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The skull of the skeleton found at the Grey Friars excavation in Leicester, potentially that of King Richard III. Image credit: University of Leicester

Is this the skull of Richard III?

Is this the skull of Richard III? Today (4 February)  the University of Leicester, with Channel 4, unveiled the world’s first photograph of the human remains found beneath a car park in Leicester city centre, interred in what was once the Grey Friars church. Later this morning archaeologists will announce the results of months of […]

David Baker at Battle

Digging Selborne Priory

What to do when you retire   A lot of my friends seem to be retiring at present and for the same reason: that they all got their jobs in and around the magic years of 1972 and 1973.   In my last blog I went to Mick Jones’ retirement party at Lincoln, and then […]

Time Team

Digging with the Time Team

What is archaeology alongside a film crew like? Matthew Symonds found out.  There is something different about a Time Team dig. Excavations normally have an air of calm, with people quietly troweling, sectioning features or wrestling with drawing frames. The hustle and bustle comes at tea time, when diggers compete for the best biscuits and […]

Simon Thurley

Simon Thurley: Heritage Guardian

  CA recently interviewed Simon Thurley, Chief Executive of English Heritage, on challenges facing the heritage sector, and the new draft National Planning Framework.     The National Trust is extremely worried about the new draft National Planning Framework. Do you share their concerns? Absolutely, and we are delighted that the NT is making a […]

The Reigate witch bottle

How to Kill a Witch – The Reigate witch bottle

What do you do if you find yourself bewitched? If you find you are constantly out of sorts, and you just know someone has put the evil eye on you? The answer is obvious: you must set about killing the witch who has bewitched you. But how do you set about killing a witch?

Feet

Footloose in Archaeology

“Feet- did you say Feet?-Ugh-h-h!” That is the usual remark I hear when I mention my Research Project. I hope that when you have finished reading this your reaction will have changed.

Hampton Court Palace and the Privy Garden.

The Archaeology of Hampton Court

On the night of 31 March 1986, Hampton Court Palace caught fire. The great state apartments, built by Wren, were ravaged, but a decision was at once made to restore them to their original condition. The Historic Royal Palaces Agency has decided also to restore King William Ill’s Privy Garden, which was laid out with […]