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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Stone Age axemen used "complicated thinking", say archaeologists using brain scanning

Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging on the brains of archaeologists who had been taught to recreate prehistoric tools, researchers say Lower Palaeolithic craftspeople were more skilled than previously thought.

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Bone fragments and burial goods of "wealthy and cosmopolitan" Roman found in North Hertfordshire village

A complete Roman jug, bone fragments in a large hexagonal bottle, a worn 2nd century bronze coin and an iron lamp are among the finds made by a metal detectorist in the village of Kelshall.

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Archaeologists find coins, bow brooches and bones among Iron Age and Roman discoveries in Peterborough

David Crawford-White, of Oxford Archaeology East, on the Lottery-funded search for artefacts which has inspired hundreds of people on a dig partly fuelled by cake.

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Bearded men bottles could have been filled with urine and hair to ward off 17th century witches

Archaeologists in Hampshire say a set of four bottles, found during construction work on a BT building in 1981, could have contained antidotes to throw back evil spells.

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Ice Age Britons were cannibals say Natural History Museum scientists

New research on human remains from Gough’s Cave in Somerset reveals how our Stone Age ancestors participated in ritual cannibalism.

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Archaeologists' ancient footprint research to help in police forensic investigations

Bournemouth University is looking into how forensic archaeology techniques for documenting ancient footprints can help forensic scientists understand modern-day crime scenes.

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Man in lonely shallow grave buried by community who thought jaw deformities indicated evil, say archaeologists

Archaeologists at Rockbourne Roman Villa, in Hampshire, have revealed more about two skeletons discovered in separate rooms during the 1960s.

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Prehistoric settlers in Scotland similar to first peoples of North America or Australia, new book reveals

The authors of a new book on archaeology in north-east Scotland say the earliest settlers had a mixed economy, built stone mouments and moved seasonally in search of food.

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"We can only imagine the horrific injuries": 15th century War of the Roses handgun goes on show for first time

A handgun which a soldier attempted to use at the Battle of Towton - one of the bloodiest battles of the War of the Roses, in 1461 - is among the artefacts to have gone on show at York's Richard III......

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