Author: Andrew Selkirk

Andrew Selkirk founded Current Archaeology in 1967 and is now Editor-in-Chief. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, and was Vice-President of the Royal Archaeological Institute, and has served on the councils of the Prehistoric Society, and the Roman Society. He has a particular interest in amateur archaeology, and is Chairman of the Council for Independent Archaeology which was established to promote archaeology carried out independently of government. He is currently writing a book, Barbarism and Civilisation, the first drafts of which can be read on the website www.civilization.org.uk
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The Etruscans, Phoenicians, and Tartessos

Andrew Selkirk writes: Having finished writing my magnum opus on the Greeks, I thought I should take a quick look at their rivals in the Mediterranean at that time — the Etruscans, the Phoenicians, and Tartessos —  and to try to see how they rose, and how eventually they were gobbled up by the Greeks […]

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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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Rome’s Margaret Thatcher

In the late 20th century, a British prime minister looked at her country, saw that it was in decline and set out to reverse that decline; her name was Margaret Thatcher. In the mid-fourth century a Roman emperor looked at the Roman Empire and saw that it was in decline and set out to reverse […]

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Kenwood revamped

Kenwood has just been revamped. It had been closed   for two years —it needed a new roof:   so how does it look? For those who do not know Kenwood, it is a superb country house set on the northern edge of Hampstead Heath and thus rather remote from public transport. It was built, […]

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Coins and the Bible

 Render unto Caesar . . .   Many people study Roman coins, but how were they actually used? For the student of Roman coins by far and away the best source of information is the Bible, or more specifically, the Gospels.   The classical Roman writers were all far too highbrow to deal with anything […]

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Mick Aston’s latest dig

Mick Aston is best known as the leader of the Time Team, running around telling other people what to do and  where to dig.   But Mick is someone who practises what he preaches and for many years now he has been investigating his home village at Winscombe, near Western-Super-Mare in Somerset.   Here he […]

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Honor Frost Foundation

Hurrah!   No sooner had I written my blog on Mr Moneybags than I discovered a new Mr Moneybags, or rather a Miss Moneybags, in the form of the Honor Frost Foundation. I have long known Honor Frost as a name to conjure with,  one of the glamorous pioneers of underwater archaeology, someone who in […]

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What price Heritage?

Money, Money, Money: What price heritage? Twice a year, summer and winter, English Heritage publishes a fascinating magazine called Conservation Bulletin. It is intended for those it calls ‘conservation specialists, opinion-formers and decision makers’; it is a wonderful magazine, as it gives an insight into the concerns and policies of English Heritage, the body we […]

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I’ve been in London 50 years!

It’s Guy Fawkes night — 5 November 2012 – and I have been in London for 50 years. I first came to London in 1962 to take up a new job and a new life as an articled clerk, and I stayed with my friend David at the Belsize Square Residential Club, a somewhat seedy […]

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Who is Mr Moneybags in archaeology?

It is a common complaint today that our society has become too unequal. To an archaeologist, of course, the complaint is nonsense. Compare our society to the pharaohs of Egypt, or to most societies in the past – we are remarkably equal. No one is able to afford to build a pyramid today, and even […]

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