Bronze Age Britain: Wheels


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An archaeological dig of a Bronze Age site in Cambridgeshire has uncovered Britain’s oldest and most intact wheel, which is around 3000 years old.


Bronze Age Britain: Houses


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In this short video, historian Dan Snow introduces the Must Farm site where archaeologists have revealed incredibly well-preserved Bronze Age dwellings. The excavation in the East Anglian fens is providing an extraordinary insight into domestic life 3,000 years ago. The settlement, dating to the end of the Bronze Age (1200-800 BC), would have been home to several families who lived in a number of wooden houses on stilts above water.

This video presents a computer-generated 3D reconstruction of two Middle Bronze Age houses discovered at Mitchelstown 1 on the route of the N8/N73 Mitchelstown Relief Road, 0.6 km north-west of Mitchelstown. The excavation by Eamonn Cotter (Eachtra Archaeological Projects) in 2004 revealed three Middle Bronze Age houses dating broadly to 1500–1200 BC, two of which were digitally modelled. Based on the excavated evidence, these two houses had been built over an earlier house.

This video presents a computer-generated 3D reconstruction of a Middle Bronze Age village discovered at Ballybrowney Lower 1 on the route of the M8 Rathcormac/Fermoy Bypass scheme, some 10 km south of Fermoy town. It was excavated by Eamonn Cotter (Archaeological Consultancy Services Ltd) in summer 2003. The Middle Bronze Age phase of the site consisted of three large subcircular enclosures (Enclosures 1–3), one of which contained an oval house, and three unenclosed houses, dating broadly to 1700–1550 BC. Late Bronze Age, Iron Age and medieval features were also excavated here.

New Research Published – suggests long-distance movement of cattle in the Bronze Age


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Dr Ingrid Mainland of the University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute is the co-author of a new investigation into the origins and husbandry of Mid-Late Bronze Age cattle – now published in the Journal of Archaeological Science Reports.

The authors include Jacqueline Towers & Julie Bond of the University of Bradford, Jane Evans of the British Geological Survey, Ingrid Mainland of the UHI Archaeology Institute and Janet Montgomery of Durham University.

Bioarchaeological evidence suggests that the site of Grimes Graves, Norfolk, characterised by the remains of several hundred Late Neolithic flint mineshafts, was a permanently settled community with a mixed farming economy during the Mid-Late Bronze Age (c. 1400 BCE – c. 800 BCE).

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The aim of this study was to investigate, through isotope ratio analysis (87Sr/86Sr, δ13C and δ18O), the origins and…

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From the Ice Age to the Stone Age


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To discover resources already available on this blog for ‘From the Ice Age to the Stone Age’ click on the Ice Age tag in the left hand column and it will take you to all the posts made on that topic to date. Other relevant tags include Stone Age and Prehistory, although the entries covered by those tags may be broader and include later prehistoric themes.

Bronze Age Britain: Reading List


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Whilst it is not essential to do any background reading before the course begins, you may find it useful to do so. The reading list below contains books that you can read. You don’t have to read all of these and we don’t specify any that you must read. Instead, these are readings you can use to gain a preliminary understanding of topics, as well as to study in more depth those parts of the course you are particularly interested in. You may also want to take a look at magazines such as British Archaeology, World Archaeology and Current Archaeology.

Clark, P. (Ed.) 2009. Bronze Age Connections: Cultural Contact in Prehistoric Europe. Oxbow Books.

Cunliffe, B. 2013. Britain Begins. Oxford University Press.

Darvill, T. 2010. Prehistoric Britain. Routledge.

Fitzpatrick, A.P. 2013. The Amesbury Archer and the Boscombe Bowmen. Wessex Archaeology Report. Wessex Archaeology.

Gosden, C. 2003. Prehistory: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press.

Oliver, N. 2012. A History of Ancient Britain. W&N. (accompanies BBC TV documentary series of the same name. Documentary also available on DVD).

Pearce, S. 1984. Bronze Age Metalwork in Southern Britain. Shire Publications.

Pryor, F. 2004. Britain BC: Life in Britain and Ireland Before the Romans. Harper Perennial.

Pryor, F. 2010. Seahenge: a quest for life and death in Bronze Age Britain. Harper Perennial.

Pryor, F. 2011. Flag Fen: Life and Death of a Prehistoric Landscape. History Press.


Bronze Age Britain: Making Bronze


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In our first session on the  Bronze Age in Britain, we looked at one of the key defining elements of the archaeological time period: making bronze.

In this short video clip from the BBC series Ancient Voices, archaeologist Raksha Dave visits Butser Ancient Farm to look at the beginning of the Bronze Age, and construct an axe head in exactly the same way Bronze Age man would have done.

ULAS archaeologists return to city park to explore historic monument linked with the Knights Hospitallers


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Dig will run from 2 – 27 September at Castle Hill Country Park In September, University of Leicester archaeologists working with Leicester City Council and members of the public, will return to Castle Hill Country Park at Beaumont Leys to continue exploring a large scheduled ancient monument, Castle Hill, believed to be the remains of […]

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A Mini Guide to Prehistoric Monuments


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Scattered across the English landscape are hundreds of prehistoric monuments, spanning almost four millennia. Can you tell a henge from a hillfort? What was a stone circle used for? What’s the difference between a long barrow and a round barrow? This animation by English Heritage aims to help you discover the answers to these and many other questions about England’s prehistoric monuments.

New community archaeology project in town associated with King Richard III receives funding


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A new community archaeology project that provides residents the opportunity to carry out excavations in order to learn more about their town’s history has received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The Market Bosworth Society in partnership with the University of Leicester has been awarded a grant of £29,000 for their ‘Bosworth Links’ community archaeology project, it was announced today (10 May).

Over the next two years the Market Bosworth Society, supported by archaeologists from University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS), will investigate the history of their town, providing hundreds of opportunities for people to come together and get involved in an archaeological project that will uncover thousands of years of shared heritage on their doorsteps.

Volunteers digging archaeological test-pits with the University of Leicester. Credit: Charnwood Roots Project / University of Leicester

Nigel Palmer, Chairman of the Market Bosworth Society and the Bosworth Links steering committee said: “The…

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Largest archaeological excavation in Leicester in over a decade to open to public


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Excavation open to the public on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 May. University of Leicester Archaeological Services are currently excavating the site of the former Stibbe factory, between Great Central Street and Highcross Street in central Leicester. The land is owned by Charles Street Buildings group, which has made the site available and financially supported […]

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