BBC Radio 3 has commissioned a 15 episode series on the Late Iron Age
‘Surprising’ cause of Europe’s little medieval era ice age
This remarkable cold period brought increased glaciation in mountains, expansion of some areas of sea ice, crop failures, famines and disease across Europe.
Rare pierced Iron Age gold coin found in Acle declared treasure
The Eastern British Iron Age gold stater of Cunobelin coin was found at Acle, Norfolk in August. Its coppery, pale gold colour indicated it contained gold of low purity, but was an amount enough to qualify as treasure, said coroner Yvonne Blake.
The Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) said its database had recorded ten pierced Iron Age gold coins.
Survey work to start at South Queensferry development
Historic Environment Scotland changes stance on Shetland Space Centre
Following the initial concerns, Frank Strang, CEO of Shetland Space Centre, said, “..be in no doubt: we will vigorously contest HES’s refusal of permission to develop and enhance a site which, while evidently of national significance, has for years been left in a dilapidated state. Having now reviewed revised proposals, HES said it has concluded that the development will bring public benefits of national importance that outweigh the impacts on the nationally important cultural significance of the monument, thus leading to the removal of its objection to the planning application.
Over 100 historic landmarks in Norfolk at risk
Over 100 historic sites and landmarks across Norfolk are at risk of being lost forever according to a list published by Historic England.
The list, known as Historic England’s At Risk Register identifies sites at risk of being lost as a result of neglect, decay or poor development with them being most in need of safeguarding in the future.
ARCHAEOLOGY CLICKBAIT! Why so many STUNNED archaeologists these days?
Every Monday The Prehistory Guys publish an exclusive short podcast for Patreon supporters called the Monday Moot! This time though, they thought to share it to the wider world and here’s a video of them recording the show. (Moot: noun – an assembly held for debate, especially in Anglo-Saxon and medieval times).
All about the trend to see us Stunned or Baffled!
Peterborough Museum and Flag Fen saved from closure
Not all good news though, as the cut is pretty heavy 50% – can they survive? Or is it a case of passing on responsibility – ( the council know that a 50% cut will kill it – but can at least say they tried their best ? )
YAC Wales Online
CPAT are thrilled to be a part of this – a Wales-wide, online YAC group to bring exciting, fun, digital archaeology sessions to young people.
We hope that Wales Online YAC will bridge the geographical gaps between the branches, and allow YAC in Wales to develop, creating incredible opportunities for young people. Funded by the Welsh Government Recovery Fund.
Tracing ancient boundaries?
CPAT ask this question – Bryn Marfydd, Conwy, a fabulous photograph for #HillfortsWednesday. This photo was taken from the south, looking north, and interestingly the field boundary appears to ‘respect’ the western portion of the ditch, curving around it.
Wessex Archaeology – A day in the life of … an Archivist
Our “A Day in the Life” blog series offers an insight into the day-to-day lives of our 350+ staff members and the high-quality services they enable us to deliver.
Castle Hill brickworks excavations, Kent- published
Oxford Archaeology have been busy promoting the new book on the 19th-century Castle Hill brickworks, investigated as part of our excavations on the A21 Tonbridge to Pembury dualling scheme, Ken. Here are some of the highlights – including this site Pugmills were open-air, pony- or donkey-powered machines used to mill the raw clay into a ‘pug’ that could be moulded into bricks.
The brickworks didn’t just make bricks. Here’s a drain tile, helpfully stamped ‘DRAIN’. Between 1826 and 1833, tiles stamped like this were exempt from brick tax. ( just in case you thought it was a Brick)
A multi-period landscape at Commonhead, Swindon
In the summer of 2021, Cotswold Archaeology’s site team excavated a series of trenches and a 2.1ha area at Commonhead, Swindon. Previous trenching by Oxford Archaeology and Wessex Archaeology had recorded possible early medieval, Roman, and even prehistoric activity within the site, and excavations to the north by Headland Archaeology (as part of the wider Commonhead/Badbury Park residential development) had uncovered significant evidence for Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman, and medieval settlements.
Cotswold Archaeology recovered artefacts and identified features from across a broad swathe of human history, including Mesolithic and Neolithic flintwork; Bronze Age cremation urns; a possible burnt mound; Iron Age and Roman enclosures, field systems, and cremation burials; and evidence of early medieval activity across the site.
Ancient powerbase of Lords of the Isles in Scotland was home to ‘thriving community
Analysis of sediments taken from Finlaggan Loch on Islay has revealed detailed information about human activity around the powerbase for the first time and illuminates life during the rule of Somerled, the Norse-Gaelic earl regarded as first Lord of the Isles and who controlled a large part of the islands, Argyll and the Isle of Man.
Sedimentary ancient DNA (sedaDNA) taken by Professor Tony Brown, a geoarchaeologist at the University of Southampton and the University of Tromsø in Norway, has revealed the plants and animals that populated the landscape from around 1,000 years ago.
17th century glass bead from Venice found in Plymouth
An archaeological dig at the site of Plymouth’s first navy supply yard has uncovered fascinating evidence of pottery, glassware and other rare items from the 17th century. Experts from the University of Plymouth and Plymouth Archaeology Society have spent time carrying out excavations at Commercial Wharf to the south of the Barbican.
The star find was one half of a glass bead, believed to have been made on the island of Murano in Venice lagoon. The island of Murano is renowned for its long tradition of glass-making.
Rare 17th century glass bead from Venice found at archaeological dig in Plymouth | ITV News West Country