Author: Andrew Selkirk

David Baker at Battle

Digging Selborne Priory

What to do when you retire   A lot of my friends seem to be retiring at present and for the same reason: that they all got their jobs in and around the magic years of 1972 and 1973.   In my last blog I went to Mick Jones’ retirement party at Lincoln, and then […]

Lincoln cathedral from castle

Lindiana Jones

Lincoln   – Mick ‘Lindiana’ Jones retires   On October 20th2012, I went up to Lincoln, to the Retirement Party for my old friend Mick Jones, the Lincoln City Archaeologist, held in the Galleries of the new or newish museum. Highlight of the evening was entertainment provided by Tom Lane, Director of Archaeological Projects Services […]

Andrew on Easter island


Now that I am Editor-in-Chief, it means that I am at least semi-retired from Current Archaeology and I am therefore able to devote much of my attention to writing what I call my ‘big book’.   And since one should always think big, at least at the outset, I am setting out to write a […]

Hackleton village hall

Council for Independent Archaeology – 15 September

Is it still possible to do archaeology without a grant? Today the whole world seems to be engulfed in an economic crisis, and thus grants of any kind are hard to come by — but are they really necessary? This is a topic that will be tackled head on at the next annual conference of […]

Kew Palace

Kew royal kitchens reopen

One of the advantages of being Editor-in-Chief is that sometimes one is invited to some rather nice Press visits.   That is how on a rainy day in May we found ourselves visiting the kitchens of the Royal Palace at Kew. The Royal Palace at Kew is the smallest and undoubtedly the prettiest of all […]


East, West, Who’s Best?

I was down in the very splendid library of the Society for Roman Studies, looking for a book and happened by chance to notice a title Rome and China.   I thought,  ha ha!, this  is a book for me.  Since I am devoting my semi-retirement to writing my ‘big book’,  a history of the […]


Archaeological magazines in Europe – and America: the Paestum experience

  It is always fascinating to find out how archaeological magazines are doing in other countries, and we had a marvellous opportunity to do this at the Annual meeting called the Borsa Mediterranea del Turismo Archeologico which is held every November at Paestum in southern Italy.   Paestum is a marvellous place to visit as […]



We have just been to Vienna for a short break.   We had never been to Vienna and we thought it was about time we went. It was intended to be an entirely non-archaeological visit but inevitably archaeology intervened and I began to ask archaeological questions: how and why did Vienna become so important? Vienna […]


Another word on Climate Change

CA’s Editor in Chief discusses the evidence for climate change and wonders whether we are barking up the wrong tree. Our Archaeology 2010 conference at the British Museum was a great success — as recounted elsewhere in this issue. My main role was to chair a session on ‘climate change’, a subject that has become […]


Quangos and Conferences

CA‘s Editor in Chief considers the impact of our next government on heritage issues, and relives his season’s epic round of conferences. An election is coming: by the time you read this, there will be a new government. The pundits tell us that whichever government is elected, a certain retrenchment may be needed in the […]

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