Discover A14C2H News

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

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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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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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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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

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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