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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"Breathtaking" parchment DNA could reveal Britain's agricultural past, say archaeologists

Experts have used protein and DNA from ancient parchments to trace 700 years of British agriculture, calling wool "the oil of times gone by".

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Archaeologists begin work on hacked-up silver buried in Scotland during decline of Roman Empire

National Museums Scotland will examine more than 100 pieces of hacked-up silver, coins and jewellery, buried in an Aberdeenshire field during the 4th and 6th centuries.

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Decapitated head of Emperor which amazed archaeologists in Sudan in 1910 goes on display

The remainder of Emperor Augustus' statue known as the Merӧe Head, trampled upon by visitors to a victory building after a Roman reverse, has gone on show at the British Museum.

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Neolithic and Bronze Age cists and tombs show tensions between changing prehistoric ideologies

See pictures from the investigation in three areas of Orkney which revealed old and new ideologies around death and burial during prehistoric times.

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Laser techniques used on bones of Mary Rose crew could detect modern "Tudor-era" diseases

Experts from the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital have carried out tests on a variety of bones from the sailors who perished aboard Henry VIII's warship.

"Iconic" Racton Man was tall and revered West Country warrior, say archaeologists

James Kenny, who excavated the near-complete Bronze Age skeleton which has just gone on public display in Chichester, tells us the theories behind the "pretty impressive" man.

Archaeologists invite public to ponder mysteries as high-status prehistoric Racton Man goes on display

First discovered in a field in 1989, a near-complete Bronze Age skeleton with an arm wound which may have killed him stayed in storage for 23 years. Now he's gone on show in Sussex.

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Tombs in Neolithic Orkney reveal ancient beliefs, taboos and superstitions of mourners and dead

Beverley Ballin Smith, an archaeologist working on three tombs and cists on Orkney, says the evidence of changing belief systems have provided the most "exciting and varied" discoveries of her life.

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Palisaded settlement and Iron Age roundhouse reveal story of prehistoric Scottish communities

Archaeologists have published their findings from an excavation at Ravelrig Hill, a site overlooking Edinburgh which was first investigated in 2009.

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Axeheads, burials, knives and more from the Viking cemetery which amazed archaeologists in Cumbria

The latest work by archaeologists at Cumwhitton, in Cumbria, has been nominated for a prestigious archaeological award. See some of the discoveries made at the site since 2004.

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