TVAS Reading: Site Update: Ring Ditch at Heatherwood Hospital, Ascot, Berkshire

TVAS Reading: Site Update: Ring Ditch at Heatherwood Hospital, Ascot, Berkshire   The remains of the Soldiers Pillar ring ditch at Heatherwood Hospital, Ascot, Berkshire was successfully locataed and excavated between July 2023 and January 2024. The Heatherwood Hospital complex includes an upstanding barrow (SAM 1013012) which was partially excavated in 1975. This barrow, along…

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Royal Institute Christmas Lecture to Feature Skeleton from Viking Massacre

Royal Institute Christmas Lecture to Feature Skeleton from Viking Massacre This year’s Christmas Lecture from the Royal Institute will be presented by Professor Dame Sue Black on the secrets of forensic science. The lectures will be on BBC Four at 8pm on 26th Dec, 27th Dec and 28th Dec. And available afterwards on iPlayer. The…

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TVAS Reading: Palaeolithic Flint Tools Found near Henley-on-Thames

TVAS Reading: Palaeolithic Flint Tools Found near Henley-on-Thames Recent and ongoing fieldwork undertaken by TVAS has revealed rare evidence of some of the earliest ancient humans in Britain. Evaluation trenching & test pitting near Henley-on-Thames has produced flint artefacts dating to around 500,000 years old, during the lower Palaeolithic period. The species of human present…

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

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:…

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Open Day and Ongoing Excavations at Butts Piece, Stanton Harcourt

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…

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TVAS Reading: Excavations at Tanyard Farm, Lenham, Kent

TVAS Reading: 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…

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CNN article about Viking skeletons

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…

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Nature article update: Reconstruction of a Viking

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…

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