‘Entire streets’ of Roman London uncovered beneath city

An archaeological dig in the City of London has uncovered approximately 10,000 artefacts thought to date from the Roman period, according to experts.

The three-acre site’s location on the waterlogged bed of the Walbrook river means that the items, including the remains of timber structures, a complex drainage system and organic artefacts made of paper and wood, have been extremely well preserved in anaerobic (oxygen-free) conditions. Project archaeologists believe that the finds may provide more evidence for the date that Roman London was first established.


Sophie Jackson, from Museum of London Archaeologists (MOLA), which led the dig, said that the site features “layer upon layer of Roman timber buildings, fences and yards, all beautifully preserved and containing amazing personal items, clothes and even documents”.



Thatcher legacy debated following former PM’s death


Politicians and commentators have been debating the legacy of Margaret Thatcher and her policies following the former prime minister’s death. Thatcher, who died on Monday at the age of 87, will be commemorated in a ceremonial funeral in London next Wednesday, 17 April. Read the thoughts of leading historians on Thatcher’s legacy in our online feature.


Restoration work completed on Pictish stone

Conservationists have completed a £170,000 project to restore a highly detailed carved Pictish stone thought to date from the eighth century. The cross-slab, which has at various points been displayed both outside and inside the Nigg Old Church in Easter Ross, features depictions of snakes and monks receiving bread from a raven sent by God. 


Project begins to locate Roman fort in Derby


Archaeologists in Derby have begun a project to attempt to locate a Roman fort believed to lie beneath a site chosen for new flood defences. Work on the defences, along the river Derwent at Chester Green, is set to begin in 2015, but experts will dig 15 trenches throughout the coming weeks to help establish the precise location of any structures or artefacts.

Charlotte Brontë poem fetches £92,450 at auction


A manuscript of an early poem by Charlotte Brontë has been sold for £92,450 at auction. The work, which is dated 14 December 1829, was written when the author was 13 years old and was originally published in a family literary magazine edited by Brontë.


Ackworth hoard secures funding to stay in Yorkshire

A hoard discovered in a back garden in the Yorkshire village of Ackworth in 2011 is to stay in the county after funding was secured to display the artefacts. The collection of 52 gold and 539 silver coins, thought to have been buried in an attempt to keep it safe around the time of the English Civil War in the 1640s, will go on display at Pontefract Museum until a permanent exhibition is created.


Bletchley codebreaker’s work marked with commemorative stamps

The last survivor of a four-man team that cracked a high-level German code during the Second World War has been honoured with a set of commemorative stamps. Captain Raymond ‘Jerry’ Roberts was one of the founding members of the ‘Testery’ at Bletchley Park, which was tasked with breaking Germany’s complex ‘Lorenz’ cipher system. Only 2,000 of the special first-class stamps have been issued, of which a quarter have been reserved for Roberts.


Stone returned to Shackleton’s grave after more than 75 years

A stone taken from the grave of explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton has been returned to the site after it was removed more than 75 years ago. The piece of granite was taken by sailor Joseph Collins when he visited the memorial in South Georgia in 1937, with Collins’ son being assisted by the Royal Navy in carrying out his father’s wish to return the stone.


Image credits: Corbis (Thatcher); Bonhams (Brontë)