"excavation" blog posts

To rebury or not to rebury? That is the question...

Posted on: 19 August 2021 | Category: 2021 posts

Professor Harold Mytum discusses coffin fittings with Ashleigh Neil and Jane Owen

Professor Harold Mytum shares his experience of working at the Castle Street burial ground in Hull.


Follow the Archaeology Field School 2020 live-blog

Posted on: 7 October 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

Two students digging

Sadly the issues around managing COVID-19 meant that we could not return to Norton Priory in June, and still could not do so as the new academic year started in October. However, Dr Rob Philpott and Professor Harold Mytum planned some alternative venues and a range of activities so that the students did not start their second year without getting at least a bit dirty and initiated into the mysteries of field archaeology.


Formby Footprints

Posted on: 1 September 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

A footprint on Formby Beach

The footprints at Formby provide an intimate glimpse into the past. Scrutiny of them tells us so much about the activities of ancient coastal communities in the northwest of England. The footprints formed while this region was made up of muddy salt-marshes. These salt-marshes flourished on and off across a period extending some ~8000 years.


Discovery of an ancient hearth at Formby

Posted on: 21 August 2020 | Category: 2020 posts

The sands of Formby Beach

Dr Ardern Hulme-Beaman was recently thrilled to discover an ancient hearth hidden in the sands of Formby Beach alongside millennia-old footprints. Learn about the details of the discovery and view the SketchFab scans of the finds.


Searching for a lost Medieval Manx Nunnery

Posted on: 19 December 2019 | Category: 2019 posts

The Isle of Man maintained only three monastic establishments during the later Middle Ages, one being a Nunnery on the edge of what is now the Island’s largest town, Douglas, where Harold Mytum and Rob Philpott have just completed an excavation on its possible site.