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Archaeology Matters

New issue of British Archaeology magazine out now!

Cover of BA issue 133

On the Cover

Burrough Hill, Leicestershire

There’s more to archaeology in Leicestershire than Richard III (though see below) – including a major excavation at a large iron age hillfort.

Among Other Stories:

The Archaeology of Richard III

In July archaeologists returned to the site where last year they found Richard III’s grave. We have exclusive news of what they found.

The Noise about Richard III

Leicester wants to rebury the royal remains close to the original grave, but this has been challenged. Mr Justice Haddon-Cave says there should have been public consultation before excavation was approved. Our Spoilheap column argues that “this is absurd, and puts at risk the future study of any human remains, and thus the nation’s proper engagement with its past”.

Loch of Ages

A brief excavation in Wigtownshire has revealed part of an iron age “lake village” built on peat. The first of its kind seen in Scotland, the find is potentially of international significance.

The Ecton Mines: 4,000 Years Extracting Copper

Historic mining on Ecton Hill in Staffordshire is well documented, not least by extensive 18th and 19th century estate accounts and mining reports. On the hill itself, however, a huge complex of mounds, pits, adits and shafts tell their own story that has only now been read.

Where is the Romano-British Peasant?

We will fail to understand Roman Britain as long as we continue to ignore the bulk of the population – the underclasses.

A Roman Villa at Teston

Though we can still dig up villas. Here’s one they found in Kent.

Cardrona: Bats in the Tower

It is now rare in Britain to come across historic ruins – so favoured by 18th and 19th century artists – that are truly ruinous.

Cuts, Heritage and The People

Mick Sharp continues our series of photography features.

Regulars Include:

My archaeology

Patricia Connor remembers the good days of journalism.


Visiting Aveline’s Hole, parched grass and the White Queen.


Touring Roman Britain and locating Bosworth battlefield.


The UK's only archaeological events listing, with exhibition reviews.


A training placement in Bulgaria.


Looking back on progress – and one demolition.

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