The Tower of London has an enduring place in the popular imagination as a place of torture and execution, but it is also a World Heritage Site, and fascinating example of evolving castle design through history.
A Bronze Age settlement in England, Must Farm is an extremely well-preserved settlement that has taught archaeologists a lot about that time and place.
On today's episode Kim Biddulph of the Prehis/Stories podcast interviews Martin Bates. Martin is a Pleistocene geoarchaeologist. He talks about the oldest hominid footprints found outside of Africa in Happisburgh, UK.
The Gundestrup Cauldron was discovered on May 28th 1891. It is a masterpiece of either Gaulish or Thracian manufacture but it ended up in Denmark. It's said to be Celtic in iconography but the clothes are all wrong. It is certainly mysterious. Hear more about it in today's episode of Arch365.
On John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury's birthday, we look at how he capitalized on his privileged status and his legacy in British and European archaeology. Not only did he coin the terms palaeolithic and neolithic, but he also introduced the first legislation protecting archaeological sites in Britain.
- John Lubbock's Obituary
- Article by Pettitt and White about John Lubbock
- Link to Steven Mithen's book After the Ice
- Link to online versions of John Lubbock's Pre-Historic Times
How did the British Museum, which first opened to the public on 15th January 1759 and which now houses so many of the world's archaeological treasures, come into being? In this episode of Archaeology 365 Kim Biddulph delves into the life and circumstances of the owner of the museum's founding collection, Sir Hans Sloane.
- History of the British Museum
- History of the British Museum's collections
- Information about Sir Hans Sloane on the British Museum website
- History of the British Museum buildings
- Short article from History Today on the opening of the British Museum
- Sir Hans Sloane's last will and testament
- Natural History Museum information about Sloane
- Ordinary's Account of 24th May 1700 of the confessions of John Shirly, Philip Wake and James Walters
- Powerpoint on the BM's website about the Museum in the 18th century
- Link to download PDF of trail around Bloomsbury about Sir Hans Sloane developed by Camden schoolchildren