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A cross section diagram of a Roman updraught kiln showing the arrangement of a movable floor propped up on pilasters, on which pots would be stacked. Above ground level, a dome of clay and turf (not pictured) would insulate the load. A fire would then be set in the opening on the left (the ‘firebox’ or ‘flue’), the resulting heat being drawn up into the kiln by air currents.
‘What have the Romans ever done for us?’: the Roman Ceramic Revolution in Cambridgeshire
March 18, 2021

The numerous archaeological surveys we have carried out on the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme have revealed a huge range of archaeology, dating from the earliest hunter-gatherers to the Second World War. Most recently, excavations by MOLA Headland Infrastructure have revealed new insights into the Roman Ceramic Revolution in…

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Metal finds from the A14 Cambridge to Huntington Improvement Scheme
Highways England and MOLA Headland provide learning opportunities for Archaeology Masters Students
December 15, 2020

“It sounds like everything I could have dreamed of” were the thoughts of Lanah Hewson when she applied for an exciting MA Studentship opportunity with MOLA Headland Infrastructure in January 2020. Six months later, Lanah and fellow Archaeology masters student and successful applicant, Jemma Moorhouse, had joined the company and…

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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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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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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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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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Archaeological excavation of a well-preserved burial at Park Street burial ground © HS2, courtesy of MOLA Headland.
Archaeologists reveal hidden history of Birmingham to the public, as HS2 Park Street excavation ends
September 19, 2019

A team of 70 of our archaeologists has completed the main archaeological excavations at Park Street for the new Birmingham terminus of the HS2 railway and will be sharing initial finding with the public at a Heritage Open Days event on 21 September 2019. The extraordinary dig, the biggest of…

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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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