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Past issue 156

On the cover: Chysauster

In state care for nearly 90 years, one of Britain’s best-preserved ancient villages, near Penzance, Cornwall, had been little researched. The opportunity to change that came when English Heritage decided to create new interpretation facilities for visitors

Cover of issue 156 showing Chysauster, one of Britain's best preserved ancient villages.

Among other stories:

  • Tubus Britannicus
    Inspired by the London underground map, Sasha Trubetskoy has travelled to Roman Britain in search of its road grid. He introduces his creation for British Archaeology
  • Finding St Columba’s hut
    The full remarkable story of how old archives, new analysis and a fair bit of luck led to remains excavated in 1957 being confidently identified as a wooden hut occupied by St Columba over 1,400 years ago
  • Richard Long
    The land artist “who rarely gives interviews” (BBC/Art Newspaper) talks to British Archaeology about art and archaeology
  • Lincoln Eastern Bypass
    We present the first report on major excavations outside Lincoln, ahead of works for a relief road. Research had suggested great potential, but archaeologists are still surprised by the sheer quantity of remains being uncovered
  • Terry Pratchett’s swords
    The story behind an exhibition about the life and work of the late Terry Pratchett, author of fantasy novels that drew on ancient civilisations, and the discovery of a miniature Roman sword
  • Have you found anything?
    Volunteer archaeologists have been asked about their work. They revealed something bigger than local stories
  • British origin myths
    Medieval writers imagined the founding British to be migrants from the eastern Mediterranean. Could this long-dismissed tale be older than we think?
  • Project Samphire
    A Scottish coastal project that joined archaeologists and communities with local knowledge has been awarded a European Union prize. We report on its discoveries of world war two flying-boat wrecks
  • The chapel on the sands
    In the winter of 2014 stormy seas washed ancient graves onto a popular beach in Pembrokeshire. Archaeologists were called in to investigate

Regulars include:

  • Letters
    Worthington G Smith, Roman shipping and a road tunnel
  • Greg Bailey on TV
    Sky Arts reports the destruction of cultural heritage
  • Sharp focus
    The Grey Ladies of Nine Stone close
  • Correspondent
    Recording the first world war home front legacy
  • Casefiles
    Sandon Bury Farm, Hertfordshire
  • Books
    Earthworks of the Anarchy, and early humans
  • Spoilheap
    Migrants: the archaeological project for post-Brexit Britain
  • Briefing
    The UK's only archaeological events listing, with exhibition reviews

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