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Syon Park Services

Roman ‘Service station’ excavated at Syon Park Just 10 miles west of Central London, a Roman service station has been excavated at Syon Park, near Brentford. Just what would a Roman soldier expect to find when he dropped in on his journey to the west country? It is a familiar feeling. You have been on […]

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Iron Age Roundhouse

  As Rebekah Hart enjoys baking and loves archaeology, she decided to have a go at making an Iron Age roundhouse! Sent in by Rebekah Hart, and featured in issue 260 of  Current Archaeology.      

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Rome changed Britain. New roads opened up this country as  never before, creating a captive market — weary travellers.  Settlements seeking to part them from their sestertii sprung  up rapidly, but they are rarely excavated. Now work at Syon  Park has revealed life in one of Britain’s first service stations. When Conan Doyle loosed his […]

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News: Human sacrifice in Ireland

Uncovering the secrets of Cashel Man Cashel bog in Co. Laois is locally known as a source of peat moss for farmers and gardeners. But recently the peat millers harvested something rather more unusual: an Iron-Age human sacrifice. Dubbed ‘Cashel Man’, the adult male was found lying on his right side, knees tightly bent up, […]

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News: Why a flint arrowhead at a medieval monastery?

Unearthing the personal beliefs of Medieval monks   There are many qualities you might associate with a Medieval monk, but a superstitious belief in elves probably isn’t one of them. Yet a community dig at Kilwinning Abbey in North Ayrshire has uncovered an intriguing clue about the possible personal beliefs of one of the monastery’s […]

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Peckish for Picts?

This is an image of a cake that was made for one of the previous exhibitions, The Picts Preserved, at Perth Museum. Sent in by Mark Hall, Perth, and featured in issue 259 of Current Archaeology.

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Gathering Time: The Second Radiocarbon Revolution

The publication of Gathering Time marks a turning point in our understanding of the early Neolithic, and a revolution in dating methodology. New radiocarbon techniques have resulted in a more precise chronology for causewayed enclosures in southern Britain and Ireland than was ever thought possible. Christopher Catling summarises 1,000 pages of data to explain why […]

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The Neolithic is being rewritten. New techniques of radiocarbon dating based on Bayesian statistics are allowing a greater precision than ever before and enable Neolithic dates to be tied down to within 50 years or less. This reveals that long Barrows and long cairns, the earliest form of Neolithic monument, were built from around 3800 […]

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News: Exploring the Lusitania

Archaeologists lead underwater  investigation  to uncover the century-old secrets of RMS Lusitania On May 7th 1915 the Cunard ocean liner RMS Lusitania was nearing the coast of Ireland on the return leg of her 101st voyage between Liverpool and New York. It would prove to be her last. At 14.10pm she was torpedoed by the […]

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September is Scottish archaeology month. In celebration we open with two projects delivering spectacular results. The largest excavation ever undertaken in Aberdeen has uncovered four churches, and the remains of over 2,000 individuals. These reveal the impact of improved living standards, and a gradual Reformation. A suspected Viking harbour on Skye has been big news. […]

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