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Mesolithic Cave Burial System Identified from Human Remains

Right facial bones today compared with the original photograph before the calcareous deposit was removed

The exciting results of early Mesolithic radiocarbon dates on human bones from the cave at Cannington Quarry are now published in the Proceedings of the University of Bristol Spelaeological Society, Volume 28 (3). Cotswold Archaeology (CA) previously reported the discovery of an entirely new Mesolithic cave burial site in Somerset, through our work on the…
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SLAM scanning for tree-covered earthworks

Dinas Powys Hillfort: Next filter pass, filtering out the final bits of tree (tree points in grey)

The problem Trees. They can frustrate even the most patient of surveyors. They block horizontal sight-lines for total stations, prevent vertical line-of-sight from your GPS to satellites, and have claimed many a 50m tape. You could commission a LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) flight to cover the area you want to survey, but this could…
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Geomatics and Archaeology

A person surveying a ditch with a GPS

The capture, processing, analysis and presentation of geospatial data Measured survey GPS At Cotswold Archaeology we use Leica Global Positioning System (GPS) instruments to capture spatial information for site plans and earthwork surveys. Digital measured survey complements hand-drawn and written records to form part of the primary site archive. It allows for accurate site plans…
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Structure-from-Motion: Photogrammetry at CA

At Cotswold Archaeology we use photogrammetry to create measured, textured 3D models at a wide range of scales, from recording small objects such as grave goods to entire landscapes using drone technology. This technique provides powerful visual results for our clients and for you, the public. Many of our models are uploaded to Sketchfab where…
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Is it a bird, is it a plane? Aerial Photography at CA

Aerial mast in use

When it comes to getting a bird’s eye view of an archaeological site, current-day archaeologists really do have all the toys. In decades gone by the most hi-tech equipment we were likely get our hands on was a beaten-up old theodolite (which required a master’s in geometry to use); and if you wanted aerial photography,…
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Further evidence for Iron Age occupation close to Ludgershall Castle

Remains of possible bowl from Roman trackway ditch

In March and April of 2021 Cotswold Archaeology undertook another excavation in the vicinity of Ludgershall Castle in Wiltshire, this time for Lovell and EDP, on behalf of Homes England, and Wiltshire Council. The results from this investigation indicate that occupation of the site occurred during the Middle Iron Age and Roman periods. The site,…
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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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Anglo-Saxon bird brooch from Suffolk

Anglo-Saxon bird brooch

Recent excavations by Cotswold Archaeology at one of our sites in Suffolk included the recovery of this stunning and quite rare form of Anglo-Saxon silver brooch, dating between the 9th and 11th centuries AD. When it was first recovered, the beauty of the brooch was dulled and masked by dirt. Following a short spell undergoing…
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Medieval Jug from our Jesus College Excavations

medieval pot 3d

Pottery sherds are a frequent find on archaeological sites and they provide us with a considerable amount of information – what past peoples ate and drank, their daily tasks and wider trading networks, and their likely wealth and status. Our dig at Jesus College, Cambridge, has been no exception and we’ve uncovered this medieval jug,…
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What can we learn from Roman flue tiles?

Roman flue tile

Back in December Cotswold Archaeology invited applicants for a sponsored PhD in the field of Roman Ceramic Building material (CBM). We’re excited to announce that sponsorship was granted to Joseph Locke, whose proposed research will contribute to the wider understanding of Roman flue tiles. We have interviewed Joseph to find out more about his research…
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What Lies Beneath: geoarchaeology at Cotswold Archaeology

Fig. 3 Monolith samples being taken from a section of a Roman defensive ditch in Exeter

Over the years, Cotswold Archaeology has been involved in many projects that have included geoarchaeological investigations, and I’ve picked out a few different sites to demonstrate the range of geoarchaeological work we undertake at CA. While geoarchaeology often forms a component of our archaeological projects, occasionally the geoarchaeological work itself represents the principal focus of…
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Oxford Cotswold Archaeology JV wins a place on England’s first archaeology framework for national road projects

Oxford Cotswold Archaeology

Oxford Archaeology and Cotswold Archaeology, working together as Oxford Cotswold Archaeology JV (OCA JV), are delighted to have won a place on a framework to undertake archaeological investigations associated with new major road projects in England over the next four years. Highways England has announced the organisations that have won places on its new £195m…
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