Posts by Liz
Friday 14 October 2016 marks the 950th anniversary of the most famous date in British History: 1066, the Battle of Hastings. The event took place in East Sussex, near the town of Battle, where Battle Abbey was established to commemorate the clash between the Normans and the Saxons. The date 1066 is very well-known, and the battle is recorded in detail in the Bayeux Tapestry, but did the events of that year have any impact on people’s lives in Merseyside?
Merseyside Archaeological Society (MAS) celebrates its 40th anniversary this year!
In the winter of 1975-1976 local archaeologists, both professional and voluntary, began to feel that the new county of Merseyside (founded in 1974) should be represented by its own archaeological society.
There seemed to be a threat to buried archaeology from development, and lots of people keen to preserve the past, and learn more about it. Read more…
I was honoured to be among the first people to see the astounding views from the Museum of Liverpool’s second floor windows. I visited the building when it was still a building site, and the windows hadn’t even been put in! I’d been working on plans of the galleries for years but this hadn’t prepared me for the beautiful views on a bright sunny day. It was literally breath-taking, my gasp was audible! Read more…
6 July 2016 by Liz
Today we have a guest blog by Young Archaeologists’ Club (YAC) leader Hayley Carlyle and YAC member Amy:
“The Mersey and Dee YAC is one of almost 70 UK branches, headed by the Council for British Archaeology, that endeavours to help young people between 8-16 learn about archaeology and make new friends. Read more…
14 June 2016 by Liz
Merseyside Archaeological Society (MAS) marks its 40th birthday this year. To celebrate Museum of Liverpool is highlighting some of the finds from some sites excavated by the society in a new display Digging it!, which opened today. We will also be hosting the society’s conference in October. Read more…
24 May 2016 by Liz
As National Museums Liverpool celebrates its 30th birthday I sit in the museum store and pause for a moment’s thought about the ways archaeology and our collecting has changed since Liverpool’s museums gained their national status in the mid 1980s. Working with the regional archaeology collection at the Museum of Liverpool I see, recorded in the collections, the ways in which the practice of archaeology has changed over the last 30 years.
By the time National Museums Liverpool was created in 1986 interest in archaeology was a widespread Read more…
12 April 2016 by Liz
The Roman Treasures of Cheshire, on display at the Museum of Liverpool until 19 June, are two examples of deliberately buried hoards of precious objects – hidden for safekeeping and never collected.
The Malpas Hoard consists of 7 gold alloy iron age starters and 28 silver alloy Roman denarii.
The Knutsford Hoard consists of 101 silver alloy Roman denarii, two copper alloy Roman sestertii, two finger rings, three gilded silver brooches, and pottery.
Both these groups of objects qualified as ‘Treasure’ under the Treasure Act (1996), being objects or more than 2 coins which are over 10 per cent precious metals. Read more…