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The 15 Best Viking Artefacts…

…You can see at the new British Museum exhibition As reviews go, the latest write-ups on the British Museum’s blockbuster exhibition haven’t been great. Mark Hudson in the Daily Telegraph described the ‘baffling absences’ of star pieces from the museum’s own collections, suggesting that the ‘sociology of Vikingdom is well-served but not the visual culture.’ […]

Vikings – Life and Legend

 The British Museum has opened its first major exhibition on Vikings in over 30 years, tailor-made to showcase the brand-spanking new Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery. DigVentures were invited along to the opening, and we sent self-professed 48th generation Viking (something to do with being born in the Danelaw?) to find out more. It’s a developers worst-case […]

A Knight’s Tale

Over 90% of archaeology that takes place in the UK happens as a result of a planning condition, meaning that developers have to balance the cost of new construction projects against the potential impact they might have on the historic environment. Where delicate archaeological remains can no longer be preserved in situ (by modifying, for […]

Daddy, what did YOU do in the Great War Anniversary?

With the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One approaching, the DigVentures ‘Op’s Room’ has been abuzz with plans to help community groups commemorate and investigate the archaeological legacy of the Great War. But what can archaeology teach us about this well-documented event that we don’t already know? In this short dispatch from […]

You had me at Hello – Social Contract Archaeology

Freshly accredited as a Registered Organisation by the Institute for Archaeololgists, DigVentures were invited to publish an inaugural address in ‘The Archaeologist’ journal describing why we joined the quality accreditation scheme, and describing some of the unique points that make our brand of archaeology so different. Below is the full text, and the published version […]