By: MOLA Headland

Aerial view of TEA38, an archaeological site on the A14 Cambridge to Huntington Improvement Scheme (c) HIghways England, courtesy of MOLA Headland Infrastructure
The road ahead: making sense of twelve thousand years of archaeology along the A14 in Cambridgeshire
September 29, 2020

Our efforts to uncover the secrets of the Cambridgeshire countryside through the archaeology programme of the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme have reached an exciting stage. We have started the main phase of analysis, with a project team of over 70 people spread all over the country looking at…

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Heritage Open Days Webinar: HS2 Archaeological Findings at Park Street, Birmingham
August 24, 2020

Date: Tuesday 15 September Time: 12:30 – 13:30 Price: Free  Location: Online webinar Did you know that one of the biggest archaeological digs in the UK has been taking place in Birmingham? A team of MOLA Headland archaeologists excavated the Park Street burial ground, close to Birmingham city centre. In…

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Dissecting the past: Park Street studies shed light on how student anatomists honed their skills
February 19, 2020

Don Walker, Senior Human Osteologist for MOLA Headland Infrastructure, is one of a team of experts who have studied over 4,000 burials as part of post-excavation work at Park Street burial ground in Birmingham. This work was carried out for the design consultant WSP (in consortium with Ramboll) and Principal…

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Circular ‘henge’ monument thought to have been used as a ceremonial space (c) A14C2H courtesy of MOLA Headland Infrastructure
Fully-funded Highways England Master’s Studentships on the archaeology of the A14C2H
January 24, 2020

From July 2020 we will be welcoming two Archaeology Master’s Students to MOLA Headland Infrastructure as part of an exciting MA Studentship opportunity, funded by Highways England and delivered in conjunction with the University of Reading. The award-holders will spend the first 12 weeks of their programme (July-September 2020) on…

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Aerial photo of A14 archaeological site (c) Highways England, courtesy of MOLA Headland Infrastructure
Tracing lost Roman bath houses and ancient tile trade networks on the A14C2H scheme
January 6, 2020

Now that excavations on the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme  are complete, it is over to our specialists to reveal the finer details and significance of what has been uncovered. In this blog, MOLA Headland specialist Ian Betts shares why tiles found near Offord Cluny may hint at a…

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Engraving of Curzon Street Station
The Iron Road: Birmingham and the Development of the Railways
November 19, 2019

MOLA Headland Community Engagement Officer, Paul McGarrity, explores the rich railway history of Birmingham and recent discoveries made at Curzon Street during archaeological work carried out on behalf of LM for HS2.  Excavations at the site of the terminus of the London to Birmingham rail route at Curzon Street station…

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BCU family day Parkside 2019 (c) nick@nickrobinsonphoto.com
MOLA Headland archaeologists to appear at Thinktank ‘Meet the Experts’
October 31, 2019

Date: Friday 1st November Time: 11:00 – 16:00 Price: Free with admission to Thinktank (prices are on the Thinktank website) Location: Thinktank, Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham, B4 7XG On the 1st November, two of our archaeologists will be at Thinktank – Birmingham’s science museum – to talk about the…

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The many lives of objects found along the A14C2H
October 28, 2019

Along the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme, we’ve uncovered thousands of items that provide insight into their owners. We have also learnt a great deal about the lives of the objects themselves. In this blog, find out from Senior Specialist in Prehistoric and Roman Finds, Michael Marshall, about a…

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An Emblem of the Immortal Spirit? ‘Salt plates’ from St James’s and Park Street Burial Grounds
October 24, 2019

Beth Richardson, Senior Finds Specialist for MOLA Headland, is part of the team of experts analysing thousands of finds recovered during excavations at St James’s burial ground Euston for Costain Skanska Joint Venture (CSjv), and Park Street burial ground in Birmingham for LM, on behalf of HS2. A number of…

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A fish-tail coffin being excavated at Park Street
Park Street and the Coffin industry
October 11, 2019

Josie Wall works at the Coffin Works Museum, which is run by Birmingham Conservation Trust, as Operations and Volunteer Assistant. Josie’s particular interest and area of expertise is Victorian funerals and the garden cemeteries that opened outside cities in the 19th century. In this blog she explores Birmingham’s legacy as…

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