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Issue 171


On the cover: Freedom fighter

Wearing a new reconstruction of a unique helmet, a warrior who died around 50BC might have been a continental leader who fled to Britain ahead of Caesar’s advance. Our exclusive feature describes both the original excavation and new research Read More

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Issue 170

On the cover: Troy Stories: How ancient myths became modern sagas

Nearly a century and a half ago the British Museum declined Heinrich Schliemann’s offer to show finds from Troy. Now it is making amends with the UK’s first major Troy exhibition. To prepare you for the winter blockbuster, two of its curators tell the story of the search for Troy’s remains and the quest to prove Homer right. Read more

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Issue 168

There was more to Anglo-Saxon burial than swords and shields: excavation of a cemetery at Scremby, Lincolnshire is revealing new insights into female specialists involved in healing, divining and the supernatural.

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Issue 169

On the cover: Chew Valley Hoard

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?

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Issue 167

Issue 167

On the cover: Bling King Returns

Details of the Anglo-Saxon Prittlewell prince are revealed as study of the burial excavated in 2003 is published and a new exhibition opens in Southend.

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Issue 166: HS2: The UK's largest archaeological investigation ever

Prehistoric settlements, a Roman village, a War of the Roses battlefield and historic cemeteries are just some of the sites where work has begun on the route of HS2. HS2’s head of heritage explains the approach to a uniquely challenging project, and hints at things to come.

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Issue 165 of British Archaeology

Issue 165: Boudica

Our front cover features the statue of Boudica outside the Houses of Parliament, bearing down on London. Inside we focus on three Iron Age leaders who faced Roman armies in Britain, France and Germany. What remains at the battle sites? Where was Boudica defeated?

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BA 164: Hoard King

Issue 164: Hoard King

Two spectacular models of the Staffordshire Hoard helmet took 18 months to create, after years of conservation and research into the original. We reveal the full story.

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Issue 163: What archaeologists did in the summer

Across the UK unusual weather led to the appearance of exceptional cropmarks and a rush to record them. We round up some of the season’s best photos, with commentary from archaeologists who spent their summers in the air.

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Issue 162: Excavating the A14

A huge and challenging excavation which uncovered hundreds of prehistoric burials, three henges, 40 Roman pottery kilns and three Anglo-Saxon villages, has just ended in Cambridgeshire. The project’s archaeological manager explains how it happened and describes what they found.

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A roe deer cranium from Star Carr set over a reconstruction of the lakeside hunter-gatherer site 11,000 years ago.
Issue 162 of British Archaeology

Issue 161: 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

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Issue 160: Beakers

How ancient DNA is changing the way we think about prehistoric Britain

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Issue 159: Death in the Bronze Age

On the cover:

  • Ancient patriarch died in dagger fight
    An unusual grave in West Sussex dating from 2300BC
  • Heritage survey
    We search for the ancient remains of the Ordnance Survey

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Remains of the Ordnance Survey shown in the landscape.

Issue 158: Mithras Reborn

The inside story of how an excavation in the City of London led to a new museum in the basement of Bloomberg’s new European HQ. 

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Issue 158 cover: the New Mithraeum
Cover of issue 157 showing a gold relief of Scythian warrior.

Issue 157: Scythians

We focus on the archaeology behind the gold in the British Museum exhibition – the extraordinary range of stuff that survives, why it does so and how it was recovered.

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Cover of issue 156 showing a view of Chysauster.

Issue 156: Chysauster

In state care for nearly 90 years, one of Britain’s best-preserved ancient villages, near Penzance, Cornwall, had been little researched. The opportunity to change that came when English Heritage decided to create new interpretation facilities for visitors

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Issue 155: Roman Silver

Surrounded by naked women, gods and mythical creatures, Bacchus gazes out from the centre of a huge platter, the centrepiece of the Mildenhall Roman treasure. Found 75 years ago, the hoard has received its first definitive study. Our feature reveals all.

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Issue 154: Saving Westminster

In a major feature devoted to the Westminster World Heritage site, we review the extraordinary history and archaeology of the abbey and the palace. We urge Parliament to move out to allow the palace restoration and renewal programme to proceed as soon as possible.  

A distinguished panel of writers includes Steven Brindle, Tim Tatton-Brown, John Crook, Warwick Rodwell, David Harrison, Richard Simmons and a team from Historic England, with comment from Colin Renfrew (Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn) and Tim Loughton MP.

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View of Westminster on the cover of issue 154

Issue 153: Stonehenge

Archaeologists have made significant discoveries near Stonehenge, among them the grave of an adult man who might have seen the earliest megaliths erected at the site.

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Issue 152: Anglo-Saxon cemetery

Over 90 wooden coffins have been found preserved in an early Christian cemetery, laid out around the foundations of a small chapel.

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Issue 151: The first ancient British genomes

Three separate projects recently considered identity and migration in England over a thousand years ago, for the first time using ancient DNA from excavated skeletons. In a major feature, with the help of key scientists and archaeologists involved, we review the discoveries and the science behind them.

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Issue 150: Beaker People

4,000 years ago continental immigrants swept across Britain, bringing new ideas and technologies. Even their heads looked different – at least, that was once a popular theory. Could it be true? A major scientific project may have the answer.

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Issue 149


Excavation near Stonehenge reveals yet another neolithic ritual complex, with two henges and 20 ritual pits – the other side of the river. Find out more about this issue here.

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Issue 148


Archaeologists behind the discovery and excavation of the Esmeralda, wrecked off the coast of Oman in 1503, describe this extraordinary project. Find out more about this issue here 
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Issue 147


A long time ago in a gravel quarry far away, the first spadeful was raised in an extraordinary, eccentric excavation that ran for 13 years. It has finally been analysed. The result is a unique insight into Britain’s long-term history. Find out more about this issue here

Issue 146


In the news this week, the claimed discovery of two sites in Wales from which different stones at Stonehenge were quarried. The archaeologists behind the excavations describe their findings. Find out more about this issue here

Issue 145


Tom Booth and colleagues tell the story of how they came to realise, after a forensic trail that took them across the UK, that mummification was a common way to dispose of the dead in Bronze Age Britain. Find out more about this issue here

Issue 144


Ahead of a major exhibition featuring Celtic arts opening in London in September 2015 and Edinburgh in March 2016, our cover shows a small part of one of the most extraordinary Celtic treasures from Europe, still in the ground in Norfolk during excavation in the early 1990s. Our feature describes new forensic work conducted on the gold and silver. In a separate feature, we consider fine metal artefacts that were taken home from the British Isles by Norwegian Vikings. And four of the people behind the exhibitions introduce their controversial idea of what Celtic arts mean. Find out more about this issue here

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Issue 143


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. Find out more about this issue here
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Issue 142


Less than six months ago, a metal detectorist found some Roman bronze vessels in Hertfordshire, at Kelshall near Royston. Archaeologists secretly excavated the site. Here they together present the first report on the grave. Objects buried with the individual included a pair of unique millefiori glass dishes, glass vessels, an iron lamp and three decorated bronze jugs and a patera. One of the jugs has scenes reminiscent of the Georgics, a text by the Roman poet Virgil. Find out more about this issue here 

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Issue 141


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. Find out more about this issue here

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Issue 140


In the first full report on how a major Viking-age hoard was found and recovered in Galloway, south-west Scotland, we reveal that excavation suggests the treasure had been buried in the corner of a timber building over 12m (40 feet) long. The building stood within a bank-and-ditch enclosure, and may have been part of an early Christian monastic site. Research is still at an early stage, however, and the discoveries pose more questions than they answer. Among other news is that there were actually two hoards, one buried above the other. Find out more about this issue here

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