Once part of Mercia, Nottingham was a key Anglo- Saxon settlement that became one of the five Boroughs of the Danelaw. It is therefore surprising that – according to a foreword by eminent Viking scholar Professor Judith Jesch – this slim volume is the first to be dedicated to Viking Age Nottinghamshire, but it is an informative guide to the region’s early medieval heritage, and an enjoyable read.
Author: Carly Hilts
Almost a decade ago, the crumbling remains of Reading Abbey – once one of the most important medieval religious centres in northern Europe – were closed to the public. Now, following major conservation work, the site has reopened. Carly Hilts paid a visit.
Skilled as they are at piecing together complex and often elusive clues to reconstruct a sequence of events, you might describe archaeologists as a kind of detective. (Certainly, these worlds collide in the field of forensic archaeology.) It is surely no surprise, then, that some archaeologists are also rather good at writing crime fiction. CA has previously reported on Francis Pryor’s Alan Cadbury novels, and now Nicola Ford – the pen name of Dr Nick Snashall, National Trust Archaeologist for the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site – has thrown her trowel into the ring with this zippy, clever, and entertaining read.
Highways England’s road improvement works between Cambridge and Huntingdon have allowed archaeologists to investigate an entire landscape on a vast scale. Carly Hilts visited the project to see some of the impressive finds that have been uncovered.
In February, Norsemen strode the streets of York once more in the city’s annual Viking Festival. Carly Hilts went along to see for herself.
I’ve attended Current Archaeology’s conference every year since joining the magazine as editorial assistant in 2011, and have helped plan and chair sessions for most of these – but 2018 was my first time fronting the event as editor. Now the dust has settled, and with my inbox nearly tamed, I’ve grabbed a moment to […]
A newly opened exhibition at Stonehenge documents the diet of the community thought to have been responsible for erecting the main phase of the monument – including the surprisingly far-flung origins of some of their food.
The CA editorial team loves visiting excavations for the magazine (have notebook, will travel!), but it is a rare treat to go to see a dig in our neighbourhood. Along the river from us, the Fulham Palace community archaeology project has been searching for traces of the former residence of the Bishop of London. Acquired […]
While visiting York, CA dropped by the blockbuster Viking exhibition at the Yorkshire Museum, which is shortly to go on tour.
Gladiators return to the site of London’s Roman amphitheatre for a Bank Holiday spectacular.