In: A14C2H

Detail of horse on Iron Age gold coin discovered on A14C2H (c) Highways England courtesy of MOLA Headland
Ask the Expert: Iron Age coins in Cambridgeshire
April 17, 2019

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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Emma Jeffery Senior Archaeologist at MOLA Headland Infrastructure (c) Highways England courtesy of MOLA Headland
Ask the Expert: Senior Archaeologist
March 6, 2019

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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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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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
Earliest physical evidence of beer making process in Britain discovered on the A14C2H improvement scheme
January 30, 2019

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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The partial skull which may be steppe or woolly rhino © Highways England, courtesy of MOLA Headland Infrastructure
Cambridgeshire Ice Age giants uncovered on the A14C2H
October 22, 2018

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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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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From dig to desk: the story of the A14C2H archaeology programme is just beginning
September 13, 2018

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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Group photo of the A14C2H community dig volunteers
Broadening horizons on the A14C2H Community Dig: From digital pro to archaeology volunteer
August 31, 2018

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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A14-COM-DIG-cover-photo (c) Highways England, courtesy of MOLA Headland Infrastructure
Five favourite artefacts from the A14C2H Community Dig
August 22, 2018

Volunteers on the A14C2H Summer Community Dig have been unearthing some fascinating and beautiful things that are helping to piece together the past of their area. As the dig enters its final week, we take a look at some of the highlights. Usually the arrowheads we find in Britain are…

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