Iron Age shrine unearthed in the Yorkshire Wolds

Excavations on a hill in the Yorkshire Wolds have uncovered the remains of a 24m2 Iron Age shrine packed with cow skulls, deer antler, and other animal bones. The site appeared as crop marks in aerial photographs taken over 20 years ago, but its full complexity is only just being…

Excavating Scotlandโ€™s earliest railway

A community project excavating Scotlandโ€™s first railway has uncovered three 18th-century phases of timber construction layered on top of each other. The unprecedented discovery was made in East Lothian by the 1722 Waggonway Project, and has been described by railway historian and project archaeologist Anthony Leslie Dawson as โ€˜of national…

Secrets of scotch

Archaeologists from the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) are discovering the secrets of Speyside malt at the old site of The Glenlivet Distillery in Upper Drumin (pictured right), as part of the โ€˜Pioneering Spiritโ€™ project, a partnership between NTS and The Glenlivet. Originally a farm, the site was converted to…

Byzantine wine factory unearthed in Israel

Archaeologists in Israel have uncovered the largest complex of Byzantine winepresses ever found. The industrial estate, where around 2 million litres of wine were produced every year, was recently unearthed in the city of Yavne and dated to c.1,500 years ago.…

‘Industrial scale’ medieval tannery found at Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire

Archaeologists working at Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire have identified the remains of a monastic tannery, where animal hides would have been processed in the medieval period to produce a variety of essential materials, including vellum on which scribes would have written religious texts. The tannery was located using ground-penetrating radar…

Sacred sites in Tyre

The investigations targeted the acropolis of the city, which was occupied from the Bronze Age (3rd millennium BC).…

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