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Contextualising Bronze Age burials on the Isle of Man

Recent assessment of a unique burial assemblage from the Isle of Man has helped illuminate a rare type of funerary practice also found in parts of Wales and northern England. This new work provides a blueprint for moving away from traditional single-object typologies towards a more holistic approach that takes into consideration multiple forms of evidence in order to get a clearer picture of varying cultural practices across different regions.

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The cist on Whitehorse Hill

Inside an Early Bronze Age burial Scores of prehistoric cists on Dartmoor were opened by antiquarian investigators in the 19th century. On occasion, their curiosity was rewarded with a flint tool or, if they were very lucky, a pot. More often than not their endeavours were met with an empty cavity. When an eroding cist […]

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Current Archaeology 322

Archaeology is alive with uncertainties. Time and again new sites or technologies upend longstanding theories. All this month’s featured sites show the sometimes fractious relationship between fresh research and what we think we know. Early digging at a newly discovered Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Great Ryburgh unearthed a rare coffin created from a hollowed-out tree. The […]