Cotswold Archaeology visit to local Brownies group

South Cerney Brownies making their prehistoric pinch pots

Our Outreach & Community Engagement Officer, Caroline Adams, recently visited the South Cerney Brownies to help the children achieve their archaeology badge.  Activities included the Brownies comparing archaeology with palaeontology through group discussions and matching images to the correct discipline, and making ‘pinch’ pots: re-creating prehistoric pots with additional decorations using simple tools and fingertips.…
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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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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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New discoveries of Suffolk’s Anglo-Saxon past unearthed in the Deben Valley

Children from Redlesham Primary School fieldwalkinf with Professor Tom Williamson Ⓒ Suffolk County Council

Archaeological excavation near Rendlesham is adding to Suffolk’s rich history, with archaeologists uncovering evidence of settlement and community 1,400 years ago at the time of the earliest East Anglian kings. The discoveries have come as part of the community archaeology project Rendlesham Revealed: Anglo-Saxon Life in South-East Suffolk, run by Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service…
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Everyday objects from Clare Castle

Fig 3. Iron Padlock key

Our excavations at Clare Castle in 2018 and 2019, on behalf of the Clare Castle Country Park Trust, recovered an assemblage of finds that help us envisage life at the castle in the medieval period, and also give a glimpse of the character of the settlement that preceded it. Both seasons of work produced considerable…
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2021 Excavations at Clare Castle, Suffolk

Volunteers excavating at Clare Castle in 2018

After the disruption of Covid in 2020, we are at last able to plan a third and final season of excavation at Clare Castle in Suffolk, which we hope can take place between mid-September and early October later this year. In 2018, Clare Castle Country Park Trust received a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to help…
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Mick Aston Annual Lecture 2021 is on YouTube

MickAston annual lecture 2021

For more than a year now we’ve kept largely to our homes due to Covid and haven’t been able to attend events in person that would normally happen throughout the year.  To combat this, Cotswold Archaeology has recently delivered our first online lecture, welcoming over 300 people from the UK and further afield, including the…
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Timeline — the story of South Wales’ longest dig

Timeline cover

Timeline, a new book by Cotswold Archaeology, brings to a conclusion one of the longest (in terms of distance) digs ever to take place in Wales, if not the UK. The project known as the South Wales Gas Pipeline took place during the construction of a 317km gas pipeline that runs from Milford Haven via…
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Court Knoll excavations update

Cours Knoll Excavations

In 2016 Suffolk Archaeology (now the Suffolk Office of Cotswold Archaeology) worked with Nayland with Wissington Conservation Society (NWWCS) to help them carry out some trial excavations on the Scheduled Site at Court Knoll, a D-shaped medieval earthwork enclosing an area of just under 2ha on the floodplain of the River Stour, in South Suffolk.…
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Weyhill Medieval Punishment Cemetery – Monograph Release

Weyhill cemetery monograph cover

Following four years of hard work across all our teams, CA has just published a monograph on the medieval punishment cemetery discovered in Hampshire. In 2016, a watching brief in advance of construction at a site between Andover and Weyhill revealed disturbed human remains. This formerly isolated roadside location, which had been partly developed in…
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Boxford 2019 – project summary

Boxford 2019 team

Since 2015 Cotswold Archaeology has been involved in a three-year community archaeology project – “Revealing Boxford’s Ancient Heritage”. A joint project involving the BHP (Boxford History Project), the Berkshire Archaeology Research Group and CA, the project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and involved investigating three closely linked Roman sites near to the village…
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