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‘What have the Romans ever done for us?’: the Roman Ceramic Revolution in Cambridgeshire18 Mar

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.

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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Fully-funded Highways England Master’s Studentships on the archaeology of the A14C2H07 Jan

Circular ‘henge’ monument thought to have been used as a ceremonial space (c) A14C2H courtesy of MOLA Headland Infrastructure

From July 2021 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 2021) on…


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Highways England and MOLA Headland provide learning opportunities for Archaeology Masters Students15 Dec

Metal finds from the A14 Cambridge to Huntington Improvement Scheme

“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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The road ahead: making sense of twelve thousand years of archaeology along the A14 in Cambridgeshire29 Sep

Aerial view of TEA38, an archaeological site on the A14 Cambridge to Huntington Improvement Scheme (c) HIghways England, courtesy of MOLA Headland Infrastructure

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, Birmingham15 Sep

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 skills19 Feb

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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Tracing lost Roman bath houses and ancient tile trade networks on the A14C2H scheme06 Jan

Aerial photo of A14 archaeological site (c) Highways England, courtesy of MOLA Headland Infrastructure

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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The Iron Road: Birmingham and the Development of the Railways19 Nov

Engraving of Curzon Street Station

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 A14C2H28 Oct

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 Grounds24 Oct

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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