Author: Kathryn Krakowka


Archaeologist of the Year 2019

We are delighted to announce that Richard Osgood is the winner of this year’s prestigious Archaeologist of the Year award Top honours for Archaeologist of the Year at the prestigious Current Archaeology Awards for 2019 went to Richard Osgood of the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO). In 2011, Richard co-founded Operation Nightingale – an initiative using archaeological […]


Research Project of the Year 2019

The Research Project of the Year award was won by ‘Prehistoric pop culture: deciphering the DNA of the Bell Beaker Complex’ – the largest ever ancient DNA study to date. Accepting the award for Research Project of the Year 2019 were Dr Selina Brace and Dr Tom Booth from the Natural History Museum and Professor Ian […]


Rescue Project of the Year 2019

The award for Rescue Project of the Year 2019 was accepted by MOLA Headland Infrastructure for their work along the A14. The prestigious archaeological award for Rescue Project of the Year 2019 has gone to MOLA Headland Infrastructure for their work along the A14 – one of the largest and most complex archaeological projects ever undertaken […]


Book of the Year 2019

The Old Stones: a field guide to the megalithic sites of Britain and Ireland wins Current Archaeology’s prestigious Book of the Year award for 2019 Winner of the award for Book of the Year 2019 was The Old Stones: a field guide to the megalithic sites of Britain and Ireland, by Andy Burnham and published […]


London Mithraeum: Reimagining the famous Roman temple

On 14 November, London’s Temple of Mithras – now known as the ‘London Mithraeum’ – reopened to the public as the first new interpretation of a Roman ruin in the capital for nearly 20 years. Sophie Jackson, the lead archaeologist on the project, reports on the temple’s 63-year journey from its initial discovery in 1954 to its recent reconstruction and installation on the site of Bloomberg’s European headquarters.


Review – Links to Late Antiquity

For decades, pottery of eastern Mediterranean origin found at 5th- to 7th-century sites in western Britain has been claimed as evidence for the survival of cultural links and direct trade between the two areas in the aftermath of Roman Britain.


Review – Archaeologists in Print: publishing for the people

A unique addition to the history of British archaeology, Archaeologists in Print is a closely researched examination of the story archaeology has told about itself. It explores archaeology across the 19th- and 20th-century British world, as told in two-shilling children’s archaeology books, breathless biographies, and all the books in between.


Review – From Roman Civitas to Anglo-Saxon Shire

Bruce Eagles has spent more than 50 years studying and analysing the early medieval archaeology of Wessex – the area of south-central England. This book brings together a number of papers he has published on this subject, in some cases significantly revising and updating them in light of more recent work. Cumulatively, they present an important thesis on the ways in which a region of England developed from late Roman to Anglo-Saxon times.


Review – The Bioarchaeology of Ritual and Religion

This volume derives from papers and contributions to a session of the same title at the European Association of Archaeologists conference that took place in Istanbul in 2014. Several books exist with a similar focus, but this one is noteworthy in that it showcases bioarchaeological research that does not relate directly to human remains.


Review – The World of the Newport Medieval Ship

This is an absorbing account of medieval shipping, prompted by and focusing on the Newport ship – discovered in 2002 while building an arts centre near the River Usk in Newport, south Wales. It was a ‘big ship’, about 30m long and capable of carrying the equivalent of about 160 tuns (barrels) of wine. Dendrochronology indicates that it was built after 1449, almost certainly in the Basque Country; it was brought into Newport for refit or repair in the late 1460s and subsequently abandoned.