Author: Carly Hilts

Carly studied Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at St John’s College, Cambridge, before becoming a journalist. Quickly realising she preferred covering history and archaeology stories above all others, she joined Time Team as a researcher, later working for Horrible Histories and helping create an ancient Egyptian-themed computer game.

Travel: Hamilton Grange

Exploring a Founding Father’s mobile home Why was a 19th-century New York house relocated twice – and how was it done? Carly Hilts travelled to Harlem to find out. In 2008, the inhabitants of Harlem – an uptown neighbourhood of New York City – were met by an extraordinary sight: a house, more than 200 […]

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CWA is celebrating its 10th birthday with a special anniversary issue: Editor in Chief Andrew Selkirk flicks back through the pages to take a fresh look at how the archaeology of the last decade has re-shaped our understanding of our past. But what of the future? We invited a panel of eminent archaeologists to share […]


Ice Age figurine reassembled

Archaeologists have found the missing head of a 40,000 year old figurine, whose body was excavated in 1931. The two pieces have now been reassembled, revealing that the artefact is a model of a cave lion. Both pieces of the mammoth ivory carving were found in Vogelherd Cave in southwestern Germany, where archaeologists led by […]

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A golden find: unique Iron Age figurine from Bornholm

A unique gold figurine in the shape of a woman, thought to be 1,500 years old, has been found close to a large Iron Age settlement on the Danish island of Bornholm. Despite standing just 4.2cm (1.7in) tall, the figure is intricately detailed with her facial features and incised hair clearly visible. She is naked […]


World’s oldest primate skeleton found

A tiny skeleton dating back 55 million years is the oldest primate fossil ever found, shedding new light on human evolution, researchers say. Found in sedimentary rock from ancient lake bed in Hubei Province, central China, the fossil belongs to a previously unknown genus and species, dubbed Archicebus achilles by the international team who identified it. The bones […]


French wine: 2,500-year-old vintage

Wine was introduced to France from Italy, with the first Gaulish vintages produced in c.500 BC, according to newly-published chemical analysis.  Archaeological work at Lattara, a port in southern France dated to c.525-475 BC, uncovered a number of imported Etruscan amphorae stylistically linked to Cisra in central Italy. Chemical analysis of residues found within these […]

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New proposals to protect European cultural heritage

New measures to strengthen the protection of cultural heritage within the European Union, and to make it easier to repatriate trafficked artefacts to Member States, are to be discussed by the European Commission. Proposed by EC Vice President Antonio Tajani, the initiative includes expanding the definition of cultural goods to encompass all ‘national treasures of […]


Egyptian iron-working: out of this world

Ancient Egypt’s oldest iron artefacts were made from meteorite, new research has confirmed. The 9 small, tubular beads were found in graves at Gerzeh, a  Pre-Dynastic cemetery about 70km (43 miles) south of Cairo, in 1911-1912. Dated to c.3600-3350 BC, they significantly pre-date the earliest evidence for iron smelting in Egypt, which is thought to have […]


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Sailors, from the Neolithic to the Byzantine periods, approaching the shores of Malta from the south east could not have failed to notice the temple site of Tas Silġ on the hill above the shoreline. For nearly 5,000 continuous years, visitors flocked to this place of ritual that evolved and adapted to changing religious practices. […]

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The Mirror of Health: Discovering Medicine in the Golden Age of Islam

A rare collection of Islamic medical manuscripts has gone on display for the first time, illuminating medical traditions that developed in the Golden Age of Islamic culture, between the 9th and 17th centuries AD. Based at the Royal College of Physicians in London, and curated by Professor Peter E Pormann from The University of Manchester, The mirror […]

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Belgammel Ram reveals all

Detailed analysis of a 2,000-year-old bronze warship ram has shed new light on how the object was created and used. Discovered by British divers off the coast of Tobruk, Libya, in 1964, the Belgammel Ram weighs 20kg (44lb) and would have been part of a small Greek or Roman warship called a tesseraria. The 65cm (2’2″) […]

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