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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Kelmscott Community Archaeology: School Outreach 2023

Students excavating one of the Manor Farm field’s evaluation trenches

During the second year of our three-year Community Archaeology Research Programme (CARP), which we are undertaking on behalf of the Society of Antiquities at Kelmscott, Oxfordshire, 29 local Farmor’s School students (now in Year 8) and 4 school staff returned again to learn more about the village’s history and to take part in further activities after their…
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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!

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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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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Kelmscott Community Archaeology: Searching for an ancient settlement

Senior Project Officer, Chris talks to volunteer Debbie about the finds from the ditch she is excavating at Kelmscott Community Archaeology

The second season of the Kelmscott Community Archaeology Research Programme (CARP) continued with an archaeological trial trench evaluation of two fields in the village. The evaluation built on the results of last year’s test pit excavations with volunteers and local schools, magnetometer and resistivity geophysical survey by the South Oxfordshire Archaeological Group (SOAG), and this…
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New archaeological discoveries at City Campus, Gloucester

Cliff Bateman excavating new archaeological discoveries at City Campus, Gloucester

A section of an 18th century church’s external wall and porch have been uncovered for the first time, during our excavations at the site of University of Gloucestershire’s new City Campus development in Gloucester. The University commissioned us to carry out an excavation at the location of the former Debenhams building, in an area between Eastgate…
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Mirror, mirror (not) on the wall: another look at a find from Burwell…

Figure 1: the amulet from Burwell

For archaeologists, the re-appraisal and re-interpretation of finds, features and sites are key elements of post-excavation. In our web article from February the 14th this year, we featured what we thought at the time was a medieval love-amulet. Found during our 2021 excavations at Burwell, Cambridgeshire, this unusual object bears both apotropaic and love-themed inscriptions.…
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Weighty finds uncovered at A40 Park & Ride excavations

One of the loomweights held in a hand

Our Milton Keynes team have uncovered two loomweights at A40 Park & Ride, during their excavations in Eynsham, Oxfordshire. They’ve identified the remains of a Middle Iron Age farmstead, including at least three roundhouses, two of which (A and B, as on the plan) contained one near-complete and one partial loomweight. The near-complete loomweight recovered from…
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Kelmscott Manor Community Archaeology: Archaeological survey

Volunteer, Matt, inputting measurement and photographical data into Field Maps

The second season of Kelmscott Manor’s Community Archaeology Research Programme (CARP) has begun! Following on from last year’s test-pit excavations with volunteers and local schools, we’re now excavating a series of evaluation trenches at key areas in the surrounding village, to identify archaeological activity and evidence of earlier settlement. In preparation for this fieldwork, thirteen…
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