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With 40 years' experience on some of the most challenging major projects in the UK, MOLA has built an international reputation as a leading archaeological and built heritage service.

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We are now able to sponsor Skilled Worker visas for people from outside the UK and Ireland undertaking archaeological ro...
10/06/2021

We are now able to sponsor Skilled Worker visas for people from outside the UK and Ireland undertaking archaeological roles in our ever-growing team! Find out about our current vacancies and apply today: http://ow.ly/gIWc50F7q2Q

We are now able to sponsor Skilled Worker visas for people from outside the UK and Ireland undertaking archaeological roles in our ever-growing team! Find out about our current vacancies and apply today: http://ow.ly/gIWc50F7q2Q

Radiocarbon dating has been helping our #MOLAHeadland archaeologists to investigate detailed archaeological questions, a...
09/06/2021

Radiocarbon dating has been helping our #MOLAHeadland archaeologists to investigate detailed archaeological questions, and disentangle complex chronologies on the #A14C2H. Find out more in the latest #A14Archaeology blog:
http://ow.ly/KUrQ50F0XAZ

Radiocarbon dating has been helping our #MOLAHeadland archaeologists to investigate detailed archaeological questions, and disentangle complex chronologies on the #A14C2H. Find out more in the latest #A14Archaeology blog:
http://ow.ly/KUrQ50F0XAZ

A unique burial, thought to be rare direct evidence of slavery in Roman Britain, has been found in Great Casterton, Rutl...
07/06/2021
Unique burial thought to be rare direct evidence of slavery in Roman Britain

A unique burial, thought to be rare direct evidence of slavery in Roman Britain, has been found in Great Casterton, Rutland.

There is no doubt that slavery existed in Roman Britain as it it well attested to in written sources from the time, however identifying enslaved people in the archaeological record can be difficult.

For this period, iron shackles are one of the only artefacts that have a strong direct link to slavery and have been found on archaeological sites across the Roman Empire. Shackles are very rarely found with human remains and the Great Casterton discovery is the first burial of a man wearing lockable ankle fetters identified from Roman Britain.
https://www.mola.org.uk/blog/unique-burial-thought-be-rare-direct-evidence-slavery-roman-britain

We have been researching the skeleton of an adult male found buried in a ditch, secured at the ankles with a locked set of iron fetters. This is the first discovery of a burial wearing this form of restraint from Roman Britain, raising questions about who this person was and why they were shackled.

What is radiocarbon dating and how has it been helping #MOLAHeadland archaeologists to make sense of the of finds and fe...
04/06/2021
Radiocarbon dating on the A14 Cambridge to Huntington Improvement Scheme - MOLA Headland Infrastructure

What is radiocarbon dating and how has it been helping #MOLAHeadland archaeologists to make sense of the of finds and features from the #A14C2H? Find out in this latest #A14Archaeology blog:
https://molaheadland.com/radiocarbon-dating-on-the-a14-cambridge-to-huntington-improvement-scheme/

Radiocarbon dating is a key tool that is allowing us to more precisely understand the chronology of archaeological sites and features across the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme. Over 400 radiocarbon samples have been sent to the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUE...

In this blog, MOLA Supervisor and Field Training Officer Claudia reflects on her formative years growing up in a multicu...
02/06/2021
What archaeology and cultural diversity mean to me

In this blog, MOLA Supervisor and Field Training Officer Claudia reflects on her formative years growing up in a multicultural household and working in the Venezuelan liaison office to UNESCO, and on what archaeology and cultural diversity mean to her: www.mola.org.uk/blog/what-archaeology-and-cultural-diversity-mean-me

In this blog, MOLA Archaeological Supervisor and Field Training Officer Claudia Tommasino reflects on what archaeology and cultural diversity mean to her.

We’re #hiring Archaeologists and Supervisors to work on exciting upcoming projects including a Roman villa and an Anglo-...
28/05/2021
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We’re #hiring Archaeologists and Supervisors to work on exciting upcoming projects including a Roman villa and an Anglo-Saxon settlement. Anyone who joins our Northampton field team in June will receive a £500 bonus and up to £1000 towards relocation costs. Find out more and apply here: http://ow.ly/GdiM50EXvVn

MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales with company registration number 07751831 and charity registration number 1143574.

Last week we unstoppered a 17th-century 'witch bottle' live at the Pitt Rivers Museum with Raksha Dave! If you missed it...
27/05/2021
Unstoppering a 17th-century 'witch bottle' at the Pitt Rivers Museum

Last week we unstoppered a 17th-century 'witch bottle' live at the Pitt Rivers Museum with Raksha Dave! If you missed it (or just want to relive it) you can watch the whole thing here: https://youtu.be/l7CyrDnDJf8

#WitchBottleLive
#FolkloreThursday

On Tuesday 18 May, presenter Raksha Dave broadcasted live on Facebook from the Pitt Rivers Museum, as a team of our archaeological experts unstoppered a 17th...

Three Roman writing tablets found during our excavations for the Bloomberg LP European HQ are set to go on display - two...
26/05/2021
Bloomberg writing tablets displayed for the first time in ‘Nero: the man behind the myth’ at The British Museum

Three Roman writing tablets found during our excavations for the Bloomberg LP European HQ are set to go on display - two for the very first time - in the British Museum #NeroExhibition, opening tomorrow!

The tablets’ recesses were once filled with wax for scratching writing into using a stylus. The marks we see today are the results of inscribers pressing too hard, into the wood below. They are 3 of over 400 tablets we found on the remarkable Bloomberg site.

Inscriptions on the two tablets being displayed for the first time make reference to two cohorts of soldiers – the Nervii and Vangiones – sent by Emperor Nero from Germany to Britain as reinforcements in AD 61, in the wake of the Boudiccan revolt.

One tablet refers to ‘the First Cohort of Vangiones’, while the other names ‘Classicus, prefect of the Sixth Cohort of Nervii’ – thought to be Julius Classicus, an equestrian officer and nobleman from Trier in Germany.

Turns out Julius Classicus was a bit of a rebel: a decade later he helped lead the 'Batavian Revolt' *against the Romans* on the Rhine – despite being a Roman officer and related to Classicianus, a procurator (official in charge of financial affairs) whose tombstone is in the BM!

The third tablet is the oldest handwritten document from Britain and has been borrowed from its permanent display at the #LondonMithraeum. It mentions Nero in his role as consul, and records a debt.

Three Roman writing tablets are set to go on display in the upcoming British Museum exhibition ‘Nero: the man behind the myth’, two of which have never before been shown to the public.

We are pleased to be hosting a research project looking at how we can contribute to public benefit through our work as a...
24/05/2021
Archaeology and Public Benefit UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship

We are pleased to be hosting a research project looking at how we can contribute to public benefit through our work as archaeologists working on construction sites. If you live in the UK the team would love to hear what you'd like from our work, whether you have experience of archaeology or not. If you complete the survey you will be entered into a draw to win £100 voucher! Surveys are also available in Polish, Bengali, French and Spanish. Please share away!
https://mola.fra1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bfSzjFXNkXW2S6a

More about the project behind this survey here: https://www.mola.org.uk/archaeology-and-public-benefit-ukri-future-leaders-fellowship

This four year UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship led by MOLA archaeologist Dr Sadie Watson focuses on ensuring that public spending on archaeology for infrastructure projects leads to meaningful and relevant research and genuine community participation.

20/05/2021

We are writing to The University of Sheffield and The University of Chester to strongly oppose the closure or reduction of their #Archaeology departments, and urge colleagues across the sector to do the same. It's vital that they be allowed to continue nurturing skilled archaeologists for the future. Many at MOLA are alumni.

Sign the Sheffield petition: http://ow.ly/F0zy50ETGti
Sign the Chester petition: http://ow.ly/zvOv50ETGjl

#SaveSheffieldArchaeology #NoRedundanciesChester

20/05/2021
Wasted London: Rubbish and Recycling from the Romans to the Present — Birkbeck, University of London

Wasted London: Rubbish and Recycling from the Romans to the Present — Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London, and Museum of London Archaeology are pleased to announce the availability of a fully-funded collaborative doctoral studentship from October 2021 under the AHRC’s Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Scheme. The start date is 1 October 2021 and the deadline for applica...

We are seeking local volunteers for a co-produced history project about #ShoreditchPark and #Hoxton, led in partnership ...
20/05/2021

We are seeking local volunteers for a co-produced history project about #ShoreditchPark and #Hoxton, led in partnership with Volunteer Centre Hackney. No previous experience is required.

We’re running six weekly sessions for team members to build their research skills and plan the fieldwork, starting on 26 May 2021. The exact content of the sessions will be decided by the team members, depending on the research question we are investigating. They could include photography, building recording, artefact recording, map and documents research, or oral history, and the sessions will be delivered by MOLA archaeologists.

The project has several aims. As a team, we hope to:

- Explore how Hoxton and the area of Shoreditch Park has changed over time, and what’s caused that change

- Understand how wealth inequality, housing inequality, and the use of temporary accommodation in the 19th – 21st centuries has influenced the development of the local area and communities

- Empower local people and people with different experiences of housing, social housing, vulnerable accommodation and homelessness, to shape and conduct research with support from archaeologists at MOLA

- Get ideas for future archaeology projects working with local community organisations and learn what works best and what can be improved

- Share our work with the local community and other archaeology and community organisations

Find out more and sign up here:
https://www.mola.org.uk/blog/evidence-edge-local-volunteers-needed-shoreditch-park-history-project

We are seeking local volunteers for a co-produced history project about #ShoreditchPark and #Hoxton, led in partnership with Volunteer Centre Hackney. No previous experience is required.

We’re running six weekly sessions for team members to build their research skills and plan the fieldwork, starting on 26 May 2021. The exact content of the sessions will be decided by the team members, depending on the research question we are investigating. They could include photography, building recording, artefact recording, map and documents research, or oral history, and the sessions will be delivered by MOLA archaeologists.

The project has several aims. As a team, we hope to:

- Explore how Hoxton and the area of Shoreditch Park has changed over time, and what’s caused that change

- Understand how wealth inequality, housing inequality, and the use of temporary accommodation in the 19th – 21st centuries has influenced the development of the local area and communities

- Empower local people and people with different experiences of housing, social housing, vulnerable accommodation and homelessness, to shape and conduct research with support from archaeologists at MOLA

- Get ideas for future archaeology projects working with local community organisations and learn what works best and what can be improved

- Share our work with the local community and other archaeology and community organisations

Find out more and sign up here:
https://www.mola.org.uk/blog/evidence-edge-local-volunteers-needed-shoreditch-park-history-project

That's a wrap! #WitchBottleLive will be available to rewatch on YouTube soon. A huge thank you our hosts Pitt Rivers Mus...
18/05/2021

That's a wrap! #WitchBottleLive will be available to rewatch on YouTube soon. A huge thank you our hosts Pitt Rivers Museum, to Arts and Humanities Research Council - AHRC who fund the 'Bottles concealed and revealed' project, and to the University of Hertfordshire who generously supported today's event.

Find out more about the project behind this event here:
https://www.mola.org.uk/witch-bottles-concealed-and-revealed

That's a wrap! #WitchBottleLive will be available to rewatch on YouTube soon. A huge thank you our hosts Pitt Rivers Museum, to Arts and Humanities Research Council - AHRC who fund the 'Bottles concealed and revealed' project, and to the University of Hertfordshire who generously supported today's event.

Find out more about the project behind this event here:
https://www.mola.org.uk/witch-bottles-concealed-and-revealed

18/05/2021
Unstoppering a 17th-century ‘witch bottle’

On Tuesday 18 May, presenter Raksha Dave will be broadcasting live on Facebook from the Pitt Rivers Museum, as a team of archaeological experts unstopper a 17th-century ‘witch bottle’.

‘Witch bottles’ is the name given to 17th–century glass and stoneware vessels believed to have been used as the containers of a ‘prepared cure’ against bewitchment. Their contents most commonly include pins and nails, but sometimes nail clippings and hair from the afflicted individual. They have been found placed in hearths or beneath the floors of present-day historic buildings, churchyards, ditches and riverbanks or are recovered from archaeological sites.

The bottle that will be opened at this very special event was found in 1893 from what was thought to be the courtyard or garden of the former Duke of Norfolk's Palace in Norwich. Whilst it seems to have been opened sometime after its discovery and the contents noted, it was subsequently re-sealed. Want to know what’s inside? Join us on Tuesday to find out!

Have you marked your calendar yet? 🗓️🖊️On Tuesday at 1pm, Raksha Dave and the 'witch bottles' research team will be live...
16/05/2021

Have you marked your calendar yet? 🗓️🖊️
On Tuesday at 1pm, Raksha Dave and the 'witch bottles' research team will be live on Facebook from the Pitt Rivers Museum! Save the date here: http://ow.ly/ygkX50EMXam

Have you marked your calendar yet? 🗓️🖊️
On Tuesday at 1pm, Raksha Dave and the 'witch bottles' research team will be live on Facebook from the Pitt Rivers Museum! Save the date here: http://ow.ly/ygkX50EMXam

We are currently recruiting for Archaeologists and Graduate Archaeologists in #London and #Northampton. Be part of some ...
15/05/2021

We are currently recruiting for Archaeologists and Graduate Archaeologists in #London and #Northampton. Be part of some of the most exciting archaeological excavations in the country. Find out more and advance your career today: http://ow.ly/sosd50EMVUq

We are currently recruiting for Archaeologists and Graduate Archaeologists in #London and #Northampton. Be part of some of the most exciting archaeological excavations in the country. Find out more and advance your career today: http://ow.ly/sosd50EMVUq

This Mental Health Awareness Week was timely for MOLA, as yesterday our Mental Health Steering Group met with the charit...
14/05/2021

This Mental Health Awareness Week was timely for MOLA, as yesterday our Mental Health Steering Group met with the charity Mates in Mind.

We became a supporter of Mates in Mind last year, as we really value the work they do in promoting mentally healthy workplaces across the construction industry, and wanted to contribute. Being a supporter has also helped us as an organisation - at the meeting yesterday, we received expert advice on how we can develop our existing mental health programme further, and do the best we can for our people.

#mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness

This Mental Health Awareness Week was timely for MOLA, as yesterday our Mental Health Steering Group met with the charity Mates in Mind.

We became a supporter of Mates in Mind last year, as we really value the work they do in promoting mentally healthy workplaces across the construction industry, and wanted to contribute. Being a supporter has also helped us as an organisation - at the meeting yesterday, we received expert advice on how we can develop our existing mental health programme further, and do the best we can for our people.

#mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness

10/05/2021
Wasted London: Rubbish and Recycling from the Romans to the Present — Birkbeck, University of London

🚨🎓FUNDED PHD ALERT🎓🚨
Applications are now open for one of two opportunities for students to undertake their PhD (Arts and Humanities Research Council - AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership) at a UK university co-supervised by members of the MOLA team starting in October 2021: https://www.mola.org.uk/blog/applications-open-2021-22-collaborative-doctoral-partnerships

The first studentship will focus on how waste is handled in cities. Examining archaeological evidence from London, it will provide a unique long-term perspective on the ways waste been fundamental to the formation of the urban landscape and its archaeological record.

'Wasted London: Rubbish and Recycling from the Romans to the Present' will be supervised by Michael Marshall and Nigel Jeffries at MOLA, and Dr Jen Baird and Dr Esther Breithoff at Birkbeck, University of London. Apply by 1 June: https://www.bbk.ac.uk/student-services/financial-support/phd-funding/wasted-london-rubbish-and-recycling-from-the-romans-to-the-present

Birkbeck, University of London, and Museum of London Archaeology are pleased to announce the availability of a fully-funded collaborative doctoral studentship from October 2021 under the AHRC’s Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Scheme. The start date is 1 October 2021 and the deadline for applica...

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