So it really is him, then. Unusually for archaeology all the strands of evidence point to the same conclusion. And what a conclusion it is: the skeleton found in Leicester Grey Friars carpark is that of Richard III ‘beyond reasonable doubt.’ Archaeology is normally poorly suited to recover a specific object or individual. Dependent on the accuracy of the sources that locate the object, it not being subsequently removed, and sufficient preservation, endless factors have to go right. Success on this occasion captured the world’s imagination, treating CA to the novel experience of jostling with international news agencies at a heritage-based press conference. Finding Richard III should not have been possible. Let’s celebrate it.
Major discoveries have also been underway on Rome’s northern frontier. It has long been assumed that native settlements in the shadow of Hadrian’s Wall flourished during a lengthy pax Romana. Now, recent excavations indicate that construction of the new frontier extinguished a settled farming community that had endured for centuries. It sheds powerful new light on life in the military north.
Survey of a stone circle type unique to Aberdeenshire has rekindled debate about the purpose of these enigmatic monuments. We examine what makes these circles special and investigate some of the theories that have been proposed to explain their purpose.
Finally, we celebrate the publication of Scotland’s largest ever urban excavation. Dug in the 1970s, Perth revealed a breathtaking assemblage of Medieval objects. Now the excavation can take its place alongside such classics as London, York and Winchester.
Discovering the man behind the myth
Following the announcement that the human remains found in the Leicester carpark are those of Richard III, we look at what they can tell us abut the life and death of Britain’s most infamous monarch.
DIVIDE AND CONQUER
Hadrian’s Wall and the native population
For over 40 years it has been believed that the native population living in the shadow of Hadrian’s Wall flourished under the pax Romana. Now new archaeological evidence suggests otherwise.
GREAT CROWNS OF STONE
The recumbent stone circles of Scotland
A unique form of stone circle can be found in Aberdeenshire, defined by a massive stone lain on its side. We examine what these majestic monuments were for.
Revealing the jewel in Scotland’s urban archaeological crown
The 1975-1977 exploration of the heart of Medieval Perth remains Scotland’s largest urban excavation. The results have finally been published, allowing the site’s full potential to be appreciated.
Ringfenced research; Colchester’s burning insights, York’s mint-condition finds; Ecclesiastical etchings; Housing Neolithic Horton; Iron Age community research; Locating Loch Awe’s lost chapel
Richard Hodges investigated the community archaeology in the Wiltshire village of Box.
Bath Stone Quarries; A Roman Frontier Post and its People: Newstead 1911-2011; The Origins of the Irish; Exploring the World of the Vikings
Chris Catling’s irreverent take on heritage issues.
CA‘s Editor-in-Chief makes a trip to Cheddar to investigate a Saxon palace.
The Society of Archer-Antiquaries