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Issue 161 of British Archaeology 

On the cover: Star Carr

For the first time full details have been published of a major excavation at an iconic ancient site, where deer hunters lived on a Yorkshire lakeshore 11,000 years ago. Finds include five timber platforms, digging sticks, a bow and a house older than that previously said to be the UK’s oldest

A roe deer cranium from Star Carr set over a reconstruction of the lakeside hunter-gatherer site 11,000 years ago.

Among other stories

  • The Battle of Dunbar’s diaspora 
    Works for a new cafe in Durham led to an excavation that solved a 360-year-old mystery. As an exhibition opens following a reburial ceremony, we feature a remarkable project that found two mass graves and tracked the shocking story of the men whose remains they contained.
  • Excavations at Wallsend
    We know it as Hadrian’s Wall: but it was future generations who had to maintain it. We show how major excavations revealed the challenges faced by the Roman army over more than two centuries.
  • Remembering the Great War dead 
    After the first world war ended in 1918, a traumatised country honoured its losses in a landscape of tribute and pathos. We report on the memorials that appeared in almost every community.
  • Breaking Ground Heritage
    A successful project is using heritage to promote wellbeing among traumatised veteran soldiers, finding a shared military connection in the field can overcome a sense of isolation and low personal estimation.
  • Rodin, Pheidias and the Parthenon
    Auguste Rodin was enthused by antiquity. A British Museum exhibition shows how for the great French sculptor there was no divide between ancient Greece and modern Europe
  • Revealing Ipswich’s heritage
    Ipswich, the county town of Suffolk, has a long, unusual and well-researched history. But it’s been hard for anyone to find out about it. A project has just concluded that set out to change that

Regulars include

  • My archaeology 
    Archaeologist Nick Snashall has written her first novel
  • Letters
    Beaker migrants, Stonehenge and a use for microliths
  • Greg Bailey on TV
    Britain at a fork in the crossroads at low tide
  • Sharp focus
    St Columba’s retreat in the Inner Hebrides
  • Correspondent
    Campaigning to promote archaeology
  • Casefiles
    The Maltings, Burton-on-Trent
  • Books
    Cults Loch and Star Carr
  • Spoilheap
    Archaeologists should ask the big questions
  • Briefing
    The UK's only archaeological events listing, with exhibition reviews

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