Author: Kathryn Krakowka

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Electrifying discoveries at Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace is currently undergoing a massive, multiphased electrical upgrade, its first since the 1960s, which has provided the rare opportunity to carry out archaeological excavations on the site before the new infrastructure is installed.

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Gluttony at Glenfield Park

Just west of Leicester, between the villages of Glenfield and Kirby Muxloe, archaeologists from the University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS) have uncovered a large archaeological site with evidence of long-term occupation from the Iron Age through to the Roman period.

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Science Notes – Laboratory spotlight: Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit (ORAU)

For this month’s ‘Science Notes’, we went to the Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit (ORAU ) to explore the enigmatic process behind radiocarbon (14C) dating, sitting down with Professor Tom Higham, the deputy director of ORAU, and Dr David Chivall, the lab’s chemistry manager, to discuss ORAU’s history, laboratory practices, and current research, as well as future prospects.

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Further intrigue at Halton Castle

In CA 323, we looked at the mystery behind two skeletons, a male and a female, found at Halton Castle in Cheshire. It was a surprising find at the time, partly because castle burials like these are rare, but also because, while the two skeletons lay less than 2m from each other, radiocarbon dating suggests […]

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Uncovering Bilton Water Main’s ‘warrior burial’

Archaeological work in the East Riding of Yorkshire has uncovered a possible Iron Age warrior burial. Northern Archaeological Associates was commissioned by Morrison Utility Services, on behalf of Yorkshire Water Services, to carry out excavations between Burstwick and Rimswell, ahead of the installation of a replacement water main. Initial archaeological appraisal in advance of this groundwork had identified that the pipeline route crossed an extensive landscape of later prehistoric to Roman date.

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Review – Scotland’s Early Silver

For centuries Scotland’s finely crafted silver brooches, neck chains, vessels, and more were made from a supply of recycled Roman hacksilver. Lucia Marchini learns more about the medieval afterlife of this metal at the National Museum of Scotland’s new exhibition. When a spectacular array of cut-up silver artefacts was discovered at Traprain Law, East Lothian, […]

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Review – Molluscs in Archaeology: methods, approaches, and applications

Edited by Michael J Allen Oxbow Books, £25.00 ISBN 978-1785706080 Review Catherine Barnett This book brings together 23 papers addressing the application of molluscan analysis to archaeological study. Michael Allen and Bas Payne introduce it, and set out its scope and geographical coverage. They note that this subject has not been covered in the literature […]

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Review – Hadrian’s Wall on Tyneside

Nick Hodgson Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, £4.99 ISBN 978-0905974964 Review Matthew Symonds If you imagine Hadrian’s Wall, in your mind’s eye you will probably see it majestically crowning precipitous crags. Despite the drama of such a setting, it would be an anomaly. For most of its course, the Wall traverses more moderate terrain. […]

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Review – From Bridgehead to Brewery: the medieval and post-medieval archaeological remains from Finzel’s Reach, Bristol

B M Ford, K Brady, and S Teague Oxford Archaeology, £27.00 ISBN 978-0904220865 Review Stephen Rippon This report outlines the results of a major programme of archaeological, palaeoenvironmental, documentary, and building recording in Bristol’s southern suburbs. The former wetland was enclosed by a major curvilinear ditch sometime before the 11th or early 12th century, perhaps […]