Category: Reviews

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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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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 […]

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Book Review: Bearsden – A Roman Fort on the Antonine Wall

Bearsden: A Roman fort on the Antonine Wall David J Breeze Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, £30.00 ISBN 978-1908332080 Bearsden presents a challenge to anyone who believes that Roman forts are much of a muchness. This military base once formed part of a cordon of forts strung out along the length of the Antonine Wall, a frontier system […]

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REVIEW: 50 Finds from Cheshire

50 Finds from Cheshire: Objects from the Portable Antiquities Scheme Vanessa Oakden Amberley, £14.99 ISBN 978-1445646909 This new work celebrating finds reported to the Portable Antiquities Scheme in Cheshire provides an illustrated insight into the county’s archaeology, and challenges previous views on ancient life. Its chronological layout clearly charts key finds from the area, spanning […]

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Rievaulx Abbey

Nestled in the green, wooded hills of the North York Moors lie the ruins of Rievaulx Abbey. English Heritage has recently opened a new museum on the site, more than doubling the number of artefacts on show. Lucia Marchini discovered how the state-of-the-art displays explore over 400 years of Cistercian abbey life. Founded in 1132 […]

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Babylon

Recently I had the good fortune to spend a week in France doing babysitting duties with my grandchildren at my son’s house near Toulouse. It gave me the opportunity to read, so I so took with me a book on Babylon by Michael Seymour which we had been sent for review. Here are my thoughts. […]

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REVIEW: Home: A Time Traveller’s Tales from Britain’s Prehistory

Home: A Time  Traveller’s Tales from  Britain’s Prehistory Francis Pryor Allen Lane, £20.00 ISBN 978-1846144875 ‘Archaeology is about the past  as experienced by ordinary  people,’ writes Francis Pryor.  Arguing that the past is too  often approached from the top  down, focusing on monarchs  and political events, he makes  the case for a greater emphasis  on […]

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REVIEW: The History of Archaeology

The History of  Archaeology Paul Bahn (ed.) Routledge, £24.99 ISBN 978-0415841726 This welcome book is essential  reading for archaeology  students, with 13 contributors exploring the discipline’s development  in different countries.  Bahn opens with a chapter on  pre-modern views of the past,  while Colin Renfrew concludes  with comments on the future  of archaeology. For those with […]

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REVIEW: The Great Archaeologists

The Great  Archaeologists Brian Fagan (ed) Thames & Hudson, £24.95 ISBN 978-0500051818 Archaeology can lay claim to its  fair share of colourful practitioners.  Among the 70 lives spanning  over 300 years chronicled  here are eccentrics, adventurers,  and visionaries. Unsurprisingly,  not all of them were ‘great’ in  the sense that their approaches  would be endorsed by […]

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