This month’s issue begins with a profile of a community archaeology project located practically in CA’s back garden. The Thames Discovery Programme investigates the foreshore of London’s biggest archaeological site. How many Londoners walk past the Thames every day and never notice the archaeology right before our eyes? An important aspect of the TDP is the focus on community involvement and innovation in public participation; it is a perfect illustration of the research just completed by the Council for British Archaeology, indicating that the community sector is burgeoning. We follow this article up with an exposé of grisly Roman burial practices, and an overview of the recently completed restoration of Westminster Abbey’s Chapter House. Our final feature is a specialist account of research into a neglected portion of the archaeological record: birds.
Don’t forget – the Festival of Archaeology happens this month and there will be archaeological activities going on all over the country.
Excavating the Thames
We report on a new project to study and record London’s biggest archaeological site.
THE DEVIANT DEAD
Roman Britain’s unusual burials
A fresh look at evidence from the cemeteries of Roman Britain: what does it all mean?
WESTMINSTER ABBEY CHAPTER HOUSE
‘A structure perfect in itself’
The ten-year restoration programme reveals a lost history and hidden architectural gems.
BIRDS IN ARCHAEOLOGY
Compiling the evidence
The first comprehensive look at our feathered friends in the archaeological record.
The English Coast: A History and a Prospect; The Celtic Revolution; Lancashire’s Sacred Landscape;
Dining and Dwelling.
Monastery found on Mull; Saxon settlement in Gloucestershire; Irish high crosses at risk; Indiana Gill and the ‘toxic antiquities’; From Tunisia to Ipswich; Insights into Roman Carlisle; Civic Voice launch; Nottingham’s hidden caves.
Dr Mike Heyworth discusses the past, present and future of the Council for British Archaeology.
Good idea, wrong architect? Editor in Chief Andrew Selkirk’s opinion of the British Museum’s plans for expansion.