Rites before romanitas: Reconstructing Britain’s Iron Age beliefs

Rites before romanitas: Reconstructing Britain’s Iron Age beliefs

We are all familiar with the Classical gods who were imported to these shores with the arrival of the Roman army, but the beliefs and religious practices of Britain’s Iron Age inhabitants are far more shadowy. Miranda Aldhouse-Green explores how far archaeology can help to illuminate this enigmatic picture.
Excavating the CA archive: Mick Aston and Chris Gerrard at Shapwick
Excavating the CA archive: Mick Aston and Chris Gerrard at Shapwick
Last month’s ‘great excavation’ explored prehistoric Somerset through the work of John and Bryony Coles along the Sweet Track. In this month’s column, I stick with the same county, but move to a different era and two very different ‘great’ ...
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Rites before romanitas: Reconstructing Britain’s Iron Age beliefs
Rites before romanitas: Reconstructing Britain’s Iron Age beliefs
We are all familiar with the Classical gods who were imported to these shores with the arrival of the Roman army, but the beliefs and religious practices of Britain’s Iron Age inhabitants are far more shadowy. Miranda Aldhouse-Green explores how ...
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Hiding in plain sight: a ‘lost’ medieval tower in Derry?
Hiding in plain sight: a ‘lost’ medieval tower in Derry?
New evidence, brought to light by researchers from Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) and local historians from the Derry Tower Heritage Group, suggests that a ‘lost’ medieval round tower may in fact have been hiding in plain sight in the heart ...
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Possible birthplace of Henry VII brought to light
Possible birthplace of Henry VII brought to light
Excavations at Pembroke Castle in Wales have revealed the foundations of a large medieval domestic building within the outer ward of the complex. With the dig uncovering evidence for a slate roof with green-glazed ceramic ridge tiles, a curving staircase, ...
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Revealing the Roman dead in North Lincolnshire
Revealing the Roman dead in North Lincolnshire
A large Roman cemetery has been unearthed near Winterton, North Lincolnshire, five miles northeast of Scunthorpe. With excavations ongoing, over 60 burials believed to date to between the 2nd and 4th century AD have been revealed so far ...
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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

Community Archaeology Radiocarbon Dating fund applications open
Community Archaeology Radiocarbon Dating fund applications open
The Community Archaeology Radiocarbon Dating (CARD) fund, sponsored by Archaeological Research Services Ltd and Scottish Universities (SUERC) funded 20 dates ...
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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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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!