Author: Carly Hilts

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Neglected church transformed

A neglected Grade II* listed Victorian church in Bolton, near Manchester, has been transformed into a new community centre that opens today (6 December), a project that the Churches Conservation Trust hopes will provide a model for England’s 200 other at-risk urban churches. Built in 1881 by an Evangelical mill owner, All Souls, Bolton was […]

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What do we really know about the Vikings? Yes, they raided, and they hoarded (as illustrated by our richly tangled cover shot). But what cultural footprint did they leave in Scotland, England, Wales, and Ireland, and how does their archaeological legacy differ from place to place? Carly Hilts explores a wealth of data on the […]

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Richard III: case closed?

Extensive genetic and genealogical analysis involving both male and female-line relatives of Richard III  have confirmed that the skeleton found beneath a Leicester car park is that of the lost Medieval king, researchers announced today (2 December). Bayesian statistical analysis has proven the remains’ identity to a probability of 99.999% ‘at its most conservative’, the […]

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Secrets of the Staffordshire Hoard: Skills of the Saxon smiths revealed

The Staffordshire Hoard is a glittering reminder of the creative talents of the Anglo-Saxons — but now a pioneering research project is revealing that their skills were more far sophisticated than previously imagined, as Carly Hilts learned.   When the Staffordshire Hoard was discovered in 2009 (CA 236), the exquisite artistry of its contents immediately […]

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All that glitters is not gold? According to the latest research  on the Staffordshire Hoard, it certainly seems so. Ongoing  investigations are revealing that sophisticated Saxon goldsmiths  had developed a technique to make their gold appear to be  rather more golden than it really was. But how did they do it?  Carly Hilts spoke with […]

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What lies beneath the ground at Stonehenge? A major initiative to map the geophysics of some 12 square kilometres of surrounding landscape is now all but complete. This has revealed a startling amount of archaeology, including the footprints of hundreds of previously unknown features that range from henge-like monuments to ditches and pits. Turn to […]

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Stonehenge’s hidden landscape

The Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project is an unprecedented initiative to survey a vast tract of land around the iconic stones. Now that the bulk of the practical work is complete, Carly Hilts spoke to Vince Gaffney and Chris Gaffney to find out more. Stonehenge could confidently claim to be one of the most-studied, and certainly most hotly debated, prehistoric […]

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This issue of CA has a watery theme. We start with Graeme Young’s account of excavating burnt mounds in the wetlands of Bamburgh in Northumberland. Are these mounds the waste from large-scale brewing or were the heated stones used to provide steam for a sauna? Next, Robert Van de Noort tells our Assistant Editor, Carly […]

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When a hole appeared in the summit of Silbury Hill, English Heritage had a crisis on their hands. As a major conservation operation swung into action, a team of archaeologists grasped this opportunity to re-enter the mound. Their remarkable discoveries have demolished views of Silbury Hill as a chieftain’s vanity project. A powerful figure may […]

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The logboats in the lake

For up to 4,500 years, a series of sunken dug-out canoes have been lying,  forgotten, on the bottom of Lough Corrib in Co. Galway. Now these vessels  are beginning to surrender their secrets once more, in an investigation by  Ireland’s Underwater Archaeology Unit, spearheaded by Karl Brady. Precisely what happened that 11th century day on […]

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