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Time heals: Digging Caerwent with Operation Nightingale

At first glance the skills of a soldier and an archaeologist do not seem an obvious match. Yet both disciplines demand manual labour whatever the weather and a keen appreciation of landscapes. Diarmaid Walshe explains how these military skills are being deployed on a Ministry of Defence (MOD) estate overlooking Caerwent Roman town.     […]

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Return to Star Carr: Discovering the true size of a Mesolithic settlement

What can we learn from going back to a site that was first excavated by Grahame Clark in 1949-51, and that has since become the type site for the early Mesolithic? The answer is a new understanding that overturns much of what we have been taught about the lives of early settlers in northern Europe, […]

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Mick Aston: Time Team remembers

When we invited Mick’s Time Team colleagues to contribute to our commemorative article, we were inundated with warm words and loving memories.   Tim Taylor Time Team Series Producer and creator After 23 years of friendship and working with Mick, it is hard to summarise my thoughts about the lovely man, but I will give […]

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6,000-year-old oak carving is among Europe’s oldest

A 6,000-year-old oak timber carved with a concentric oval pattern and zig-zag lines, recently discovered in the RhonddaValley, Mid Wales, is thought to be among the oldest decorative wood carvings known from Europe. Found by Heritage Recording Services Wales during the construction of a wind farm near Maerdy, the 1.7m long timber had been preserved […]

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Corinium‘s dead: Excavating the Tetbury Road Roman cemetery

Recent excavations just outside the walls of Roman Cirencester revealed the unexpected survival of parts of a town cemetery — and gave the best glimpse for 40 years of Corinium‘s occupants. Neil Holbrook, Ed McSloy, and Jonny Geber explained the results to Matthew Symonds.   It started as a watching brief in 2011. Though Bridges […]

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Viking Torksey: Inside the Great Army’s winter camp

In the winter of AD 872-873 a Viking army made camp at Torksey in Lincolnshire. Dawn Hadley and Julian D Richards are leading a new project to investigate life in those winter quarters, and to discover what happened after the Norsemen moved on. A brief, understated entry in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle for the year 872 […]

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Remembering Mick Aston

It is with great sadness that we have learned that Mick Aston passed away on 24  June. Familiar to millions for his work on Time Team, Mick’s passion for archaeology and gentle good humour inspired countless viewers to follow in his footsteps. A longstanding friend of Current Archaeology, we were thrilled when he started writing […]

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Meet the Mary Rose archer

An interdisciplinary team of scientists have reconstructed the face of a Tudor archer, almost 500 years after he drowned aboard Henry VIII’s flagship, the Mary Rose. Some 92 skeletons were recovered when the wreck was raised in 1983 (CA 272). Since then, researchers at Swansea University have used cutting-edge motion-capture technology and computer modelling to […]

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Review: The Mary Rose museum

The jets dowsing the Mary Rose in polyethylene glycol have finally been shut off. As work begins on drying her timbers, the finishing touches have just been made to a new state-of-the-art museum showcasing the former pride of Henry VIII’s King’s Ships. Matthew Symonds was given a sneak preview of the custom-built display space for […]

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Aberystwyth Young Archaeologists recreate 1930s dig photo

Aberystwyth’s Young Archaeologists’ Club recently stepped back in time nearly 80 years to recreate an historic view of excavators working on Pen Dinas hillfort above the town, on a summer’s day in 1934. The original photograph forms part of the 1930s Pen Dinas excavation archive held by the National Monuments Record of Wales. It shows […]