Cotswold Archaeology’s Carbon Reduction Plan

Cotswold Archaeology's Carbon Reduction Plan

Cotswold Archaeology commits to its first Sustainability and Carbon Reduction Plan As archaeologists we see first-hand how human behaviour impacts the environment, and the changing consequences over thousands of years. This matters just as much today as it did in the past, so we’ve committed to initiatives that advance environmental, economic, and social sustainability for…
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Digging for Britain features A417 excavations

A417 discoveries to feature on Digging for Britain

At the A417 near Cheltenham, in the shadow of Crickley Hill Iron Age hillfort, our team have uncovered an unusual Iron Age ‘banjo enclosure’, a ceremonial Iron Age landscape, and been interviewed and recorded by Professor Alice Roberts for the latest series of Digging for Britain.  You can hear all about the use of this unusual enclosure and…
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Is Dings Crusaders Roman villa the best Rescue Project of the Year ?

Dings Roman villa under excavation

Who would have thought the Dings Crusaders Rugby Football Club ground was the location of an impressive Roman villa?  This previously unknown Roman villa was revealed by CA during works funded by Redrow Homes before the site was redeveloped for housing.   In December 2022, Current Archaeology featured the results of our work at these disused…
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Archaeology Apprenticeships at Cotswold Archaeology

Alex excavating on site

Our three Level 3 Archaeological Technician apprentices here at Cotswold Archaeology (Horatio, Rory and Alex) are reaching the halfway point of their apprenticeships. They have battled through the cold and wet winter weather and are now starting to enjoy the spring and summer digging season. All three have worked on various archaeological excavations and evaluations…
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A417: Archaeological investigations move to excavation

Our archaeological investigations ahead of a three-mile road improvement in Gloucestershire are set to reveal further evidence of the changing landscape and the lives of local inhabitants, spanning more than 7,000 years. Joining forces with Oxford Archaeology to form Oxford Cotswold Archaeology (OCA), we’re working closely with contractors Kier as part of National Highways’ A417…
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Women of History

The team at the Suffolk office

Last week for International Women’s Day we celebrated the extraordinary women that make up our team. We asked five of our colleagues to share their stories of working in archaeology and to include the good, the bad, and the muddy! Jo Caruth I have been working in archaeology for nearly 40 years now and it…
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National Apprenticeships Week: Meet CA’s Apprentices

Alex and Rory recording an evaluation trench

With it being National Apprenticeship Week, we wanted to share the apprenticeship programme here at CA, which we offer in collaboration with Cirencester College. Our scheme takes attendees up to a grade of Archaeological Technician Level 3, and currently we have three apprentices working towards this – Alex, Horatio, and Rory, who are enjoying learning…
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Celebrating Tim Darvill’s 30 years on the Board of Trustees

Tim Darvill holding a spade

Thirty years is an amazing milestone. Back in 1992 CA had just 16 staff and wafer-thin reserves. Today we employ over 260 professionals and are a financially secure and resilient charity. Under Tim’s chairmanship we have moved from a sole office in Cirencester to operating from other bases in Andover, Milton Keynes, and Suffolk as…
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Our Sustainability and Social Value Aspirations

Machine stripping the site, windmill in the background

One of Cotswold Archaeology’s major objectives for 2022 is to improve the sustainability of our operations and play our part in tackling the global climate change emergency. We have therefore committed to a series of actions and initiatives to improve our sustainability performance. Our trustees have already adopted our first ever company Sustainability Policy, and…
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Cotswold Archaeology Joins the Climate Heritage Network

Partially eroded hillfort, Embury, North Devon

Climate change is one of the most significant and fastest growing threats to people and their cultural heritage worldwide. Scientific evidence shows unequivocally that increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases, driven by human activities such as burning of fossil fuels and deforestation, are accelerating climate change and its impacts, including sea level rise and coastal flooding,…
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Working in archaeology as an autistic person – a personal view

Autism Awareness day Jacky with tranchet adze

Hi, I’m Jacky, I’m one of Cotswold Archaeology’s Senior Finds Officers. I’m based in the Kemble Office near Cirencester and have been with the company for almost nine years. Q: What is your background in archaeology? A: I did my archaeology degree at Queen’s University, Belfast, which is where I’m from. My Masters degree followed,…
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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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