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Glass artefacts from Jesus College, Cambridgeshire

painted window glass

Nothing indicated wealth and comfort in medieval England more than beautifully glazed windows. Continuing work on the finds coming out of excavations at Jesus College, Cambridge, has identified moderate amounts of post-medieval glass, most commonly pieces from discarded bottles. Amongst the earliest pieces of glass, however, are two fragments of attractive medieval window . Likely…
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The Route to Timeline

Richard Young, a member of the walkover survey team, reaches the Brecon Beacons

With the launch of CA’s latest monograph (no. 13), Timeline, we now look back on the making of the project. Work began back in 2005 when CA’s consultancy team prepared Heritage Surveys summarising the known archaeological background to the site, as well as undertaking a walkover survey of every field along the 317km long route,…
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Medieval book fastenings from Jesus College, Cambridge

book clasps

The continuing excavations on the site of Jesus College, Cambridge are producing an abundance of artefacts which provide an insight into the daily lives of those who inhabited the medieval nunnery and the later post-medieval College. Post-excavation work is in its early stages, but a quick glance at the metalwork and small stone items has…
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Podiatry, Disability and Fast Fashion in Medieval Redcliff

leather shoe sole from Redcliffe

Settlement in Bristol began in the late Anglo-Saxon period and by the 11th century it was a prestigious place. Coins were minted, a weekly market was held, and the harbour had become a major trading port. From the 12th century onwards, Redcliffe developed as one of Bristol’s thriving suburbs and a range of industries sprung…
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Newly discovered well gives further insight into the history of one of Cambridge University’s Colleges

jesus college well

During recent excavations at Jesus College, Cambridge, a newly discovered well, of later medieval or early post-medieval date has been found.  The well is located within the remains of the hall building designed by Alfred Waterhouse in 1875, although it is much older. Prior to 1875, it would have stood in a courtyard just outside…
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3D scanning of archaeological artefacts

3d model of a Roman brooch

Hearing about new technology in archaeology is always an exciting topic of conversation for the Geomatics Team here at Cotswold Archaeology – especially when that technology includes the term ‘laser’! Scanning artefacts is a relatively new concept for the team, but after a virtual demonstration of a number of scanners by Central Scanning Ltd, we…
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Cotswold Archaeology’s modern-day link with the World War Two generator plate

A417 Missing Link generator plate

A few weeks ago, we highlighted a manufacturer’s generator plate, dating to 1939, which had been unearthed during excavations along the A417 Missing Link in Gloucestershire. The plate, perhaps for a searchlight, was made by R. A. Lister & Co Ltd, a local Gloucestershire company, based in Dursley and founded by Robert Ashton Lister in 1867. Soon…
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Unusual brooch from a Roman site off Denmark Road, Gloucester

Roman brooch

A few weeks ago we profiled the astounding assemblage of Roman artefacts found at a site off Denmark Road in Gloucester, ahead of its redevelopment by Redrow Homes South West. Amongst the array of finds, which included 1st century Roman military equipment and harness fittings, was this rather unusual brooch. Made from copper-alloy and decorated…
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Timeline — the story of South Wales’ longest dig

Timeline cover

Timeline, a new book by Cotswold Archaeology, brings to a conclusion one of the longest (in terms of distance) digs ever to take place in Wales, if not the UK. The project known as the South Wales Gas Pipeline took place during the construction of a 317km gas pipeline that runs from Milford Haven via…
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Major new study shows ancient international trading routes between Exeter and Europe

EAPIT books

Cutting-edge scientific techniques used to study ancient artefacts found in Exeter have revealed more about the ancient international trading routes between the city and Europe. A five-year research project by a team of archaeologists led by Professor Stephen Rippon at the University of Exeter shows the links between merchants in Exeter and France, the Low…
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Roman military finds off Denmark Road, Gloucester

Lion's Leg and harness pendant from Denmark Road

A Civil Service sports pitch on the site of a post-medieval quarry may seem like an unlikely place to discover an astounding assemblage of early Roman artefacts. However, Cotswold Archaeology did just that in autumn 2019 when we excavated a site off Denmark Road in Gloucester, ahead of its redevelopment by Redrow Homes South West.…
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Geoarchaeology – Analysing Monolith Samples

Monolith samples

‘Soil monolith samples’, such as these taken from a site in Yoxford, Suffolk, are a type of sample that we collect from features with changing accumulated deposits, such as alluvial channels (rivers) and ditch sections with significant sedimentation, or from buried soils, which were the old land surfaces of the site. These are taken vertically,…
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