This February, Wiltshire Museum are displaying, for the first time, the archaeobotanical remains associated with a hoard of 8 Roman bronze vessels. The hoard was carefully buried, either to keep the bronze bowls safe or perhaps as a votive offering. The archaeobotanical investigations, undertaken by staff from Historic England and the University of Southampton, have… Read More Botanical investigations of the Pewsey Roman Vessel Hoard
We are delighted to announce that Dr Kieran Westley has joined Coastal and Offshore Archaeological Research Services (COARS). Kieran is a widely published specialist in maritime and coastal archaeology with over 10 years of experience as well as being an alumni of the University of Southampton. Kieran’s research experience is focused in two principal areas: The investigation… Read More Expansion at COARS
COARS are delighted to announce that they have been selected by Historic England to undertake a Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey (RCZAS) of the North Devon and Cornwall Coastline. This survey will focus on the north coastline of Devon and Cornwall, stretching from Combe Martin, Devon (the western boundary of the Exmoor National Park) to Land’s… Read More North Devon and Cornwall Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey (RCZAS)
COARS will be hosting a three day training event at the National Oceanography Centre Southampton between the 13th and 15th January 2015. The event will focus on providing knowledge, skills and practical experience in marine geoarchaeology, in relation to offshore geotechnical investigations, to national and local curators, and those working in, and engaging with, the… Read More Marine Geotechnical Investigations and Maritime Archaeology Continuing Professional Development Course
Once every four years Quaternary researchers from all over the world meet at the International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA) Congress to exchange the latest research results and develop agendas for the years to come. In 2015 the Congress will take place in Nagoya, Japan. COARS are very proud to announce that they will be convening… Read More COARS to convene a session on “Geoarchaeology of submerged and deeply buried landscapes” at the 2015 INQUA Congress in Nagoya, Japan
In recent years extensive geotechnical and environmental sampling survey programs have been conducted in support of numerous coastal and marine development projects. The data generated from these surveys can play a key role in understanding the historic marine environment. However, to properly engage with this resource, it is important that the data collected, the types… Read More Marine Geo-Archaeological Skills Shortage Assessment
Dr Michael Grant, COARS, is lead author on a new paper published in the international journal Environmental Archaeology, entitled “A palaeoenvironmental context for Terminal Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic activity in the Colne Valley: Offsite records contemporary with occupation at Three Ways Wharf, Uxbridge.” The paper documents multi-proxy analyses from floodplain deposits in the Colne Valley,… Read More Dr Michael Grant publishes article on the important Palaeolithic site of Three Ways Wharf, Uxbridge.
A summary of the excavations and analysis from the internationally important Late Upper Palaeolithic site of Farndon Fields has been published in the latest edition of the Prehistoric Society newsletter, PAST. The article is written by Dr Michael Grant, COARS, and Phil Harding, Wessex Archaeology and Channel 4’s Time Team. Recent excavations, as part of… Read More Farndon Fields Late Upper Palaeolithic Site