Author: Kathryn Krakowka

Agriculture and Industry

Review – Agriculture and Industry in South-Eastern Roman Britain

Edited by David Bird Oxbow Books, £40.00 ISBN 978-1785703195 Review John Manley This book of 17 papers provides a significant overview of our current understanding of agriculture and industry in south-eastern Roman Britain. It opens with a summarising chapter drawn from the New Visions of the Countryside of Roman Britain project, followed by a scene-setting […]

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Review – Hailes Abbey

Once a destination for pilgrims, Hailes Abbey now lies in ruins. Lucia Marchini takes a look at a newly refurbished museum on the site that explores the abbey’s history. In the late 1530s, Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the Monasteries saw many religious establishments across the country put out of use, looted, and left in ruins. […]

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Review – A Celtic Feast: the Iron Age cauldrons from Chiseldon, Wiltshire

Alexandra Baldwin and Jody Joy The British Museum Press, £40 ISBN 978-0861592036 Review Rachel Wilkinson The Chiseldon hoard contained 17 Iron Age cauldrons and numerous fragments – but this was not your average picnic. Found in 2004 and excavated in 2005, it is the largest deposit of cauldrons from prehistoric Europe. This find – and […]

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Review – Offa’s Dyke: landscape and hegemony in 8th-century Britain

Keith Ray and Ian Bapty Windgather Press, £29.95 ISBN 978-1905119356 Review George Nash This welcome volume provides the reader with a detailed and comprehensive history of one of the most important early medieval earthworks in the British Isles. The 240km earthwork bank and ditch of Offa’s Dyke would have been a massive undertaking in terms […]

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Wood Quay

Revealing the heart of Viking Dublin Between 1974 and 1981, excavations in Dublin’s historic centre revealed a vast swathe of intact archaeology spanning most of the Viking-founded town’s Scandinavian occupation. Now the full findings have been published for the first time in a landmark new book. Carly Hilts takes a tour through the Viking streets. […]

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Preparing for the Front

A forgotten First World War practice battlefield at Larkhill One hundred years ago, men from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and Britain were being trained in trench warfare on an intricate practice battlefield established on a gently sloping hillside at Larkhill. Si Cleggett and Martin Brown told Matthew Symonds what excavations have revealed about how these […]

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An Iron Age chariot burial

Excavating a square-barrow cemetery at Pocklington Recent work at Pocklington has exposed a remarkable Iron Age burial ground. As well as producing grave goods that have never been seen at such a site before, the cemetery is shedding new light on the rituals accompanying burial rites. Paula Ware told Matthew Symonds about an excavation that […]

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The Larkhill causewayed enclosure

Rethinking the early Neolithic Stonehenge landscape Excavations at Larkhill have revealed a remarkable set of structures superimposed in the Wiltshire chalk. The discovery of a causewayed enclosure is raising fundamental questions about the early Neolithic focus of what would become the Stonehenge landscape, while more recent digging sought to prepare soldiers for the terrors of […]

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Rome’s homes on the range

Revealing the Romano-British countryside Roman villas have an enduring appeal but, glamorous as they are, such complexes and their attendant lifestyle should not be taken to represent normality in Roman Britain. A newly published monograph on rural settlement seeks to redress the balance and illuminate the experiences of the majority of the population – as […]

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Cartimandua’s capital?

Roman diplomacy and the rise of Stanwick Roman meddling in northern England has long been held responsible for a remarkable fortified complex at Stanwick, North Yorkshire. But what was once seen as a centre of resistance to Rome’s rule, is now being cast as an instrument of her domination. Colin Haselgrove explained to Matthew Symonds […]

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