A Shot in the Dark

Sometimes the smallest objects can lead you down some unexpected research paths, where the provenance (archaeology-speak for location and context) is as important, if not more so, than the object itself. This is often very true of ancient hoards rich in precious metals. It’s the information they contain and their location that are the most…

Saving the Silverdale Hoard

  The news that the Silverdale Viking hoard has been bought for the nation and will go on permanent display in Lancashire is the culmination of the work of many organisations. This positive outcome is particularly cheering for me since CBA North West had an important role to play. The initial discovery of 201 pieces…

Excavating Peterloo

Picture the scene on a summer’s day: tens of thousands of protesters campaigning for the vote; a government fearing revolution; the army brought into to break up a large rally; hundreds of protestors injured and dozens killed. This situation is not Cairo in 2013 but Manchester in 1819. August 16th marked the anniversary of the…

Conferencing Archaeology

One of the traditional ways in which fresh archaeological information is brought to the public is through the conference. This may seem quaint in the age of Facebook, Twitter and Skype, but it expresses the need, indeed necessity, of direct contact and debate with colleagues (professional and voluntary) from the discipline. According to a Council…