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  • MOLA Headland archaeobotanist Lara Carretero Gonzalez at work (c) Highways England, courtesy of MOLA Headland Infrastructure

    Food or foe? Exploring unusual plant foods along the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme

    MOLA Headland team
    12.08.2019

    As our archaeobotany team move through the post-excavation process for the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme they are uncovering clues about the other plant-based foods which are likely to have had an important role in the diet of past populations. Let’s explore the potentially toxic world of pulses.

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  • Digbeth walk (c) HS2, courtesy of MOLA Headland

    A walk through Digbeth’s history

    MOLA Headland team
    22.07.2019

    As archaeological excavations of Park Street burial ground for HS2 come to a close, MOLA Headland Community Engagement Officer, Andy Sherman, explores the hidden historical treasures of the immediate area in this blog.

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  • Digital recording of burials at St James's burial ground (c) HS2, courtesy of MOLA Headland

    Digital recording: Advancing archaeological practice for HS2

    MOLA Headland team
    12.07.2019

    Recording of archaeological data during an excavation is traditionally captured using paper record sheets. Working with a specialist software company, our MOLA Headland data experts developed an app-based digital recording system.

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  • Archaeologists clean the coffin plate of Lucy Lawrence (c) HS2 courtesy of MOLA Headland

    The artists of St James’s burial ground revealed

    MOLA Headland team
    05.06.2019

    Robert Hartle, Senior Archaeologist for MOLA Headland Infrastructure is currently working on the archaeological excavation of the 18th and 19th century St James’s burial ground at Euston for Costain Skanska Joint Venture (CSjv) on behalf of HS2. In this blog Robert delves into the burial ground’s artistic connections and what the team is uncovering.

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  • MHI osteologist

    Assessing human remains during an archaeological excavation: What can we learn?

    MOLA Headland team
    29.05.2019

    Don Walker is one of the Senior Osteologists undertaking archaeological excavation and research at Park Street burial ground on behalf of LM for HS2. In this blog he explores what happens on site and what we can learn from excavating and assessing human remains.

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