Hampton Court Palace is currently undergoing a massive, multiphased electrical upgrade, its first since the 1960s, which has provided the rare opportunity to carry out archaeological excavations on the site before the new infrastructure is installed.
In CA 323, we looked at the mystery behind two skeletons, a male and a female, found at Halton Castle in Cheshire. It was a surprising find at the time, partly because castle burials like these are rare, but also because, while the two skeletons lay less than 2m from each other, radiocarbon dating suggests […]
Review – From Bridgehead to Brewery: the medieval and post-medieval archaeological remains from Finzel’s Reach, Bristol
B M Ford, K Brady, and S Teague Oxford Archaeology, £27.00 ISBN 978-0904220865 Review Stephen Rippon This report outlines the results of a major programme of archaeological, palaeoenvironmental, documentary, and building recording in Bristol’s southern suburbs. The former wetland was enclosed by a major curvilinear ditch sometime before the 11th or early 12th century, perhaps […]
Edited by Duncan W Wright and Oliver H Creighton Archaeopress, £45.00 ISBN 978-1784914769 Review James Wright This volume is one of the outcomes of the University of Exeter’s project on the mid- 12th century Anarchy of Stephen. Essentially a collection of 12 site reports, the book is an accompaniment to a thematic synthesis of the […]
Edited by John Bradley, Cóilín Ó Drisceoil and Michael Potterton Four Courts, £45.00 ISBN 978-1846822186 Review Stephen Harrison This collection of ten essays is the product of a conference held to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the foundation charter of Kilkenny, Ireland. However, only two papers focus on the city and its monuments – the […]
Innovative methods of utilising ancient protein and DNA analysis have revealed new information about medieval parchment and the animals from which they are made. A group of researchers from Trinity College Dublin and the University of York have taken eraser rubbings – left over from the cleaning of medieval manuscripts – and extracted DNA and […]
This latest excavation of the CA archive digs into a topic close to my heart: the medieval period. I begin on a note of personal reminiscence – my love of this subject is connected to the individual who was also responsible for my love of Current Archaeology: Colin Platt.
Once a destination for pilgrims, Hailes Abbey now lies in ruins. Lucia Marchini takes a look at a newly refurbished museum on the site that explores the abbey’s history. In the late 1530s, Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the Monasteries saw many religious establishments across the country put out of use, looted, and left in ruins. […]
The early medieval cemetery at Sutton Hoo has a long and complex history. Our cover feature explores how a royal burial ground was transformed into a grim place of execution; how interpretations of the site have evolved; and how its wider context traces the Anglo-Saxon story, from pagan immigrants to a Christian kingdom. New arrivals […]
The Roman Fort of Epiacum lies at the heart of an unspoiled, archaeologically rich landscape with features from prehistory through to post-medieval. In 2012 an English Heritage LiDAR survey revealed evidence of continuous human habitation through 2000 years. Trenches will be excavated to identify earthwork features suspected to be from various periods within the same […]