Silchester is our local Roman site and after a painstaking eighteen-year dig it's being wound up. The actual digging took place in just one section, or 'insula' as they call it (without irony), and the archaeologists have no clear idea why Silchester was abandoned.
Some interesting finds are from the pre-Roman layer including a raven burial. This isn't particularly uncommon it seems, another 'Iron Age' site at Wittenham Clumps also produced one, and the parallels are not hard to see -- a bluff or plateau overlooking a through-route (the Devil's Highway, the River Thames). It appears that some care was taken over the burials, in pits and a layer of stones in some cases.
Plenty of conjecture in this article e.g. whether corvids were valued for eating (unlikely especially as the birds apparently died naturally, of old age) or for their feathers https://www.academia.edu/226224/Ravens_ ... an_Britain
but the most persuasive argument to my mind was put forward in the nineteenth century:
Ravens and crows have been tamed and kept as pets or companion animals, having less fear of humans than other birds do because of their long history of commensalism. Pliny and Macrobius among the Classical authors refer to the keeping of ravens as pets in ancient Rome (Toynbee 1973) and the practice continues today with the tame ravens at the Tower of London.The Roman tradition of keeping ravens as pets led some authors to suggest that the ravens found during the late nineteenth century excavations at Silchester were pets or even ‘semi-domesticated’ (Fox, 1891)
Another feather in our cap: the BBC was allowed to film for a few minutes on Bird Island, a protected cormorant nesting site. The island is on the east side of Strangford Lough in north-east Ireland and the 'Tarifa Meridian' crosses it. It didn't seem especially significant at the time but when the Beeb explained that the birds chose this site because of the available food and the protection from predators it suddenly looks rather odd. There are, after all, 365 islands allegedly (and inaccurately, but even so).