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Great-Archaeologists

REVIEW: The Great Archaeologists

The Great  Archaeologists Brian Fagan (ed) Thames & Hudson, £24.95 ISBN 978-0500051818 Archaeology can lay claim to its  fair share of colourful practitioners.  Among the 70 lives spanning  over 300 years chronicled  here are eccentrics, adventurers,  and visionaries. Unsurprisingly,  not all of them were ‘great’ in  the sense that their approaches  would be endorsed by […]

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REVIEW: The Secret History of the Roman Roads of Britain

The Secret History  of the Roman  Roads of Britain M.C. Bishop Pen and Sword, £19.99 ISBN 978-1848846159 The title of this book is rather  modest about its true scope.  While this volume has plenty  of interest to say about Roman  roads, at its heart this is an alternative  history of Britain. Laying  out what could […]

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REVIEW: Religion in Medieval London: archaeology and belief

Religion in Medieval  London: archaeology  and belief B Barber, C Thomas,  and B Watson MOLA, £10.00 ISBN 978-1907586071 Modern London is a diverse city,  yet for all its variety, traditional  religious practice is on the wane,  with congregations dwindling.  Conversely, in the Medieval  period, religion was central  to daily life, but London’s  religious landscape was […]

Time's-Anvil

REVIEW: Time’s Anvil: England, archaeology and the imagination

Time’s Anvil: England,  archaeology and  the imagination Richard Morris Phoenix, £9.99 ISBN 978-1780222448 The press release for this  remarkable book announces  that it ‘defies categorisation’.  It is not wrong. Longlisted for  the Samuel Johnson prize,  Time’s Anvil contemplates what  is now England over a span  of 750,000 years. Morris, a  former director of the Council […]

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Neglected church transformed

A neglected Grade II* listed Victorian church in Bolton, near Manchester, has been transformed into a new community centre that opens today (6 December), a project that the Churches Conservation Trust hopes will provide a model for England’s 200 other at-risk urban churches. Built in 1881 by an Evangelical mill owner, All Souls, Bolton was […]

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Richard III: case closed?

Extensive genetic and genealogical analysis involving both male and female-line relatives of Richard III  have confirmed that the skeleton found beneath a Leicester car park is that of the lost Medieval king, researchers announced today (2 December). Bayesian statistical analysis has proven the remains’ identity to a probability of 99.999% ‘at its most conservative’, the […]

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Secrets of the Staffordshire Hoard: Skills of the Saxon smiths revealed

The Staffordshire Hoard is a glittering reminder of the creative talents of the Anglo-Saxons — but now a pioneering research project is revealing that their skills were more far sophisticated than previously imagined, as Carly Hilts learned.   When the Staffordshire Hoard was discovered in 2009 (CA 236), the exquisite artistry of its contents immediately […]

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Piddington Uncovered: Beyond the Roman Villa

Roy and Diana Friendship-Taylor have been excavating at Piddington for the past 35 years. There they have uncovered a typical Roman villa, evidence for a Roman fort, but also much more. CA‘s editor-in-chief, Andrew Selkirk, explains. Piddington is an excavation that perhaps approaches most completely the ideal of what many people think an independent excavation […]

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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. […]

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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 […]