The two great medieval histories of the British people, those by Geoffrey of Monmouth and Nennius, have long been dismissed as fantasy. But among such tales as the arrival of the Trojan Brutus, the slaying of the giant Gogmagog, and the 12 battles of Arthur, the last of the British kings, might there be elements of truth?
Julian Richards makes no apology ‘for adding one more item to the extensive literature of Stonehenge’ as he offers the revision of his 2007 book to be this year’s Stonehenge autumn annual.
For thousands of years, people have had a keen interest in magic, whether that concerns fantastical creatures, healing charms, or the ability to fly. Bringing together a wealth of documents and artefacts, the British Library’s new exhibition, Harry Potter: a history of magic, sets out to show the substance behind the stories and reveal some of the research that went into the books.
For centuries Scotland’s finely crafted silver brooches, neck chains, vessels, and more were made from a supply of recycled Roman hacksilver. Lucia Marchini learns more about the medieval afterlife of this metal at the National Museum of Scotland’s new exhibition. When a spectacular array of cut-up silver artefacts was discovered at Traprain Law, East Lothian, […]
Edited by Michael J Allen Oxbow Books, £25.00 ISBN 978-1785706080 Review Catherine Barnett This book brings together 23 papers addressing the application of molluscan analysis to archaeological study. Michael Allen and Bas Payne introduce it, and set out its scope and geographical coverage. They note that this subject has not been covered in the literature […]
Nick Hodgson Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, £4.99 ISBN 978-0905974964 Review Matthew Symonds If you imagine Hadrian’s Wall, in your mind’s eye you will probably see it majestically crowning precipitous crags. Despite the drama of such a setting, it would be an anomaly. For most of its course, the Wall traverses more moderate terrain. […]
Review – From Bridgehead to Brewery: the medieval and post-medieval archaeological remains from Finzel’s Reach, Bristol
B M Ford, K Brady, and S Teague Oxford Archaeology, £27.00 ISBN 978-0904220865 Review Stephen Rippon This report outlines the results of a major programme of archaeological, palaeoenvironmental, documentary, and building recording in Bristol’s southern suburbs. The former wetland was enclosed by a major curvilinear ditch sometime before the 11th or early 12th century, perhaps […]
Michael Walsh The British Museum, £40.00 ISBN 978-0861592029 Review Edward Biddulph People have been collecting Samian pottery off the coast of Whitstable in Kent at least since the 18th century. The pottery may even have inspired the name of Pudding Pan, the area of the seabed from which much of the pottery has been recovered. […]
Review – Neolithic Stepping Stones: excavation and survey within the Western Seaways of Britain, 2008-2014
Edited by Duncan Garrow and Fraser Sturt Oxbow Books, £38.00 ISBN 978-1785703478 Review George Nash It is only recently that a general interest in the so-called ‘Western Seaways’ has been acknowledged. Previously, fieldwork projects in the Channel Islands archipelago, the Scillies and island groups within the western British Isles were treated as merely unique and […]
Susan Oosthuizen Windgather Press, £29.95 ISBN 978-1911188087 Review Paul Spoerry This is a comparatively slim book, but in any roll call of regional histories, also comparatively significant. Susan Oosthuizen has been well known for many years as an excellent tutor of Landscape Archaeology at Madingley Hall, Cambridge. She uses her many years of experience and […]