The Council of British Archaeology’s Festival of Archaeology runs from 24 October to 1 November. The situation with the Corona Virus means that many of the events will be digital, although there will be a number of live events. Please use the search facility on their webpage to see the various events that are offered.
Saturday 24 October 2020
Tuesday 13 October 2020
Skull of young Anglo-Saxon girl, front view with cuts and back view
with unfused sutures [Credit: Garrard Cole, Antiquity]
An Anglo-Saxon teenage girl appears to have had her nose and lips cut off — and possibly her head scalped as well — analysis of an old skull has revealed.
Unearthed in Oakridge, Hampshire, the remains have been radiocarbon dated to 776–899 AD — predating written accounts of this gruesome form of punishment.
Although it is not known exactly why the poor young woman was subject to the horrific facial mutilation, it was once routinely meted out to female offenders.
The disfigurement was given to adulteresses, slaves who stole and criminals guilty of more severe acts, the researchers reported.
Tuesday 6 October 2020
The burial site is believed to date from the 6th century AD
The discovery of a warrior warlord's burial site could change historians' understanding of southern Anglo-Saxon Britain, according to archaeologists.
The 6ft "Marlow Warlord" was discovered in August close to the Buckinghamshire town.
An archaeological dig of the area took place after metal detectorists discovered two bronze bowls.
Dr Gabor Thomas said the find provided "new insights" into life after the collapse of Roman Britain.
The specialist in early medieval archaeology at the University of Reading said the burial suggested "people living in this region may have been more important than historians previously suspected".
The remains of the Marlow Warlord are unearthed. Photograph: University of Reading
The final resting place of what appears to be an Anglo-Saxon warrior has been unearthed in a field in Berkshire, in a discovery archaeologists say sheds fresh light on the rise and fall of local tribes.
Buried with an array of weapons including spears and a sword with its scabbard, the skeleton of a man dating from the sixth century was found in August – two years after metal detectorists discovered bronze bowls at the site and alerted experts.
Dr Gabor Thomas, a specialist in early medieval archaeology at the University of Reading who worked on the subsequent excavation, said there had been much debate about whether individuals buried with such goods were warriors or were buried with weapons as a symbolic gesture.