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Thursday, 18 June 2015

New excavations at Marden Henge -

A three year programme of excavation and research has begun at Marden Henge in the Vale of Pewsey.  Marden Henge is reputedly ten times the size of Stonehenge, but because of the complete lack of any standing stones, it is little known outside of archaeological circles(!).

It is thought that the site may be “an untouched archaeological treasure chest”….which will yield valuable information about the possible relationship which Marden might have had with both Avebury and Stonehenge.

"I have been waiting five years to come back to this site," said Dr Leary, from the University of Reading.

"It is right in the middle of Avebury and Stonehenge, which are probably the most famous prehistoric sites in the world, but nobody has ever researched it properly.

"I think understanding the Vale will give us a greater understanding of Avebury and Stonehenge."

The three-year £1million project is a collaboration with Historic England, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Wiltshire Museum."

Duncan Wilson, Historic England chief executive, added: "Bigger than Avebury, ten times the size of Stonehenge and half way between the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Sites, comparatively little is known about this fascinating and ancient landscape. "The work will help Historic England focus on identifying sites for protection and improved management, as well as adding a new dimension to our understanding of this important archaeological environment."

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Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Fieldwork opportunities 2015

Have a look at the opportunities on:

Or go directly to the opportunity of your choosing with the links below:

The Poulton Project 2015:

March-29-2015 – August-21-2015


Archaeology Live! 2015:

April-06-2015 – August-23-2015


Thornton Abbey Medieval Hospital and Cemetery 2015:

May-28-2015 – July-26-2015


Meillionydd excavations:

June-01-2015 – July-24-2015


Newbarns, Dumfries and Galloway 2015:

June-08-2015 – August-01-2015


Bamburgh Research Project 2015:

June-08-2016 – August-01-2015


Plumpton, East Sussex:

June-20-2015 – August-01-2015


The Lough Key Archaeological Project:

June-22-2015 – July-05-2015


Bridge Farm, Sussex:

June-26-2015 – August-08-2015


Roman Devon Field School 2015:

July-06-2015 – July-31-2015


Bexley Archaeological Group - Training Excavation 2015:

July-27-2015 – July-31-2015


Archaeology Live! Nottingham Castle:

July-27-2015 – August-14-2015


Piddington, Northamptonshire 2015:

August-01-2015 – August-31-2015


Moistown Excavation 2015:

August-22-2015 – September-06-2015


Woking Palace 2015 Excavation:

September-09-2015 – September-25-2015


The Colemore Project, North East Hampshire:

October-01-2015 – October-18-2015


The Roman Bath-house and Estate at Abbey Fields, Faversham:

July-25-2015 – August-14-2015


Investigation of Prehistoric features at Hollingbourne in Kent:

July-04-2015 – July-10-2015


Excavation of a Roman villa and bath-house in Faversham:

July-25-2015 – August-14-2015


Excavation at the Vale of Pewsey:

July-04-2015 – July-18-2015


Ermine Street Test Pits Community Project:

June-01-2015 – August-31-2015

Monday, 15 June 2015

Waterloo Uncovered - excavations in and around Hougoumont Farm

Waterloo Uncovered is a ground-breaking archaeology project to explore the battlefield of Waterloo. The brainchild of two soldiers from the Coldstream Guards, a regiment that played a vital role in the battle, the project will be led by Dr Tony Pollard, who heads the Centre for Battlefield Archaeology at Glasgow University, and will include both professional archaeologists from across Europe and wounded veterans from recent campaigns.

  • To transform our understanding of the Battle through archaeology. We will make all findings publicly available.
  • To provide a unique opportunity for veterans to participate in an important dig and support those that are injured in their recovery.

  • The project’s findings will be published in academic journals for peer review both sides of the channel and there will be open access to the data through the Waterloo Uncovered website. The reports will increase our understanding of the battle that transformed Europe.
  • It is hoped that the artefacts discovered will help to bring the human story of Waterloo to life, and deliver a significant educational dividend for future generations. Archaeology may provide answers to questions long posed by historians of the period.
  • And the team’s work to identify and mark grave sites on the field will enable us to appreciate the scale of human loss suffered by the armies who fought there, and enable visitors to show their respect for those casualties. No graves or human remains will be unduly disturbed or treated with anything other than the utmost respect. As soldiers ourselves this is of the utmost importance to us.
  • The veterans involved in the project , who are the living link to the soldiers who fought and died at Waterloo, will develop new vocational skills by participating on an important dig. The work will also accelerate their rehabilitation following injury.
 Meet the Team


Diarmaid Walshe
Nightingale (Defence Archaeology Group) Advisor

Tom Mollo
Communications Advisor

Peter Ginn
Team film maker and photographer

Alasdair White
Historian and Project Hougoumont member

Stuart Eve
Data management and augmented reality expert

Gaille MacKinnon
Forensic Anthropology

Marc Van Meirvenne
Head of Dept. of Soil Management at Ghent University

Philippe De Smedt
The team of the Dept. of Soil Management at Ghent University

Follow these links to see what they have found so far and to find our more about the project:


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