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Working with Archaeology Groups

Finds Processing Training Members of the team from the London & South East Office have recently carried out the second of three training sessions for the Cliffe at Hoo Historical Society, ahead of their excavation this summer. This month’s...Show More Summary

All aboard! Nordic Viking ship ready for Atlantic voyage

The world's largest Viking ship in modern times is about to set sail across the Atlantic. Named after Harald Hårfagre, the king who unified Norway in the 10th century, the ship's Swedish captain Björn Ahlander was originally supposed...Show More Summary

Stonehenge may have served as a cremation cemetery

Towering above the grassy Salisbury Plain, its eerie rock monoliths are steeped in myth and magical stories, yet despite decades of research, the original purpose of Stonehenge remains a mystery. Archaeologists excavated the burned bones that had been previously dug up from around the site of Stonehenge during the 1920s. Show More Summary

‘Lost’ songs from Middle Ages brought back to life

An ancient song repertory will be heard for the first time in 1,000 years this week after being ‘reconstructed’ by a Cambridge researcher and a world-class performer of medieval music. Detail from the Cambridge Songs manuscript leafShow More Summary

Rare statue could help unearth secrets of Long Melford’s Roman past

A rare find unearthed in a garden in Long Melford could point to the village being the “missing link” in a chain of Roman forts, it has been claimed. A six inch tall figurine dating from the first or second century, known as a ‘pseudo...Show More Summary

Historic flint axes found in Denmark

The flint axes date back to the early Stone Age (photo: Viborg Museum) A pair of old friends have found the largest flint axes in Danish history in a drained bog area near Tastum Lake just south of Skive in Jutland. Archaeologists at...Show More Summary

Researchers investigate world’s oldest human footprints with software designed to decode crime scenes

Researchers at Bournemouth University have developed a new software technique to uncover 'lost' tracks, hidden in plain sight at the world's oldest human footprint site in Laetoli (Tanzania). The software has revealed new information about the shape of the tracks and has found hints of a previously undiscovered fourth track-maker at the site. Show More Summary


Pr éalablement aux aménagements de la ZAC du Plessis-Saucourt par l’EPA Sénart sur la commune de Tigery (Essonne), une équipe d’archéologues de l’Inrap effectue, sur prescription de l’État (Drac Île-de-France), des recherches à Tigery (Essonne). Show More Summary

The Viking Great Army in England: Torksey, treasure and towns

The Viking Great Army in England: Torksey, treasure and towns Tuesday 3 May 2016, 5.30 PM Speaker: Julian Richards From AD 865 to 879 a Viking army wreaked havoc on the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, leading to political conquest, settlement on a substantial scale, and extensive Scandinavian cultural and linguistic influences in eastern and northern England. Show More Summary

Crowdfunding the Public Humanities: Intersection Journal

Over the past few years, I’ve seen quite a few interesting public humanities projects float across Kickstarter, the popular crowd funding platform. As people likely know, the catch in using Kickstarter is that you set a target for the amount of money that you want to raise, but you don’t get a penny (and your… Read More ?

Rhind Lectures: Antiquaries, archaeologists and the invention of the historic town c 1700-1860 6th, 7th and 8th May

Rhind Lectures: Antiquaries, archaeologists and the invention of the historic town c 1700-1860 6th, 7th and 8th May May 6 @ 6:00 pm - May 8 @ 5:00 pm Professor Roey Sweet, Professor of Urban History, University of Leicester The historic...Show More Summary

Veterans Visit Tidworth Saxon Cemetery Excavation

A recent excavation in Tidworth, of a 1300-year-old Anglo-Saxon cemetery, was visited by wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans from the Help for Heroes Recovery Centre, Tedworth House. Archaeologists from Wessex Archaeology...Show More Summary

The North Dakota Outrage Summit

A couple of months ago I floated the idea of an “Outrage Summit” as a possible theme for the North Dakota University System Arts and Humanities Summit in late September. We floated the idea around and there were no objections to it, so this weekend, we put together a call for papers and it should… Read More ?

Successful integration of Bartington Geophysics Cart and Leica Geosystems

At the end of 2015, Wessex Archaeology decided to upgrade their geophysics capabilities by acquiring some really interesting new devices. The initial push to get this new equipment came from the need to solve a series of issues thatShow More Summary

Egyptian Stature Bought by Belgian Collector Stolen from Museum Store

Youm 7 reported on Saturday that an Egyptian antiquities ministry official and three security personnel are to face trial over charges of theft and smuggling of a Middle Kingdom limestone statue from antiquities storerooms at Egypt’s archaeological site of Memphis, and replacing the original there with a replica. Show More Summary

Reverse engineering the past

It is spring, the swallows have returned to the farm, so it is time for a mission statement, or an explanation what after 8 years on the internet Theoretical Structural Archaeology is all about, again. In essence it very simple, just...Show More Summary

People power: how citizen science could change historical research

Crowdsourcing research by ‘non-specialists’ could help historians investigate big-data archives, and in the process make everyone an expert Citizen science is a digital method, which has been applied to a range of big-data scientific problems. Show More Summary

Half of Western European men descended from one Bronze Age ‘king’

Mass graves were replaced by individual burials for the elite in the Bronze Age showing a shift in social structure CREDIT: PA H alf of Western European men are descended from one Bronze Age ‘king’ who sired a dynasty of elite nobles which spread throughout Europe, a new study has shown. Show More Summary

11 reasons William Shakespeare was the original Shoreditch hipster

A n archaeological dig is expected to find Shoreditch is the home of Shakespeare, putting Stratford-Upon-Avon and the Globe in the shade. The Museum of London Archaeology is leading a project to uncover and explore the remains of the Curtain Theatre, the 16 th and 17 th century venue where Shakespeare is known to have first staged Romeo and Juliet. Show More Summary

The Impossibility of a Slow Professor? (Part 2)

The problem of making a post with a “part 1” is that I feel obligated to publish a “part 2.” Go read Part 1, which is basically a review of  Maggie Berg’s and Barbara Seeber’s The Slow Professor (Toronto 2016). In it, I suggest that the problem with their lovely little book is that many (if not all)… Read More ?

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