Reviews

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Review: Norton Priory

The museum at Norton Priory, an extensively excavated monastic site in Cheshire, reopened last summer after a major programme of redevelopment and expansion. Lucia Marchini pays a visit. Excavation of the Augustinian priory founded at Norton in 1134 began under Patrick Greene (CA 31). In 1971, a team of local volunteers and prisoners set to […]

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Warrior treasures: Saxon gold from the Staffordshire Hoard

What can the glittering weapon fittings from the Staffordshire Hoard tell us about the Anglo-Saxon warrior elite? Lucia Marchini went along to the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery’s latest exhibition to find out. It is a story familiar to many, and a find that has often graced the pages of this magazine (see CA 236, […]

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Review – Lost Landscapes of Palaeolithic Britain

Mark White (ed.) Oxford Archaeology, £25 ISBN 978-0904220773 Review George Nash This much-anticipated book, funded by the former Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund (ALSF), is a readable account of the diverse Palaeolithic landscapes of southern Britain, as uncovered through excavation and scientific investigation. The ALSF was an extremely worthwhile scheme that provided significant funding for archaeological […]

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Review – The Birth of Industrial Glasgow: the archaeology of the M74

Michael Nevell Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, £25 ISBN 978-190833210 Review LM The M74 Completion Project saw the construction of a new section of road linking the M74 and M8, which cut through southern Glasgow. Fieldwork carried out by archaeologists along the way investigated the changing landscape of what was one of the world’s key […]

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South Africa: the art of a nation

The latest exhibition at the British Museum offers an overview of South African art from manuports to Mandela and beyond. Lucia Marchini finds out more. Between 1948 and 1994, when the ruling National Party was enforcing apartheid legislation, the official version of South African history portrayed the country as a terra nullius before European settlement […]

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Review – The Oxford Handbook of Roman Britain

Martin Millett, Louise Revell, and Alison Moore (eds) OUP, £110 ISBN 978-0199697731 Review MS How are we to get a handle on Roman Britain? Traditionally, the answer has been to construct a skeleton chronology using surviving snippets of information in the ancient literature, and then flesh it out with archaeological evidence. This tried-and-tested technique has […]

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Opus anglicanum

A selection of the most luxurious of English embroideries, much desired by the rich and powerful of medieval Europe, have been brought together for a new exhibition at the V&A. Lucia Marchini takes a look. The Latin term opus anglicanum has been used in English to describe grand embroideries since the 13th century, and it gives much […]

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Review – St Paul’s Cathedral: archaeology and history

John Schofield Oxbow, £65 ISBN 978-1785702754 Review Tim Tatton-Brown Five years ago, John Schofield produced a splendid book, St Paul’s Cathedral before Wren (English Heritage, 2011), which was well described and reviewed by Chris Catling in this magazine (CA 266). This excellent survey of the archaeology and history of one of the greatest of England’s […]

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The Mary Rose revisited

The Mary Rose museum at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard was reopened 471 years to the day since the sinking of Henry VIII’s flagship – for the first time giving the public a clear view of her hull. Lucia Marchini went along to find out what else is new. When the new Mary Rose museum first opened […]

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Time Truck: London’s local archaeology

Today (Friday 9 September) is MOLA’s Time Truck’s last day at Bishops Square. Surrounded by tall commercial buildings, behind the high-end cosmetics shops of Old Spitalfields Market, the pop-up exhibition offers a chance to explore everyday life in east London in the 17th-19th centuries. With staff from MOLA on hand to explain the selection of […]