The majority of the Latin encountered in Romano-British archaeology is in the form of formal inscriptions on stone – building dedications, tombstones, altars and such. Other writing survives on small finds, such as potters’ names stamped on vessels, personal names scratched onto metal objects or ceramics or as prayers or curses written on metal sheets. […]
The new British Archaeology, which went live online today (February 8), reports significant new discoveries near Stonehenge, among them the grave of a man who might have seen the earliest megaliths erected at the site. Cremated remains of over 100 people were buried at the first Stonehenge, from 3100BC – the largest cremation cemetery in […]
Archaeology is the study of people. No matter how caught up we get in studying building remains or the minute details of changing object typologies, our ultimate aim is to better understand our ancestors. Aside from the discovery of human remains, and even surpassing them in some sense, is the discovery of traces of an […]
Learners who recently took the ‘Secrets of the Stone Age’ course or who will be taking it later in the New Year may be interested to watch a new documentary series starting on BBC 2 on Monday 2nd January 2017 at 9pm.
Orkney – seven miles off the coast of Scotland and cut off by the tumultuous Pentland Firth, the fastest flowing tidal race in Europe, is often viewed as being remote. But recent discoveries there are turning the stone age map of Britain upside down. Rather than an outpost at the edge of the world, recent finds suggest an extraordinary theory – that Orkney was the cultural capital of our ancient world and the origin of the stone circle cult which culminated in Stonehenge.
In this three-part series, Neil Oliver, Chris Packham, Andy Torbet and Dr Shini Somara join hundreds of archaeologists from around the world who have gathered there to investigate at one of Europe’s biggest digs.
The Portable Antiquities Scheme have recently recorded a new object from Lincolnshire with that most interesting of things – an inscribed personal name. The object in question is not actually a recent find, but has only recently come to light for recording – a perfect example not only of what important objects might still be […]
Stonehenge from the Heel Stone Wiltshire has quite a number of very well-known prehistoric sites (*cough* Stonehenge *cough* Avebury *cough* etc…) but we hope you find something new and useful in this round-up of online resources and places to visit for the county. The main place to find out about the prehistoric sites in Wiltshire…
A new study of Stonehenge bluestone is out. It’s short and densely written, and not dramatic. But it confirms the direction of current work which suggests that many of the Welsh bluestones came from north of the Preseli hills, rather than the top or to the south as traditionally believed (HH Thomas identified Carn Alw as a […]
Those of you who have taken the Anglo-Saxons course may be interested in following the details of a new archaeological project due to get underway shortly. Dr David Petts and Durham University are are about to start a new series of excavations on Lindisfarne, having previously undertaken geophysical survey there. One of their aims is to find out more about the Anglo-Saxon monastery on the island.
1000 years ago Nottingham was known as Tigguocobauc: the house of caves. It’s likely the first caves were carved beneath the cliff of sandstone on which the city was founded but as the town grew, so did the number of caves beneath it.
What were Nottingham’s caves used for?
Butcheries, beer cellars and ice houses were common but the survey has also mapped medieval dungeons, chapels, tanneries, kilns for malt and pottery, ‘gentlemen’s caves’ and secret (and not-so-secret) tunnels to Nottingham castle.
The Victorians also used the caves as stables, for cold and fireproof storage, or as tourist attractions, follies, and summerhouses. In the 20th-century there were catacombs, garages, and air-raid shelters. There is even an underground skittle alley, with a slot carved in one wall for your ball to return through.
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An interesting insight into the other burials at Greyfriars for those who have been following the Richard III story.
King Richard III was not the only person to be buried inside the Grey Friars church in Leicester. Over the course of the 2012 and 2013 excavations, archaeologists identified a further ten potential graves inside the chancel of the church including a mysterious stone sarcophagus found close to the site of Richard III’s hastily dug grave. In 2013, archaeologists fully excavated three of these graves, two beneath the church choir and the stone sarcophagus coffin in the church’s presbytery.
The two graves inside the choir (Skeleton 3 and Skeleton 4) contained wooden coffins, whilst the grave in the presbytery was of someone buried inside a stone sarcophagus (Skeleton 5). This had been buried more or less centrally within the space, probably fairly close to the high altar, and was clearly for someone of high status, perhaps an important patron of the friary.
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