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A great discovery: remains of king Alfred or his son found in Winchester?

A fragment of human pelvis excavated in Winchester is ‘very likely’ to be part of the remains of King Alfred the Great (849-899), or his son Edward, archaeologists announced today at a packed press conference. Found during archaeological work at Hyde Abbey  in the 1990s, the piece of bone belongs to an adult male aged […]

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6,000-year-old oak carving is among Europe’s oldest

A 6,000-year-old oak timber carved with a concentric oval pattern and zig-zag lines, recently discovered in the RhonddaValley, Mid Wales, is thought to be among the oldest decorative wood carvings known from Europe. Found by Heritage Recording Services Wales during the construction of a wind farm near Maerdy, the 1.7m long timber had been preserved […]

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Remembering Mick Aston

It is with great sadness that we have learned that Mick Aston passed away on 24  June. Familiar to millions for his work on Time Team, Mick’s passion for archaeology and gentle good humour inspired countless viewers to follow in his footsteps. A longstanding friend of Current Archaeology, we were thrilled when he started writing […]

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Meet the Mary Rose archer

An interdisciplinary team of scientists have reconstructed the face of a Tudor archer, almost 500 years after he drowned aboard Henry VIII’s flagship, the Mary Rose. Some 92 skeletons were recovered when the wreck was raised in 1983 (CA 272). Since then, researchers at Swansea University have used cutting-edge motion-capture technology and computer modelling to […]

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Review: The Mary Rose museum

The jets dowsing the Mary Rose in polyethylene glycol have finally been shut off. As work begins on drying her timbers, the finishing touches have just been made to a new state-of-the-art museum showcasing the former pride of Henry VIII’s King’s Ships. Matthew Symonds was given a sneak preview of the custom-built display space for […]

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Aberystwyth Young Archaeologists recreate 1930s dig photo

Aberystwyth’s Young Archaeologists’ Club recently stepped back in time nearly 80 years to recreate an historic view of excavators working on Pen Dinas hillfort above the town, on a summer’s day in 1934. The original photograph forms part of the 1930s Pen Dinas excavation archive held by the National Monuments Record of Wales. It shows […]

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Walbrook channel: mystery panel

A 6-month excavation in the heart of London has revealed thousands of artefacts illuminating the city’s Roman past — including a unique sheet of decorated leather. Working ahead of construction on the Bloomberg site, home to London’s Temple of Mithras, MOLA archaeologists have recovered around 10,000 objects spanning the whole period of Roman occupation in […]

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Coins and the Bible

 Render unto Caesar . . .   Many people study Roman coins, but how were they actually used? For the student of Roman coins by far and away the best source of information is the Bible, or more specifically, the Gospels.   The classical Roman writers were all far too highbrow to deal with anything […]

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After the Ice: exhibiting life at Star Carr

11,000-year-old artefacts from Star Carr, Britain’s largest-known Mesolithic settlement, will go on display for the first time tomorrow (24 May), with the opening of a new exhibition at the Yorkshire Museum. With highlights including  deer skull head-dresses, bone harpoons, and amber and shale jewellery, preserved by the peaty environment of the lakeside camp where they […]