A Tunnel Through Time: ‘Tunnel’ at Museum of London Docklands

The Crossrail project is the biggest construction project in Europe and is one of the largest single infrastructure investments ever undertaken in the UK. Since the construction of the new railway began in 2009, over 15,000 men and women have worked on the project and over 100 million working hours have been completed. It’s a…

Murder, Money and Academic Mayhem: the power of the archaeological hoax

Written by guest blogger Alice Parkin From practical jokes to proving the existence of Jesus Christ himself, archaeological forgeries and fakes come in all shapes and sizes; and a well-timed hoax can make fortunes, ruin reputations, and send academics off in the wrong direction for decades. Often, archaeological hoaxes are accepted because the information they…

Secrets of Life in Tudor London

CROSSRAIL EXCAVATIONS AT CHARTERHOUSE COVER IMAGE: CROSSRAIL © Since Crossrail began construction in 2009, huge swathes of London’s hidden past have been uncovered. More than 200 archaeologists have unearthed over 10,000 objects from 40 locations, spanning a staggering 55 million years. In 2013, MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) began excavations at the Crossrail site in Farringdon,…

Following a Trail of Potsherds to the Landscape

How can pottery help to explore an archaeological landscape? Guest blogger DR. PHILIP MILLS, co-editor of Forms of Dwelling along with ULLA RAJALA, explains. Landscape archaeology is something that I, as a Roman ceramic specialist, have only been involved with for a relatively short space of time. Before Ulla Rajala asked me to work on the roman ceramic material…

Why did Samuel Pepys bury his cheese, and other pressing questions

From Blue Peter time capsules to Samuel Pepys burying his cheese during the Great Fire of London, humanity has a long history of burying or depositing material goods. What sort of thing did humans in the past bury – and why? The scope of specialised deposits in the archaeological record is immense. So, too, are…

Offa’s Dyke: The Brexit Dimension?

BY GUEST WRITER AND AUTHOR KEITH RAY Cover image: Raymond Perry via Wikimedia Commons, CC by SA 2.0 In January 2017, there are stirrings along the border between England and Wales. No, not riots in reaction to the latest developments around ‘hard’, ‘soft’ or even ‘train-crash’ Brexit, but plans being put together quietly for initiatives concerning…

Secrets of Orkney

BY GUEST WRITER AND AUTHOR CAROLINE WICKHAM-JONES Cover image ©  Robert Beharie and licensed for reuse  (CC BY-SA 2.0) Finally, after much anticipation, BBC Two’s series on Neolithic Orkney starts this January. It is a handsome show with truly magnificent filming and it aims to present some of the most recent ideas about Neolithic Britain to…

The Oxbow Books End-of-Year Sale!

We’re happy to announce that starting today and continuing through the end of the year, over 200 Oxbow Books titles will be offered at great sale prices on casemateacademic.com! This is the perfect time to pick up a gift for your favorite scholar, or purchase that title you’ve had your eye on for a while….

Archaeologies of Waste: Encounters with the Unwanted

From Daniel Sosna & Lenka Brunclíková What have ornate Neolithic vessels, 17th century human faeces and contemporary fuel in nuclear reactors in common? Regardless of how silly this question sounds, it provides an opportunity for a reflection of the relationship between humans and things. Virtually anything can become waste in the eye of the beholder….

The Archaeology Of Vampires

Fear of the undead has been around for a very long time. Whilst the term ‘vampire’ wasn’t first used until around the sixteenth century, the ideas of people rising from the dead, drinking blood or infecting the living were rife much earlier. The Persians had their fair share of blood-drinking demons, as did the Ancient…

Storms, War and Shipwrecks at the Ashmolean : A Feast for all Senses

 Last week I had the pleasure of visiting the Ashmolean Museum’s latest exhibition: Storms, War & Shipwrecks. With such a powerful title I was expecting great things. I was not disappointed. Storms, War and Shipwrecks: Treasures from the Sicilian Seas tells the incredible story of this Mediterranean island through finds rescued from the sea by…