Author: Carly Hilts

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6,000-year-old oak carving is among Europe’s oldest

A 6,000-year-old oak timber carved with a concentric oval pattern and zig-zag lines, recently discovered in the RhonddaValley, Mid Wales, is thought to be among the oldest decorative wood carvings known from Europe. Found by Heritage Recording Services Wales during the construction of a wind farm near Maerdy, the 1.7m long timber had been preserved […]

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Tracking the movement of ancient armies is notoriously difficult. On those occasions when a mobile force threw up a bank and ditch for temporary shelter traces of the defences may survive. Otherwise, detection is dependent on vague clues in any written records and tantalising finds scatters in otherwise innocuous fields. This was the challenge facing […]

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Meet the Mary Rose archer

An interdisciplinary team of scientists have reconstructed the face of a Tudor archer, almost 500 years after he drowned aboard Henry VIII’s flagship, the Mary Rose. Some 92 skeletons were recovered when the wreck was raised in 1983 (CA 272). Since then, researchers at Swansea University have used cutting-edge motion-capture technology and computer modelling to […]

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Aberystwyth Young Archaeologists recreate 1930s dig photo

Aberystwyth’s Young Archaeologists’ Club recently stepped back in time nearly 80 years to recreate an historic view of excavators working on Pen Dinas hillfort above the town, on a summer’s day in 1934. The original photograph forms part of the 1930s Pen Dinas excavation archive held by the National Monuments Record of Wales. It shows […]

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Exclusive interview – Mick Aston: an archaeological journey

Real-life Archaeologists rarely become household names. Mick Aston is an exception. A defining voice in the development of Time Team and stalwart of the show since its first season in 1994, Mick’s resignation earlier this year ignited a media firestorm. He was in the news again in July after receiving a lifetime achievement award at […]

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Walbrook channel: mystery panel

A 6-month excavation in the heart of London has revealed thousands of artefacts illuminating the city’s Roman past — including a unique sheet of decorated leather. Working ahead of construction on the Bloomberg site, home to London’s Temple of Mithras, MOLA archaeologists have recovered around 10,000 objects spanning the whole period of Roman occupation in […]

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Current Archaeology 280

Comparisons with Pompeii or Tutankhamen’s tomb are easily overused when attempting to convey the excitement of a new archaeological discovery. Recent media reports labelling an excavation at the new Bloomberg Place in the heart of London the ‘Pompeii of the North’ could risk dooming the results, however exciting, to disappointing comparisons with the Bay of […]

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Edible Archaeology: Staffordshire Hoard

I was inspired to make these biscuits after seeing pictures of the latest finds from the Staffordshire Hoard (CA 276) – at first glance, with all the mud still caked on, I thought they looked like gingerbread! I’ve always enjoyed making and decorating gingerbread, and when my flatmate introduced me to ‘Edible Archaeology’, it was […]

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After the Ice: exhibiting life at Star Carr

11,000-year-old artefacts from Star Carr, Britain’s largest-known Mesolithic settlement, will go on display for the first time tomorrow (24 May), with the opening of a new exhibition at the Yorkshire Museum. With highlights including  deer skull head-dresses, bone harpoons, and amber and shale jewellery, preserved by the peaty environment of the lakeside camp where they […]

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Digging London’s past: Syon Park excavation

This summer the Museum of London will return to Syon Park,  Hounslow, with digging opportunities for adult and children, it has been announced.   Having previously focussed on investigating the house of Sir Richard Wynne, a Parliamentarian on whose land  the 1641 Battle of Brentford was fought as anti-Royalist forces tried to stop Prince Rupert’s […]