County archaeologists have made a sweet discovery in a village near Worcester.
Worcestershire County Council’s archaeologists found an almost complete pot — thought to once contain honey — set into the ground on the site in Tibberton.
The finds and environmental team of the Archive and Archaeology Service were tasked with examining the pot — which dates back to the Iron Age — after it was found at a site owned by Wychavon District Council which is being developed by Rooftop Housing Group and Tibberton Community Land Trust.
The team were brought the pot housed within a block of soil by Sean Cook, from One Ten Archaeology, who works with construction companies to handle and preserve any potential artefacts found during building work. Read more.
The remarkable discovery of the 2200-year-old ornate bronze remains from a chariot and what appears to be horse-care tools have been unearthed in Britain in what has been described as a once-in-a-career find.
The archaeologists who found the treasures, which include harness fittings and a linchpin, are said to be shell-shocked by the enormity of the discovery.
The decorated fittings from an Iron Age chariot appear to have been buried as a religious offering. The researchers also unearthed what appeared to be equestrian tools, including an object that was probably a curry comb and two curved blades which may have been used in the care of horse hooves. Read more.
A cattle tooth left in a cooking mound and fire-cracked stones used for boiling water have paved the prehistoric way to dating the sweeping settlement of Skomer Island in Pembrokeshire, where archaeologists say the ancient, well-preserved field systems date from between 520 to 458 BC.
This was the first time archaeologists had been allowed to excavate on the island. Opening a trench, they aimed to explore the “long and complex” history of settlements and farming on Skomer, informed by three years of careful research by wildlife and science experts and universities.
“Skomer is a fragile protected landscape,” explained Dr Toby Driver, who joined the group from the Royal Commission in Aberystwyth.
“Already we have discovered previously unknown Neolithic and Bronze Age ritual stone settings, and demonstrated that the field systems may date back to at least the later Bronze Age. Read more.
Prehistoric remains on Skomer Island date from at least the early Iron Age, say archaeologists.
Ancient settlements were found on the nature reserve off the Pembrokeshire coast using a number of techniques, including taking “X-rays” of the land.
Tests on a mound of stones used for cooking date one site to around 500 BC.
Experts from the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (RCAHMW) said the island appears to have been “well settled and farmed”.
Skomer, famed for its bird life and particularly its puffins, also has some of the best preserved prehistoric field systems and hut settlements anywhere in Britain. Read more.
A RARE soldier’s helmet from the time of Julius Caesar has been bought by Canterbury Museums and Galleries and will shortly be on display at Canterbury Roman Museum
The helmet dates to the mid-1st century BC and is probably from Gaul (modern day France) It may have been made and used during Caesar’s Gallic Wars and the person who wore it was probably from Kent.
Only four other Iron Age helmets have ever been found in the UK. The helmet, along with a brooch, small spike and some cremated remains were discovered in September 2012 by a metal detectorist in a field near Bridge, just outside Canterbury. Read more.
The fate of an ancient stone that went missing in Dundee is troubling archaeologists.
While not quite the Stone of Destiny, the 2,000-year-old Iron Age burnishing stone is an important part of Archaeology Scotland’s teaching kit.
The stone went missing at the Dundee Flower and Food Festival on Saturday, September 6. It is around 7cm long — the perfect size to have slipped into a child’s pocket.
Archaeology Scotland believe the stone may have been picked up by one of the many children who were using the Iron Age Investigations Kit to learn about archaeology with the Living Lomonds Landscape Partnership at the Festival. Read more.
Two thousand years after they were laid by Iron Age builders wooden walls and floors from Glastonbury’s internationally renowned Lake Village have been brought into the light of day again.
Archaeologists have been carrying out excavations at the site more than 100 years after its original discovery and excavation.
The waterlogged peat and clay that built up over the village excludes oxygen and so prevents decay, allowing the preservation of a wealth of structures including complex wooden revetments forming the edge of the village.
No other prehistoric site in England has this level of preservation. Read more.
IN 1958, archaeologist Robert Dyson was excavating the long-buried citadel of Hasanlu in Iran when he came across this beautiful gold bowl (pictured). But after a moment in the international headlines, the bowl and citadel were largely forgotten.
And so the unique circumstances under which the precious vessel fell to the bottom of a refuse shaft 2,800 years ago are only now coming to light, as Dyson’s former student Michael Danti of Boston University revisits the excavation notes.
Today, Hasanlu looks like a large dirt mound that rises 25 metres out of the Solduz valley in north-west Iran, but beneath the earth are the remains of a settlement that was occupied nearly continuously for millennia, from 6000 BC. Read more.