The 2,300-year-old bark shield is the only one of its kind ever found in Europe A unique bark shield from the Iron Age has been discovered by archaeologists from the University of Leicester, the only one of its kind ever found in Europe. The shield, which measured 670 x 370mm in the ground, was found […]
The second of our hot topics within archaeology was that of metal detecting. There are already some resources on this topic on this blog about metal detecting, the treasure act and the portable antiquities scheme.
This video from Archaeosoup from February 2019 reviews the DCMS consultation about the function of the Treasure Act 1996:
This presentation from the Digital Engagement in Archaeology Conference discusses Portable Antiquities Scheme and its impact on the public:
In our last session we looked at a couple of hot topics within archaeology that are sure to generate plenty of discussion. The first of these was that of human remains. There are already some resources on this topic on this blog which includes links to a lot of the legislation and how to guides by respected bodies within the discipline.
This Archaeoduck video interviews a human osteoarchaeologist, Lauren McIntyre, who talks through what happens when human remains are excavated in the UK:
In our last session, we continued the subject of dating within archaeology by looking at absolute dating methods. There are already some resources on this subject on this blog which can be found by following the link.
Perhaps the best known of these absolute dating methods is radiocarbon dating. These two short videos from Archaeoduck help to explain how that method works and some of the pros and cons.
Other forms of dating exist. These include thermoluminescence, which is explained briefly in this video by Archaeosoup:
In our last session we looked at various dating techniques. One of these techniques was dendrochronology. This video from Archaeosoup provides more information about this dating method:
There are other resources on relative dating, including the vole clock, available on this site. Please follow the link to find out more.
In our last session we talked about context and stratigraphy. There are already some resources about these on this blog which you can find by following the link.
As part of understanding the relationship of different contexts with one another, we talked about the Harris Matrix. This video by Archaeosoup also helps to explain this idea: