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Review: Grosvenor Museum

  First opened in 1886, Chester’s Grosvenor Museum has been telling the story of the historic city for more than a century. Lucia Marchini tours the archaeological collections. The Romans who founded a legionary fortress, Deva Victrix, at Chester in the AD 70s left their mark on the city. More than half of the line […]

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Excavating the CA Archive: archaeology and the media part 1

Joe Flatman explores half a century of reports from the past. A selection of articles mentioned by Joe Flatman in this month’s column below can be accessed for free for one month via Exact Editions, starting 3 May. Use the links within the text to jump to the individual articles, or click on the covers below. […]

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Review: Letters from Baghdad

The many achievements of Gertrude Bell (1868-1926) cover archaeology, travel, political administration, and more. She was a key figure in the formation of the modern state of Iraq and founded what became the Baghdad Archaeological Museum, yet – almost a century after her death – she is lamentably overlooked.

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Hard or soft borders? The Roman experience in Britain

What were Hadrian’s Wall and the Antonine Wall for, and how did they influence everyday life in their shadow? As questions about modern borders continue to make the headlines, Matthew Symonds investigates Rome’s land frontiers in Britain. Borders are big news at the moment. We all know that a ‘great wall’ is planned along the US […]

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Tunnel: the archaeology of Crossrail

One of Europe’s largest infrastructure projects brought with it one of the most extensive archaeological programmes ever undertaken. Lucia Marchini takes a trip through London’s buried past at the Museum of London Docklands’ exhibition of highlights from the Crossrail excavations. Tens of thousands of artefacts were unearthed at 40 construction sites dotted across London between […]

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Swartigill Iron Age Project

The Swartigill site was identified in a survey carried out in 2004, as some stonework eroding out of the bank of the burn of Swartigill. Initially thought to be a mill serving two post-medieval farmsteads nearby. The Yarrows Heritage Trust cleaned back a section of the stonework, and began to find large quantities of early […]

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What are borders for? It is a question that has recently gone mainstream. Debate about ‘hard’ or ‘soft’ borders finds a parallel in attempts to determine whether Roman borders blocked or simply regulated movement. In this regard, the true nature of Hadrian’s Wall and the Antonine Wall remains a mystery. As the modern world is reminding us, though, the nature […]

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Copped Hall Archaeology & Geophysics Taster Weekends

Interested in Archaeology or Geophysics? Join us in July for a TASTER WEEKEND at COPPED HALL (near Epping). Designed for absolute beginners, this is an opportunity to dig and to handle finds on a “live” site, where you can help with an ongoing investigation, or to try out geophysics techniques. Professional archaeologists will introduce you […]

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Copped Hall Archaeology Field Schools

Two 5-day Field Schools, for people already familiar with the basic techniques of archaeological excavation and recording, will run from Saturday 12th to Wednesday 16th August and from Saturday 26th to Wednesday 30th August 2017. Places are open to those who have attended one of the July ‘Taster Weekends’, and to diggers from other sites […]

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Elmswell Farm

What have a lost medieval village, a Bronze Age Beaker burial, sixteen Roman denari and some Anglo-Saxon pottery got in common? That’s right, they’ve all been found right here at Elmswell Farm. Choose this dig and help kick off a proper archaeological investigation. More info will be on the website soon. DigVentures is an innovative […]

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