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Science Notes – Early medieval insights from birch bark tar

Birch bark tar (manufactured by the heating of bark in airtight conditions) has long been prized for its sticky, water resistant, and biocidal properties. Throughout human history it has seen a wide range of uses, including as a sealant (for example, in waterprooing vessels), an adhesive (for hafting weapons, repairing ceramics, or assembling composite objects like jewellery), and in perfume and medicine.

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Medieval remains under Somerset House

Excavations at the Courtauld Institute of Art at Somerset House, London, have uncovered a cesspit belonging to one of the luxurious medieval mansions that used to exist in this area.

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Review – Irish Houses and Castles, 1400-1740

Rolf Loeber was a scholar of rare distinction. A distinguished psychologist and criminologist, he also had an active research interest in medieval and early modern cultural history, architecture, and literature. His death in 2017 deprived Irish scholarship of one its greatest stars. This attractive volume is a compilation of previously published work, most of it either out of print or difficult to locate today.

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Review – The Glass Vessels of Anglo-Saxon England, c.AD 650-1100

This book presents the first ever national survey of all 2,847 fragments of glass vessels known in England dating from the 7th to 11th centuries. Beyond simply recording these fragments, Rose Broadley quantifies and compares different vessel types and analyses their geographical distribution, presenting a new insight into both glass vessels and life in the Middle Anglo-Saxon period.

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Medieval house investigated in Llandaff

Excavations in Llandaff, near Cardiff, have uncovered a medieval building next to the Old Bishop’s Castle during a project to construct a new community centre on the site of a block of public toilets.

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Science Notes – Survey on the Isle of Arran

For this month’s Science Notes, we will be exploring a technology that is mentioned frequently in the pages of CA, and which, in a recent survey of the Isle of Arran, off the west coast of Scotland, has allowed hundreds of previously unknown sites of archaeological interest to be discovered.

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Review – Living off the Land: agriculture in Wales c.400-1600 AD

This important publication is the first study of medieval agriculture in Wales to be produced in many years, and as such offers a valuable contribution to a subject that has been far less comprehensively written about than it has in England and Ireland. It sheds more light on the relationship between agricultural development and wider social and political change in Wales during this period.

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New discoveries in Sutton Park

A number of previously unrecorded archaeological features, spanning prehistory to the present day, have been identified in Birmingham’s Sutton Park.

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