The Hidden Life of Neolithic Women Seen Via Their Humeri —


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In this week’s journal Science Advances, University of Cambridge researchers compared the bones of women. Their sample included Central European women living in the first 5,000 years (or about 7,400-7,000 years ago) of agriculture those those of typical college students and college athletes including those that row in crew. As you know bone is a living […]

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Living with cauldrons – Iron Age feasting at Glenfield Park — ULAS News


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A unique collection of Iron Age metal artefacts which sheds new light on feasting rituals among prehistoric communities has been discovered by archaeologists from the University of Leicester during an excavation at Glenfield Park, Leicestershire. The team, from the University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS), has located a trove of ancient treasures at the site, […]

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New Viking Exhibitions at Lakeside, Nottingham


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The Djanogly Gallery will be hosting a major touring exhibition from the British Museum and York Museums Trust from 25 November. Viking: Rediscover the Legend presents new discoveries and current interpretations to help us understand what it meant to be a Viking.

Complementing this in the Weston Gallery from Friday 15 December, Danelaw Saga: Bringing Vikings Back to the East Midlands examines Viking influences on Nottinghamshire and the wider region.

An exciting programme of workshops, talks and other events supplements both exhibitions – allowing you to delve deeper into the world of the Vikings and uncover the legacy of the Vikings on our doorstep.

Both exhibitions and connected events have been programmed in collaboration by the University of Nottingham Museum, Manuscripts and Special Collections at the University of Nottingham, and the Bringing Vikings Back to the East Midlands project, led by the University of Nottingham’s Centre for the Study of the Viking Age.

New Exhibition and Radio Series: Living with Gods


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A new exhibition, radio series and book will look at the nature of belief and how it has been important to all human societies as part of a new project by the British Museum and BBC Radio 4. To quote from the press release:

From 23 October, Radio 4 and the British Museum embark on the fourth major project coming out of their public service partnership.

Exploring the role and expression of shared beliefs in lives and communities through time and around the world, Neil MacGregor, former Director of the British Museum, returns to Radio 4 to present this landmark 30-part series.

The British Museum also presents a major exhibition on this theme, opening on 2 November 2017.

Throughout the radio series Neil draws upon objects and curatorial insights from the British Museum and beyond, with a focus on two or three objects in each programme. As with his last Radio 4 series, the multi-award winning Germany: Memories Of A Nation, Neil also travels to key locations – from the winter solstice in the ancient passage tomb at Newgrange in County Meath, Ireland, to the waters of the Ganges in India; from Jerusalem to a cave in southern Germany.

Across the series, the focus moves from daily and weekly practices, festivals, pilgrimages and sacrifices, to power struggles and political battles between beliefs, and between faiths and states.

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.