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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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A potted history of Cambridgeshire: Ceramic finds from the A14C2H26 Sep

Samian ware decorated with lion fight scene (c) Highways England courtesy of MOLA Headland Infrastructure

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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From dig to desk: the story of the A14C2H archaeology programme is just beginning13 Sep

MOLA Headland archaeologists on site on the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme (c) Highways England

As the excavations on one of the UK’s largest ever archaeological projects draw to a close, we now start the huge challenge of pulling the results together, to paint a more detailed picture of over 6000 years of history. The archaeology programme of  the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme…


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Broadening horizons on the A14C2H Community Dig: From digital pro to archaeology volunteer31 Aug

Group photo of the A14C2H community dig volunteers

Nearly 65 volunteers have taken time out from their everyday lives to try their hand at archaeology on the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Improvement Scheme Summer Community Dig. In this blog, we hear from Debbie, whose time on site proved to be quite the exciting departure from her digital day…


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Five favourite artefacts from the A14C2H Community Dig22 Aug

A14-COM-DIG-cover-photo (c) Highways England, courtesy of MOLA Headland Infrastructure

Volunteers on the A14C2H Summer Community Dig have been unearthing some fascinating and beautiful things that are helping to piece together the past of their area. As the dig enters its final week, we take a look at some of the highlights. Usually the arrowheads we find in Britain are…


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Sharing the joys of archaeology on the A14C2H Summer Community Dig15 Aug

A14-COM-DIG-talk (c) Highways England, courtesy of MOLA Headland Infrastructure

The MOLA Headland team have been reflecting on their experience of the A14C2H Summer Community Dig so far. Our archaeologists are extremely efficient at managing archaeological projects, including the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Improvement Scheme, but the thrill of a career in archaeology is in uncovering remnants of the past. …


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Volunteers get to grips with their local heritage on the A14C2H Summer Community Dig08 Aug

A14C2H Community Dig volunteer Donald (c) Highways England, courtesy of MOLA Headland Infrastructure

The A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Improvement Scheme Summer Community Dig has given us the opportunity to welcome onto site more than 60 volunteers from the local area and further afield. They have been able to pick up new archaeological skills and see first-hand the rich archaeological landscape we have been…


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The A14C2H Community Dig Begins01 Aug

A14C2H Community Dig Volunteer Yannack (c) Highways England, courtesy of MOLA Headland Infrastructure

The A14C2H Summer Community Dig is now underway, with over 65 members of the public set to join us on site near Brampton over the next month. Already the team has been getting to grips with a wide range of archaeological techniques including excavation, drawing, survey and photography. As the…


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Five favourite archaeological features from of the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme23 Jul

Aerial photo of a circular Bronze Age burial ground and nearby Saxon building on A14C2H (c) A14C2H courtest of MOLA Headland Infrastructure

An archaeological feature is an aspect of the archaeology that can be seen in the ground but isn’t movable unlike a brooch or piece of pottery for example, which is classed as a find. Examples of features are walls, pits and ditches. So, what do features tell us that finds…


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Roman Cambridgeshire reimagined with new archaeological discoveries from the A14C2H18 Jun

copper-alloy penannular brooch found near Brampton for the A14C2H (c) Highways England, courtesy of MOLA Headland Infrastructure

Excavation on one of the UK’s largest ever archaeological projects is nearing completion; Highways England’s A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme. Our archaeologists are starting to pull the results of this enormous project together and interpret their findings, spanning 6000 years of history. The archaeological evidence for the Roman period...


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