Cremation Cemetery at Beggarwood Lane, Basingstoke

Beggarwood Lane urn

In this video highlight, our osteoarchaeologist Sharon Clough describes the Early Bronze Age cremation cemetery excavated by CA Andover on the outskirts of Basingstoke in 2016, and the cremation burial practices that were in evidence there.

‘Hanging bowl’ from Mildenhall, Suffolk

Anglo-Saxon 'hanging-bowl'

This bowl, found in an Anglo-Saxon grave has a fascinating tale to tell. It was discovered in 2016 ahead of the building of the Mildenhall Community Hub (Suffolk). Raised skilfully from a single sheet of bronze, it would have been made in a British (Celtic) kingdom in the west or north of these isles, in…
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Picket Twenty – a Bronze Age stake-out

The main four barrow ditches uncovered at Picket Twenty

The excavation of a small Beaker and Early Bronze Age (2250–1500 BC) round barrow cemetery at Picket Twenty in 2017-18 was certainly one to catch the eye, and the site has become an iconic image for CA Andover. Apart from the barrow ditches, there was also evidence for a small number of non-barrow structures, features,…
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Brandiers Farm: what lies beneath?


The Brandiers tile kiln excavation is an irresistible opportunity to investigate the manufacture of ceramic building material (CBM) in Roman Britain. Brandiers Farm is unique because it’s located in a region – encompassing Gloucestershire and parts of Wiltshire – where large numbers of civic and private ’tile stamps’ are found. Stamped tiles provide valuable evidence…
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Wickham: Roman roadside settlement and wells

The timber-lined well, under excavation

Excavations by CA Andover in 2018-19 prior to housing development at Wickham, Hampshire, revealed the remains of a Roman road and an associated roadside settlement. This was not unexpected: Wickham lies on the Roman road network between Winchester, Chichester and Southampton and would have been an important trading post, serving the local community as well…
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Kelmscott Community Archaeology: our first test-pitting weekend

Finlay and Richard starting their test pit in one local resident’s garden

Following on from the launch of the Kelmscott Manor Community Archaeology Research Programme in March, the first of three test-pitting weekends took place at the end of April to uncover more information about the village’s past. With support from local residents and a team of volunteers, four test-pits were excavated – three in private gardens…
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Horse country: keeping – and eating – Iron Age horses at Ludgershall

Iron Age horses were about the size of a modern pony (Photo: R J Higginson)

The animal bone recovered from Middle Iron Age pits by CA Andover at Drummond Park, on the western outskirts of Ludgershall, in 2021 is in many ways entirely typical. The pits, which were some of the earliest features uncovered on this multi-period site, were probably large grain storage pits, suggesting that a relatively large Middle…
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Brandiers Farm: in search of a Roman tile kiln

Nestled in a shallow Wiltshire valley, on land swathed in the typically undulating ridge and furrow of the medieval, is Brandiers Farm. For nearly forty years, Brandiers has been home to the Lavery family – Peter and Kimberley Lavery bought the old farmhouse in Minety, north Wiltshire, while Kimberley was pregnant with their second son,…
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Bronze Age Barrow Cemetery at Bransgore, Hampshire

A Middle Bronze Age bucket urn under excavation, also associated with Barrow 1.1

In 2015 CA Andover undertook an excavation at Heatherstone Grange, to the north-west of Bransgore village (just west of the New Forest) during redevelopment of the former radar station at RAF Sopley. Our investigations hoped to find evidence for a dispersed Bronze Age barrow cemetery, known from 19th-century Ordnance Survey maps but presumed to have…
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New visitors to ancient places: the use and re-use of an Iron Age ‘banjo’ enclosure at Radyr, Cardiff

Radyr excavations

Excavation by Cotswold Archaeology during the wet winter of 2019–20 found evidence for a previously undiscovered hilltop enclosure at Radyr, north-west of Cardiff. Finds from the site were sparse, and its long history was only revealed through a programme of radiocarbon dating. Despite the extremely challenging ground conditions, our archaeologists were able to recover valuable…
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Biodiversity project reveals Bronze Age spearhead

Archaeologist Joe Price, with Bronze Age spearhead

A near-pristine Bronze Age spearhead is among the artefacts we’ve uncovered during the creation of a new wildlife habitat at a site in South Cerney, Gloucestershire. The spearhead, which is over 3,000 years old, was discovered just below the soil surface, during excavations for Thames Water’s wetland project, which sits in an archaeologically rich landscape.…
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CA launches a Virtual Museum

CA virtual museum

This Wednesday we are launching our brand new and shiny, first ever, CA Virtual Museum. The date of the launch is not coincidental – the 18th of May is International Museum Day and has been celebrated since 1977. The International Council of Museums (ICOM) states that “museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment…
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