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Meet the MOLA Headland trainees uncovering new careers in archaeology on HS217 Jan

Trainee Archaeologists, Eleanor, Iram and Mick on site at the Park Street excavation’

HS2’s archaeology programme is Europe’s biggest dig and is providing fascinating insights into the everyday lives of the people and communities who made modern Britain. It is also a great opportunity to bring fresh talent into the sector and upskill local people. In Birmingham, we’re working with partners: Laing O’Rourke…


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Local volunteers record gravestones of their 18th and 19th century forebears  22 Dec

Volunteers work with archaeologists to record gravestones for HS2 (c) HS2 courtesy of MOLA Headland Infrastructure

Over the summer an enthusiastic team of volunteers worked alongside our archaeologists to record the inscriptions of over 350 gravestones associated with St James’s burial ground in Euston, London. The gravestones are being studied for the HS2 archaeology programme. In this blog Community Engagement Officer, Paul McGarrity, tells us more….


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Bright as a button: archaeologists reveal Birmingham’s links with the humble button11 Dec

Birmingham button making industry


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The medieval mystery of the booted man in the mud03 Dec

The booted man discovered on the Tideway site at Chambers Wharf in London (c) MOLA Headland Infrastructure

A mysterious male skeleton, lying face-down deep in the Thames mud, with a pair of in-situ thigh-high leather boots has been discovered by our archaeologists working on one of the sites being used to build London’s super sewer in Bermondsey. The skeleton was discovered at Tideway’s Chambers Wharf site in…


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Archaeological excavation at Park Street burial ground underway22 Nov

A team of expert archaeologists excavate burials at Park Street in Birmingham (c) HS2 courtesy of MOLA Headland Infrastructure

Archaeological excavations at  the site of the 19th century Park Street burial ground in Birmingham are up and running. Part of wider archaeological investigations taking place along the Phase One stretch of the HS2 rail route, the Park Street site is located on what will be the Birmingham Curzon Street…


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Full steam ahead for HS2 archaeology programme26 Oct

Today, HS2 announced their archaeology programme: the largest archaeological project to have ever taken place in the UK. Over 1,000 archaeologists and other specialists are working across 60 sites along the 150 mile route. Exploring over 10,000 years of Britain’s history the project is an unprecedented research opportunity. For full…


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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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