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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A Late Iron Age/Early Roman funerary monument in Tiverton, Devon

funerary enclosure

During early 2018, an archaeological excavation took place on land just to the east of Tiverton in Devon on the gently sloping valley bottom of the River Lowman, an eastern tributary of the River Exe. The excavation was carried out on behalf of Barratt David Wilson Homes, who had been granted planning permission to develop…
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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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Cotswold Archaeology and COVID-19

cotswold archaeology

Cotswold Archaeology fully understands and accepts its responsibilities for the safety and well-being of our staff, clients and others during the national health emergency brought about by the onset of the COVID-19 virus. We have worked hard since March 2020 to ensure that our operations accord with the latest Government guidance and have developed a…
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2021 Clare Castle excavations

The 2021 re-excavation of Trench 6

We have just embarked on our final season of digging at Clare Castle, on behalf of the Clare Castle Country Park Trust, and have an ambitious programme ahead of us, including the excavation of two large trenches, one smaller hand-dug trench and some test pits.  We have a large contingent of volunteers all raring to…
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Cotswold Archaeology achieves ISO 45001 certification

aerial photo fo people excavating a stone structure

Cotswold Archaeology is delighted to announce that our occupational health and safety management system (referred to simply as CA SHE) has been certified to the highly regarded ISO 45001 standard. Here is how we got there… Back in 2019, with CA’s continuing growth and success, the possibility of acquiring the ISO 45001 standard was first…
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Fascinating archaeological finds in east Hertfordshire

Our work the A120 Little Hadham Bypass and Flood Alleviation scheme have revealed an intriguing insight into a 2000-year-old lost settlement. The excavations were carried out over the summer and autumn months of 2019, in preparation for the construction of the new A120 route around the Hertfordshire village of Little Hadham. Geophysical surveys were initially…
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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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Weaving in the Iron Age


Evidence of daily life in Wiltshire during the Middle Iron Age (400 BC – 100 BC) has been recently uncovered by Cotswold Archaeology.  Most finds recovered from recent excavations at a site near Ludgershall Castle are pottery vessels used in the preparation and cooking of foodstuffs, but other objects made of clay were also discovered.…
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Two thousand years of development in Gloucester’s Greater Blackfriars area

Recording the remains of Roman barracks at Ladybellegate Street in 1989. The Roman remains lay at depth, covered by a medieval graveyard and later remains

The importance of archaeological archives Excavations within Gloucester have a long history of providing exciting archaeological discoveries but, once excavated, most of these remains survive only as archaeological archives and within publications. Creating a secure archive from these excavations is essential if we want to apply new ways and techniques to analyse these materials and…
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