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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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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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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Experts see Richard III's battle injuries as infirmary remains help create new skeleton

Experts from Loughborough University say Richard III's "significant injuries" from the Battle of Bosworth were "quite clear to see" during a project based on the king's remains.

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In Pictures: The Edinburgh dig which led to "incredibly exciting" medieval reconstructions

Hundreds of medieval bodies, found five years ago during works to create new tramways in Edinburgh, have informed facial reconstructions revealing much about their lives.

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Altars dedicated to Roman god Jupiter, classical temples intrigue Maryport archaeologists

The most north-westerly classical temple ever discovered in the Roman world and a series of altars dedicated to the god of Jupiter have been revealed on the frontiers of the Roman Empire World......

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Eerie reconstructions show faces and diets of medieval men and women in Edinburgh graveyard

A five-year investigation into hundreds of bodies discovered at a former church graveyard in Edinburgh has revealed the look of medieval residents through forensic artwork.

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19th century whale jawbone leaves Edinburgh Meadows as repair bid begins

Experts are about to launch a repair job on the Jawbone Arch, which has stood over the gateway to Edinburgh's Meadows since the aftermath of a science exhibition in 1886.

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In Pictures: Discovering Tutankhamun at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

The Ashmolean's summer exhibition tells the story of one of the most significant archaeological discoveries ever made: the discovery of the tomb of the 'boy king'.

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Archaeologists find baths of "sociable" Romans and early evidence of Christianity

An unusually early Christian silver ring, a bath with a bread oven and butchered animal bones are among the finds at a site near Bishops Auckland revealing 1,800 years of history.

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Festival of Archaeology 2014: Katie Marsden on medieval finds and a World War I medal

More than 12,000 records have been created since the Portable Antiquities Scheme began in Essex in 2003. The county’s Finds Liaison Officer tells Culture24 about two.

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Festival of Archaeology 2014: The story of an early Bronze Age lunula found in Dorset

Ciorstaidh Hayward Trevarthen, the Finds Liaison Officer for Dorset, tells Culture24 about landowners chucking cows out of fields and neck rings found in grave settings.

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Festival of Archaeology 2014: Roman gold, a medieval matrix and an amulet in Cornwall

Anna Tyacke, the Finds Liaison Officer for Cornwall, chooses a Roman gold bracelet or neck fragment, a medieval silver seal matrix and a first pestle amulet.

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Archaeologists invite public to see walls, floors, buckles and spoons at medieval manor

Owned by the Archbishops of Canterbury before the English Reformation, Headstone Manor is holding an open day to the public following a month-long archaeological excavation.

Festival of Archaeology 2014: Medieval rings, Bronze Age hoards and Iron Age discoveries

Jennifer Jackson, the Finds Liaison Officer for Kent, chooses three formidable archaeological discoveries found across the region, including the Boughton Malherbe hoard.

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Festival of Archaeology 2014: An Iron Age comb, medieval matrix and Bronze Age vessel

Angie Bolton, the Finds Liaison Officer for Worcestershire, picks a beautifully-decorated comb, a magic seal and an "unglamorous" sherd as three of her favourite discoveries.

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Festival of Archaeology: Julian Watters on pickaxes, brooches, dogs and Roman cups

The Finds Liaison Officer for Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire picks four of his favourite discoveries, including a 1st century vessel and a figurine in the form of a seated dog.

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