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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.


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 beginning to surrender their secrets once more, in an investigation by  Ireland’s Underwater Archaeology Unit, spearheaded by Karl Brady. Precisely what happened that 11th century day on […]


Sutton Hoo at the British Museum

Marking the 75th anniversary of a watershed discovery In May 1939, Suffolk archaeologist Basil Brown made a discovery that would change perceptions of Anglo-Saxon England forever: a spectacular 7th-century ship burial, overlooking the River Deben at Sutton Hoo. Seventy-five years on, its contents form the centrepiece of the British Museum’s recently reopened Early Medieval Europe […]