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This is very exciting. It’s not often we get large excavation monographs devoted to single mesolithic sites in the UK (Three Ways Wharf stands out, a site that was published in 2011 and excavated in the 1980s), but recently within the space of a few weeks we got two: Blick Mead in mid March (photo […]
Welcome to the Oakham Castle Community Archaeology Dig. This is our first post of several about the upcoming excavation, so come back to discover more about what we find as the excavation progresses. What are we doing? Well, over two weeks at the end of April 2018, University of Leicester Archaeological Services in partnership with […]
Fancy trying your hand at archaeology? Want to learn more about the history of your local community? In 2018, University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS), working in partnership with Rutland County Council and the Market Bosworth Society, have two exciting opportunities for volunteers to take part in community archaeology projects. Oakham Castle Community Dig (18th […]
A new exhibition has opened at Stonehenge which reveals what the builders of this ancient monument cooked and ate.
Feast! displays a collection of rare finds including the skull of an aurochs, a now extinct species of wild cattle. You can also see decorated Neolithic pots used in the preparation of pork and beef dishes and a rare complete bronze cauldron from 700BC that featured as a centrepiece of late Bronze Age ceremonial feasts.
Migration in the Bronze Age has been in the news recently with the publication of a new study which suggests that in Britain, individuals connected to Beaker pots seem to be a distinct, genetically related group that almost wholly replaced the island’s earlier inhabitants. Earlier research had also investigated migration to Ireland during this time period.
The Amesbury Archer had previously hinted at the movement of at least some individuals when research using oxygen isotope analysis in the Archer’s tooth enamel suggested that he may have originated from an alpine region of central Europe. Meanwhile, the Boscombe Bowmen, although perhaps not so well-travelled, had grown up in the areas either of modern Wales or in the Lake District, but left in childhood.
Alice Roberts – Tamed: Ten Species that Changed our World
Friday 9th February
How do you tame wildness? For thousands of years our ancestors existed in a world where they depended on wild plants and animals. They were hunter-gatherers – consummate survival experts navigating the opportunities and threats the world offered. Then a revolution happened: we started to domesticate wild species and they became crucial to our own survival and success.
Alice Roberts is an anthropologist, writer and broadcaster, and is currently Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University of Birmingham. She has presented several landmark BBC series including The Incredible Human Journey, Origins of Us, Coast, and The Celts. Her recent book on evolutionary biology, The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being, was shortlisted for the Welcome Trust Book Prize in 2015.
Join her at the Pearson Centre, Beeston, Nottingham for an evening talk, Q&A and book signing. 7.30-10.00pm, doors open 6.30pm. £18.95, refreshments available. Booking essential: http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org/shop and click on the Wildlife Courses & Lectures category.
A new film produced by the University of Leicester showcases how archaeologists successfully lifted and conserved a Roman mosaic found in Leicester. During the winter of 2016/17, archaeologists from University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS) excavated a large site in Leicester, on the corner of Highcross Street and Vaughan Way next to the John Lewis car […]
All archaeological finds of a site add to its history, but some can capture us with the underlying story. This is the case for an aurochs bone with an embedded flint projectile point fragment discovered during excavations at Göbekli Tepe some years ago. That the aurochs was an important animal to these early Neolithic hunters […]
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 […]