Over 4,500 years ago, the Bell Beaker phenomenon swept across much of Europe. The resulting changes to burial practices and technology are clear in the archaeological record, but the origins of these ideas were obscure. Now ancient DNA analysis has revolutionised this picture –and revealed that the impact on the make-up of Britain’s population was […]
Review – Written in Stone: papers on the function, form, and provenancing of prehistoric stone objects in memory of Fiona Roe
This collection of 15 chapters – by many of Britain’s most involved, non-flint lithic workers – is refreshingly eclectic. Once past the five, almost obligatory, polished stone-axe chapters, including a very useful contemporary overview of Cornubian greenstone axes, there are four on querns.
David Field and David McOmish, with photographs by Steve Speller Amberley Publishing, £16.99 ISBN 978-1445648415 Review David Roberts This brisk and fluent volume provides, as promised, an up-to-date account of the prehistory of Wiltshire. It is greatly aided by its authors’ involvement in so many of the key prehistoric research projects in the region over […]
Antiquity has long been a source of inspiration for artists, with striking images of prehistoric monuments appearing in a variety of media across the centuries. Lucia Marchini visits an exhibition that explores the popularity of British prehistory in the visual arts. The enduring appeal of prehistoric monuments makes them fitting subjects for artworks. From antiquarians […]
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 6 July. Use the links within the text to jump to the individual articles, or click on the covers below. […]
Why were Pictish symbols carved into Trusty’s Hill, far to the south of where they usually occur? Investigation of a hillfort towering over the images reveals that the site developed into a prosperous centre in the 6th century AD, and may even have been at the heart of the lost kingdom of Rheged. If so, […]
Neolithic tombs are often seen as ‘houses for the dead’. Striking similarities between the residences of the living and repositories for the deceased have long suggested a symbolic link, but could it be the other way round? Evidence from Orkney suggests that the departed were being laid to rest in their cairns for about 300 […]
PRESS RELEASE: Professor Michael Fulford wins Current Archaeology’s prestigious Archaeologist of the Year award for 2015
Top honours for Archaeologist of the Year at the prestigious Current Archaeology Awards went to Professor Michael Fulford, who has directed excavations at Silchester, a major Roman and Iron Age site in Hampshire, for almost 20 years. The project ended last summer, and has revealed a wealth of information about how the town evolved, and […]
PRESS RELEASE: The Happisburgh Project wins Current Archaeology’s prestigious Rescue Dig of the Year award for 2015, for revealing the earliest evidence of human activity in Britain.
Top honours for Rescue Dig of the Year at the prestigious Current Archaeology Awards went to the Happisburgh Project team for their work at Happisburgh on the Norfolk coast. Their investigations at this remarkable site has revealed tangible traces of some of Britain’s earliest known human inhabitants, including a series of footprints dating back almost […]
The new Wessex Gallery of Archaeology showcases Salisbury Museum’s spectacular collection of artefacts from Stonehenge and the surrounding area. The area around Salisbury boasts an almost incredible wealth of archaeological sites, from immediately recognisable monuments such as Stonehenge, to spots like the Blick Mead Mesolithic homebase (CA 293), where ongoing research is still revealing their exciting potential. […]