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Salisbury Museum

The new Wessex Gallery of Archaeology showcases Salisbury Museum’s spectacular collection of artefacts from Stonehenge and the surrounding area. The area around Salisbury boasts an almost incredible wealth of archaeological sites, from immediately recognisable monuments such as Stonehenge, to spots like the Blick Mead Mesolithic homebase (CA 293), where ongoing research is still revealing their exciting potential. […]


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 […]


The Lod Mosaic

A new exhibition at Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire, entitled Predators and Prey: a Roman mosaic from Lod, Israel, showcases one of the world’s most dazzling mosaics. Richard Hodges, director of the Roman site of Butrint in Albania, was invited to the launch. Waddesdon Manor, like the Lod Mosaic, which is now on display in its […]


Richard revisited

A major new visitor centre, exploring the life, death, and rediscovery of Richard III, has just opened on Leicester’s Grey Friars site. But what is to be seen? CA went along in advance of the grand opening. On 26 July 2014, Leicester’s £4 million King Richard III Visitor Centre opened, the centrepiece of a series […]


Bodyguards, corpses, and cults

Everyday life in the Roman military community at Inveresk Rome’s northern frontier could be a cosmopolitan place, with forts attracting bustling civilian settlements, visiting VIPs, and exotic religions. Excavations at Inveresk have teased out details of life at this tantalising site, as Fraser Hunter reveals. Recent discoveries at Inveresk are casting vivid light on the […]


Buried Vikings: Excavating Cumwhitton’s cemetery

Ten years ago, a single brooch led to the discovery of an exceptionally rare Viking-era site. Now that the post-excavation is complete, Adam Parsons and Rachel Newman of Oxford Archaeology North tell the inside story.   In March 2004, Peter Adams was out metal-detecting; little did he know that he was about to make one […]


The sacking of Auldhame

Investigating a Viking burial  in a monastic graveyard After a farmer found human bones in plough soil at Auldhame, East Lothian, excavation revealed a lost Anglo-Saxon monastery. Within its cemetery lay a tantalising link to historical accounts of a Viking king, supposedly struck down after wronging a saint. Anne Crone, Alex Woolf, and Rod McCullagh […]


The many faces  of Silbury Hill

Unravelling the evolution of  Europe’s largest prehistoric mound When a tunnel into Silbury Hill was opened for the first time in almost  40 years to allow emergency conservation work, a team of English Heritage  archaeologists seized the opportunity to enter the mound. Their recently  published work has revolutionised our view of this magnificent prehistoric  monument, […]


Horton’s  Neolithic houses

Exploring  a prehistoric landscape at  Kingsmead  Quarry Over a decade of excavation in a quarry near Horton, Berkshire, has laid bare a remarkable prehistoric site, boasting some of the finest Early Neolithic buildings in the country. Alistair Barclay and Gareth Chaffey described to Matthew Symonds how the arrival of farming transformed a landscape. Passengers gazing […]


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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