7th – Here’s a few I want to particularly remember
Dunadd: an Early Dalriadic Capital http://ads.ahds.ac.uk/catalogue/collections/blurbs/313.cfm
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Dunadd (NR 836936) is a craggy rock situated at a constriction of the main peninsular part of Argyll, with the district of Knapdale lying to the south and Mid-Argyll to the north. It lies within the Crinan Moss (Gaelic Moine Mhor), a flat lying area much of which is covered in peat bog. The site is 4 km from the sea at Loch Crinan, a large bay which opens onto the Sound of Jura. The River Add, a substantial river, meanders round the north and east of the site and frequently floods the adjacent river terraces. There is a dense concentration of prehistoric burial monuments in the area, which is generally referred to as the Kilmartin Valley.
Dunadd is one of the most significant archaeological sites in Scotland, and one of the most important early medieval sites in Britain. The site is a fortified hilltop, important as a royal centre of the early Scots in the kingdom of Dal Riata. The site was excavated in 1980-81 by Dr Alan Lane of the Department of Archaeology, University of Cardiff.
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MEDIEVAL ARCHAEOLOGY http://ads.ahds.ac.uk/catalogue/collections/blurbs/769.cfm
The Society for Medieval Archaeology, 2007
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In celebration of the Society for Medieval Archaeology’s 50th anniversary the first fifty volumes of Medieval Archaeology have been made available in digital form.
Medieval Archaeology welcomes original submissions of international significance, or national significance and of international interest, which match the objectives of the Society. It seeks to support and advance the international study of the period from the 5th to the 16th century AD. While maintaining a special concern for the medieval archaeology of Britain and Ireland, the journal also provides a forum for the discussion of important finds and developments within this period from anywhere in the world, serving as a medium for co-ordinating the work of archaeologists and that of historians and scholars in any other discipline relevant to this field. All contributions are subject to peer review.
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National Museums & Galleries of Wales Collection http://ads.ahds.ac.uk/catalogue/collections/blurbs/397.cfm
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This resource consists of core fields from the National Museums & Galleries of Wales’s Collection Management System. It consists of over 141,760 records relating to its British archaeology collections and includes material held in the National Museum & Gallery Cardiff, the Roman Legionary Museum Caerleon and Segontium Roman Museum.
This database was developed as a tool for audit purposes and internal research; as such it was designed to be used as an index to the collections and not an alternative to viewing the collections at first hand. However, in recent years the potential of this database to improve public awareness of collections of the National Museums & Galleries of Wales has been recognised and hence its presentation here.
The ArchSearch Catalogue contains site/period records from the database. These records link to records in the National Museums & Galleries of Wales Collection Catalogue which give detailed lists of objects for each site.
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The Excavation of the Cleatham Anglo-Saxon Cemetery, North Lincolnshire
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In the 1980’s the Anglo-Saxon mixed rite cemetery at Cleatham, in the parish of Manton, North Lincolnshire was excavated in advance of its destruction by ploughing. This work resulted in the recovery of 1204 urns and 62 inhumations together with boundary ditches and other features. The digital archive includes the full catalogues of urns, inhumations and finds as a relational database together with images and metadata defining the terms used. The digital archive is intended to complement a Council for British Archaeology publication about the site which is due for release in 2007.

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The Sutton Hoo Research Project 1983-2001
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The archaeological site of Sutton Hoo, located in Suffolk, south-east England, is famous for the Anglo-Saxon ship burial discovered there in 1939. Investigations at the site since 1939 have, however, revealed a wide range of finds and features that have shed light on occupation and activity at the site within a far wider timescale. Such discoveries have included field boundaries and farming activities from the Neolithic, Beaker (Early Bronze Age), Later Bronze Age and Iron Age periods, cemeteries of the Early Medieval period and Medieval and Post-Medieval agricultural and cultural events including two campaigns of (unrecorded) exploratory digging in the 16th and 19th centuries. Together the results offer a 5000 year sequence through a landscape of rural England.
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Wasperton Anglo-Saxon Cemetery http://ads.ahds.ac.uk/catalogue/collections/blurbs/810.cfm
ALSF Project Number 3682
Martin Carver, 2008
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Wasperton village lies on the first gravel terrace on the eastern side of the River Avon in Warwickshire, and so was a prime site for aggregate extraction. Excavation was initiated by Martin Carver in 1980 in advance of gravel quarrying, and undertaken by Warwickshire Museum between 1981 and 1985, under the direction of Gilles Crawford. The cemetery was excavated by a Warwickshire Museum team augmented by Manpower Services over the same period. The excavation took place before PPG16 planning guidance was in place, thus there was then no provision to research and publish the findings. Excavators encountered a palimpsest of features dating from the Neolithic to the 7th century, proving the site’s appeal for settlement through several millennia. The Neolithic and Bronze phases were published in 1995. The Iron Age and Roman phases are in preparation at the time of writing (2008). The Early Medieval cemetery was located in a reused a Romano-British field enclosure, and was excavated in its entirety (together with an estimated 10 hectares surrounding it). The cemetery catalogue lists 215 inhumation burials and 26 cremation burials, employing Roman, British and Anglo-Saxon rites.
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West Stow, Lackford Bridge, Suffolk http://ads.ahds.ac.uk/catalogue/collections/blurbs/727.cfm
ALSF Project Number 4770
Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service, 2007
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This project concerns the results of an archaeological excavation undertaken on West Stow heath (north-west Suffolk) carried out in advance of gravel quarrying during December 1978 and January 1979 by the Suffolk Archaeological Unit (now Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service). At the time of the fieldwork, pre Planning and Policy Guidance: Archaeology and Planning, there was no developer funding available for post-excavation and thus only very limited analysis took place. Funding for the current project has been provided by the historic environment element of the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund, administered by English Heritage. This has enabled archive completion and assessment of potential for analysis. The original excavation area covered c.2.700 square metres, in which a complex of ditches, pits, Sunken Featured Buildings and post-holes were defined that clearly extended beyond the edge of the small area investigated. A preliminary overview of the material indicates that Neolithic, Iron Age, Roman and early Anglo-Saxon settlement features were excavated. The current archive contains the final project report submitted to English Heritage in 2007.
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Last, but certainly not least, is http://ads.ahds.ac.uk/catalogue/ARCHway.html
Citation Index Journal Locator A-Z List of Journals Participating Libraries Help Welcome to this new, free service for everyone involved in archaeological research. The archaeology journal holdings of over 20 UK university, museum and private libraries have been united to create one searchable resource.
To search across the entire resource, click on the Journal locator button.
To browse the A-Z list of over 2,000 titles, click on the A-Z List button.

© ADS 1996-2002
The original project was by Keith Westcott and managed by Gordon Bower.
Now updated and maintained by the ADS, the helpdesk can be contacted here

Also important to know, while in some cases, it’s just the title which can be searched, for a few journals, the entire journal has been digitized.

Oh, I can’t forget the Portable Antiquities Database. http://www.findsdatabase.org.uk

This one’s been around long enough, with new finds being entered by finds officers across the country, that they are working on a new database structure. However, until the new one is ready, you can still access the current one.

So, the next time someone says the internet isn’t a good research source, point them at this post. Lots of high quality new work is being done, utilizing the internet, and the cost savings of electronic publishing, rather than print. Print publishing isn’t being eliminated, but new ways to use each to their best advantage are being developed.

(Well, the cuts worked, but I had to split the post.)