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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The Swash Channel Wreck gives up some its secrets at Poole Museum

Artefacts from the Swash Channel Wreck, the ornately carved Dutch merchantman hailed as the most important UK shipwreck discovery since the Mary Rose, are on display at Poole Museum.

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Major community archaeology project explores the industrial heritage of Portobello Edinburgh

Dig Portobello, an ambitious weekend of archaeological excavations and activities led by volunteers, will explore the industrial heritage of the Edinburgh seaside suburb.

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Game of Thrones star launches Wall Face - the faces who saved and preserved Hadrian's Wall

A Wall-wide display of portraits of the pioneers who protected, conserved or told the story of Hadrian’s Wall is to be launched by Games of Thrones star Ben Crompton, who plays Dolorous Edd.

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Richard III skeleton reveals his prodigious alcohol consumption and rich diet

New forensic research on the skeleton of Richard III has revealed his enormous intake of alcohol and rich food.

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University of Leicester to explore the potential use of drones in archaeology

A new project at the University of Leicester is about to explore the uses of Ground Penetrating Radar and unmanned aerial vehicles - drones - in archaeology.

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York residents urged to join radar search for Roman and Medieval remains under Guildhall

A former friary which once welcomed Richard III and could have been a burial site during the War of the Roses is at the centre of a two-week excavation in York.

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Archaeologists compare Neolithic Kent site to Stonehenge, find Bronze Age funerary monument

A Neolithic ditch, enlarged with an outer ring into a huge funerary monument during the Bronze Age, has been found on housing development grounds in Kent.

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Six-year-old's discovery leads archaeologists to 5,000-year-old battlefield in Cardiff

Arrowheads, awls, scrapers and polished stone axe fragments point to conflict at Caerau, where a six-year-old boy made the first discovery in a Neolithic ditch.

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"A huge wake-up call": The lessons of the sale of Northampton's Sekhemka statue

Archaeologist Andy Brockman on the controversial decision to sell a limestone Egyptian statue, made by Northampton Borough Council in an auction which raised £16 million.

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Archaeologists reveal Mary Rose-style shipwreck finds from The London on Southend Pier

Archaeologists have been involving the public in the excavation of The London - a ship made for the Anglo-Dutch war of the mid-17th century, lying in two parts off Southend Pier.

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"Truly unexpected" pink granite boulder of ancient Scottish Picts revealed in Moray

Archaeologists say a stone found by a plough near Craigellachie - described as "truly unexpected" - could be a unique example of an ancient Pictish symbol.

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Schoolboys find Britain's earliest gold and 4,300-year-old grave of high-status mystery maker

An "exotic" and "special" gold seeker who was among Britain's first metal workers and a Copper Age head tress linked to Stonehenge are the surprise finds at a North Pennines farm.

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Archaeologists say Anglo-Saxon sword discovery "couldn't have been better scripted"

An Anglo-Saxon sword found on a neolithic settlement will undergo X-rays later this year, as archaeologists survey the revealing discoveries of a five-week dig at Barrow Clump.

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In Pictures: The new £2.4 million Wessex Gallery of Archaeology at Salisbury Museum

Take a look inside the new gallery at Salisbury Museum, which opened earlier this month with artefacts including the Amesbury Archer and the Wardour Hoard.

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July 2014's top ten UK archaeology artefacts

Gold beads, hacked Roman legs and jawbones, cave coins and Tutankhamun all turned up in the summer heat. Take a look back at ten of the discoveries.

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Anglo-Saxon arthritis sufferer, graves and swords found by archaeologists at Barrow Clump

Archaeologists have been reflecting on their latest excavations at a Salisbury site which has been a Neolithic settlement, Bronze Age burial mound and Saxon cemetery.

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Richard III sculpture architects on creating a steel artwork next to Leicester Cathedral

London-based Dallas Pierce Quintero on the silhouette-reflecting steel plates commissioned in honour of the life of Richard III.

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