Category: Features

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Review: Grosvenor Museum

  First opened in 1886, Chester’s Grosvenor Museum has been telling the story of the historic city for more than a century. Lucia Marchini tours the archaeological collections. The Romans who founded a legionary fortress, Deva Victrix, at Chester in the AD 70s left their mark on the city. More than half of the line […]

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Review: Letters from Baghdad

The many achievements of Gertrude Bell (1868-1926) cover archaeology, travel, political administration, and more. She was a key figure in the formation of the modern state of Iraq and founded what became the Baghdad Archaeological Museum, yet – almost a century after her death – she is lamentably overlooked.

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Hard or soft borders? The Roman experience in Britain

What were Hadrian’s Wall and the Antonine Wall for, and how did they influence everyday life in their shadow? As questions about modern borders continue to make the headlines, Matthew Symonds investigates Rome’s land frontiers in Britain. Borders are big news at the moment. We all know that a ‘great wall’ is planned along the US […]

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Tunnel: the archaeology of Crossrail

One of Europe’s largest infrastructure projects brought with it one of the most extensive archaeological programmes ever undertaken. Lucia Marchini takes a trip through London’s buried past at the Museum of London Docklands’ exhibition of highlights from the Crossrail excavations. Tens of thousands of artefacts were unearthed at 40 construction sites dotted across London between […]

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Current Archaeology at 50: half a century of keeping up with the past

Birthdays rarely pass without a moment of introspection. As CA reaches its golden anniversary, Joe Flatman reviews the fluctuating fortunes of archaeology in Britain through the lens of the magazine that has faithfully chronicled it since 1967. A selection of issues discussed by Joe Flatman in this month’s article can be accessed for free for […]

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Down by the riverside: exploring Iron Age rituals in the Fens

For more than 20 years, Cambridge Archaeological Unit has been excavating fields lining either side of the Great Ouse, at Barleycroft Farm and Over, in the Cambridgeshire Fens. This cluster of ancient mid-river islands and ridges turns out to house surprising secrets: they seem to have been the focus of some intriguing Iron Age mortuary […]

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Review: Norton Priory

The museum at Norton Priory, an extensively excavated monastic site in Cheshire, reopened last summer after a major programme of redevelopment and expansion. Lucia Marchini pays a visit. Excavation of the Augustinian priory founded at Norton in 1134 began under Patrick Greene (CA 31). In 1971, a team of local volunteers and prisoners set to […]

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CA bake-off: winner!

The great archaeological bake-off   Thank you to all of you who entered our competition to bake CA a 50th birthday cake. Your creations looked fantastic. The winner is Hazel Mosley, with this detailed depiction of an archaeologist taking a break with CA 310 (typically, all the finds are hidden under the spoil heap!). Thanks to our friends at Oxbow Books for providing […]

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The Etruscans, Phoenicians, and Tartessos

Andrew Selkirk writes: Having finished writing my magnum opus on the Greeks, I thought I should take a quick look at their rivals in the Mediterranean at that time — the Etruscans, the Phoenicians, and Tartessos —  and to try to see how they rose, and how eventually they were gobbled up by the Greeks […]

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