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Assessing human remains during an archaeological excavation: What can we learn?29 May

Don Walker is one of the Senior Osteologists undertaking archaeological excavation and research at Park Street burial ground on behalf of LM for HS2. In this blog he explores what happens on site and what we can learn from excavating and assessing human remains. Archaeologists undertaking burial ground excavations take…


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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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Park Street burial ground and Birmingham’s population expansion17 Apr

Steve Bell’s political cartoon (1994) illustrating how attitudes to population growth endure through the years.


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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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All Change Please! Exploring Birmingham’s minting history08 Mar

Cartwheel two pence coins made at the Soho Mint, Birmingham, England, © courtesy of Detecting

1797 was the year that the first top hat debuted on top of a haberdasher’s head; the year that poet William Wordsworth was suspected of being a French spy whilst the war with France raged on; the Bank of England issued the first one-pound and two-pound notes, and the year…


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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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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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