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Earliest physical evidence of beer making process in Britain discovered on the A14C2H improvement scheme30 Jan

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

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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Why do archaeologists get excited by named burials?24 Jan

Archaeological excavation at St James’s Piccadilly burial ground in Euston for HS2 is well underway and we are uncovering a large number of burials with surviving name plates. These plates allow us to identify the induvial buried. With over 40,000 burials expected to be excavated and roughly ten percent of…


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Meet the MOLA Headland trainees uncovering new careers in archaeology on HS217 Jan

Trainee Archaeologists, Eleanor, Iram and Mick on site at the Park Street excavation’

HS2’s archaeology programme is Europe’s biggest dig and is providing fascinating insights into the everyday lives of the people and communities who made modern Britain. It is also a great opportunity to bring fresh talent into the sector and upskill local people. In Birmingham, we’re working with partners: Laing O’Rourke…


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Local volunteers record gravestones of their 18th and 19th century forebears  22 Dec

Volunteers work with archaeologists to record gravestones for HS2 (c) HS2 courtesy of MOLA Headland Infrastructure

Over the summer an enthusiastic team of volunteers worked alongside our archaeologists to record the inscriptions of over 350 gravestones associated with St James’s burial ground in Euston, London. The gravestones are being studied for the HS2 archaeology programme. In this blog Community Engagement Officer, Paul McGarrity, tells us more….


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Bright as a button: archaeologists reveal Birmingham’s links with the humble button11 Dec

Birmingham button making industry


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The medieval mystery of the booted man in the mud03 Dec

The booted man discovered on the Tideway site at Chambers Wharf in London (c) MOLA Headland Infrastructure

A mysterious male skeleton, lying face-down deep in the Thames mud, with a pair of in-situ thigh-high leather boots has been discovered by our archaeologists working on one of the sites being used to build London’s super sewer in Bermondsey. The skeleton was discovered at Tideway’s Chambers Wharf site in…


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Archaeological excavation at Park Street burial ground underway22 Nov

A team of expert archaeologists excavate burials at Park Street in Birmingham (c) HS2 courtesy of MOLA Headland Infrastructure

Archaeological excavations at  the site of the 19th century Park Street burial ground in Birmingham are up and running. Part of wider archaeological investigations taking place along the Phase One stretch of the HS2 rail route, the Park Street site is located on what will be the Birmingham Curzon Street…


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Full steam ahead for HS2 archaeology programme26 Oct

Today, HS2 announced their archaeology programme: the largest archaeological project to have ever taken place in the UK. Over 1,000 archaeologists and other specialists are working across 60 sites along the 150 mile route. Exploring over 10,000 years of Britain’s history the project is an unprecedented research opportunity. For full…


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Cambridgeshire Ice Age giants uncovered on the A14C2H22 Oct

The partial skull which may be steppe or woolly rhino © Highways England, courtesy of MOLA Headland Infrastructure

Excavations for the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Improvement Scheme have revealed partial remains belonging to extinct megafauna including woolly mammoth and woolly rhino, thought to be at least 100,000 years old. Archaeologists were working closely with plant operators from Walters Group when the remains were uncovered. MOLA Headland consultant Palaeolithic…


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Archaeological finds: A human connection to the Cambridgeshire landscape through time10 Oct

Fired clay loom weights (c) Highways England courtesy of MOLA Headland Infrastructure

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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