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On the 5th Day of Christmas…

The competition gave to me …

a snow covered Castle Hill,

                     a sweeping digger in the snow, a frosty Grimspound, a Lewis chess piece, and a snow capped Avebury.


Jason Dodds the HER Officer at West Yorkshire Archaeology Advisory Service (WYAAS) submitted this photo of Castle Hill situated in Almondbury, south of Huddersfield. © WYAAS.

The monument includes the remains of a late Bronze Age or Early Iron Age univalate hillfort, a later Iron Age multivalate hillfort, a twelfth century motte and bailey castle and (as has been suggested) the site of a deserted medieval village, although this is now doubtful. Evidence for occupation and development of the site comes from a series of partial excavations carried out by W.J. Varley between 1939 and 1973.

Related resources

You can find out more about Castle Hill in the West Yorkshire Archaeological Service Geophysical Survey Archive which includes the survey report, and the gradiometer data files.

And if castles are you thing you might like to check out the Norwich, Castle Mall archive by the Norfolk Archaeological Unit.

On the 4th Day of Christmas…

The competition gave to me …

A sweeping digger in the snow,

a frosty Grimspound, a Lewis chess piece, and a snow capped Avebury.


This image was submitted by Archaeology Live! and shows Haver Lane, Hungate in York being cleaned up by supervisor Arran despite the inclement weather. Oh the things we have to do in the name of archaeology…

Related resources

Find out more about finds from York in York – Coppergate and York – Fishergate from  J.D. Richards et al. 2009 ‘Anglo-Saxon Landscape and Economy: using portable antiquities to study Anglo-Saxon and Viking Age England‘, Internet Archaeology 25.

The excellent preservation of archaeological remains in the Hungate area of York is well known. Why not find out more about some of the well preserved finds in ‘Leather and Leatherworking in Anglo-Scandinavian and Medieval York’ in the York Archaeological Trusts Fasicules archive.

On the 3rd Day of Christmas

The competition gave to me…

A frosty Grimspound,

a Lewis chess piece, and a snow capped Avebury.


Tim Sandles is the second of two runners up to receive a special edition trowel USB memory stick with this lovely frosty photo of the Bronze Age  settlement  called  Grimspound on Dartmoor.

Related resources

There are Bronze age settlements all over the uplands of the British Isles. See E. Ghey et al. Characterising the Welsh Roundhouse: chronology, inhabitation and landscape in Internet Archaeology 23 for a detailed study of similar types of site in Wales.

Or take a look at Cotswald Archaeology’s Hartshill, Berkshire archive which identifies evidence for a late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age settlement, including a large ditched enclosure. The late Bronze Age contexts from this site have yielded substantial amounts of iron working residue – evidence of the earliest ironworking yet known in Britain.

On the 2nd Day of Christmas

The competition gave to me …

A Lewis chess piece,

and a snow capped Avebury.

T_Digit2015Dig It! 2015 was one of our two runners up to receive a special edition trowel USB stick with this innovative archaeological themed Christmas tree topper, a rook from the 12th Century Lewis Chessmen.

Related resources

Find out more about the landscape of Lewis and the Outer Hebrides in Vernacular Buildings of the Outer Hebrides 300 BC-AD 1930: Temporal comparison using archaeological analysis by George F Geddes in Internet Archaeology 19.

On the 1st Day of Christmas…

The competition gave to me …

A snow capped Avebury.


Paul Adams is the winner of our  #festivearchaeology competition with this excellent photo of Avebury. As the winner of our competition Paul has been sent a special edition trowel USB memory stick and a copy of Working in Archaeology photography book. Congratulations Paul!

Related resources

If you like this image of Avebury why not take a look at the HMJ Underhill Archive which contains some excellent hand-painted 19th century lantern slides of Avebury and other famous British stone circles.

Or you could read Digital Avebury: New ‘Avenues’ of Research by Simon R. Davies in Internet Archaeology 27.


12 Days of Christmas Archaeology Photos

As part of the Archaeology Data Service and Internet Archaeology’s #festivearchaeology Christmas Archaeology Photo Competitionwe will be publishing a Christmas themed archaeology photo every day for the 12 days of Christmas.

From snow-covered henges, to Christmas jumper clad archaeologists and archaeology themed Christmas tree toppers, stay tuned to see our 12 days of Christmas.


We will be starting with the winning photo from Paul Adams, who will be receiving a special edition trowel usb stick in his stocking this year.

The winning photo will be posted on Christmas Day and you can see a sneak preview in the ADS e-newsletter.

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The following 12 days will feature photos from Dig It 2015, Archaeology Live, Wessex Archaeology Scotland, Massimo Brando, Helen Goodchild, Tim Sandles, Spencer Carter, Jason Dodds & WYAAS, Frank Scott, and Viki Le Quelenec.

Follow our #festivearchaeology here on the Soundbytes blog, or on Twitter and Facebook to find out which photo features each day.

Christmas Photo Competition

Our USB trowels are special and snowy !

The Archaeology Data Service and Internet Archaeology and are giving away one of our fabulous and rare trowel-shaped USB sticks in December.

To be in with a chance to win, send us your Christmas themed archaeology photos. From snow-covered Roman Forts to Christmas jumper clad diggers, anything goes!

Photographs must be your copyright. The winning photographer will receive a USB trowel, and the winning photo will also be published in pride of place in the Christmas issue of the ADS e-newsletter (with attribution).

A further eleven runners-up will also feature in our ’12 days of Christmas cheer’ posts both on the ADS and the Internet Archaeology social media accounts.

Competition closes at 12 noon on Monday15th December 2014.

Send your photos to

OR post them on the ADS or Internet Archaeology Facebook page

OR Tweet @ADS_Update or @IntarchEditor

Please use the hash tag #festivearchaeology and don’t forget to Like and Follow us too!

The prize winning image may be cropped to correctly fit the e-newsletter format. By submitting your photos to the competition you are providing the ADS and Internet Archaeology permission to distribute your image via our social media accounts.

Introducing English Heritage Archaeological Monographs

EHMonographs_blogEnglish Heritage has a long tradition of producing high quality, well illustrated archaeological monographs about key sites and topics of importance to the understanding of the historic environment in England. Many of the past titles have long been out of print and yet are still of value for reference purposes. English Heritage is now making these titles available as ebooks (see the English Heritage Publishing catalogue for details) and as PDFs which can be downloaded for free from the ADS: English Heritage Archaeological Monographs archive page.
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New Guidelines for ADS Depositors

data_repositoryThe ADS, supported by funding from the Archives and Records Association, has recently revamped our Guidelines for Depositors.

The revamp reviewed the current ADS guidelines on digital archive deposition and developed updated guidance policies for depositors in light of the recent revisions to the Guides to Good Practice and the development of ADS-easy.

The revision to the ADS Guidelines for Depositors has produced a new user friendly interface designed after detailed consultation with users on the most intuitive and instructive way to present the guidelines.

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