Leicestershire’s Iron Age Hill Forts

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More than 2,000 years ago, well before the Roman invasion of AD 43, Leicestershire was untouched by the brick and concrete buildings, maze of roads and neat countryside we see today. There was no dominating city of Leicester, no county towns and settlements were relatively small, few and far between. The major settlements in those […]

Luxury food and toy dogs in Iron Age Britain

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Previously it had been assumed that prior to the Roman occupation of Britain, only liquid products such as olive oil and wine were imported from across the Channel. However archaeologists working at Silchester Roman Town in Hampshire have discovered that people of that time were importing Mediterranean seasoning as well as whole olives themselves. A […]

Massacre at Fin Cop Hillfort

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Dozens, maybe even hundreds, of women, babies and children were stabbed or strangled, stripped of possessions and tossed into the ditch that encircled the fort. The women and children were flung into the ditch at the bottom of the hillfort after dying of flesh wounds. The men were missing, either killed in battle or taken […]

Iron Age coin of the Corieltauvi

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Inscriptions on Iron Age coins are the first evidence of writing in Britain. This gold stater coin was one of 5294 British Iron Age and Roman coins excavated at a Late Iron Age shrine near Hallaton, Leicestershire. It was made by the Corieltauvi tribe (the local British group living around Hallaton) in the mid 1st […]

The Aston Mirror

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Celtic mirrors display a variety of ornamental design. Variations exist in these designs, yet, each composition has a similar purpose: to play an aesthetic, non narrative role. The actual compositions of many Celtic Mirrors contain a large amount of ambiguity further complicating the true purpose of the mirror. Does the mirror have another function? One […]

A Late Iron Age helmet found near Canterbury

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A rare prehistoric helmet has been unearthed on farmland outside Canterbury in October of 2012. The helmet, made of bronze and dating to the first century BC, was discovered by an amateur metal detectorist. No comparable Iron Age cremation burial using a helmet in this way is known from Britain and the helmet itself is […]