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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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Park Street and the Coffin industry11 Oct

A fish-tail coffin being excavated at Park Street

Josie Wall works at the Coffin Works Museum, which is run by Birmingham Conservation Trust, as Operations and Volunteer Assistant. Josie’s particular interest and area of expertise is Victorian funerals and the garden cemeteries that opened outside cities in the 19th century. In this blog she explores Birmingham’s legacy as…


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Archaeologists reveal hidden history of Birmingham to the public, as HS2 Park Street excavation ends19 Sep

Archaeological excavation of a well-preserved burial at Park Street burial ground © HS2, courtesy of MOLA Headland.

A team of 70 of our archaeologists has completed the main archaeological excavations at Park Street for the new Birmingham terminus of the HS2 railway and will be sharing initial finding with the public at a Heritage Open Days event on 21 September 2019. The extraordinary dig, the biggest of…


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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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How do you conserve a pair of 200-year-old slippers?21 Aug


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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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Self-guided walking tour of Digbeth, Birmingham22 Jul

A self-guided walk through Digbeth

As archaeological excavations of Park Street burial ground for HS2 come to a close, MOLA Headland Community Engagement Officer, Andy Sherman, explores the hidden historical treasures of the immediate area in this blog. If you’d like to explore the often-forgotten gems of Digbeth for yourself, then download our self-guided walking…


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Digital recording: Advancing archaeological practice for HS212 Jul

Yesterday evening, the team behind the St James’s burial ground excavation for HS2, celebrated at construction industry awards, the CN Awards, as finalists in the category Best Use of Technology. The multi-disciplinary team – made up of archaeologists from MOLA Headland, expert engineers, archaeologists and construction professionals from Costain Skanska…


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The value of excavating Park Street to understanding the development of Birmingham05 Jul

Josephine Adams is a historical researcher and specialist in burials in 19th century Birmingham. In this blog she explores past excavations in Birmingham and the potential of the Park Street burial ground excavations, being undertaken by MOLA Headland on behalf of LM for the HS2 project, to allow a better…


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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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