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Current Archaeology 328

Between 1974 and 1981 a remarkable campaign of excavations in Dublin exposed a swathe of the Viking town. From an archaeological perspective the conditions were perfect, with waterlogged layers preserving the vestiges of hundreds of houses and thousands of artefacts. But this was also a race against the clock, with public demonstrations buying more time […]

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Excavating the CA Archive: archaeology and the media part 2

Joe Flatman explores half a century of reports from the past. A selection of articles mentioned by Joe Flatman in this month’s column below can be accessed for free for one month via Exact Editions, starting 1 June. Use the links within the text to jump to the individual articles, or click on the covers below. […]

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Remembering Mick Aston

It is with great sadness that we have learned that Mick Aston passed away on 24  June. Familiar to millions for his work on Time Team, Mick’s passion for archaeology and gentle good humour inspired countless viewers to follow in his footsteps. A longstanding friend of Current Archaeology, we were thrilled when he started writing […]

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Mick Aston: Using Maps

Where to begin? Mick reveals why the County Record  Office should be the first port of call for any project  investigating the local landscape. Maps, particularly early maps, are one of  the most important sources for any local  project similar to ours at Winscombe in  Somerset. Most of these will be found in a  County […]

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Time Team: the end of an era?

As Time Team ends its run, Jim Mower – an archaeologist and producer for ten years on the programme – reflects on two decades of television archaeology and asks: what’s next? Time Team is the longest running history/archaeology strand in television history. Although often criticised over its lifetime, this is, by any reckoning, a remarkable […]

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A green and pleasant parish

In CA 274, Mick explained how his local research project examining the origins of Winscombe in Somerset got off the ground. Now he gives us an overview of the area itself, and how he proposed to tackle its archaeology.   Winscombe is a parish in the north of Somerset, lying towards the western end of […]

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An unexpected project

In his new bi-monthly column, Mick Aston guides us  through the trials and triumphs of local archaeology.  He starts by recalling the genesis of his current research  project at Winscombe, Somerset. When I moved to Winscombe parish in 1984 there were no thoughts in my mind of conducting a project there: indeed, I had taken […]

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Time Team final episode – review

So that’s it! Last night saw the screening of the final episode of  Time Team,  notwithstanding a few ‘specials’ next year and a new project called ‘Dig Village’ currently in development. Sunday tea-times will never be the same again. Rather than one of the three-day digs for which the Team has become famous, this was […]

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