Site Update: Carbon Dates for a possibly trepanned man at Shrivenham

CONTENT WARNING: HUMAN REMAINS This post contains pictures and discussion of human remains.   In 2018, excavations at Highworth Road, Shrivenham, Oxfordshire revealed a densely occupied area with a variety of features dating from the Iron Age through to the late Roman period. Above: close up site plan of an area of the excavation site…

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TVAS South West: Excavations at Slate Lane Quarry, West Camel

TVAS South West have been excavating at Slate Lane Quarry, West Camel. The excavation has revealed a number of interesting features dating to the Iron Age and Roman period. Slate Lane Quarry is situated close to two scheduled monuments (a late Roman building made of stone with a cremation and the shrunken Medieval Village of…

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TVAS East Midlands: Excavations at Dunton Lane, Biggleswade

TVAS East Midlands have recently finished their excavation at Dunton Lane, Biggleswade. Here is a summary of their findings with a full report to follow soon. Above: plan of the excavation area The site is situated within a rich archaeological landscape; with a wide range of sites of many periods in the surrounding areas and…

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Open Day and Ongoing Excavations at Butts Piece, Stanton Harcourt

On 5th September 2021, TVAS held an open day at Butts Piece, Stanton Harcourt. The open day allowed the local residents of Stanton Harcourt to see the rich archaeology of the village and it proved a great success with a continuous flow of visitors that were given a guided tour of the site. A series…

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Excavations at Tanyard Farm, Lenham, Kent

After 8 months the excavations at Tanyard Farm, Old Ashford Road, Lenham have finished. The site produced evidence of human occupation from the Mesolithic through to the Anglo-Saxon period. Here is a brief summary of the finds..   Above: Map showing the site and surrounding area. The earliest features identified are a series of pits…

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CNN article about Viking skeletons

In 2008 TVAS excavbated a site at St. Giles in Oxford (see previous information release here). The site itself revealed evidence of a Late Saxon Period massacre. Thirty-five men and boys were uncovered and been linked to the St. Brice’s day massacre of 1002 AD. Since the analysis was concluded there has been significant interest in…

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Nature article update: Reconstruction of a Viking

In October 2020 an article was published in nature (nature article) that showed a link between one of the skeletons excavated during our archaeological investigations at St. Giles Oxford. (see previous information release here) The skeleton that was uncovered, now with oxfordshire museum service, was part of a larger group which recieved further scientific testing. The testing by…

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Site Update: A Roman settlement at Tubney, Oxfordshire.

Excavations at Tubney have been ongoing for several years. Previous phases of excavation revealed very little archaeology. That all changed with the latest phase. The features that were uncovered at the crest of a slope on the site show a Roman ladder settlement. Above: Plan of the settlement. The settlement included several boundary ditches, creating…

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Site Update: Interesting finds from Woodsford, Dorset

Excavations at the quarry have been undertaken over many years by TVAS, recording a wide range of features and finds from the Bronze Age to Roman. The latest phase of excavations is no exception. They have revealed further Iron Age and Roman systems of ditches and enclosure as well as a series of pits and…

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Site Update: Greenham, Newbury

Since October 2020 excavations have been taking place at a site in Greenham. Initially only a moderate amount of archaeological features was expected but, upon stripping and cleaning the site revealed a wealth of features.   Several large enclosure ditches, some as deep as 1.7m were uncovered across the site. Within, and around, these enclosures…

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