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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Iron Age Skeletons and Viking bones go on display in Weymouth (with Video)


From the BBC News:

An exhibition of Iron Age skeletons and Viking bones found in excavations ahead of the Weymouth Relief Road has attracted 3,000 visitors.

The free event at Weymouth Pavilion Ocean Room includes ancient bones, Iron Age pottery and shale jewellery.

Archaeologists from Dorset County Council and specialists from Oxford Archaeology will be on hand to discuss the finds and answer questions.

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Friday, March 12, 2010

New center for replica Iron Age attraction



From The News Portsmouth:

A new eco-friendly visitors centre is set to be built at a replica Iron Age farm.

Butser Ancient Farm, in Chalton Lane, Chalton, has seen its visitors soar by 10,000 to 20,000 over the last 10 years.

A bid had now been launched to build a £150,000 visitors centre at the site, which was founded in 1972 as an archaeological research site.

Reconstructed roundhouses and a villa at the farm give an insight into the life of Romans and Celts in ancient Britain.

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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Iron Age hopes for Moray field



From The Press and Journal:

EXPERTS SAY SURVEY OF SITE AT BURGHEAD HAS PROVED ‘VERY PROMISING’


Experts believe they have discovered another Iron Age power centre in Moray.

Yesterday National Museums of Scotland curator Dr Fraser Hunter said investigations at a field at Burghead have possibly revealed “a high-status site”.

The archaeologist said the remains of four Iron Age roundhouses could lie buried beneath the soil.
He said: “In combination with the finds that have been discovered at the site, it suggests that this is one of the more important areas, one of the power centres of the Burghead area.”

The exact location of the site at Burghead is being kept secret while further investigations are carried out.

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Weymouth Relief Road artefacts to go on show



From the BBC News:

A number of artefacts discovered during work on an £87m road development in Dorset are to go on display.

The Weymouth Relief Road is being built to ease traffic between Dorchester and Weymouth and Portland, where Olympic sailing events will be held in 2012.

The site attracted much interest when archaeologists found an ancient burial pit on Ridgeway Hill last year.

Items including ancient bones, Iron Age pottery and shale jewellery will go on display at Weymouth Pavilion.

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