Opinion

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Rome’s Margaret Thatcher

In the late 20th century, a British prime minister looked at her country, saw that it was in decline and set out to reverse that decline; her name was Margaret Thatcher. In the mid-fourth century a Roman emperor looked at the Roman Empire and saw that it was in decline and set out to reverse […]

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Kenwood revamped

Kenwood has just been revamped. It had been closed   for two years —it needed a new roof:   so how does it look? For those who do not know Kenwood, it is a superb country house set on the northern edge of Hampstead Heath and thus rather remote from public transport. It was built, […]

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Mick Aston: Using Maps

Where to begin? Mick reveals why the County Record  Office should be the first port of call for any project  investigating the local landscape. Maps, particularly early maps, are one of  the most important sources for any local  project similar to ours at Winscombe in  Somerset. Most of these will be found in a  County […]

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Time Team: the end of an era?

As Time Team ends its run, Jim Mower – an archaeologist and producer for ten years on the programme – reflects on two decades of television archaeology and asks: what’s next? Time Team is the longest running history/archaeology strand in television history. Although often criticised over its lifetime, this is, by any reckoning, a remarkable […]

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A green and pleasant parish

In CA 274, Mick explained how his local research project examining the origins of Winscombe in Somerset got off the ground. Now he gives us an overview of the area itself, and how he proposed to tackle its archaeology.   Winscombe is a parish in the north of Somerset, lying towards the western end of […]

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An unexpected project

In his new bi-monthly column, Mick Aston guides us  through the trials and triumphs of local archaeology.  He starts by recalling the genesis of his current research  project at Winscombe, Somerset. When I moved to Winscombe parish in 1984 there were no thoughts in my mind of conducting a project there: indeed, I had taken […]

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ArchaeoHaiku

We challenged the archaeological world on Twitter to come up with heritage-themed haiku… and they didn’t disappoint!

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Mick Aston’s latest dig

Mick Aston is best known as the leader of the Time Team, running around telling other people what to do and  where to dig.   But Mick is someone who practises what he preaches and for many years now he has been investigating his home village at Winscombe, near Western-Super-Mare in Somerset.   Here he […]

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Stop all the spades, fill all the trenches in…

While browsing the web for fun archaeological things to share with our readers (it is Friday, after all!) we stumbled on this fantastic ‘Eulogy for Time Team’, based on W H Auden’s  Stop All The Clocks. It was originally printed in the Australian edition of the  Big Issue, and by the power of the internet […]

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Honor Frost Foundation

Hurrah!   No sooner had I written my blog on Mr Moneybags than I discovered a new Mr Moneybags, or rather a Miss Moneybags, in the form of the Honor Frost Foundation. I have long known Honor Frost as a name to conjure with,  one of the glamorous pioneers of underwater archaeology, someone who in […]

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