Treasure found in river Seeing the headline ‘Treasure found in river’, most Current Archaeology readers would probably think ‘Bronze Age deposition’, but this haul of loot, found by amateur divers Trevor and Gary Bankhead on the bed of Durham’s River Wear, are of a more recent vintage. In the course of the 300 dives conducted, [...]
Treasure found in river; Listing for seaside shelter; Farewell to Claude Lévi-Strauss; The Big Issue, The Archers
This month CA follows the pilgrimage along Hadrian’s Wall to bring you a special issue dedicated to one of Roman Britain’s most iconic monuments. We follow their progress from Bowness in the west to Wallsend in the east taking in the sites and exploring the remains of Birdoswald, Vindolanda and Housesteads to name but a [...]
Listening to tales told by his blacksmith grandfather in the semi-darkness of his fire-lit forge, Alan Garner absorbed the Cheshire folklore that he then transformed into a classic work of fiction – The Weirdstone of Brisingamen. Inspired by Garner’s story, archaeologists have recently begun to unravel the truth behind the legends of Alderley Edge, as [...]
A small group founded in 2006. Currently engaged on a study of the multi-period parish church, St Bartholomew, and a churchyard survey. We are also carrying out a landscape survey of the Morley area, including research into a Victorian brickworks site. It costs £5 per person per year to join us (August to July), and no [...]
Issue 239 opens with a feature from Northumberland. On the surface, it might seem like a routine rescue excavation. However, with more than half of the site still left to excavate, the results thus far already provide a wealth of new information about the Neolithic through to post-Roman Northumberland. Followed by reports on new research [...]
Pee for the Planet Despite having a woman as its Director General, the National Trust has issued some surprisingly sexist advice on saving the planet: they want men to pee on their compost heaps. Doing so will make better fertiliser and save the water that would have been used to flush the lavatory. The result [...]
Listening to the tales told by his blacksmith grandfather in the semi-darkness of his fire-lit forge, Alan Garner absorbed the Cheshire folklore that transformed into a classic work of fiction – The Weirdstone of Brisingamen. Inspirred by Garner’s story archaeologists have recently begun to unravel the truth behind the legends of Alderly edge, as Chris [...]
There doesn’t seem to be a slow moment around the Current Archaeology offices these days! The big news this month is the conference and the Current Archaeology Awards coming up in February. We’ve included a special section in this issue announcing the session schedule, the nominees for the awards, information on how to register and special [...]
Bye bye nursery rhymes?; The ancient origins of fairy tales; From Lucy to Language; William Brown; Nighthawking
Bye bye nursery rhymes? The readers of the Daily Telegraph thrive on apocalyptic stories predicting the end of civilisation as we know it, usually because of a European directive – banning the sale of ‘traditional’ 100 watt light bulbs, for example, or forbidding the sale of fruit by the imperial pound (never mind that the [...]
Last year in Cardiff, we launched the Current Archaeology Awards to resounding success. We’re excited to open this year’s competition and look forward to your votes – just CLICK HERE; these awards are our way of hearing back from all of you who have helped to make CA such a great success over the past 41 [...]
Establishing a tradition, this year’s Archaeology Festival provided a venue for lively debate, scenic tours and seasonal snow. A tough act to follow!
Interwar excavators found the remains of about 20 Roman soldiers in an ancient siege tunnel beneath the walls of the Syrian fortress-city of Dura-Europos. No-one was sure how they had died. Now, archaeologist Simon James has pieced together the forensic evidence for the world’s first poison-gas attack.
Carriacou is a quiet island idyll in the southern Caribbean. Prior to the arrival of Europeans, this was an archetypal deserted island. Or so it seemed. Now, archaeologists are revealing a vibrant picture of its pre-European life, as Scott Fitzpatrick explains.
We think of chemical weapons as one of the horrifying features of modern warfare. We might assume that it all started with the First World War. But did it? Our cover feature investigates the gruesome evidence of a stack of bodies discovered inside a siege tunnel at the ancient Syrian frontier city of Dura-Europos. How [...]
One of Britain’s most prolific and colourful archaeologists dishes the dirt with CA Editor Lisa Westcott. Why did you become an archaeologist? My first great loves were literature and poetry. I had no interest in archaeology until I was about 26 years old, on a military posting in Arabia, and came across a site called [...]
Lynn Bright, of College-on-the-Net, explains how distance learning works.
For many, the words ‘distance learning’ automatically conjure up a world of geeks staring fixedly at computer screens all day. However, for those of us delivering teaching in this way, it is a much broader church than just computers, software and the internet.
Richard Lee, Education Project Officer, Council for British Archaeology gives CA the run down on the best choices for Life long learning
Dr Andrew Fitzpatrick, Head of Communications, Wessex Archaeology tells us his 5 top tips for getting your first job in archaeology