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Poetic Past

28 September 2017 by Liz

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Discover the Liverpool poets in our Wondrous Place gallery. Image © Dave Jones

“Much have I trowelled in the realms of holes”
Liz (after John Keats!)

As we celebrate National Poetry Day it occurs to me that archaeology is a discipline which is romanticised and mused-upon by poets. Read more…

20 years of the Treasure Act

18 September 2017 by Vanessa

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24th September 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the commencement of the Treasure Act 1996 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

This September marks 20 years of the 1996 Treasure Act coming into force. This important Act allows museums across the country to acquire Treasure items for their collection, curating them and protecting them for the nation. Read more…

Could World Museum have some of the oldest human remains in Europe?

16 August 2017 by Jen G

Dr Emma Pomeroy from Liverpool John Moores University reveals all about some exciting discoveries in World Museum’s collections.

We’re excited to announce a new collaborative project led by researchers from the School of Natural Sciences and Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University and World Museum. The project will radiocarbon date five human teeth and part of a jawbone from World Museum’s collections. These all come from the same site that yielded the oldest known human remains from north-west Europe. These teeth and jaw could be important evidence for some of the earliest members of our species in

George Smerdon, site foreman for William Pengelly’s excavations, at the entrance to Kent’s Cavern in 1890. Photo from the British Geological Surve

the UK.
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The sun always shines at National Museums Liverpool!

24 July 2017 by Megan

Six long weeks to fill and entertain the kids is looming. But National Museums Liverpool has a fun-filled summer of events and activities planned for the whole family so there is no excuse to feel bored!

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Festival of Archaeology

20 July 2017 by Liz

July is always an exciting time of year for the Museum of Liverpool archaeology team. It’s prime digging season, there are always lots of finds to catalogue, and it’s Festival of Archaeology! Read more…

Astonishing Anglo-Saxon artefact!

22 June 2017 by Mark Adams

This rare and exciting fragment of Anglo-Saxon sculpture was found on an archaeological excavation at Mark Rake, Bromborough, Wirral in late 2016! The carved sandstone fragment is part of a slab carved between 900 and 1100 AD, and is decorated with incised lines marking out a border around what is probably a cross. The site where it was found lies in the middle of Bromborough village, just to the north of the parish church which is dedicated to St. Barnabas, and until recently the plot of land formed part of the Rectory gardens. The site came to the attention of Museum of Liverpool’s archaeologists when a planning application was made to build houses on the site after it was sold by the church.

Little is known of the origins of villages on the Wirral, but there are hints that many of them have been occupied since at least the Roman period and possibly longer; earlier excavations at Thorstone Drive, Irby and Hilary Breck, Wallasey, had found evidence for Prehistoric, Roman and early medieval buildings and other features and Mark Rake’s location, immediately next door to a church mentioned in the Domesday Survey, suggested that it had the potential for similar finds. Read more…

Four funerals and a wedding

26 January 2017 by Liz

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Aerial view of Pembroke Place c1930s © Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

An amazing team of volunteers have been delving into historic archives to reveal some of the secrets of Pembroke Place as part our current project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. And there are some very dark secrets indeed!

The annals of Liverpool reveal that the last ever duel fought in Liverpool took place in a field on the corner or Boundary Place and Pembroke Place on 20 December 1806. Major Brooks was killed by Colonel Bolton. It seems a year-long spat developed after Bolton had refused Brooks a pay rise in the regiment. Bolton eventually became fed up of insults being targeted at him and called Brooks to a duel. Read more…

1066 and all that!

13 October 2016 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? 

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Happy birthday Merseyside Archaeological Society!

15 September 2016 by Liz

South Castle Street excavation

South Castle Street excavation, 1976

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…

Celebrating our archaeology volunteers

12 September 2016 by Vanessa

woman at a desk with trays of coins

Volunteer Sophie Flynn starting to clean a hoard of Roman coins

The Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) is a voluntary recording scheme for archaeological objects found by members of the public. Every year thousands of objects are discovered, many by metal detector users, but also by people whilst out walking, gardening or going about their daily work. Such discoveries offer an important source for understanding our past.

As the scheme’s regional finds liaison officer, covering Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside, I find that every week more and more finds make their way into the office to be recorded for the PAS database. In order to process them all I need help and that comes in the form of some fantastic people willing to give up their time to volunteer.  Read more…



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