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MOLA Headland finds specialist arranges finds ready for x-ray (c) Highways England courtesy of MOLA Headland
How are x-rays helping archaeologists identify finds from A14C2H?
February 21, 2019

X-rays are a non-destructive way of exploring metal archaeological finds in more detail. They allow our finds specialists to reveal the true form of heavily corroded items and get a glimpse of the very fabric of an object, meaning they can better understand how it was made, its condition and…

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Fired clay loom weights (c) Highways England courtesy of MOLA Headland Infrastructure
Archaeological finds: A human connection to the Cambridgeshire landscape through time
October 10, 2018

Once finds have been carefully lifted from the ground, they immediately begin their journey through the post-ex process. We carefully bag and label them, which means that when they arrive at our processing facilities, we still know exactly which layer they came from or which feature they were found in…

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Samian ware decorated with lion fight scene (c) Highways England courtesy of MOLA Headland Infrastructure
A potted history of Cambridgeshire: Ceramic finds from the A14C2H
September 26, 2018

Excavations for the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Improvement Scheme have produced enormous quantities of pottery – nearly four tons, in fact, at our last estimate! Over the coming year, MOLA Headland Pottery Specialist Adam Sutton and a team of 9 other experts will sort through these finds and figure out…

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Correct numbering and labelling of bag contents is essential (c) A14C2H courtesy of MOLA Headland Infrastructure
Ask the expert: Finds Supervisor
April 18, 2018

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Neolithic flint axe-head (c) Highways England, courtesy of MOLA Headland Infrastructure_preview
Our favourite finds so far: A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon
April 4, 2018

Some beautiful and unusual objects have been found during archaeological work for the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme. They range from a prehistoric jet ear-stud to a delightful Saxon (5th to early 11th century AD) bone flute.

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A Roman gridiron uncovered during excavations for the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Improvement Scheme (c) Highways England, courtesy of MOLA Headland Infrastructure
Ask the Expert: Not just any old gridiron
September 11, 2019

MOLA Headland Registered Finds Specialist, Owen Humphreys, explores what a Roman gridiron can tell us about cooking technology in Roman Cambridgeshire. One of the largest ‘smallfinds’ from the A14 excavations is a complete Roman gridiron, found deposited in a ditch. Known as a craticula in Latin, gridirons like this were…

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How do you conserve a pair of 200-year-old slippers?
August 21, 2019

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Anglo-Saxon shears (c) Highways England courtesy of MOLA Headland
Ask the Expert: Anglo-Saxon textile making on A14C2H
July 3, 2019

Across the scheme we’ve uncovered items which relate to Anglo-Saxon clothing and textile production, sometimes in small amounts, and sometimes in larger, more concentrated amounts. In this blog, MOLA Headland finds expert Lyn Blackmore comments on the evidence we have so far… Q: To make clothes, Anglo-Saxons would first have…

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Cartwheel two pence coins made at the Soho Mint, Birmingham, England, © courtesy of Detecting
All Change Please! Exploring Birmingham’s minting history
March 8, 2019

1797 was the year that the first top hat debuted on top of a haberdasher’s head; the year that poet William Wordsworth was suspected of being a French spy whilst the war with France raged on; the Bank of England issued the first one-pound and two-pound notes, and the year…

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Left - microscopic sample on the showing what is believed the be the earliest evidence of beer making in the UK. Right – evidence of bread making (c) Highways England courtesy of MOLA Headland
Earliest physical evidence of beer making process in Britain discovered on the A14C2H improvement scheme
January 30, 2019

Our archaeobotanist, Lara Gonzalez Carretero, has uncovered what is believed to be the earliest physical evidence for beer-making in the UK, dating back more than 2000 years to the Iron Age, on the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme. Evidence of early Iron Age porridge and bread-making has also been…

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