What lies beneath the ground at Stonehenge? A major initiative to map the geophysics of some 12 square kilometres of surrounding landscape is now all but complete. This has revealed a startling amount of archaeology, including the footprints of hundreds of previously unknown features that range from henge-like monuments to ditches and pits. Turn to p.10 for the inside story.
Next we go in search of Anglo-Saxons in the western Yorkshire Dales. Though the area is rich with place-names that attest to their presence, no conclusively dated sites from the Anglo-Saxon era had ever been found — until David Johnson began looking.
We then tackle the question of where our Neolithic ancestors lived. Until recently, we had relatively little evidence for their houses. David Miles surveys the data, and then looks to new research in Ireland that is substantially fleshing-out the picture.
From there, we visit the new First World War galleries at the Imperial War Museum in London. How can a museum tell the many-sided story of a war, particularly one so large in scale? Military History Monthly editor Neil Faulkner investigates.
Other highlights include journeying underground with Chris Catling to discover the Medieval aqueducts of Exeter, and a look back at the excavations of London’s Temple of Mithras. This work, which took place 60 years ago this year, attracted massive crowds. Did you or one of your relatives visit the site? If so, MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) would like to hear from you.
IN THIS ISSUE:
Anglo-Saxons in the Dales
Exploring the West Yorkshire Dales’ first conclusively-dated Anglo-Saxon sites.
THE IRISH NEOLITHIC
A boom in ancient housing
Seeking the elusive homes of our Neolithic forbears.
OBJECTS OF WAR
Exploring the Imperial War Museum
How do the museum’s new galleries tell the story of World War I?
Water for the City
We plunge into Exeter’s Medieval aqueducts.
THE TEMPLE OF MITHRAS
Recollecting the excavation
Sharing stories from a spectacular London dig, 60 years ago.
THE LACOCK CUP
From fine dining to divine ritual
Why has this beautiful Medieval drinking vessel been acquired for the nation?
RICHARD III’S DNA
Tracing the lost king’s living relatives
How modern relatives of Richard III helped identify his remains.
Colchester cache: hidden from Boudicca; Vindolanda’s Rome comforts; Tunnel vision at Carrickfergus Castle; Archaeology in the pipeline at Kelham; Kintore’s long-lost longhouse
Stonehenge’s hidden landscape
Legions in crisis; On Silbury Hill; In search of Alfred the Great
Chris Catling’s irreverent take on heritage issues
Wemyss Caves Society