Sunday, 23 October 2011

Archaeology Courses at the Oxford Experience 2012

1 July to 11 August 2012

The Oxford Experience is a residential summer school held at the college of Christ Church, University of Oxford.

The programme consists of 6 weeks of courses and participants attend for one or more weeks.

It offers a choice of twelve seminars each week over a period of five weeks. Participants do not need any formal qualifications to take part, just an interest in their chosen subject and a desire to meet like-minded people.

You can also find details of the various archaeology courses offered at Oxford Experience here...

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Archaeology works start at heritage centre site

ARCHAEOLOGISTS have begun preliminary investigations at the site of the new Battle of Bannockburn visitor centre.

Focused on the car park in the area of the proposed new centre, the dig hopes to uncover evidence of the ancient Roman road which is thought to travel through the site.

Derek Alexander, head of archaeological services at the National Trust for Scotland, said: “Prior to the 1950s, this land was agricultural fields and earlier archaeological features may survive below the tarmac.

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Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Nevern Castle ancient inscriptions to 'ward off evil'

Experts believe rare 12th Century slate inscriptions found on a castle were probably made to protect against evil.

The dozen scratchings were uncovered during a three-week excavation at Nevern in Pembrokeshire.
Archaeologists think the stars and other designs were made by a serf, labourer or soldier some time between 1170 and 1190 when the castle was built.

They say they also give an insight into the beliefs of medieval working men.

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Monday, 3 October 2011

Archaeologists dig test pits at Bannockburn ahead of new battlefield visitor centre

The work to improve the visitor experience and interpretation at one of Scotland’s most important historic sites took a step closer today as archaeologists began digging test pits on the site of the proposed new visitor centre at the Bannockburn battlefield site.

Due to open in 2014 in time for the 700th anniversary of the battle, the new centre will enhance the presentation and interpretation of the major clash of arms that saw the armies of Robert the Bruce defeat the English army of Edward II.

The victory in June 1314 paved the way for Scottish independence and strengthened the position of the Bruce as king of Scotland. 

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