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T25 Part 4: Iron Age Bead

Throughout the 22 years of the Tameside Archaeological Survey (1990-2012) one of the more frustrating aspects of the project, at least for me, was the lack of later prehistoric archaeology. With a PhD in the archaeology of this period in the North West this was something I was very keen to explore right from the…

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Countdown to Destruction: Closing Lancashire’s HER

Lancashire’s Archaeology is on a countdown to destruction, with the 29th January 2016 the next fateful date in a slide towards the wilful obliteration of the county’s heritage. Why? Well you could look at this petiton here: http://www.change.org/p/marcus-johnstone-save-lancashire-s-archaeology-from-cuts To explain: in November 2015 I wrote, in my capacity as Chair of CBA North West, two letters to…

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Aerial Archaeology is more than just gathering the data

In many an archaeologist’s stocking this Christmas there will either have been a drone or one of those fancy pieces of image software that turns your digital photographs into 3D images you can manipulate. Both the Castle Studies Trust and MOLA have posted excellent blogs this year on the benefits and results of using both. However, in my buildings archaeologist/landscape archaeologist mode…

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Destroying Lancashire’s Archaeology

Lancashire County Council have announced (November 2015) huge cuts to their services. Amongst the many services to be closed (including five museums such as Queen Street Mill above) is a proposal to close the Lancashire Historic Environment Service. This will leave the county without any controls over archaeology threatened by development, just as happened in Liverpool between…