Category: Reviews

Great-Archaeologists

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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REVIEW: The Secret History of the Roman Roads of Britain

The Secret History  of the Roman  Roads of Britain M.C. Bishop Pen and Sword, £19.99 ISBN 978-1848846159 The title of this book is rather  modest about its true scope.  While this volume has plenty  of interest to say about Roman  roads, at its heart this is an alternative  history of Britain. Laying  out what could […]

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REVIEW: Religion in Medieval London: archaeology and belief

Religion in Medieval  London: archaeology  and belief B Barber, C Thomas,  and B Watson MOLA, £10.00 ISBN 978-1907586071 Modern London is a diverse city,  yet for all its variety, traditional  religious practice is on the wane,  with congregations dwindling.  Conversely, in the Medieval  period, religion was central  to daily life, but London’s  religious landscape was […]

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REVIEW: Time’s Anvil: England, archaeology and the imagination

Time’s Anvil: England,  archaeology and  the imagination Richard Morris Phoenix, £9.99 ISBN 978-1780222448 The press release for this  remarkable book announces  that it ‘defies categorisation’.  It is not wrong. Longlisted for  the Samuel Johnson prize,  Time’s Anvil contemplates what  is now England over a span  of 750,000 years. Morris, a  former director of the Council […]

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Salisbury Museum

The new Wessex Gallery of Archaeology showcases Salisbury Museum’s spectacular collection of artefacts from Stonehenge and the surrounding area. The area around Salisbury boasts an almost incredible wealth of archaeological sites, from immediately recognisable monuments such as Stonehenge, to spots like the Blick Mead Mesolithic homebase (CA 293), where ongoing research is still revealing their exciting potential. […]

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The Lod Mosaic

A new exhibition at Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire, entitled Predators and Prey: a Roman mosaic from Lod, Israel, showcases one of the world’s most dazzling mosaics. Richard Hodges, director of the Roman site of Butrint in Albania, was invited to the launch. Waddesdon Manor, like the Lod Mosaic, which is now on display in its […]

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Richard revisited

A major new visitor centre, exploring the life, death, and rediscovery of Richard III, has just opened on Leicester’s Grey Friars site. But what is to be seen? CA went along in advance of the grand opening. On 26 July 2014, Leicester’s £4 million King Richard III Visitor Centre opened, the centrepiece of a series […]

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Sutton Hoo at the British Museum

Marking the 75th anniversary of a watershed discovery In May 1939, Suffolk archaeologist Basil Brown made a discovery that would change perceptions of Anglo-Saxon England forever: a spectacular 7th-century ship burial, overlooking the River Deben at Sutton Hoo. Seventy-five years on, its contents form the centrepiece of the British Museum’s recently reopened Early Medieval Europe […]

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Review: The Mary Rose museum

The jets dowsing the Mary Rose in polyethylene glycol have finally been shut off. As work begins on drying her timbers, the finishing touches have just been made to a new state-of-the-art museum showcasing the former pride of Henry VIII’s King’s Ships. Matthew Symonds was given a sneak preview of the custom-built display space for […]

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After the Ice: exhibiting life at Star Carr

11,000-year-old artefacts from Star Carr, Britain’s largest-known Mesolithic settlement, will go on display for the first time tomorrow (24 May), with the opening of a new exhibition at the Yorkshire Museum. With highlights including  deer skull head-dresses, bone harpoons, and amber and shale jewellery, preserved by the peaty environment of the lakeside camp where they […]

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