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Excavating the CA archive: Yorkshire, part I

There are some places so rich in archaeological remains and so cherished is their history that, in my run of county reviews, I have been nervous to tread there. One such location, Yorkshire, is the focus of this issue and the next – though two columns seem the least possible space needed to do justice to an incredible archaeological story. I will take a chronological approach, featuring all of the historic counties: North Yorkshire, including the Dales and Moors; the East Riding, including the Humber Estuary and Wolds; and South and West Yorkshire.

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Excavating the CA archive: Derbyshire

In the previous two issues, I began on the Wirral coast of Merseyside, before heading inland to Liverpool and Greater Manchester, and then on to Cheshire. I continue my journey through the north-west of England in this column, travelling further east into Derbyshire.

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Excavating the CA archive: Cheshire

In the last issue of CA, I explored the archaeology of Merseyside, Liverpool, and Manchester. This month, I head into the surrounding countryside of modern-day Cheshire. The county is rich in prehistoric, Roman, and medieval remains.

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Visiting LAARC

I’ve just been to a one-day conference at the LAARC, the Museum of London’s Archaeological Archive and Research Centre in Hackney, on the banks of the Grand Union Canal, just north of Old Street. I must confess I haven’t been to the LAARC since its opening way back in the 1990s, but it is looking […]

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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 discuss why any prospective undergraduate should give the discipline serious consideration.

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Butser: the future of education?

How do you run an experimental Iron Age Farm, or indeed a museum in these days of cuts to the government budget? The answer can be seen at the Butser Ancient farm on the South Downs near Petersfield, which I heard all about at the Archaeology Fair, at our Archaeology Live Conference in February 2018. […]

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Trajan

How do we rate the Emperor Trajan? Trajan is something of an in-between emperor, coming after a bad Emperor, Domitian, followed by a weak Emperor, Nerva, but being followed by the three great emperors who form the apex of the Roman Empire in the second century – Hadrian, Antoninus Pius and Marcus Aurelius. Does Trajan […]

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Excavating the CA archive: late medieval archaeology

This latest excavation of the CA archive digs into a topic close to my heart: the medieval period. I begin on a note of personal reminiscence – my love of this subject is connected to the individual who was also responsible for my love of Current Archaeology: Colin Platt.

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Excavating the CA Archive: CA 321

Joe Flatman delves into half a century of reports from the past.
From the very first edition, Current Archaeology has maintained some distinctive characteristics. Chief among these are the cover-story photographs and associated back-cover maps locating the sites featured in each edition. In my second article examining the CA archive, I’m focusing on some of the stories behind these iconic cover images. To do that, I’ve picked out some of my personal favourites from the first 100 editions, covering the years 1967 to 1986. Do let CA know about your own favourites from the more than 300 covers that exist, and any anecdotes that you may have associated to them.

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Excavating the CA archive: early medieval

This latest look at CA’s reporting down the years continues the chronological survey we began in CA 329 by examining the Viking and Anglo-Saxon period: what used to be referred to as the ‘Dark Ages’ but now sits under the more accurate – albeit less Romantic – moniker of ‘early medieval’.

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