This month we are featuring a Festival Special, a section devoted to the events and awards at the upcoming Archaeology Festival Cardiff 2009, 6-9 February. The Special includes a full list of award nominees and all the information you need to vote for your favourites. This is your chance, as readers, to tell us what [...]
Our November cover feature brings you a report on the fabulous recent discovery of Shakespeare’s lost theatre, home to the first performances of Romeo and Juliet. Going back in time, the medieval monastery at Merton Priory once enjoyed a priviledged lifestyle – yet now it lies beneath a supermarket carpark. Buckton Castle, a 12th century [...]
This month’s CA covers a lot of ground, with up-to-the minute results from this season’s excavations at both Chester Amphitheatre and Horcott Quarry. We take the plunge into the frigid waters of Northern Ireland for a closer look at the economy of a medieval monastery, and examine the 11th century English countryside as revealed by [...]
This month’s issue of Current Archaeology brings you an eclectic and exciting mix of time, place and personalities. We open with a celebration of the life of an extraordinary man, Sir John Evans, a self-taught visionary who revolutionised the conventional view of the ancient world. Chiswick House, was revolutionary in its own way, too, introducing [...]
It’s been a busy few weeks at Current Archaeology, with each of us off on various field projects and conferences, including the World Archaeological Congress in Dublin (see Reviews, p. 46). One topic that has been on everybody’s mind this month is the BBC’s new archaeology programme Bonekickers. Do shows like this pose a threat [...]
This month, Current Archaeology is all over the map (literally!), covering a broad range of topics and time periods from the length and breadth of Britain. Did the humble cod spark a commercial revolution in medieval England? Can a lost moat be rescued from beneath metre-deep slag? Is there evidence of the Antonine plague in [...]
This month, everyone is talking about the Roman emperor Hadrian (in advance of the opening of the new exhibit at the British Museum); so who are we to go against the flow? However, we’ve done our best to give it the special Current Archaeology touch, bringing our readers a feature from one of the world’s [...]
Current Archaeology gets back to the trenches! Included in this edition is our annual Dig Supplement. Editor in Chief, Andrew Selkirk, shares his view of the recent newsworthy excavations at Stonehenge where, as ever, the Romans are making their presence felt. But were they really successful in Britain? Our ‘Britannia’ feature profiles modern events that shed [...]
Special Tudor Edition The Tudor dynasty ruled England from 1485 to 1603: chock-full of colourful characters and big events, the Tudor continue to capture modern attention in popular films, stage productions and literature. The film The Other Boleyn Girl is a perfect example of just how much we enjoy imagining the bodice-ripping adventures that accompanied this [...]
Leading with a profile of Sir Neil Cossons and his work, we celebrate 50 years of industrial archaeology with a look at the newly reopened St Pancreas Station. We look at the hit film Beowulf – and with so much archaeology in the media, surely it is time to ask the question: is it just [...]
The Celts loved feasting, and the communal cauldron from which the chieftains speared the ‘champion’s portion’ was central to Celtic epic. What were the 12 Iron Age cauldrons doing stacked together in a field in Wiltshire? This issue of CA tells the story. we also examine preconceived notions about the Industrial revolution: why did Birmingham [...]
Anthony Emery gives us a privileged look behind closed doors inside the great houses of medieval England, where we see a still-breathtaking display of medieval wealth and power. The pace never slows, as we move from evidence of a new prehistoric henge through to glimpses of the Romans at table; finally, we meet London’s last [...]
This issue is about taking a fresh look at some old problems. When did Roman Britain end? What was the point of rock art? When did medieval halls go out of fashion? How reliable are old excavation records? These are the big questions addressed in our main features this issue. In the Late Roman Empire, [...]
In this issue, we also go deep inside Silbury Hill and show you what the tunnels were really like, and why it is necessary to seal the mound forever. Braving the chill Yorkshire winds, CA visits York’s biggest excavation in the past 25 years as well as a newly opened reconstruction of a centurion’s house at [...]
From prehistory to modern times, CA explores controversy, scandal and success in the archaeological world. We bring you several top notch site reports as well as a case study in conscientious metal-detecting, and News is chock-full of exciting happenings. Chris Catling chimes in with a Diary of topical issues in a new section entitled ‘Sherds’, and, [...]
We hear a lot about Vikings in early medieval history books like the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. But when it comes to archaeology, Vikings are rather hard to find. So when metal-detectorist Peter Adams turned up first one, then a second Viking 'tortoise' brooch on a Cumbrian hilltop, local archaeologists got interested.
Radiocarbon dating revolutionised the study of prehistory. Then it was discovered you had to calibrate dates or you could be centuries out. Calibration was the second radiocarbon revolution. Now there is a third.
The Dark Ages, when Christianity was coming to Britain and our country was beginning to take on its present form, was an age of forgotten saints and forgotten monasteries, and in this issue we look at a forgotten saint, St Chad and a forgotten monastery at Portmahomack.
Northern Britain was a military zone in Roman times. There were no towns or villas, but instead a series of army bases guarding the uplands. While the fat-lands of Wessex, East Anglia and the Midlands were ruled by Romanised gentry, the North was under army commandants. How did it work? What was the relationship between [...]