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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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Why do archaeologists get excited by named burials?
January 24, 2019

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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Trainee Archaeologists, Eleanor, Iram and Mick on site at the Park Street excavation’
Meet the MOLA Headland trainees uncovering new careers in archaeology on HS2
January 17, 2019

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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Birmingham button making industry
Bright as a button: archaeologists reveal Birmingham’s links with the humble button
December 11, 2018

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A team of expert archaeologists excavate burials at Park Street in Birmingham (c) HS2 courtesy of MOLA Headland Infrastructure
Archaeological excavation at Park Street burial ground underway
November 22, 2018

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 programme
October 26, 2018

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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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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