Ancient Britain

Explore the history of Ancient Britain with exhibitions, events, features, news and web resources gathered from hundreds of museums, archives and historic sites across the UK.

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Public invited to see excavation of 4,000-year-old Bronze Age barrow on Dartmoor edge

The Bronze Age Emmet's Post, a Scheduled Monument being excavated as part of a government-approvedquarry expansion in Devon, will open to the public this weekend.

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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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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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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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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 coins and daggers of war in the west

Kurt Adams, the Finds Liaison Officer for Gloucestershire and Avon, introduces an extremely rare gold coin and a dangerous metal dagger found by a fisherman.

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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A once-in-a-lifetime discovery: Archaeologist Rachael Hall on Roman and Iron Age cave coins in the Peak District

The National Trust archaeologist tells us about the quest to excavate a hoard of special coins, found in a church-like cave in Derbyshire and resembling tiny pieces of art.

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Archaeologists ring date ritual Bronze Age stone circle to same year as Seahenge

An eroded second stone circle, found on Holme Beach, where the original Seahenge was excavated 15 years ago, has been tree ring dated to 2049 BC - the same year as its sister site.

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Cornish archaeologists celebrate as 5,000-year-old "Devil's Frying Pan" of Carwynnen Quoit is restored

The capstone of a 5,000-year-old burial chamber has been lowered into place in Cornwall, ending a five-year project to restore a monument which collapsed almost 50 years ago.

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Neolithic houses showed Stonehenge residents as talented builders, recreators say

See pictures of the Neolithic houses which have been opened to the public at Stonehenge - recreated based on the painstaking building processes of 2,500 years ago.

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Iron Age hillforts to 18th century graves: Archaeologists reveal discoveries in Scotland

A new exhibition reveals some of the innovative techniques used to explore ancient Scottish sites. Forestry Commission Archaeologist Matthew Richie tells us more.

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Looted stone of Roman mint reveals stories of prehistoric and medieval civilisations

The final stages of a major excavation at Blackfriars, a former industrial centre in Leicester, have sprung a few surprises, say archaeologists.

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