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Piddington Uncovered: Beyond the Roman Villa

Roy and Diana Friendship-Taylor have been excavating at Piddington for the past 35 years. There they have uncovered a typical Roman villa, evidence for a Roman fort, but also much more. CA‘s editor-in-chief, Andrew Selkirk, explains. Piddington is an excavation that perhaps approaches most completely the ideal of what many people think an independent excavation […]

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Stonehenge’s hidden landscape

The Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project is an unprecedented initiative to survey a vast tract of land around the iconic stones. Now that the bulk of the practical work is complete, Carly Hilts spoke to Vince Gaffney and Chris Gaffney to find out more. Stonehenge could confidently claim to be one of the most-studied, and certainly most hotly debated, prehistoric […]

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The Logboats in the Lake

For up to 4,500 years, a series of sunken dug-out canoes have been lying, forgotten, on the bottom of Lough Corrib in Co. Galway. Now these vessels are surrendering their secrets.

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The logboats in the lake

For up to 4,500 years, a series of sunken dug-out canoes have been lying,  forgotten, on the bottom of Lough Corrib in Co. Galway. Now these vessels  are beginning to surrender their secrets once more, in an investigation by  Ireland’s Underwater Archaeology Unit, spearheaded by Karl Brady. Precisely what happened that 11th century day on […]

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Exploring Anglo-Saxon Settlement

In search of the origins  of the English village Just how much information has come from excavation undertaken in  advance of development work? In a major survey of Anglo-Saxon settlement,  John Blair has been discovering what riches lie in the archives.   It is useless for Anglo-Saxonists to deny it: Roman villas and Norman castles […]

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Richard III to be reburied in Leicester

The remains of Richard III are to be re-interred in Leicester Cathedral – likely next spring – a judicial review concluded today (23 May). Addressing crowds of journalists in the cathedral, shortly after the High Court handed down their decision at 10am, the Rt Rvd Tim Stevens, Bishop of Leicester, announced that the judges  had […]

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Maryport’s mystery monuments

Investigating  gigantic timber  structures from  the imperial  twilight Last time we visited Maryport, a series of pits  long assumed to be ritual repositories for  Roman altars had just been exposed as a set  of gigantic postholes (CA 259). So what did  they support? The Newcastle University team  investigating this edifice have been exploring  when it […]

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First Impressions: discovering the earliest human footprints in Europe

Between 850,000 and 950,000 years ago a small party set out across the upper reaches of an estuary. The group was made up of at least five individuals, including adults and  children, while the tidal mudflats they were navigating lay at the mouth of what is now the Thames. Flowing almost 100 miles north of […]

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Colonising Britain – One million years of our human story

When did the first people arrive in what is now Britain? Ongoing research into an extraordinary concentration of Palaeolithic sites on the coasts of Norfolk and Suffolk has uncovered evidence of human activity dating back about 900,000 years — almost twice as long as previously thought. Now the subject of a major exhibition at London’s […]