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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Lost bottles of whisky from 1940s shipwreck resurface in house on Scottish island

Two whisky bottles which sank with a steamer 75 years ago have resurfaced following a tip-off by a long-serving archivist on an island on the edge of the Inner Hebrides.

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Archaeologists discover one of Roman Britain's earliest surviving frescos beneath City of London street

A decorative Roman fresco buried at the start of a huge city construction project nearly 2,000 years ago has been discovered by archaeologists near London's historic Leadenhall Market.

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Enigmatic decapitated Roman skeletons include man born in Middle East and could have been gladiators, criminals or soldiers, say archaeologists in York

A set of Roman-age decapitated bodies found in York could have been murdered gladiators, say archaeologists who used "pioneering" technology on seven skeletons.

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A home from 2,000 years ago: the Iron Age roundhouse excavated by archaeologists in a Northamptonshire village

An Iron Age roundhouse is at the centre of a settlement from more than 2,000 years ago excavated in the Midlands.

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Prehistoric artists who carved giant rock canvas in Italian Alps were "precursors" to Picasso and Giacometti, say archaeologists

An international team of archaeologists, including experts from Cambridge and Nottingham, have created a film and apps allowing the public to get closer to the prehistoric rock art of Brescia.

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Object of the Week: Fertility figures from an ancient civilization in Bronze Age Pakistan and India

Made by the Indus Valley Civilization between 3,000 and 2000 BC, these 10 "fertility figurines" display male, female and hermaphrodite features in a set of remarkable, complex and imaginative......

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Roman discoveries shock archaeologists at Northampton's 12th century Delapre Abbey

Archaeologist Iain Soden says he "ought to have sat down and had a stiff drink" after finding high-quality Roman pottery at a former nunnery where medieval remains were expected.

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"Best-preserved Bronze Age dwellings ever found in Britain" discovered in Cambridgeshire

A 3,000-year-old roundhouse offers an unprecedented insight into life during Bronze Age Britain, say archaeologists working in the East Anglian Fens.

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"Pretty spectacular" finds at Roman cemetery show Carlisle "wasn't just a place where hairy barbarians were selling cows", say archaeologists

A Roman civilian cemetery full of "exceptional" cremation urns from the late 1st and early 2nd centuries has been discovered by archaeologists in Carlisle.

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Faeces and lice combs show Roman toilets and baths failed to stop spread of intestinal parasites

A parasite infection specialist at the University of Cambridge who carried out tests on faeces, combs, latrines and burials says that parasites and lice were widespread among Romans.

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