Author: Emma Watts-Plumpkin


Buried Vikings: Excavating Cumwhitton’s cemetery

Ten years ago, a single brooch led to the discovery of an exceptionally rare Viking-era site. Now that the post-excavation is complete, Adam Parsons and Rachel Newman of Oxford Archaeology North tell the inside story.   In March 2004, Peter Adams was out metal-detecting; little did he know that he was about to make one […]


The sacking of Auldhame

Investigating a Viking burial  in a monastic graveyard After a farmer found human bones in plough soil at Auldhame, East Lothian, excavation revealed a lost Anglo-Saxon monastery. Within its cemetery lay a tantalising link to historical accounts of a Viking king, supposedly struck down after wronging a saint. Anne Crone, Alex Woolf, and Rod McCullagh […]


The many faces  of Silbury Hill

Unravelling the evolution of  Europe’s largest prehistoric mound When a tunnel into Silbury Hill was opened for the first time in almost  40 years to allow emergency conservation work, a team of English Heritage  archaeologists seized the opportunity to enter the mound. Their recently  published work has revolutionised our view of this magnificent prehistoric  monument, […]


Current Archaeology 294

When archaeologists announced they had found the body of King  Richard III beneath a car park on the site of Leicester’s Grey Friars,  it made world news. But project leader Richard Buckley’s original  plan had been simply to discover more about the friary, rating the  chance of actually finding the king’s body as close to […]


Horton’s  Neolithic houses

Exploring  a prehistoric landscape at  Kingsmead  Quarry Over a decade of excavation in a quarry near Horton, Berkshire, has laid bare a remarkable prehistoric site, boasting some of the finest Early Neolithic buildings in the country. Alistair Barclay and Gareth Chaffey described to Matthew Symonds how the arrival of farming transformed a landscape. Passengers gazing […]


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 surrendering their secrets.


Exploring Anglo-Saxon Settlement

In search of the origins  of the English village Just how much information has come from excavation undertaken in  advance of development work? In a major survey of Anglo-Saxon settlement,  John Blair has been discovering what riches lie in the archives.   It is useless for Anglo-Saxonists to deny it: Roman villas and Norman castles […]


Richard III to be reburied in Leicester

The remains of Richard III are to be re-interred in Leicester Cathedral – likely next spring – a judicial review concluded today (23 May). Addressing crowds of journalists in the cathedral, shortly after the High Court handed down their decision at 10am, the Rt Rvd Tim Stevens, Bishop of Leicester, announced that the judges  had […]


Maryport’s mystery monuments

Investigating  gigantic timber  structures from  the imperial  twilight Last time we visited Maryport, a series of pits  long assumed to be ritual repositories for  Roman altars had just been exposed as a set  of gigantic postholes (CA 259). So what did  they support? The Newcastle University team  investigating this edifice have been exploring  when it […]


How to build a dolmen

Exploring Neolithic  construction  at Garn Turne Well known on the Continent and scattered  along the coasts of Wales, Cornwall, and  Ireland, dolmens are an immediately  recognisable form of chambered tomb.  They represent remarkable achievements  for their Neolithic builders, crowned  with stones weighing as much as 160  tonnes. Vicki Cummings and Colin  Richards investigate how these […]

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