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Review – Iron Age, Roman and Anglo-Saxon Settlement along the Empingham to Hannington Pipeline in Northamptonshire and Rutland

S Carlyle, J Clarke, and A Chapman Archaeopress, £26.00 ISBN 978-1784915346 Review Edward Biddulph A mixed blessing for archaeologists, pipelines slice through the countryside, offering the chance to investigate and compare the use through time of different landscapes, but, constrained by the width of the pipeline trench, the slice is invariably too narrow to gain […]

Viking Britain

Review – Viking Britain: an exploration

Thomas Williams William Collins, £25 ISBN 978-0008171933 Review CH The image of Vikings as marauding barbarians is one that we have all encountered in popular culture. Indeed, even Thomas Williams, author of this absorbing new account of their interactions with Britain (and the British Museum’s Curator of Early Medieval Coins, who spearheaded their blockbuster exhibition […]

Making of Prehistoric Wiltshire

Review – The Making of Prehistoric Wiltshire

David Field and David McOmish, with photographs by Steve Speller Amberley Publishing, £16.99 ISBN 978-1445648415 Review David Roberts This brisk and fluent volume provides, as promised, an up-to-date account of the prehistory of Wiltshire. It is greatly aided by its authors’ involvement in so many of the key prehistoric research projects in the region over […]

The Pilum

Review – The Pilum: The Roman Heavy Javelin

M C Bishop Osprey Publishing, £12.99 ISBN 978-1472815880 Review Kate Gilliver Mike Bishop’s beautifully produced volume on the Roman pilum collects a vast amount of evidence – archaeological, sculptural, and literary. The author does an excellent job covering the development, use, and impact of this iconic javelin, leaving us in no doubt of the seriousness […]

Excavations at the British Museum

Review – Excavations at the British Museum

Rebecca Haslam and Victoria Ridgeway The British Museum Press, £40.00 ISBN 978-0861592036 Review LM The British Museum is home to archaeological riches from all over the world, but what can its own archaeology tell us about Bloomsbury through the ages? Investigations carried out by Pre-Construct Archaeology in the 1990s and 2000s in advance of the […]

Gatherings

Review – Gatherings: Past and Present

Edited by Fiona Beglane British Archaeological Reports, £28.00 ISBN 978-1407314587 Review Rena Maguire In 2013, Fáilte Ireland, the national tourism authority, hosted a year-long Gathering, a series of island-wide events aimed at bringing the Irish diaspora back to the Oul’ Sod. A complementary international conference, The Archaeology of Gatherings, was held in October 2013 in […]

Segedunum

Review – Segedunum: Excavations by Charles Daniels in the Roman Fort at Wallsend (1975-1984)

Alan Rushworth and Alexandra Croom Oxbow Books, £55.00 ISBN 978-1785700262 Review Rob Collins The Roman fort of Segedunum is better known by its modern English place-name, Wallsend, which conveniently holds the subtle clue to the fort’s position – at the eastern terminus of Hadrian’s monumental structure. The late Charles Daniels was provided with the opportunity […]

Agriculture and Industry

Review – Agriculture and Industry in South-Eastern Roman Britain

Edited by David Bird Oxbow Books, £40.00 ISBN 978-1785703195 Review John Manley This book of 17 papers provides a significant overview of our current understanding of agriculture and industry in south-eastern Roman Britain. It opens with a summarising chapter drawn from the New Visions of the Countryside of Roman Britain project, followed by a scene-setting […]

cauldron

Review – A Celtic Feast: the Iron Age cauldrons from Chiseldon, Wiltshire

Alexandra Baldwin and Jody Joy The British Museum Press, £40 ISBN 978-0861592036 Review Rachel Wilkinson The Chiseldon hoard contained 17 Iron Age cauldrons and numerous fragments – but this was not your average picnic. Found in 2004 and excavated in 2005, it is the largest deposit of cauldrons from prehistoric Europe. This find – and […]

Offa's Dyke

Review – Offa’s Dyke: landscape and hegemony in 8th-century Britain

Keith Ray and Ian Bapty Windgather Press, £29.95 ISBN 978-1905119356 Review George Nash This welcome volume provides the reader with a detailed and comprehensive history of one of the most important early medieval earthworks in the British Isles. The 240km earthwork bank and ditch of Offa’s Dyke would have been a massive undertaking in terms […]