This month, CA celebrates our 250th issue. Rather than looking back at what has happened since issue 200, however, we found ourselves looking forward. What will we be writing about in issue 300? Where do the opportunities lie for archaeology? The cover image says it all: we, as archaeologists, are heading into the unknown.

The message of our feature on the cuts focuses on looking for the positives, however distant they may seem. Is there light at the end of the tunnel, or are we making light of a tough situation?

CA 250 also contains our Current Archaeology Live! 2011 special section, with all the news on this year’s event, including sessions, speakers, and the nominees for the Current Archaeology Award. As ever, your votes decide the winners — so please, mail us back the form from the magazine, or whilst on our website, cast your votes for the best of the best in British archaeology this year.

FEATURES

SILCHESTER

How it all began
Settlement and strife in the ancient settlement of Calleva Atrebatum.

GRISTHORPE MAN

Bronze Age burial
Solving the riddle of this mysterious stranger, first discovered in 1834.

SAINTS AND SINNERS

Religion and conflict in Medieval Ireland
The last in our four part series looking at Celtic Tiger archaeology.

PERSPECTIVES ON THE CUTS

Scorched-earth — or clean slate
What does the future hold for archaeology?

JETS, GLASS, ROCKS, AND BONES

Roman burials at Hungate
Layer upon layer of rich archaeology reveals still more of the city’s long history.

NEWS

Rare 16th century reliquary locket; English Heritage cuts; new king in Kent; London’s Civil War ditch; First hospital in Britain; Newport ship; Anglesey’s Neolithic art; Luftwaffe discovers Medieval garden; Bumper harvest of cropmarks.

CALENDAR

Archaeology dates for your diary.

Regulars

Sherds

Chris Catling’s irreverent take on heritage issues.

Last Word

Editor in Chief Andrew Selkirk reflects on 250 issues of Current Archaeology — and looks forward to the next 250!

Odd Socs

The Canterbury and York Society.

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