In this time of austerity, we thought it might raise everyone’s spirits to take a look at Britain’s rich history; rich both in terms of interest, and fantastically beautiful objects. CA 248 tackles a hot topic: the practice of hoarding in Britain. Recent years have produced new caches of unusual objects, as well as the publication of long-awaited information; as a result, study of hoarding is advancing at a pace.

Following on from the discovery of the Frome Hoard (CA 246), we open this issue with new perspectives from the Portable Antiquities Scheme.   Then we take an in-depth look at the recently published Hoxne hoard and the unusual arm-bands from Huxley, rounding off our stash of features with an update on the ever-interesting Staffordshire Hoard. Our Ireland series advances through prehistory, showing how modern road building is highlighting the ancient belief in location, location, location.

Finally, we’ve included our free annual education supplement, containing a university guide as well as real-life archaeology career experiences. Enjoy!

Features in CA’s British Hoards Special:

HOARDING IN ANCIENT BRITAIN

Banked for the future, or a gift to the gods?

Recent discoveries are prompting new interpretations of the ancient practice of burying treasure.

THE HOXNE HOARD

Two decades of study

What does the gold jewellery and silver plate of this fabulous hoard tell us about its origins?

THE HUXLEY HOARD

Viking silver unearthed

This group of unusual silver arm-rings is providing new clues about the dawn of Britain’s Viking Age.

TROPHIES OF KINGS

One year later

In October 2009, the discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard stunned the world. What’s new?

ANCIENT WATERWAYS TO MODERN HIGHWAYS

Ireland’s prehistoric beginnings

New excavations reveal the rich evidence of Ireland’s early people, preserved at wetland sites.

REGULARS:

News Neolithic interior decoration; Britain’s oldest house; Buildings found outside Caerleon; Desperately seeking Eliseg; Durotriges Big Dig 2010; Light on the past; £1m to restore Moreden Hall Park; Rare Anglo-Saxon ring; Hornby Castle midden.

Reviews     Britain after Rome; The Planning of Roman Roads and Walls in Northern Britain; Roman and Early Byzantine Gold Coins in Britain and Ireland; Derbyshire Cavemen; Digging for Britain.

Odd Socs:    Airfields of Britain Conservation Trust

STUDY ARCHAEOLOGY

Free Education Guide

What to choose, where to go, and what happens when you get there: your guide to archaeology courses at university in the UK.

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