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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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Cotswold Archaeology and Clare Castle: schools’ outreach

Caroline Adams and Jezz Meredith (Cotswold Archaeology), with two pupils from Clare Community Primary School

During the third and final year of our community excavations at Clare Castle Country Park, our Outreach and Community Engagement Officer, Caroline Adams, has been working closely with two schools in Clare, Suffolk – Clare Community Primary School and Stour Valley Community School. In the summer 2021, well before the excavations started, an on-line programme…
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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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Making Cotswold Archaeology Sweeter

Our customers are the lifeblood of our business. They provide us with opportunities to access archaeology on their sites, the opportunities to do what we do best. Without customers there would be no business, no charity, and none of the educational and research activities that are so dear and important to us. We need to…
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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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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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Cotswold Archaeology And Oxford Archaeology To Further Develop Site-Based Digital Recording

Person recording an archaeological feature on a mobile phone

Cotswold Archaeology and Oxford Archaeology are pleased to announce that they are partnering on the further development of a web-based digital recording and mapping system for archaeological fieldwork. Building on pioneering work undertaken by Oxford Archaeology, the system will henceforth be jointly owned by the two charities, and they have committed to a programme to…
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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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