CA 203

The finest Celtic art for a generation has recently been unearthed at South Cave,  in Yorkshire. A hoard of Iron Age swords in their finely decorated scabbards  reveals the superb artistry of the Iron Age craftsmen. Most of such metalwork –  and Britain is well endowed with it – has come from chance finds in […]


CA 202

Battlefield sites are endlessly debated. Where did the final  defeat of Boudica take place? What was the exact location of  the Battle of Bosworth? Occasionally archaeologists stumble  upon an answer by chance. David Mason has been investigating  some mysterious burials overlying the Roman small-town site at  Heronbridge just south of Chester. A military earthwork, vicious […]


CA 201

Barely ten years ago, experts still believed hominids arrived in Northern  Europe only after the Great Anglian Glaciation of c.450,000 BC. Then  came Boxgrove, the site of a grassy plain buried by glacial debris on  what is now the South Coast, where hominids had hunted and butchered  large mammals half a million years ago. But […]


CA 200

Somewhat to our surprise, Current Archaeology has now  reached its 200th issue, so it is time for a gala special. In  our 100th issue, in 1984, we went into colour and looked  at some of the achievements of the leading  archaeologists. In this issue, we look back at some of the  highlights of British archaeology […]


CA 199

In 1999, a new World Heritage site was created entitled the Heart of  Neolithic Orkney. This brings together some of our greatest Neolithic  monuments, from the tomb at Maeshowe, to the Stones of Stenness. But  how far was this a purely ‘ritual’ landscape? A major geophysical survey  provides important new evidence, which forms a highlight […]


CA 198

This issue we start with the Hertfordshire country set  – c.150 AD. Two of the richest Roman burials ever  found in Britain have just been excavated next to a  villa at Turners Hall Farm near Roman Verulamium.  As well as fine ceramics and glassware, the graves  contained top-of-the-range bronze jugs from the  Pompeii region, plus […]


CA 197

Amazing! For the first time, Ice Age cave art has been found in  Britain. Countless people have visited Creswell Crags on the  Nottinghamshire-Derbyshire border near Worksop, including distinguished  archaeologists who have dug there, yet have seen nothing.  The caves were thought to be devoid of the kind of Upper  Palaeolithic art that is famous in […]


CA 196

Rarely does an archaeological discovery change  accepted history. The traditional story of the Roman  invasion of Britain usually has Vespasian, later the  Roman Emperor, at the time commanding the  Second Augusta Legion, conquering the West  Country. But did he? A new legionary tombstone  from the Roman fort at Alchester has rewritten the  story, moving Vespasian […]


CA 195

What are the outstanding achievements in British  archaeology? The British Archaeological Awards set out  every two years to survey the field of archaeology and pick  out some of the outstanding work done. This issue of Current  Archaeology is devoted to the Awards that reached their  climax in Belfast on 8th October 2004. There are fourteen […]


CA 194

How should we look after our historic towns? At Lincoln,  English Heritage has been sponsoring a new way of  assessing them, a project that will certainly be a world  beater. Instead of just one research agenda for the town,  there are now no fewer than 550 research agendas,  arranged by era and each covering a […]

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