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  • Park Street burial ground and Birmingham’s population expansion

    MOLA Headland team
    17.04.2019

    In 1780 historian William Hutton wrote ‘…instead of the church burying the dead, the dead would have in time buried the church…’. He was talking about the great numbers of people dying in Birmingham, resulting in the walls of St Martin-in-the-Bullring church nearing collapse as the number buried overwhelmed the churchyard. In this blog Mary Ruddy from WSP, Archaeological Consultant on HS2’s Park Street excavation, explores the effects that population growth in 19th century Birmingham had on the city and its inhabitants.

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  • Ask the Expert: Iron Age coins in Cambridgeshire

    MOLA Headland team
    17.04.2019

    In this blog, find out from our in-house numismatist, Julian Bowsher, all about a beautiful Iron Age gold coin discovered on the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme.

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  • Evidence of cremation in the archaeological record

    MOLA Headland team
    11.04.2019

    In this blog, we look at cremation urns, what they are, and what they mean for archaeologists.

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  • All Change Please! Exploring Birmingham’s minting history

    MOLA Headland team
    08.03.2019

    1797 was the year that the first top hat debuted on top of a haberdasher’s head; the year that poet William Wordsworth was suspected of being a French spy whilst the war with France raged on; the Bank of England issued the first one-pound and two-pound notes, and the year that Birmingham took another step forwards on its journey to industrial transformation, and secured its place in coin minting history.

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  • Ask the Expert: Senior Archaeologist

    MOLA Headland team
    06.03.2019

    This week, Emma Jeffery, Senior Archaeologist at MOLA Headland will be talking about the amazing archaeology of the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme at Current Archaeology Live. In this blog, we find out more about her role on the Highways England scheme and what happens next.

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