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British Archaeology magazine

British Archaeology magazine is a bi-monthly magazine that looks in depth at the latest archaeology news, discoveries and research within the UK and from British Archaeologists working overseas. 

It is available from major high street newsagents, via print or digital subscription, and is included as one of the membership benefits to members of the Council for British Archaeology.

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Both print and digital editions of British Archaeology are included in the membership package of the Council for British Archaeology, along with a searchable back library of previous issues.

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Issue 173 of British Archaeology out now!

On the cover: New light on old fields

Archaeologists have long known the rolling English road to be a creation of history rather than, as GK Chesterton put it, the the rolling English drunkard. Some lanes and fields still in use originated in the Bronze Age. Over thousands of years boundaries have been made and remade, but dating those changes has proved difficult. A new scientific process seems to have cracked the problem. It could transform landscape history.

Issue 172


The Butser Horton project

Fifty years ago the Council for British Archaeology set up Butser Ancient Farm to explore life in Iron Age Britain. Its latest scheme is a Neolithic house. In a pioneering project, the excavators of the original house joined experimental archaeologists to create a striking thatched building

Excavating Pocklington

Spectacular Iron Age burials from Pocklington in Yorkshire have been in the news, including two with ponies and a cart. Our feature looks at the chariots and the wider excavations, which uncovered two cemeteries and the remains of 87 burial mounds

A passage for kings and commoners

The Palace of Westminster has many secrets. Serendipitous research and a new scientific dating technique have revealed the story of a historic passageway that was hiding in plain sight. We describe the search for the hidden chamber, and the technology that could revolutionise the dating of wooden structures and artefacts

Unprecedented “head-and-hooves” burials

A pair of extraordinary Bronze Age burials found when a skatepark was built in Gloucestershire contained the skulls and feet of five cattle. One of the two men had been positioned sitting up


CBA Correspondent
Challenging times for the CBA’s new director

Britain in archaeology
The largest hillfort in early medieval Britain

Covid-19 and the Havering Hoard

Greg Bailey on TV
Discovering gold in archaeology’s TV archives

Sharp focus
An Iron Age broch at Dun Flodigarry

Casefiles: 50th column
Celebrating listed-building casework volunteers

The Thames at war, rock art and motorway excavations

A silent solstice at Stonehenge

British Archaeology is a bimonthly members’ magazine also more widely available by subscription in print and digital, and – when the world opens up again – in newsagents.

Due to disruption to our income streams caused by the Coronavirus pandemic we have had to take the very difficult decision to temporarily reduce the number of pages in British Archaeology for this, and possibly the next two editions. We have tried not to reduce the news and features sections, instead saving pages with other regular content such as the briefing pages, which have at the time of printing been emptied of forthcoming events and fieldwork for the summer. You can still find plenty of information on our website and we will revert back to our original format later in the year. Thank you for your understanding. 

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