Flagship national archaeology scheme faces crippling cuts

The Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) is threatened with a realterms budget cut that might close its central unit and terminate the national database. Five jobs out of 50 are set to go, possibly leaving the scheme’s 39 Finds Liaison Officers (FLOs) to be grouped and managed regionally. Many FLOs think this would destroy the scheme.

Human remains: retain or return?

Several years ago when I lived in Bonn, I stayed just down the road from the Rheinisches Landesmuseum, which holds the original Neanderthal remains discovered just to the north near Düsseldorf in 1856. My regular visits to view these remains were always very moving and meaningful; gazing at them, I was establishing a connection to […]


Chiseldon Cauldrons

In the story of Bricriu’s feast and of MacDatho’s pig in the Irish epics, heroes vie with each other for the champion’s portion – the first cut of meat to be speared in the communal cauldron. What were these cauldrons like? A hoard of twelve – gobsmackingly unique’ in the words of one British Museum […]



Museum of London archaeologists have unearthed both the latest Roman and the earliest Anglo-Saxon evidence so far found in the capital. Roman Londinium was largely abandoned by c. AD 400 and it was not until c. AD 650 that Anglo-Saxon Lundenwic established. What happened in between? New rescue excavations at St Martin-in-the-Fields church in Trafalgar […]


Power Houses

‘A house is a living organism. It expresses the needs, habits, energy, taste and imagination of its builder and his descendants. To interpret the building, understand the builder. And look at its immediate context to help bring the property to life.’ This is the approach of Anthony Emery, our leading expert on the great houses […]


      The treasures of King Tutankhamun's tomb have gone on display in a blockbuster exhibition at the 02 Centre. Opinions are divided about the exhibition:,,2211279,00.html

Has Stonehenge's huge support settlement been found?

Archaeologists working near Stonehenge have uncovered what they believe is the largest Neolithic settlement ever discovered in Northern Europe.   The settlement is buried beneath the bank of Durrington Walls, a great circular ditched enclosure, and archaeologists beleive that Durrington Walls holds clues to the Stonehenge mystery. For the full story:


Deep inside Silbury Hill

Deep in the heart of Silbury Hill I was lucky enough to be invited along on the press tour of the Silbury Hill excavations on Wednesday, October 24. So, taking my life in my hands, I hopped in the infamous Selkirk camper van and headed down with Andrew.  There’s more going on there than I […]