Time-honoured places: Defining the Neolithic sense of history

Time-honoured places: Defining the Neolithic sense of history

The latest contribution to our understanding of Neolithic lifestyles in the British Isles comes in the form of a wide-ranging book by Keith Ray and Julian Thomas. In it, they demonstrate that many Mesolithic sites of gathering continued to be regarded as special places throughout the Neolithic. This deliberate commemoration of the past gives important insights into the minds of the first farmers. Chris Catling investigates.

CA 347 Competition - win a copy of 'Drawing Somerset’s Past' by Victor Ambrus
CA 347 Competition – win a copy of ‘Drawing Somerset’s Past’ by Victor Ambrus
This month The History Press is offering a copy of Drawing Somerset’s Past by Victor Ambrus to five lucky competition winners. The History Press is the UK’s largest dedicated history publisher, publishing a broad range of topics and on periods, exceptional people, ...
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Excavating the CA archive: cover photos from issues 101-200, part I
Excavating the CA archive: cover photos from issues 101-200, part I
In last month’s column, I picked some of my favourite covers from the first hundred issues of Current Archaeology, the years 1967-1986, a period that has come to be seen by some as a ‘golden age’ of rescue archaeology, and ...
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Time-honoured places: Defining the Neolithic sense of history
Time-honoured places: Defining the Neolithic sense of history
The latest contribution to our understanding of Neolithic lifestyles in the British Isles comes in the form of a wide-ranging book by Keith Ray and Julian Thomas. In it, they demonstrate that many Mesolithic sites of gathering continued to be ...
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Further chariot burial discovered at Pocklington
Further chariot burial discovered at Pocklington
When archaeologists from MAP Archaeological Practice discovered a remarkable Iron Age chariot burial during the final stages of an excavation at Pocklington, East Yorkshire, in 2017, along with an impressive 164 burials and 74 square burials, they did not realise ...
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Anglo-Saxon cemetery found in Lincolnshire
Anglo-Saxon cemetery found in Lincolnshire
A previously unknown Anglo-Saxon cemetery has been revealed in Scremby, Lincolnshire. On a chalky outcrop of the Lincolnshire Wolds, it was found by a local metal-detectorist, who discovered a number of Anglo-Saxon artefacts, including copper gilded brooches, iron shield bosses, ...
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Mucklestone
A SOTMAS member and resident of Mucklestone, learned that whenever a field called "Old House ...
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The Newbarns Project
Excavation of Neolithic Kerb Cairns with prehistoric cremation burials on later multi settlement site up ...
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Kent Archaeological Field School
Courses at the Kent Archaeological Field School for 2018 will include: Field Walking and Map ...
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Les Varines
Les Varines, a Magdalenian settlement approximately 14,500 years old, is an exceptional site which has ...
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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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Isle of Thanet Archaeological Society
Isle of Thanet Archaeological Society
The Isle of Thanet Archaeological Society is an active Society of enthusiastic amateurs, based in the Isle of Thanet, in ...
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Peterborough Archaeology
Peterborough Archaeology
Peterborough and its surrounding area has been an important centre for settlement, industry and trade for many thousands of years ...
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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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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.

23-24 February 2018

Current Archaeology Live! 2018 will be returning to the University of London’s Senate House, on 23-24 February (Friday/Saturday). We will be hearing from the foremost archaeological experts on the latest finds and ground-breaking research, and we are looking forward to an entertaining, stimulating, and enjoyable two days – we hope you will join us!