Finds from the Roman enclosure at Broken Furrow

Cattle skull and cluster of quartz crystals found in a Roman enclosure at Broken Furrow In the spring of 2021, our Milton Keynes team undertook an excavation at ‘Broken Furrow’ for Orion Heritage and Kendrick Homes Ltd. The site was situated on the northern edge of Hardwick, a suburb of Banbury in Oxfordshire. The remains…
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Gloucester Greyfriars: Roman hilt guard 

Worked bone Roman hilt guard from the Gloucester Greyfriars excavation

Worked bone Roman hilt guard from the legionary fortress at Gloucester Our excavations at the site of Gloucester Greyfriars, on behalf of Gloucestershire College of Arts and Technology, took place some ten years ago now. The site lay within the southwestern area of the Roman colonia (fortress) and evidence was found here for Roman buildings,…
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Food for thought at Netherhampton Road

photo of Yorkshire food vessel from excavations on Netherhampton Road, side on view, handle to the right

Rare food vessel recovered from excavations at a Bronze Age Barrow site Whilst excavating at Vistry’s new residential development near Salisbury, Steve and his team uncovered a small Bronze Age barrow cemetery in an unexplored funerary landscape of over 30 ring ditches. The site is located to the south of Netherhampton Road, on the very…
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Fort Gilkicker, Hampshire

Conservation of a Palmerston Fort… When one thinks of a company with the word ‘archaeology’ in the name, the mind is usually drawn to thoughts of sun (or rain) soaked colleagues standing in an immaculately dug hole and showing off their most recent ‘star’ find. While we do a lot of that, we also ‘do’…
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Mining in the Tamar Valley

Tamar Valley Mining sites © Cotswold Archaeology

Conservation of nationally significant mining sites Since 2021 we’ve been surveying four former mining sites in the Tamar Valley. All of the sites are protected as Scheduled Monuments and, at the time of writing, were still recorded on the Historic England Heritage at Risk Register. Our aim? To prepare updated assessments of their condition, along…
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Claverham Works and Court De Wyck: Medieval key

Medieval key from Court de Wyck

…We’re dor-key-ing out over this recent find… This beautiful little key was recently recovered by our Kemble field team from a Newland Homes site near Claverham, North Somerset. The excavation was situated immediately adjacent to the former location of a medieval manor house, Court De Wyck, and during the fieldwork we uncovered a series of walls related to the original building and…
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Mind Your Manors: Rediscovering the medieval manor of Court De Wyck

Will, ,James and Beth record the walls of Court de Wyck

Earlier this year our Kemble fieldwork team undertook a small excavation at the edge of Claverham village, North Somerset, for Newland Homes. The excavation area was situated immediately adjacent to the 19th-century manor house of Court De Wyck, with the intention of uncovering evidence for the former medieval manor of the same name. The village…
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Bronze Age antler tool

Bronze Age antler tool with perforation

In a pit at a recent excavation for Wrenbridge, at Bidwell West, Bedfordshire, our field team found a small quantity of prehistoric pottery, a fragment of cervical vertebrae from a probable aurochs (wild cattle), and this perforated antler tool. The presence of an aurochs bone suggests a Late Bronze Age date at the latest for…
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Brandiers Farm, Roman tile kiln excavations: Week 4 highlights 

Site team at the end of the dig in front of Roman Tile Kiln

Week 4 of excavating a Roman tile kiln at Brandiers Farm was off to a rocky start after torrential rain and winds brought by Storm Antoni undid a lot of Friday’s hard work cleaning back the kiln and its surfaces. Thankfully our wonderful volunteers got stuck into bailing, and our own Anthony brought enough cake…
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Brandiers Farm, Roman tile kiln excavations: Week 3 highlights

John uncover culvert underneath flue

Week 3 at Brandiers Farm has had many big breakthroughs! From finding wooden planks in the ‘Pit of Doom’, finding a culvert running underneath the tile kiln flue, finding the 100th stamped tile, finding several complete or near complete tiles, and even finding more phases of the kiln. This week has gone to show that…
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Brandiers Farm, Roman tile kiln excavations: Week 2 highlights

Tile found stamped with TPFA

Week 2 at our Minety excavations have drawn to a close, and so many spectacular discoveries were made last week!

Brandiers Farm: Roman kiln excavations begin again!

We lost ground at Mintey last week… but for us that’s a good thing! The 2023 season of the Minety Roman kiln excavations has started off strong! A team of volunteers have joined our site team and the ‘big yellow trowel’ to remove all the topsoil and last year’s backfill from the trenches. That means…
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