Embroidery is simply defined as the embellishment of textiles using needle and thread. However, as revealed in this book, it was a highly regarded art form in the Anglo-Saxon world, playing as critical a role in the visual communication of early medieval society as the more recognised arts of metalwork and manuscript illumination.
This book is a model of its kind. The extent to which the structure of St Peter at Gloucester has been altered – as with all large Norman churches in England – requires, on the one hand, a close analysis of the remains and, on the other, clear and justified reconstructions.
In this month’s ‘Science Notes’, we will look at the way three-dimensional (3D) imaging can be used to study the accuracy of plaster casts created by 19th-century archaeologists to record and preserve ancient monuments. A recent study published in Antiquity compared casts taken of parts of the Parthenon in Athens in the early 1800s and the 1870s with the original sculptures in their current state, in order to determine the reliability of the casts and to help monitor the sculptures’ deterioration over time.
Visitors to Stonehenge have been taking photographs of the monument – and themselves – for almost 150 years. Lucia Marchini visited the site to explore a new exhibition showcasing some of these images, and the stories they tell.
An auxiliary bunker built during the Second World War has been discovered during deforestation work in southern Scotland.
Archaeological work conducted in advance of the construction of a new school in Somerton, Somerset, has uncovered a high-status Romano-British cemetery.
Analysis of Neolithic finds and a Bronze Age cemetery uncovered near Drumnadrochit in the Scottish Highlands has enhanced understanding of the site’s prehistory.
New research examining animal bones from Navan Fort in County Armagh (led by Dr Richard Madgwick at Cardiff University) has demonstrated that Iron Age people were travelling significant distances with their livestock to visit this ceremonial centre.
A project to survey the prehistoric landscape around the Callanish Stones on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides has revealed evidence of other stone circles hidden beneath the peat, including one with evidence of a large lightning strike in its centre.
In this column Joe Flatman looks at the diverse array of sites and landscapes that CA has visited on the Isle of Wight over the years.