New finds beef up case for redrawing map of Roman empire | UK news

New finds beef up case for redrawing map of Roman empire | UK news

The remains of a high-quality Romano-British butcher’s business and centre for crafts have been unearthed by archaeologists in Devon. Experts believe the fourth-century abattoir was set up to prepare the best cuts of beef that were transported to customers miles away along a Roman road found at the site. They suggest the butchers at Ipplepen, […]

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Volunteers restore Cerne Abbas giant to former glory | Culture

Volunteers restore Cerne Abbas giant to former glory | Culture

The scene could hardly have been more quintessentially English. As buzzards circled above and butterflies darted across the flower-dotted slopes, dozens of volunteers were digging and scraping at a huge figure carved into the steep hillside. The Cerne Abbas giant has loomed large above this Dorset valley for centuries, but 11 years after he was […]

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Dig for victory: how archaeology can help veterans' mental health | Science

Dig for victory: how archaeology can help veterans’ mental health | Science

Scrabbling around on hands and knees in a muddy trench surrounded by the misty mountains of mid Wales may not be everyone’s idea of a fun way to while away the last days of summer. But Julian Pitt, a former Royal Navy sailor still traumatised by his experiences in the Falklands and Gulf wars, was […]

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Ancient 3,800-year-old mural unearthed featuring human head on toad's body

Ancient 3,800-year-old mural unearthed featuring human head on toad’s body

A 3,800-year-old mural featuring a human head on the body of a toad has been unearthed by archaeologists in Peru. The incredible discovery was made at the Vichama archaeological site in Peru and is thought to have been created by one of the oldest known civilisations in the Americas. It’s believed to represent and celebrate […]

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National Trust brings Sutton Hoo alive with £4m revamp | Culture

National Trust brings Sutton Hoo alive with £4m revamp | Culture

Eighty years ago this summer, a beautifully situated if unusually lumpy field in Suffolk became, briefly, the site of an archaeological sensation. An immense Anglo-Saxon ship burial had been uncovered, loaded with some of the most astonishing gold and jewelled artefacts ever found. But the looming outbreak of war in July and August 1939 meant […]

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Lore of the Jungle: unearthing treasures from the Calais camp | Art and design

Sarah Mallet calls herself a “normal” archaeologist. An expert on how English diets changed between the iron age and the medieval period, she is a member of a discipline whose bread-and-butter work might involve recording and dating, say, Saxon fibulae. But today, at Pitt Rivers anthropological museum in Oxford, she is holding out for inspection […]

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Ornate gold helmet from Staffordshire hoard recreated | Culture

Experts working on the Staffordshire hoard have recreated one of its great treasures, a rare gold helmet, revealing for the first time the spectacular impression its original wearer would have made. The hoard, discovered by a metal detectorist in a field near Lichfield in 2009, is the largest collection of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver metalwork […]

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Remains of real Wolf Hall discovered by archaeologists | Culture

The Wolf Hall made famous by Hilary Mantel’s historical novels, has been unearthed, 500 years after it was razed to the ground. The magnificent home of the Seymour family, where the Tudor king Henry VIII first showed an interest in his third wife, Jane Seymour, fell into ruin 40 years after it was built. Over […]

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Country diary: cave secrets of lost charismatic carnivores | Environment

I walk over the exposed hillside above Giggleswick Scar and push past the elder crowding the entrance to Kinsey cave. The dripping limestone grotto, like many of Craven’s karst caves, has been a time capsule, trapping evidence of the human and natural past in sediment and protecting it from the passage of glaciers. It is […]

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Archaeologists and curators leaving UK over Brexit fears | Culture

A no-deal Brexit would cause severe disruption across the UK’s culture, science and design sectors, industry leaders have said. The expected loss of EU funding and uncertainty over the status of EU nationals after March 2019 meant UK museums were already losing scientists, researchers and curators, and there was a shortage of archaeologists, they said. […]

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