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Pub Dig 4: Cavaliers and Cock Ale

After four weeks of fun, frivolity and fascinating finds, the first series of  Pub Dig series has come to an end. Their final foray took us to Banbury, today an attractive market town  – but during the English Civil War this Parliamentarian stronghold was the site of some of the bloodiest fighting of the whole […]

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Time Team: secrets of the Saxon gold

The discovery of the Staffordshire hoard (see CA 236) in July 2009 was one of the most exciting archaeological finds of the last decade. Since then, a dizzying array of interdisciplinary research has taken place to see what this extraordinary collection of artefacts can add to our understanding of Anglo-Saxon England. In this Time Team special, Tony Robinson guided us through what has been found out so far

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Meet the Romans with Mary Beard

In this, the first episode of three, Mary Beard (Cambridge’s Professor of Classics) sets out to find the human stories behind the dazzling spectacle of ancient Rome.

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Pub Dig 3 – pints and pilgrims

Another week, another micro-dig courtesy of the Pub Dig team, and this time Rory and Paul are at the Six Bells in St Albans, Herts. Built in c.1600, this is the only pub standing within the walls of old Verulamium, once the third biggest city in Roman Britain. Will the team unearth evidence of the site’s Roman past?

Metal Detecting & Archaeology

This is a book that reflects the uncomfortable truce that has been reached between pragmatism and ideology within the archaeological community in regard to metal detecting. Papers on metal detector use in Poland and South Africa describe regimes wherein freelance metal detecting is banned; detectors may only be used under licence within a controlled research […]

Metals And Metalworking: A Research Framework For Archaeometallurgy

This is another quietly evangelising publication, priced to ensure a wide circulation and written by the leading experts in their field, part of whose purpose is to alert non metallurgists (NMs) to the sorts of thing that get metallurgists (Ms) excited so that NMs across the archaeological community can help Ms identify sites and material […]

Hambledon Hill, Dorset, England – Excavation and Survey of a Neolithic Monument Complex

It is astonishing to think that this two-volume report, the definitive account of Roger Mercer’s excavations at Hambledon Hill between 1974 and 1986, has only just been published when the results of those excavations have in fact influenced the thinking of every archaeologist who has ever worked on a Neolithic causewayed enclosure over the last […]

Who Built Beverley Minster?

Nothing is as good as a question to establish the theme of a book. But in this case the question is not just answered by trawling through historical records to establish which wealthy patrons sought to bribe St Peter by sponsoring the construction of one of England’s finest churches: our authors are just as concerned […]

Human Remains In Archaeology: A Handbook

This is an excellent book about a subject so fundamental to archaeological field practice that nobody should be let loose on an excavation unless they have read it. Human remains are everywhere, and this book tells us what we need to know about the laws relating to finds of human remains, and how to excavate, […]

Blood And Mistletoe: The History Of The Druids In Britain

Many archaeologists regard Druids with disdain, as cranks or romantics who claim to have roots deep in the ancient past, but whose practices are largely invented in relatively recent times. This may be so, but archaeologists and Druids share a huge amount of DNA: certainly in the early years of the 18th century, it was […]

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