Reviews

Offa's Dyke

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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Wood Quay

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 […]

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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 […]