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Past Issue 143

On the cover: Drones in archaeology?

Unmanned aerial vehicles are fast becoming popular consumer items, as technologies improve and prices fall. For field archaeologists struggling with step ladders, poles and kites, they seem to offer the dream way to get above it all. But how do they work? Are they safe? And do you need a licence to fly one? We report on the surprising things you can do with a drone.

Front cover image of issue 143

Among other stories

  • It’s Festival time! - The 25th Festival of Archaeology takes off on July 11. Last year’s festival, co-ordinated by the Council for British Archaeology, included over 1,000 events – and it just gets bigger and better! Meanwhile Scotland is mounting its own year-long celebration of archaeology, Dig It! 2015
  • Spong Hill - Some 40 years ago archaeologists excavated an entire Anglo-Saxon cemetery in Norfolk. They have returned to the enormous archive of burial records, unearthing unique insights into the international contacts of fifth century Britain, and the origins of England
  • The Lion Salt Works - When a Cheshire salt works closed in 1986, an industrial process alive since Roman times passed into memory. We report on a long and successful struggle to preserve one of Britain’s most curious and significant industrial sites
  • The Gaulcross hoard - Only three items were known to have survived from a hoard of Pictish silver found in north-east Scotland in 1838. Archaeologists returned to the site, and uncovered a further 100 pieces of silver, changing our understanding of the find which includes both Roman and Pictish silver from luxury objects, buried around AD500 
  • Egyptian treasure in Wigan - The controversial sale last year by Northampton Council of a statue, said to be of Sekhemka, highlighted the quality of ancient Egyptian artefacts scattered across the UK. We describe the discovery of an extraordinary collection in Greater Manchester, with an equally remarkable history
  • Pittentian - On a routine commercial excavation in Perthshire, archaeologists found the remains of a prehistoric ritual timber monument. That turned out to be only the start of an unexpected story

Regulars include

  • Letters - A Roman inscription with bad grammar
  • Greg Bailey on TV - What we thought of The Quizeum
  • My archaeology - The British Museums’ Jonathan Tubb reflects on Islamic State’s destruction of heritage 
  • Correspondent - Is there a future for archaeology in museums?
  • Casefiles - Bailey Mill, Delph, Greater Manchester
  • Books - The Spong Hill cemetery, and rich early bronze age grave goods
  • Spoilheap - Neil MacGregor: 13 years at the British Museum
  • Briefing - The UK's only archaeological events listing, with exhibition reviews

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