When we started the Developer Funded Archaeology Award, a biennial prize to celebrate the best of professional archaeology, we knew it would uncover some real archaeological scoops. But this year there have been 12 entries, and we have struggled to work out where to put it all.
Where was Cassivellaunus’s stronghold? Cassivellaunus is the first named character in British history – named by Caesar as leader of the resistance to his invasion in 54 BC. The stronghold stormed by Caesar that year is usually assumed to have been Wheathampsted in Hertfordshire. But was it?
The discovery of the past depends extensively on enthusiasts who pursue their vision over many years; two such enthusiasts feature in this issue of Current Archaeology. The first is Bryony Coles, Professor of Archaeology at Exeter, who realised in the 1970s that the cut marks on some pieces of Neolithic wood she was examining were [...]