The Romans Loved a Sea View Too

Teign view, courtesy of Tilia Homes

The Penns Mount excavations were what an estate agent might call ‘well positioned’, with beautiful panoramic views over the River Teign estuary. Our fieldwork team uncovered an enclosure (a rectangular perimeter of deep, v-shaped ditches, with a break for entering the settlement housed in its centre), dating to the early Romano-British period (mid to late…
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A multi-period landscape at Commonhead, Swindon

MesolithicNeolithic flint blade

In the summer of 2021, CA’s site team excavated a series of trenches and a 2.1ha area at Commonhead, Swindon. Previous trenching by Oxford Archaeology and Wessex Archaeology had recorded possible early medieval, Roman, and even prehistoric activity within the site, and excavations to the north by Headland Archaeology (as part of the wider Commonhead/Badbury…
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Medieval pots from Bristol

Zoomorphic jug fragment

In 2017 and 2018, Cotswold Archaeology with our Joint Venture partners Oxford Archaeology undertook excavations ahead of redevelopment at Redcliff Quarter in Bristol. Almost 21,000 sherds of pottery (405kg) were recovered. The pottery was first recorded by Finds specialists Ed McSloy and Jacky Sommerville, and has been finely drawn by Illustrator Li Sou. Analysis for publication…
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CA contributes to major ancient DNA study into Bronze Age migration

Bronze Age inhumation grave

CA has contributed to a major new study of ancient DNA that has traced the movement of people into southern Britain during the Bronze Age (2200–700 BC). In the largest such analysis published to date, scientists examined the DNA of nearly 800 ancient individuals including burials discovered by CA. The new study, led by the…
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Llanthony Secunda Priory Reformation Project

On 10 November, the Llanthony Secunda Priory Re-Formation Project received a CPRE Gloucestershire Award, in recognition as a project demonstrating sustainability and resulting in significant improvements to the environment and facilities for communities. As key members of the project delivery team, Croft Building and Conservation Ltd, Caroe and Cotswold Archaeology were also presented with certificates…
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A decade of exciting finds from our Milton Keynes office!

10 years of MK finds

To celebrate 10 years since we opened of our Milton Keynes (MK) office, we’ve picked our five favourite finds made by our MK archaeologists based there during those 10 years. This near complete Bronze Age Collared Urn was recovered from a site at Linton, Cambridgeshire in 2017. The collared Urn tradition began in the Early…
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Toss a coin to your protector

silver Iceni coin before and after conservation

Recent work on a Fen edge site in Suffolk produced evidence for Late Iron Age activity; amongst the finds of this period recovered is this silver Iceni unit of ‘Ecen’, collected from the top fill of a ditch. The coin can be dated to between 10 and 45 AD. Prior to post-excavation analysis it was…
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Stunning pipeclay Venus figurine from King’s Quarter, Gloucester

An 1,800-year-old figurine is among the latest discoveries uncovered by our team of archaeologists investigating the King’s Quarter area of Gloucester, which is being developed by Gloucester City Council and Reef Group. Standing 17cm-high, the pipeclay figurine dates to the first or second century AD and depicts Venus, the Roman goddess of love. The figurine…
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Clare Castle: review of our 2021 excavations

Volunteer holding an iron key

We have now completed the third and final excavation at Clare Castle, bringing to an end a campaign that started in 2018 with the award of the NLHF grant to Clare Castle Country Park Trust. During this final season we have been able to excavate three trenches and two test pits in a three-week period…
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A Late Iron Age/Early Roman funerary monument in Tiverton, Devon

funerary enclosure

During early 2018, an archaeological excavation took place on land just to the east of Tiverton in Devon on the gently sloping valley bottom of the River Lowman, an eastern tributary of the River Exe. The excavation was carried out on behalf of Barratt David Wilson Homes, who had been granted planning permission to develop…
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Fragments of a liturgical comb, Clare Castle 2021 Excavations

liturgical comb held by a volunteer

Sometimes the very best is saved until the last and this was certainly the case in the closing days of the community excavations undertaken at Clare Castle on behalf of the Clare Castle Country Park Trust. A discovery was made that is not only incredibly rare but is one also of extraordinary beauty and fine…
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2021 Clare Castle Excavations update

Moat trench being excavated by volunteers

Following on from our first update on our excavations at Clare Castle, on behalf of the Clare Castle Country Park Trust, we are making good progress in our three trenches. The most involved of the three is Trench 6, which we started in 2019. Here the archaeology is deep and complex, and in the previous…
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