Finds

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MOLA Headland finds specialist arranges finds ready for x-ray (c) Highways England courtesy of MOLA Headland
How are x-rays helping archaeologists identify finds from A14C2H?
February 21, 2019

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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Fired clay loom weights (c) Highways England courtesy of MOLA Headland Infrastructure
Archaeological finds: A human connection to the Cambridgeshire landscape through time
October 10, 2018

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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Samian ware decorated with lion fight scene (c) Highways England courtesy of MOLA Headland Infrastructure
A potted history of Cambridgeshire: Ceramic finds from the A14C2H
September 26, 2018

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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Correct numbering and labelling of bag contents is essential (c) A14C2H courtesy of MOLA Headland Infrastructure
Ask the expert: Finds Supervisor
April 18, 2018

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Neolithic flint axe-head (c) Highways England, courtesy of MOLA Headland Infrastructure_preview
Our favourite finds so far: A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon
April 4, 2018

Some beautiful and unusual objects have been found during archaeological work for the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme. They range from a prehistoric jet ear-stud to a delightful Saxon (5th to early 11th century AD) bone flute.

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BCU family day Parkside 2019 (c) nick@nickrobinsonphoto.com
MOLA Headland archaeologists to appear at Thinktank ‘Meet the Experts’
October 31, 2019

Date: Friday 1st November Time: 11:00 – 16:00 Price: Free with admission to Thinktank (prices are on the Thinktank website) Location: Thinktank, Millennium Point, Curzon Street, Birmingham, B4 7XG On the 1st November, two of our archaeologists will be at Thinktank – Birmingham’s science museum – to talk about the…

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The many lives of objects found along the A14C2H
October 28, 2019

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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An Emblem of the Immortal Spirit? ‘Salt plates’ from St James’s and Park Street Burial Grounds
October 24, 2019

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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A Roman gridiron uncovered during excavations for the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Improvement Scheme (c) Highways England, courtesy of MOLA Headland Infrastructure
Ask the Expert: Not just any old gridiron
September 11, 2019

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?
August 21, 2019

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