Industry, commerce, and the urban poor

Industry, commerce, and the urban poor

In the early 18th century, Avon Street was built to accommodate wealthy visitors to Bath’s fashionable spa waters. Within half a century, though, the area had degenerated into a notorious slum and red-light district. What have recent excavations revealed about the lives of its impoverished inhabitants?

X-ray analysis of chainmail from the Mary Rose
X-ray analysis of chainmail from the Mary Rose
Analysis by X-ray of three copper-alloy artefacts recovered from the wreck of the Mary Rose has offered new insight into their construction and the success of conservation efforts undertaken on them.  ...
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Bronze Age burials at Lechlade skatepark
Bronze Age burials at Lechlade skatepark
Archaeological investigations in Lechlade-on-Thames, Gloucestershire, have revealed two very unusual Bronze Age burials in an extensive ceremonial landscape spanning many phases of prehistory ...
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Science Notes – Bridging the gap in London’s prehistory
Science Notes – Bridging the gap in London’s prehistory
Over recent decades, developments in radiocarbon dating techniques have revolutionised our ability to establish the age of archaeological material and to interpret the past (see CA 359). In this month’s Science Notes we will be exploring how, thanks to further ...
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Reconstructing a moated site near Tewkesbury
Reconstructing a moated site near Tewkesbury
Archaeological investigations at a moated site near Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, have shed light on the original extent of the medieval enclosure, as well as uncovering material spanning the 12th century almost to the present day ...
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Medieval carvings found in cave near Guildford
Medieval carvings found in cave near Guildford
A possible 14th-century shrine adorned with medieval carvings has been discovered in a cave following a landslip near Guildford ...
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Dig into Shropshire’s past at Soulton Hall
PLEASE NOTE THE 2020 EXCAVATION SEASON HAS BEEN CANCELLED Help DigVentures investigate a rare 12th-13th ...
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Topographic Survey Training
Topographic survey training [Image: Mercian Archaeological Services CIC] In archaeology the ability to measure the ...
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Mercian Archaeological Services Post-Fieldwork Training School
As well as offering the best in archaeological training and support, the 2020 Field School ...
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Strata Florida Archaeology Field School
PLEASE NOTE: In light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, it is with great sadness that ...
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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 February 2020, we heard about a wealth of incredible new discoveries – including the fascinating recent results from Star Carr, the story of an Elizabethan theatre in London, new information about the skeletons of the Mary Rose, and the evidence for plague in Roman Britain.

The next event will be held on 26-27 February 2021 – save the date!

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