Author: Matt

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Alderney: A New Roman Fort?

Could an unsung and overgrown site on  the Channel Islands really be one of the  best-preserved military structures surviving  from the Roman period? Jason Monaghan  has been investigating. The tradition that Alderney’s oldest surviving fortification is a small Roman fort has proved persistent. Now known as ‘the Nunnery’, the site lies on a wide, flat […]

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Roman Pumps

  Richard Stein works on Roman pumps.  His wife had this cake made for my birthday.  It is a faithful replica of the Roman wooden pump from Sablon, near Metz, found in 1905.  The (very decayed) wooden body is of oak (iced chocolate cake), and the metal liners of the cylinders are of lead (marzipan). […]

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CA 261

Cave archaeology has a long pedigree. Romantic images of our earliest ancestors sheltering in caverns led to many being  stripped of their stratigraphy in the 19th century — when  recording techniques were still in their infancy. New work has  revealed remains that escaped antiquarian attention, shedding  light on a once-vibrant world under the uplands. Research […]

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Syon Park Services

Roman ‘Service station’ excavated at Syon Park Just 10 miles west of Central London, a Roman service station has been excavated at Syon Park, near Brentford. Just what would a Roman soldier expect to find when he dropped in on his journey to the west country? It is a familiar feeling. You have been on […]

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Iron Age Roundhouse

  As Rebekah Hart enjoys baking and loves archaeology, she decided to have a go at making an Iron Age roundhouse! Sent in by Rebekah Hart, and featured in issue 260 of  Current Archaeology.      

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Rome changed Britain. New roads opened up this country as  never before, creating a captive market — weary travellers.  Settlements seeking to part them from their sestertii sprung  up rapidly, but they are rarely excavated. Now work at Syon  Park has revealed life in one of Britain’s first service stations. When Conan Doyle loosed his […]

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News: Human sacrifice in Ireland

Uncovering the secrets of Cashel Man Cashel bog in Co. Laois is locally known as a source of peat moss for farmers and gardeners. But recently the peat millers harvested something rather more unusual: an Iron-Age human sacrifice. Dubbed ‘Cashel Man’, the adult male was found lying on his right side, knees tightly bent up, […]

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News: Why a flint arrowhead at a medieval monastery?

Unearthing the personal beliefs of Medieval monks   There are many qualities you might associate with a Medieval monk, but a superstitious belief in elves probably isn’t one of them. Yet a community dig at Kilwinning Abbey in North Ayrshire has uncovered an intriguing clue about the possible personal beliefs of one of the monastery’s […]

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Peckish for Picts?

This is an image of a cake that was made for one of the previous exhibitions, The Picts Preserved, at Perth Museum. Sent in by Mark Hall, Perth, and featured in issue 259 of Current Archaeology.

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Gathering Time: The Second Radiocarbon Revolution

The publication of Gathering Time marks a turning point in our understanding of the early Neolithic, and a revolution in dating methodology. New radiocarbon techniques have resulted in a more precise chronology for causewayed enclosures in southern Britain and Ireland than was ever thought possible. Christopher Catling summarises 1,000 pages of data to explain why […]

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