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Past Issue 141

On the cover: Richard III in Leicester

Exactly two years ago – February 4 2013 – Leicester University announced that it had found the grave of Richard III, the last English king to die in battle. The discovery immediately became one of the most sensational and debated archaeological stories of modern times. Research has continued, disputes have been resolved and preparations have been underway for a ceremonial reburial in Leicester Cathedral. We take an inside look at the whole saga, from excavation to reburial, with a focus on places to see in Leicester.

Front cover image of issue 141

Among Other Stories

  • Auldhame: in search of a Viking king - History told of a missing church and graveyard, a saint who lived on a rocky island, and a community ravaged by Olaf Guthfrithson, king of Dublin and Northumbria. Archaeologists found a church, a cemetery and the grave of a Viking warrior. Could they all be linked in a new story of early medieval Scotland?
  • Rainford’s Roots - An old pot decorated his mantelpiece for decades. But when a resident of Rainford, a village 10 miles from the centre of Liverpool, showed it to the city museum, it sparked off events that changed the story of where he lived.
  • Archaeology, art and mud - North West Cambridge is the university’s largest ever single development. Construction was preceded by archaeological fieldwork on a comparable scale, and a remarkable art project.
  • Rombalds Moor - An intensive recording project in Yorkshire, in which volunteers worked with archaeologists and scientists, has shown what detailed attention can reveal about the curious prehistoric art of stone carving.
  • After Fukushima - In 2011 tsunamis generated by one of the most powerful modern earthquakes devastated the Pacific coast of Japan. We reveal how post-disaster reconstruction values historic remains, in a country with a particularly rich archaeological heritage.
  • Greg Jenner - The history nerd on TV’s Horrible Histories talks about inspiring interest in the past – and how he missed an opportunity to perform in Edinburgh so he could work on an excavation.
  • Anglo-Saxon hoard to throw light on coin use - An exceptional hoard of coins, minted by Ethelred the Unready and Cnut, promises new insights into currency circulation in early medieval England. It is expected to be declared treasure in February.
  • Camera lucida at 1927 Woodhenge dig - A new discovery throws light on an iconic excavation in the Stonehenge world heritage site. Named Woodhenge after its similarity in plan to the nearby Stonehenge, the site was recorded with a camera lucida.

Regulars include

  • Letters - Early historical pageants
  • Greg Bailey on TV - The Tudors are back
  • Correspondent - Remembering the war at sea
  • Casefiles - St Joseph’s Convent, York
  • Books - Digging Sedgeford, and beastly questions
  • Spoilheap - When Stonehenge was sold at auction
  • Briefing - The UK's only archaeological events listing, with exhibition reviews
  • Requiem - Our annual tribute to some of the archaeologists and lovers of antiquity who died in the past year

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