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Archaeology Matters

Past issue 169

British Museum curator Gareth Williams explains the historic significance of an exceptional hoard of coins buried in Somerset shortly after the Battle of Hastings. We also consider issues raised by the retrieval of such a find by detectorists without archaeological training: should the Portable Antiquities Scheme be better funded?


Among other stories

  • Staffordshire Hoard Ten years ago a detectorist found the largest known hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver. Ahead of the definitive report, Chris Fern, academic lead on the Staffordshire Hoard project, describes the results of his research
  • Duddon valley They went looking for Vikings and found late medieval houses – one of which had been raised on a Bronze Age platform. We report on a community project in the Cumbrian fells
  • Poole logboat Found on the Dorset coast half a century ago, an Iron Age logboat survived thanks to local initiatives. It was re-displayed in 2007 and has been newly analysed. We tell the story of one of Britain’s largest known prehistoric watercraft
  • Uffington White Horse Perhaps the oldest surviving land art in the world, the White Horse of Uffington has fascinated and puzzled observers for centuries. David Miles puts his own scientific revelations into historic context
  • Archaeologists on the riverbank We review some key remains recorded by the Thames Discovery Programme, founded ten years ago to bring understanding and enjoyment of the historic river Thames to the widest possible audience
  • Mudlarking Over two centuries mudlarking on the Thames foreshore has risen from scavenging by some of London’s poorest to a leisure activity that is amassing artefacts lost by the city’s inhabitants. Lara Maiklem knows more about it than most

Regulars include

  • News Could there be another superhenge in Wiltshire?
  • Letters Accessing excavation data, and Marlowe’s lost grave
  • Greg Bailey on TV Raiders of the Lost Past is better than its title
  • Sharp focus The Tarr Steps
  • Correspondent How the Young Archaeologists’ Club engages young people
  • Casefiles Eastney Beach anti-tank defences
  • Books D-Day remains, and sculptures in Canterbury Cathedral
  • Spoilheap Beware far-right interest in heritage
  • Briefing The UK's only archaeological events listing, with exhibition reviews

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