-ring dating at the Tower of London

Dendrochronology (dating timbers by analysing tree-rings) is a vital weapon in the archaeological arsenal, and one that is often mentioned in CA. This month’s ‘Science Notes’ features a new approach, using stable isotopes, which could help date samples that cannot normally be analysed using traditional methods. We will be looking at how this method was able to shed light on the history of construction at the Tower of London.

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Heritage Emergency Fund launched

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has launched an emergency package of support to protect heritage sites and organisations during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Sunken Second World War landing craft found

A Second World War landing craft, originally reported to have sunk near the Isle of Man, has been found off the coast of Wales. The discovery was made by researchers from Bournemouth University and Bangor University as part of a research project funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

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Heritage from home – June

With museums and heritage sites still closed, we’ve selected some more of the finest archaeology- and history-themed activities to keep you busy. There are plenty of places to tour from the comfort of your sofa, resources to expand your knowledge about the past, and options to entertain the whole family. Amy Brunskill explores the highlights.

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