The Romsey Abbey figure was unearthed during an excavation in 1922 by W J Andrew. It was found in the area known as the "Nuns' burial ground" along with bones, coffin nails and other items, but there does not appear to be any surviving detailed records of the discoveries. Andrew retained the figurine in his … Continue reading Feature Spotlight: The Romsey Abbey Virgin and Child.
Visit to Mayburgh Henge So, shortly after leaving Penrith we headed to Mayburgh Neolithic Henge before heading to our next overnight stop on Oban. Mayburgh Henge is located 2.4 miles South of Penrith, and 400 meters from King Arthur's Henge. There has been no systematic excavations at Mayburgh Henge, which makes it hard to date … Continue reading Visit to Mayburgh Henge
First Stop - Penrith Castle So the first stop on the way up to the Isle of Lewis was Penrith. The only thing that was open late enough/early enough during our brief stop off overnight was Penrith castle. Which is not a complaint, it is a beautiful castle ruin, and it plays and important part … Continue reading Visit to Penrith Castle
A visit to the Bosta Iron Age House In a small little bay on Great Bernera is a little gem. A recreation of an Iron Age House. The recreation is based on excavations of an Iron Age Village discovered in 1993 due to strong winds eroding the sand dunes. Due to the erosion, the site … Continue reading Bosta Iron Age House
A second Feature Spotlight Article this week :). Currency bars such as these might have been used as a form of trade iron in the middle to late Iron Age in southern Britain. Following his raids on south-east Britain in 55 and 54 BC, Caesar commented: "They use either gold or bronze coinage or, instead … Continue reading Feature Spotlight: Currency Bars
Another trip to my local museum this time for the next Feature Spotlight: The Cholderton Estate Bronze Hoard. Two of the axe heads in this hoard were found in the early 20th Century, the rest were discovered in 2007. The board is comprised of both socketed and palstave axe heads. The axeheads date to the … Continue reading Feature Spotlight: The Cholderton Estate Bronze Age Hoard
We are taking another trip to my local museums or this next feature, with two Roman-British Intaglios. It always pleasing to see objects like these in local museums, close to where they were found, rather than larger museums, in stores, or in private collections. The gold ring has to be my favourite of the objects, … Continue reading Feature Spotlight: Objects of the month
First in my Feature Blog we take another trip to my local museum - Andover Museum and Museum of the Iron Age. The Fullerton Mosaic The mosaic above was the centre piece of the main room a Romano-British Villa, or country farmhouse. The house only lasted for about a generation, but parts of it survived … Continue reading Feature Spotlight: The Fullerton Mars Mosaic – Andover Museum and Museum of the Iron Age