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Archaeology 08:

The dust has settled on our first big Current Archaeology event, and I am happy to report it was a great success.   Over 500 people attended, including delegates, speakers, moderators, press and guests; not bad for a first try!      With big events like conferences, there will always be something that could have […]


Archaeology of the Sevso Treasure

On February 14, I attended the Society of Antiquaries London and the Annual All-Party Parliamentary Archaeology Group Lecture to hear Hungarian archaeologist Dr Zsolt Visy (a Fellow and expert in the Roman archaeology of central Europe) discuss his work in establishing provenance for the Sevso Treasure. This meeting was quite exciting, it being the first […]



It is now just 3 short days until the Archaeology 2008 conference, which we are co-sponsoring along with the British Museum Department of Portable Antiquities and Treasure and the Traveller. For the first time in Britain, representatives from all aspects of our discipline will be together in one room: academics, diggers, bureaucrats, freelancers, amateurs, professionals, […]


Professor Lord Renfrew’s Society af Antiquaries lecture: The Dawn of Civilization

On January 28, I was fortunate to attend the London Society of Antiquaries Tercentenary lecture No. 3, The Dawn of Civilization, by Professor Lord Renfrew at the Royal Museum of Scotland. The lecture was followed by a reception at Old College, the University of Edinburgh. It was extremely well attended (which was no surprise, given […]

Flagship national archaeology scheme faces crippling cuts

The Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) is threatened with a realterms budget cut that might close its central unit and terminate the national database. Five jobs out of 50 are set to go, possibly leaving the scheme’s 39 Finds Liaison Officers (FLOs) to be grouped and managed regionally. Many FLOs think this would destroy the scheme.

Human remains: retain or return?

Several years ago when I lived in Bonn, I stayed just down the road from the Rheinisches Landesmuseum, which holds the original Neanderthal remains discovered just to the north near Düsseldorf in 1856. My regular visits to view these remains were always very moving and meaningful; gazing at them, I was establishing a connection to […]


Deep inside Silbury Hill

Deep in the heart of Silbury Hill I was lucky enough to be invited along on the press tour of the Silbury Hill excavations on Wednesday, October 24. So, taking my life in my hands, I hopped in the infamous Selkirk camper van and headed down with Andrew.  There’s more going on there than I […]