Blog postThe Galloway Hoard was in the ground for nearly 1,000 years. That brings all kinds of conservation challenges, as Galloway Hoard Project Artefact Conservator Mary Davis explains. Learn what it takes to preserve Viking-Age treasures, and what the conservation process tells us about the objects and people who used and...
Fragments of the Bronze Age: the destruction and deposition of metalwork in South-West Britain and its wider contextThe destruction and deposition of metalwork is a widely recognised phenomenon across Bronze Age Europe. Weapons were decommissioned and thrown into rivers; axes were fragmented and piled in hoards; and ornaments were crushed, contorted and placed in certain landscapes. Interpretation of this material is often considered in terms of whether...
Knight, Matthew G
Blog postA recent spectacular find on the Isle of Skye shines new light on pterosaurs of the Jurassic period. Our Keeper of Natural Sciences Nick Fraser tells us more about this discovery, Skye’s fossil riches and the people bringing them to light, both in the past and today.
Fraser, Nicholas C
Journal articlePterosaurs were the first vertebrates to evolve flight1,2 and include the largest flying animals in Earth history.3,4 While some of the last-surviving species were the size of airplanes, pterosaurs were long thought to be restricted to small body sizes (wingspans ca. <1.8–1.6 m) from their Triassic origins through the Jurassic,...
Jagielska, Natalia ; O’Sullivan, Michael ; Funston, Gregory F ; Butler, Ian B ; Challands, Thomas J …
Conference paper (unpublished)Any Wall conference needs to look at the people living in the landscape before Rome arrived. The Wall was built “to separate Romans and barbarians”, claims the only ancient reference to its role – but who were these “barbarians”? Other talks at the conference will consider the rural communities in...
Journal articleIncorruptible and brilliant, and shining like the sun, gold has always attracted attention. From its earliest known use at Varna around 4500 BC, this metal has been utilised to make some of the finest objects humans have ever possessed. Gold use, and the know-how to work it, arrived in Britain...
Knight, Matthew G ; Sheridan, J A ; Horak, Jana
Book chapterCompositional studies of natural gold usually have a geological focus, but are also important in archaeological provenancing. Both methodologies rely on compositional comparison of two sets of samples, one of which is geographically constrained. Here we describe how experiences in gold characterization resulting from geological studies are relevant to archaeology....
Standish, C D ; Chapman, R J ; Moles, N R ; Walshaw, R D ; Sheridan, J A
Book chapterFour beads were found during the excavations: two from pit  containing Urn 4 (P4) with Barrow 14, and two from pit  under Barrow 22. All four were analysed by Dr Lore Troalen using qualitative X-ray fluorescence spectrometry (XRF) (App 13.6).
Sheridan, Alison J
heathland, barrows, history of Petersfield Heath, micro-excavation, community interpretation, prehistoric field systems, Bronze Age, Neolithic, burial diversity, Mesolithic, and demographic estimation