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Discover the archaeology of the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme. These pages explore the latest findings and updates from one of the UK’s largest archaeological digs and includes insights from archaeologist and specialists working on this Highways England project, as well as information on our community programme

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 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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Ask the Expert: Not just any old gridiron11 Sep

A Roman gridiron uncovered during excavations for the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Improvement Scheme (c) Highways England, courtesy of MOLA Headland Infrastructure

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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Food or foe? Exploring unusual plant foods along the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme12 Aug

MOLA Headland Archaeobotanist Lara Gonzalez Carretero studies botanical remains from A14C2H (c) Highways England courtesy of MOLA Headland

Archaeobotanical remains, from prehistory to the post-medieval period have been uncovered along the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme. We know that cereal crops such as wheat and barley were staple plant-based foods at ancient settlements and sites along the route, and we uncovered the earliest physical evidence of the…


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Ask the Expert: Anglo-Saxon textile making on A14C2H03 Jul

Anglo-Saxon shears (c) Highways England courtesy of MOLA Headland

Across the scheme we’ve uncovered items which relate to Anglo-Saxon clothing and textile production, sometimes in small amounts, and sometimes in larger, more concentrated amounts. In this blog, MOLA Headland finds expert Lyn Blackmore comments on the evidence we have so far… Q: To make clothes, Anglo-Saxons would first have…


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Rare Roman coin depicting ill-fated emperor Laelianus identified on A14C2H20 May

MOLA Headland numismatist Julian Bowsher studies the coin (c) Highways England courtesy of MOLA Headland

In the last #A14Archaeology blog, we looked at Iron Age coins in Cambridgeshire and found out from our numismatist, Julian Bowsher, about the significance of one particular Iron Age coin discovered along the route. In this blog, we’re taking a closer look at a rare coin with a more dramatic tale…


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Ask the Expert: Iron Age coins in Cambridgeshire17 Apr

Detail of horse on Iron Age gold coin discovered on A14C2H (c) Highways England courtesy of MOLA Headland

The study of coins, and currency more generally speaking, is known as numismatics. In archaeology, numismatics can help us to ascertain precise dates and find out who occupied or passed through a particular site. They can also tell us about trade networks, belief systems and leadership. In this blog, find…


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Evidence of cremation in the archaeological record11 Apr

In this blog, we look at cremation urns, what they are, and what they mean for archaeologists. Our excavations along the route of the new A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme have led us to uncover fascinating stories about Cambridgeshire’s past populations and the discovery of human remains plays a…


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Ask the Expert: Senior Archaeologist06 Mar

Emma Jeffery Senior Archaeologist at MOLA Headland Infrastructure (c) Highways England courtesy of MOLA Headland

This week, Emma Jeffery, Senior Archaeologist at MOLA Headland will be talking about the amazing archaeology of the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme at Current Archaeology Live. In this blog, we find out more about her role on the Highways England scheme and what happens next. What has your…


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How are x-rays helping archaeologists identify finds from A14C2H?21 Feb

MOLA Headland finds specialist arranges finds ready for x-ray (c) Highways England courtesy of MOLA Headland

X-rays are a non-destructive way of exploring metal archaeological finds in more detail. They allow our finds specialists to reveal the true form of heavily corroded items and get a glimpse of the very fabric of an object, meaning they can better understand how it was made, its condition and…


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