Excavating myths and monsters

Excavating myths and monsters

In 2017, part of a 1,700-year-old mosaic richly decorated with scenes from Classical mythology was excavated during a community project at Boxford, Berkshire. Two years on, its entire surface has been revealed. Anthony Beeson explores the stories behind its sophisticated motifs.

Dairy consumption in Neolithic Britain
Dairy consumption in Neolithic Britain
A recent study has identified the first direct evidence of milk consumption by humans anywhere in the world, by analysing the teeth of Neolithic individuals from Britain ...
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Galloway Hoard’s Anglo-Saxon ‘owner’ identified?
Galloway Hoard’s Anglo-Saxon ‘owner’ identified?
Further investigation into the contents of one of the most significant Viking-Age hoards found in Scotland has revealed a man’s name etched onto one of the objects. Discovered in Galloway in 2014, the cache was buried at the start of ...
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1,200-year-old Pictish cross slab found
1,200-year-old Pictish cross slab found
An ornately carved Pictish stone has been uncovered at an early Christian site in the Dingwall area of the Scottish Highlands ...
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Life at Roman Ipplepen
Life at Roman Ipplepen
The eighth and final season of excavation at the Roman settlement of Ipplepen in Devon has revealed more information about daily life at the site - including a quantity of 4th-century cattle bones, which provide insights into inhabitants butchering and ...
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Excavating myths and monsters
Excavating myths and monsters
In 2017, part of a 1,700-year-old mosaic richly decorated with scenes from Classical mythology was excavated during a community project at Boxford, Berkshire. Two years on, its entire surface has been revealed. Anthony Beeson explores the stories behind its sophisticated ...
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Strata Florida Archaeology Field School
Join Strata Florida for an experience full of history, culture and archaeology! The Strata Florida ...
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Caherconnell Archaeological Field School
Caherconnell Archaeological Field School (CAFS) was set up in 2010 with a vision for providing ...
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Lincoln Archaeological Field School 2019: Exploring Roman and Medieval Lincoln
Based in the heart of a stunning historic city, the Lincoln Archaeological Field School is ...
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PLACE Archaeological Field School
This peaceful part of Dorset’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty was home to a bustling ...
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Recent Issues

Think differently: think Archaeology!
Think differently: think Archaeology!
This month marks the second University Archaeology Day, following 2017’s successful inaugural event. Charlotte Frearson, Jennifer French, and Andrew Gardner ...
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Is there a future in studying the past?
Is there a future in studying the past?
Is this the time to pursue a course in archaeology? The word from the field that reaches the Current Archaeology ...
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Into the Light - CASPAR at UCL
Into the Light – CASPAR at UCL
Don Henson, Director of CASPAR (Centre for Audio-Visual Study and Practice in Archaeology) explains how an innovative new centre at ...
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University Guide
University Guide
A guide to all the major university archaeology departments in the UKHere we list all the major University departments that ...
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Distance Learning - Anytime Anywhere
Distance Learning – Anytime Anywhere
Distance learning can offer a valuable route into archaeological study for those who are unable, or just don't want to, ...
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Want to be a Digger? - Entering the world of commercial archaeology
Want to be a Digger? – Entering the world of commercial archaeology
Dr Andrew Fitzpatrick, Head of Communications, Wessex Archaeology offers us his insight and tips on getting onto the earchaeology career ...
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Walk the Timeline

Learn all about the archaeology of Britain from these easy-to-read cyber tours, specially adapted from articles in Current Archaeology.

 


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500000 BC - Boxgrove
In a gravel pit at Boxgrove, just outside Chichester, the remains of a man have been discovered, half a million ...
2500 BC - The Clava Cairns
Burial chambers of the Neolithic In the Neolithic - the New Stone Age - the older you were, the more ...
Dover Boat
A large Bronze Age boat has recently been discovered at Dover. Keith Parfitt, of the Canterbury Archaeological Trust, reports ...
Castell Henllys
The Celts were warriors, and the most prominent remains of the Iron Age are the great hillforts, surrounded by banks ...
Snettisham
The great Iron Age hoards discovered at Snettisham in Norfolk form the richest Iron Age treasure ever discovered in this ...

Current Archaeology LIVE!

Each year Current Archaeology runs an annual conference to showcase the best of archaeology at home and abroad. We have a series of talks given by the country’s leading archaeologists, and we also present the annual Archaeology Awards.

Current Archaeology Live! is an annual two-day conference that tells you all you need to know about the latest discoveries from Britain and abroad. We hear from the foremost archaeological experts on recent finds and ground-breaking research – it is always an entertaining, stimulating and enjoyable event, attended by over 400 people every year.  In March 2019, we heard about a wealth of incredible new discoveries – including the fascinating finds from one the UK’s largest ever excavations, archaeological textiles, new evidence from a Viking Age mass grave, and the results of the award-winning Bell Beaker DNA project.

The next event will be held on 28-29 February 2020 – save the date!

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