Author: Carly Hilts

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When was Britain first colonised by early humans? The famous Boxgrove bones, found in the 1990s, date back about 500,000 years, and are still the earliest hominin fossils yet found on these shores. Flints from the Cromer Forest Bed, Norfolk, though, are increasingly pointing to a much longer duration. We explore how the story of […]

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A great discovery: remains of king Alfred or his son found in Winchester?

A fragment of human pelvis excavated in Winchester is ‘very likely’ to be part of the remains of King Alfred the Great (849-899), or his son Edward, archaeologists announced today at a packed press conference. Found during archaeological work at Hyde Abbey  in the 1990s, the piece of bone belongs to an adult male aged […]

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News of the Crosby Garrett helmet’s discovery in 2010was swiftly tempered by disappointment when the museum seeking to acquire it was outbid at auction. With attention focusing on the helmet’s modern fate, there was a danger that its Roman-era disposal would be eclipsed. Now work at the findspot has established that Roman Crosby Garrett was […]

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The number of wrecks off England’s coast is a stark reminder of our reliance on shipping: 37,000 vessels, cargoes, and even ditched aircraft have been identified. Events that often spelled tragedy for crews have transformed these craft into time-capsules. While most post-date 1815, traces of scattered cargoes date back to the Bronze Age. Many lost […]

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The Early Anglo-Saxon tradition of burying the dead in their finery has bequeathed some of Britain’s most spectacular archaeology, from the regal splendour of Sutton Hoo to cemeteries laden with individuals wearing jewellery or weapons. But how did this practice die out? For many years it was believed to have gradually faded away, with little […]

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Mesolithic hunter-gatherers have traditionally been seen as powerless in the face of their environment. Rather than tailoring it to their needs with permanent homes, burial chambers, or fields, they were forced to keep on moving in an endless quest for food. Now a monument in Aberdeenshire has been found to date to the Mesolithic – […]

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Mick Aston passed away on 24  June. His  passion for archaeology inspired countless Time Team  viewers to follow in his footsteps, including me. Mick was a long-standing friend of CA, and we were looking forward to following his fieldwork exploits in Winscombe for many years to come. But it was not to be. In an […]

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Mick Aston: Time Team remembers

When we invited Mick’s Time Team colleagues to contribute to our commemorative article, we were inundated with warm words and loving memories.   Tim Taylor Time Team Series Producer and creator After 23 years of friendship and working with Mick, it is hard to summarise my thoughts about the lovely man, but I will give […]