Latest Archaeotea Podcast Now Available on Roman Castleshaw

Episode 5 of the Archaeotea Podcast is now available free to download. In this episode I explore one of the most windswept Roman forts in Britain – Castleshaw which sits on the south-western edge of the Pennine hills in Delph, Greater Manchester. The archaeological investigations at this site have lasted longer than the Roman army…

Prehistoric Mellor – Living on the Edge: Free Book Download

The COVID-19 pandemic has a brought a temporary halt to voluntary and community archaeology fieldwork in Britain, although many groups have continued to undertake post-excavation work and documentary research. Some organisations such as the Council for British Archaeology and DigVentures have innovated in providing online resources and festivals. There is always a backlog of fieldwork…

Brine in Britannia: Free Book Download

The COVID-19 health emergency and pandemic continues to severely affect the voluntary archaeology and heritage sector. Although many local societies are finding online ways of researching, training, and working, meetings and field work remain impossible, as do conferences and day schools. Amongst the many events postponed due to the current emergency are this year’s CBA…

Living on the Edge: Free Book Download

A volume that I helped to edit and write 21 years ago, entitled ‘Living on the Edge’, seems an appropriate book to revisit during the current health crisis; with so much of the population self-isolating life does really feel on an edge. The monograph is a collection of 10 papers from a conference about the…

Alderley Edge: Roman Mines and Mysteries

The sharp light, multi colours, and brisk early morning temperatures of late September I associate with two landscapes – my rambling front garden and the rustles and shadows of Alderley Edge. The Edge has been and is a favourite family walk since I was little, the scene of family picnics on hot summer days and…

Life and Death in Roman Salford

Archaeological research takes time, especially the post-excavation process. Thus, for this final instalment in my survey of Salford’s early past I’m returning to one of the two Roman rural settlements known from within the city: Barton. For there is now fresh evidence which throws a light on life and death in Roman Salford. A cold,…

Salford’s Early Past Pt6 – Roman Hoards & Burials

  The final aspects of Roman Salford that I want to discuss, in my occasional blog series on the city’s archaeology, are several discoveries around the large wetland area of Chat Moss.   The first two discoveries are linked, at least in landscape position and perhaps in purpose. These are two coin hoards that were…