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Review – British Art: ancient landscapes

Antiquity has long been a source of inspiration for artists, with striking images of prehistoric monuments appearing in a variety of media across the centuries. Lucia Marchini visits an exhibition that explores the popularity of British prehistory in the visual arts. The enduring appeal of prehistoric monuments makes them fitting subjects for artworks. From antiquarians […]

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Review – Flag Fen Basin: living in prehistoric wetlands

Remarkable finds from Must Farm take centre stage in a new exhibition at Peterborough Museum, which tells the story of excavations at the ancient river channel and settlement, and explores their connection with other prehistoric sites around the Fens. Lucia Marchini delves into Bronze Age life at Must Farm and Flag Fen. When the remains […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Summer of Love

As well as marking 50 years since the launch of CA, this year sees the golden anniversary of musical masterpieces and a landmark law. Lucia Marchini explores the heritage attractions that offer a taste of 1967. In 1967, San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district drew in crowds of gentle people with flowers in their hair for a […]

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Revealing the heart of Viking Dublin Between 1974 and 1981, excavations in Dublin’s historic centre revealed a vast swathe of intact archaeology spanning most of the Viking-founded town’s Scandinavian occupation. Now the full findings have been published for the first time in a landmark new book. Carly Hilts takes a tour through the Viking streets. […]

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Review: Jorvik Viking Centre

York’s celebrated Viking museum was forced to close when its galleries were flooded in December 2015, but with repairs and renovations now complete, its doors are open to the public once more. Carly Hilts explores the new-look Jorvik. Last year marked an exciting anniversary for those interested in the Viking Age – the millenary of […]

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Review: Grosvenor Museum

  First opened in 1886, Chester’s Grosvenor Museum has been telling the story of the historic city for more than a century. Lucia Marchini tours the archaeological collections. The Romans who founded a legionary fortress, Deva Victrix, at Chester in the AD 70s left their mark on the city. More than half of the line […]

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Review: Letters from Baghdad

The many achievements of Gertrude Bell (1868-1926) cover archaeology, travel, political administration, and more. She was a key figure in the formation of the modern state of Iraq and founded what became the Baghdad Archaeological Museum, yet – almost a century after her death – she is lamentably overlooked.

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Tunnel: the archaeology of Crossrail

One of Europe’s largest infrastructure projects brought with it one of the most extensive archaeological programmes ever undertaken. Lucia Marchini takes a trip through London’s buried past at the Museum of London Docklands’ exhibition of highlights from the Crossrail excavations. Tens of thousands of artefacts were unearthed at 40 construction sites dotted across London between […]