With our April highlights we travelled to Corby, Northamptonshire, for a Roman site that won Current Archaeology's Rescue Project of the Year in 2022. From there, we visited the Early Medieval monastic site of Dacre, Cumbria, andits connection to the first king of England, Aethelstan, and the legendary Battle of Brunanburh, recently brought to the screen in Seven Kings Must Die, the last instalment of The Last Kingdom. We then climbed up the hill of the Uffington White Horse, the well-known Bronze Age chalk figure with which OA has a long association. And finally, to mark ANZAC Day, we remembered those who fought at the Battle of Fromelles in 1916.

A rare mausoleum turned into a manufactruing centre

The exploration of a Roman temple-mausoleum and its subsequent transformation into one of the largest tile manufactories from Roman Britain by OA, uncovered at Priors Hall, Corby, represent one of the most exciting and valuable discoveries from Roman Britain in recent years.


A key site for early medieval history

If you, like quite a few of us at OA, have been following the advenbture of The Last Kingdom's Uhtred over the last few years, you will know that today the film "Seven Kings must die" is out, the final instalment of the series based on Bernard Cornwell's book series. As we bid our farewell to Uhtred, we look back to the 1980s excavations that OA's Lancaster office (when it was still the Lancaster University Archaeological Unit) carried out at the ecclesiastical site of Dacre, Cumbria.

a publication cover with the title reading 'the early medieval monastic site at Dacre, Cumbria'. the image is a stone carving of animalistic creatures

A shrinking horse

Uffington White Horse is the oldest known chalk figure in the UK. Since the Bronze Age it has held a fascination for many and forms part of a wider landscape sitting within the myth and legend soaked downlands of the Vale of the White Horse, on the borderlands between Oxfordshire and Berkshire. At over half a furlong long its prominence has attracted interest and subsequent activity associated with it since time immemorial.

Man standing in the foreground with a remote control, ready to fly a drone over the white horse figure visible in the background

Remembering Fromelles on ANZAC Day

The excavation and recovery of mass graves for Allied soldiers killed during the Battle of Fromelles (1916) was a project that took place in 2009 and was overseen by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), as part of a joint Australian and British government mission to identify the soldiers and re-bury them in a new CWGC cemetery in Fromelles, and to inform their families.

Publication cover with the title reading 'Remember me to all' and three photos. the first being a photo of two soldiers from the Battle of Fromelles. the middle is an excavation photo of three archaeologists dressed in full white ppe and the last photo is of the current cemetery that the soldiers were moved to.