Housesteads and Carrawburgh: two Roman forts in the 21st century

Housesteads and Carrawburgh: two Roman forts in the 21st century

A couple of weeks ago the Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference (TRAC) came to Durham. In addition to the usual sessions, there were four on-site lectures by various specialists. I joined Coach D, heading for the Hadrian’s Wall forts of Housesteads (Vercovicium)...

On tartan trousers and the origins of golf

What do a Chinese mummy, a Roman silver hoard, the game of golf, punk culture, and Queen Boudica have in common? Today, the brightly coloured patterns of tartan weaves are a fundamental element of the national, ‘Celtic’ identity of Scotland and, to a lesser extent, of Ireland…

All torc-ed out: the end of an era in Iron Age Norfolk?

Just occasionally, archaeologists enjoy a real glimpse of a specific moment in time. The Snettisham hoard excavations in Norfolk have provided exactly that: a rare opportunity to witness a communal act by Iron Age people at a crucial moment in the history of Britain.

Expedition to Vindolanda

On Friday Richard and I set out in his trusty VW across the frosty ‘uplands’ of County Durham and over the border into the wild lands of Northumberland. The light dusting of snow across the landscape was perfect for a bit of feature-spotting with lots of lumps and bumps – and Roman forts – nicely defined…

Crowdsourcing… the Roman Empire

I am back from an intense and fun week of work in Madrid with Daniel Lombrana-Gonzalez, the lead developer of SciFabric. In the past, Daniel helped the MicroPasts team to set-up the Pybossa…

Ancient Identities visits Edinburgh 

Last month, Richard and I headed north to pay a visit to the city of Edinburgh. Our mission was two-fold: to introduce the project to the Archaeology Department at the University, and to meet…

Welcome to our website…

Hello everyone! Ancient Identities is our first project altogether as a team and we are very much looking forward to exploring the grounds of identity formation and the rehashing, heritage and values of Iron Age, Roman and Early Medieval …

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