This is a big month for Current Archaeology — with issue 252, we will be available in most W H Smiths and better newsagents across the country. It’s a big change, and one that we hope will bring CA to the attention of an even wider audience.

Issue 252 opens with a celebration of another landmark happening: the 200th episode of Time Team. We took the opportunity to look back at the show, and forwards to where it might be heading in the future. A significant, yet often overlooked, aspect of Time Team is the importance of the archaeological archives created by the programme, both through the Wessex Archaeology site reports and the geophysics surveys — indeed, our second feature covers the growing relevance of geophysics in archaeology and the essential part it plays in the series. As a special extra — and in response to reader demand for information about Time Team‘s new season on Channel 4 — don’t miss our complete episode guide!

Our cover feature this month is an exclusive report from Geoffrey Wainwright and Tim Darvill on their work at Stonehenge; and we round off the issue with the story of yet another hoard found by a metal detectorist.

FEATURES

A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME TEAM

Celebrating the 200th episode

As Time Team begins its 19th season, we take a quick look back and a sneaky peek forward.

TIME TEAM GEOPHYSICS

From pits to palaces

With geophysics at the core of every episode, we look at the science behind the scenes.

THE STONES OF STONEHENGE

Revealing secrets from the sacred circle

New research on the source of Stonehenge’s bluestones in ancient Pembrokeshire quarries.

THE BURNHAM HOARD

Bronze Age booty unearthed

A pottery vessel containing a metalworking hoard discovered in an Essex farmer’s field.

NEWS

6,000-year-old site found at MI6; Anglo-Saxon settlement at Shotton; New research on Hallaton Helmet; All in a whorl; A wandering stater returns; Viking smelting site in Wales; Roman London’s industrial zone; Archaeology of the Severn Estuary.

REGULARS

Current Archaeology Live! 2011

Final sessions programme.

Context

Highlighting archaeological photography.

Reviews

The Story of Silbury Hill; Archaeologists as Activists; Newton Hall and the Cruck Buildings of North West England; Churches in Early Medieval Ireland

Sherds

Chris Catling’s irreverent take on heritage issues.

Last Word

Editor in Chief Andrew Selkirk reminisces about the early days of Time Team.

Odd Socs

The Company of Arts Scholars, Dealers and Collectors.

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