Archaeology

Archaeology news and features about the latest digs and finds together with archaeology events and web resources collected from hundreds of UK museums and heritage sites. 

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Bottle used to ward off evil spells during 18th century witch hunts found by archaeologists

Archaeologists working on the new National Civil War Centre in Nottinghamshire say a green bottle is a symbol of widespread superstition more than 300 years ago.

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Bog material reveals 11,500 years of Scottish history at prehistoric hillforts near Edinburgh

Archaeologists studying Ravelrig Bog, which began as a rocky hollow at the end of the last glacial period, have found evidence of human occupation from across the ages.

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Skeleton of arthritis-suffering neolithic woman at centre of archaeological crowdfunding bid

The skeleton of Blodwen, a hardworking woman who lived in Wales 5,500 years ago, will be showcased to the public in style if a six-week, £3,000 crowdfunding appeal succeeds.

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Richard III cortege journey route revealed as Leicester Cathedral prepares to bury body

The remains of Richard III will visit churches and landmarks from the King's final days on a journey next March, moving from the University of Leicester to the city's cathedral.

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Scottish Viking hoard is most spectacular and largest of modern times say archaeologists

Archaeologists are hailing the find of a hoard of Viking treasure found by a metal detectorist in Scotland as the largest found in modern times.

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Portable Antiquities Scheme Wales secures funding to save more archaeologcal finds

A major grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund will help museums in Wales fulfil the exciting potential of new archaeological discoveries recorded by the Portable Antiquities Scheme.

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Vindolanda's Roman toilet seat inspires manufacturer to make new Thunderbox loo seat

An impressed toilet manufacturer will produce a special edition luxury seat and has pledged a cash sum towards the care of a wooden 'throne' found along Hadrian's Wall.

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Archaeologists find statuette head of northern goddess at Arbeia Roman fort

Experts believe the broken-off head of a goddess worshipped by a tribe in Roman South Shields is likely to be an intricately-carved, paint-daubed representation of Brigantia.

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In Pictures: The search for 2,000 years of history beneath York Guildhall

See Medieval pottery, moulded plaster, worked stone fragments and glass stems from centuries ago, found during the public excavation in York this summer.

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Archaeologists find prehistoric cattle tooth within mound of Iron Age stones on Skomer

Excavating the protected, fragile Pembrokeshire area for the first time, archaeologists have found Neolithic and Bronze Age ritual stones and field systems.

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