The construction of the capital’s new railway, Crossrail, through the heart of London resulted in one of the most extensive archaeological programmes ever undertaken. With the digs just complete, what have been the highlights? Nadia Durrani reports. In December 2015, after six years in the field, the final trowel hit the ground in the Crossrail […]
Current Archaeology Live! presents a special conference, in partnership with Durham University: Hadrian’s Wall: 40 Years of Frontier Research 2-4 September 2016, at Durham University Join us in September for a conference celebrating one of Britain’s greatest archaeological treasures. Hadrian’s Wall is the most famous example of a Roman frontier, but it is also the most mysterious. Far more massive […]
Within Roman society, highly aromatic resins were important in ritual activity, and sometimes even applied directly to the body at death. But did this sacred rite ever reach the remote province of Britannia? Bradford University’s Rhea Brettell and Carl Heron launched a project to discover more. To the Romans, frankincense, myrrh, and other fragrant resins […]
The untold story of emigration and object mobility from Roman Britain Britons are traditionally believed to have taken scant advantage of the opportunities to travel that the Roman Empire presented. But do tantalising clusters of brooches tell a different story? Tatiana Ivleva has gone in search of the Britons abroad. Sometime around AD 80, two […]
Current Archaeology normally features dirt archaeology, but archaeologists today often excavate archives as well – that is to say, they are engaged in digging into the archives in order to publish definitive accounts of past excavations. Here Christopher Evans and Sam Lucy give us an idea of the challenges they faced in completing the last […]
September is a momentous month for Scottish archaeology. It opens with delegates gathering for the prestigious European Association of Archaeologists conference in Glasgow, and then launches into the inaugural Scottish Archaeology and Heritage Festival. Lesley McEwan guides us through some of the events on offer. It is with great excitement that we will launch the […]
Holt Castle in Denbighshire, northeast Wales, was built under Edward I and later served as Richard II’s treasury but today its royal connections are far from obvious. Plundered for stone to build the 17th century Eaton Hall in Cheshire, the once-mighty fortification has been reduced to overgrown ruins. Now, however, a Castle Studies Trust-funded project […]
The Atlas Shipwreck Survey Project, conducted by Odyssey Marine Exploration across the Western Approaches and western English Channel from 2005 to 2011, has made many major finds. Here are their five most important.
For anyone hoping to visit the Maryport Roman Temples Project, make sure you get there before 14 August, when the 5-year project finishes.
Fans of Classical mythology (or the Game of Thrones series!) may be interested in the latest news from Colchester, where a conservator has just completed the painstaking process of cleaning a newly-discovered copper-alloy harpy. Standing 98mm tall, with an intricately detailed face (topped with braided hair), wings, talons, and scales, the Roman figurine is the […]