ARCHAEOLOGISTS have discovered one of the largest hauls of Neolithic pottery in the south west on St Martin’s in the Isles of Scilly.
Thousands of pottery shards, dating back between 3,500 and 3,000 BC, have been uncovered thanks to a project run by volunteers.
Reading University lecturer and archaeologist Dr Duncan Garrow headed the Stepping Stones project with Fraser Sturt, of Southampton University.
Dr Garrow called the find of an age that preceded the Bronze Age “significant and intriguing “. Read more.
Vietnamese archaeologists have announced the discovery of ancient Vietnamese artifacts in the Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago.
Recent excavations in the archipelago — Spratly Island, Namyit Island, Pearson Reef, and Sand Cay — in June yielded Vietnamese pottery shards that dated back to between the 13th and 19th centuries, archaeologists said.
Bui Van Liem, deputy director of the Vietnam Institute of Archaeology, said: “The results of the June explorations strengthened those of our explorations in Truong Sa in 1993, 1994, and 1999. They prove that Vietnamese people operated in the archipelago in the past.” Read more.
A gardener who thought he had discovered human bones in his yard has given archaeologists permission to dig after another interesting find.
Andrew Allen, 30, believed he had made an unnerving discovery shortly after moving into his Swinton home earlier this year.
Tests revealed the bones actually came from a cow, but he has recently found up 90 pieces of Roman-era pottery while digging up his garden.
Archaeologists now believe the property in Toll Bar Road could be sitting on a key Roman-era farming settlement and are set to carry out a full excavation.
Project leader Dr Lauren McIntyre, of Wath-based Elmet Archaeological Services, said: “The South Yorkshire region is generally overlooked in terms of Roman history. But Andrew’s finds suggest the presence of a previously undiscovered archaeological site. Read more.
An archaeological dig has unearthed what could be a Roman settlement.
Roman pottery and a red deer antler have been found at the dig in a field near St Rumbold’s Well, in Buckingham, a county councillor told the Advertiser.
After the excavating digger also uncovered a long stretch of wall beneath the field’s surface, county councillor Robin Stuchbury informed Bucks County Council’s archaeological planning officer, Eliza Alqassar, who visited the site on Wednesday.
Mr Stuchbury said the wall is almost 80m long and could be Roman. Read more.
SHARDS of antique pottery dating back to the 1800s have been uncovered in Portobello.
Archaeologists discovered the bright yellow glazed pieces – believed to be in the shape of a dog – in a rubbish dump excavated on the Promenade.
The seaside resort was home to a thriving ceramics industry for more than 200 years, but the last pottery closed its doors in the 1970s.
Initial examinations by a ceramics expert from the Portobello Heritage Trust found that the shards dated back to the early 19th century, revealed chairwoman Dr Margaret Munro. Read more.
Fragments of Roman pottery and food waste from the 18th century have been uncovered during work to replace Lancaster’s sewer system.
Engineers working for United Utilities had to tread carefully when working at the Damside Street site, as the area was subject to archaeological monitoring, due to the now culverted Lancaster mill race running through the site.
Enormous sewer pipes and underground storage tanks the size of Olympic swimming pools have now been carved out deep underground, in one of the biggest engineering schemes Lancaster has seen. The £18m project will enhance the city’s sewer system, in order to reduce river pollution. Read more.
Archaeologists working at the ancient city of Corinth, Greece, have discovered a tomb dating back around 2,800 years that has pottery decorated with zigzagging designs.
The tomb was built sometime between 800 B.C. and 760 B.C., a time when Corinth was emerging as a major power and Greeks were colonizing the coasts of the Mediterranean Sea.
The tomb itself consists of a shaft and burial pit, the pit having a limestone sarcophagus that is about 5.8 feet (1.76 meters) long, 2.8 feet (0.86 m) wide and 2.1 feet (0.63 m) high. When researchers opened the sarcophagus, they found a single individual had been buried inside, with only fragments of bones surviving. Read more.
AN archaeological dig in Anstey has revealed new clues about the village’s past.
Test pits dug around Anstey revealed the foundations of demolished cottages from two different periods, animal bones, and Roman pottery.
The items spanned two thousand years of the village’s history, the majority from the 11th or 12th century onwards.
Some test pits also contained fragments of flint from early tool making.
The dig was part of the Charnwood Roots project, which is exploring how people lived, worked and enjoyed the Charnwood area across the centuries. Read more.