• Excavations at Amphipolis tomb resumed on Monday

    Excavations in the site of ancient Amphipolis resumed on Monday with archaeologists intensifying their efforts to solve the puzzle of the Sphinxes of Ancient Amphipolis.

    The entrance of the tomb at Amphipolis [Credit: Ta Nea]A large number of tourists visited the area throughout the weekend to observe the archaeological finds. The Amphipolis Museum posted a record high in visitors who wanted to see the exhibits while visitors were...

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  • Review – The Boxford Mosaic: a unique survivor from the Roman Age

    Review – The Boxford Mosaic: a unique survivor from the Roman Age
    Anthony Beeson, Matt Nichol, and Joy AppletonCountryside Books, £12ISBN 978-1846743924
    Review Rebecca JonesThis beautifully illustrated book tells the storyof one of the most spectacular finds of recent years (see CA 356). Divided into three sections, the first conveys the thrill, through text and photographs, that the local community felt at the discovery of the most exciting mosaic for the last 50 years. Three of their volunteers were expert photographers – this is evident in their
  • Istanbul V: Hidden Gold

    Istanbul V: Hidden Gold
    Do you mind if we return to my September 2016 trip to Istanbul for some more photos? I’m hoping you won’t when you see them. This destination was, for me, one of the real mindblowers of the trip, and yet it was not promising when, after a protracted wander through one of the pokier bits of the city, we came upon it.
    Open for business… honest
    This is now the Chora Museum, but it has previously, over several separate periods, been the Chora Monastery, and indeed the Kariye Mosqu
  • Review – The Glass Vessels of Anglo-Saxon England, c.AD 650-1100

    Review – The Glass Vessels of Anglo-Saxon England, c.AD 650-1100
    Rose BroadleyOxbow Books, £35ISBN 978-1789253726Review Amy BrunskillThis book presents the first ever national survey of all 2,847 fragments of glass vessels known in England dating from the 7th to 11th centuries. Beyond simply recording these fragments, Rose Broadley quantifies and compares different vessel types and analyses their geographical distribution, presenting a new insight into both glass vessels and life in the Middle Anglo-Saxon period.
    The study highlights the potential of gl
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  • Review – Vikings: a history of the Northmen

    Review – Vikings: a history of the Northmen
    W B BartlettAmberley Publishing, £25ISBN 978-1445665948Review Carly HiltsIn his introduction, W B Bartlett denies he is making any attempt to write a ‘definitive history’ of the great sweep of the Viking Age. Instead, his aim is simply to explore some of the key events and figures involved. But, despite this modest framing, he has achieved a wide-ranging and very informative overview of this eventful period of history – and an interesting read, too.
    This lively narrative
  • Review – Anglian York

    Review – Anglian York
    Ailsa Mainman
    Blackthorn Press, £19.95ISBN 978-1906259525Review Ian Milsted
    Ailsa Mainman’s Anglian York encapsulates the allure and the frustration of researching this period in the city. Following the near silence of the 5th and 6th centuries, York blossoms from the 600s in written sources, emerging as the ecclesiastical heart of Northumbria, the 8th-century home of Alcuin and his precious library, and finally the thriving, tempting, high-status target for the 9th-century Viking ar
  • Review – Berryfields: Iron Age settlement and a Roman bridge, field system and settlement along Akeman Street near Fleet Marston, Buckinghamshire

    Review – Berryfields: Iron Age settlement and a Roman bridge, field system and settlement along Akeman Street near Fleet Marston, Buckinghamshire
    Edward Biddulph, Kate Brady, Andrew Simmonds, and Stuart ForemanOxford Archaeology, £20ISBN 978-0904220858Review Amy BrunskillBerryfields, situated to the north-west of Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, is a site rich in history. Akeman Street, an important Roman road, runs past its southwestern edge, the Roman roadside settlement of Fleet Marston is located in the area, and the earthworks of the medieval settlement at Quarrendon are visible to the north-east. Despite this, very little investi
  • Review – Troy: myth and reality

    Review – Troy: myth and reality
    The legend of the Trojan War is one of the most famous, and most enduring, Classical narratives, inspiring both artistic endeavours and archaeological investigations. Lucia Marchini visited the British Museum to explore Troy’s long-lived legacy.The Greek hero Achilles, son of the nymph Thetis, kills the Amazon queen Penthesilea on this dramatic amphora of c.530 BC, painted by the Athenian Exekias. [Image: © Trustees of the British Museum]With gods, bloody battles, a devious scheme inv
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  • Burning the Law in Tenth-Century Castile

    Burning the Law in Tenth-Century Castile
    In today’s post I want to enlist the readership’s help in tracing a factoid. This is something I came across in the book by Eugene Mendonsa I wrote about a few posts ago, which seemed to me most unlikely, and for which I then spent a little effort trying to trace to a source. I failed, but it’s not just my fault; I’ve run into many citational dead ends that shouldn’t be such, and since the effective source seems to be popular tradition, I wondered if anyone out ther
  • Science Notes – Progress in potsherd recording

    Science Notes – Progress in potsherd recording
    In this month’s ‘Science Notes’, we look at new research that could change the way in which archaeological survey is carried out in the future, exploring an article published in the Journal of Archaeological Science (https://doi.org/ 10.1016/j.jas.2019.10501) that offers the first proof of concept for a method of automating the recording of material culture, such as potsherds, across large areas.
    A picture taken by the drone (top) and the results of the automatic potsherd ident
  • Herefordshire hoard thieves sentenced

    Herefordshire hoard thieves sentenced
    Four men have been found guilty of charges associated with theft and failure to declare a hoard of over 300 Anglo-Saxon coins and items of jewellery.
    One of the rare ‘double emperor’ coins recovered from the concealed hoard. [Image: with permission of the Trustees of the British Museum]
    Metal-detectorists George Powell (38) and Layton Davies (51) discovered the hoard in a field near Eye, Herefordshire, in 2015, but instead of reporting their finds to the landowner and the coroner as
  • Medieval house investigated in Llandaff

    Medieval house investigated in Llandaff
    Excavations in Llandaff, near Cardiff, have uncovered a medieval building next to the Old Bishop’s Castle during a project to construct a new community centre on the site of a block of public toilets.
    Overlooking the excavations at the start of back-filling, with the gatehouse of the Bishop’s Castle beyond. [Image: Tim Young]The first part of the archaeological work took place in September 2019, and gave around 200 local schoolchildren the chance to get involved in excavating the dep
  • Istanbul IV: still waters run deep

    Istanbul IV: still waters run deep
    This week’s dose of 2016 Constantinopolitan tourism features an unlikely attraction, the structure known as the basilica cistern. This is nothing more than a Byzantine cistern installed under the Emperor Justinian I to help ensure the city’s continued water supply in time of drought or siege. It was fed from kilometres away via aqueducts running into the city and kept full against emergency. So far, so mundane, but of course as we’ve seen Justinian I did very little by halves a
  • Excavating Cataractonium

    Excavating Cataractonium
    Recent Roman discoveries during the A1 upgrade in north Yorkshire
    In 2018, Highways England opened an upgraded section of motorway on the A1 in North Yorkshire. Construction of the new road prompted a series of large-scale excavations, with illuminating results. Stuart Ross and Cath Ross present some of the preliminary findings.
    Overlooking the A1, where it crosses the River Swale. Archaeological work during an upgrade to the road revealed a wealth of insights into Roman Yorkshire. The sites at
  • Excavating the CA archive: Roman villas – part 3

    Excavating the CA archive: Roman villas – part 3
    Joe Flatman explores half a century of reports from the past.A selection of articles mentioned by Joe Flatman in this month’s column below can be accessed for free for one month via Exact Editions, from 2 January. Use the links within the text to jump to the individual articles, or click on the covers below. Print subscribers can add digital access to their account for just £12 a year – this includes everything from the last 50 years, right back to Issue 1! Call our dedicated s
  • Current Archaeology 359 – now on sale

    Current Archaeology 359 – now on sale
    Happy New Year! It’s amazing that 2020 is upon us already – which means that our annual conference is also approaching fast – see p.60 for more details of the timetable and how to have your say in the CA Awards.
    When asked what the Romans did for us, ‘roads’ has to be high on any list documenting their legacy. Many of our modern motorways follow in Roman footsteps, including the A1 which, in North Yorkshire, echoes the path of Dere Street. In recent years, major imp
  • Surely you’re mistaken I

    Surely you’re mistaken I
    Happy 2020 to all my readers! By way of light relief from my old holiday pictures, here is something I’ve had in store until it was safe to use, another small stash of ‘classic’ student answers to questions of great weight, from years back. There’s one superstar here, but the supporting cast also contributed a great deal. I didn’t check who these students were until after I’d marked these things and by now I have no idea; they will, however, all have safely gr
  • Napoleonic-era field kitchens found on Guernsey

    Napoleonic-era field kitchens found on Guernsey
    Archaeological work on L’Ancresse Common, Guernsey, has revealed that a number of earthworks which have long been believed to be Bronze Age burial mounds may, in fact, be the rare remains of Napoleonic-era military camp kitchens.
    A reconstruction of how the camp kitchen may have looked [Image: Ellie McQueen]The discovery was made when members of the Clifton Antiquarian Club were invited to the site by the Vale Commons Council to discover more about the nature of these earthworks. They expe
  • Excavating the Neolithic at Street House

    Excavating the Neolithic at Street House
    The latest excavations at Street House, near Loftus, have explored an Early Neolithic monument dating to c.3700 BC.
    A drone image of the site under excavation this year. [Image: Paul Docherty]This area has revealed evidence of many periods of occupation since it was first excavated in 1979-1981, and geophysical survey to the east of a Roman site excavated in 2013 identified an extensive feature that, since 2016, excavation has demonstrated to be a Neolithic structure. It is buried more than 1m b
  • Istanbul III: finding words about Hagia Sophia

    Istanbul III: finding words about Hagia Sophia
    Returning, while I’m on leave for the vacation, to the blogging backlog brings us back again to Istanbul and to a building already mentioned, the archetypal Byzantine one indeed, except in as much as there was nothing else to equal it; Emperor Justinian I made sure of that when he had it built in the 530s, and as we’ll see its inheritors did their sporadic best to maintain his high standard. I refer of course to the building that was the Church of the Holy Wisdom, Hagia Sophia, which
  • Roman settlement uncovered near Navio fort

    Roman settlement uncovered near Navio fort
    Excavations in Derbyshire have uncovered the remains of a Roman settlement near the fort at Brough.
    Hope Quarry under excavation [Image: © ARS Ltd]The investigation was carried out between July and November by Archaeological Research Services (ARS) as part of a project on land at Breedon’s Hope Quarry in the Peak District National Park. The area is known to have a rich industrial and mining heritage, dating back to at least the Roman period, and it was hoped that the project would she
  • Frontiers Day at the 2016 International Medieval Congress

    Frontiers Day at the 2016 International Medieval Congress
    When, two posts ago, I recounted what still seemed worth recounting of the first three days of the 2016 International Medieval Congress at Leeds, you may have noticed that because of now being employed by the host university, I was involved in a lot more sessions as moderator than in previous years. This is the deal I get as staff, effectively; I can go to the Congress for free, because they can hardly charge me for coming to work, but they expect me to do my bit to keep it running. So my timeta
  • Great Orme’s golden age of European trade

    Great Orme’s golden age of European trade
    A Bronze Age copper mine in North Wales is likely to have been the site of Britain’s first mining boom, with a ‘golden age’ of production between c.1600 and 1400 BC seeing its copper travel as far as Brittany and the Baltic, new research suggests.
    Great Orme Bronze Age mining site, above the town of Llandudno[Image: © Great Orme Mine Ltd]The Great Orme is one of Europe’s largest copper mines, but it was previously thought that its size was the result of small-scale s
  • Istanbul II: relics and remains from two perspectives

    Istanbul II: relics and remains from two perspectives
    Returning for a post to the earlier-proclaimed trip I made to Istanbul in 2016, it seems sensible as blogger to impose some sort of order on an itinerary that was as much based on where things were in relation to each other and when they were open as it was on any kind of historical enquiry. As it happens, these two sites are right next to each other and we did do them in sequence, but I think they reflect on each other in interesting ways. The two are the Hagia Eirini Museum and the Topkapı
  • Review – Tutankhamun: treasures of the golden pharaoh

    Review – Tutankhamun: treasures of the golden pharaoh
    Almost a century after the discovery of arguably the most-famous pharaoh’s tomb, some of Tutankhamun’s grave goods are on display in London. Lucia Marchini visited to find out more.This beautiful alabaster chalice (called the ‘wishing cup’ by Howard Carter) was found in the entrance to the antechamber of the tomb of Tutankhamun. Shaped like an open lotus blossom, its two handles take the form of lotus flowers with kneeling figures that, according to Carter, symbolise eter
  • Review – The Lost Shrine

    Review – The Lost Shrine
    Nicola FordAllison & Busby, £14.99ISBN 978-0749023928Review Carly HiltsArchaeological sleuths Clare Hills, David Barbrook, and Margaret Bockfordreturn in Nicola Ford’s cleverly constructed crime novel, a sequel to The Hidden Bones (see CA 340). This latter book featured a research dig on a barrow cemetery, but its successor dives into the world of commercial archaeology.
    Once again, Ford’s intrepid trio investigate mysterious deaths while the ancient past weaves like an int
  • Review – Small Change: a history of everyday coinage

    Review – Small Change: a history of everyday coinage
    Peter JohnsonAmberley Publishing, £14.99ISBN 978-1445689708Review Amy BrunskillThe production and use of coinage are closely tied to many other aspectsof social history, as is demonstrated in this accessible and engaging book. Focusing on smaller denominations, both those produced officially and the ingenious local responses to a lack of small change, it presents an overview of the development of money around the world, before discussing the storyin Britain in detail.
    The author uses examp
  • Science Notes – Survey on the Isle of Arran

    Science Notes – Survey on the Isle of Arran
    For this month’s Science Notes, we will be exploring a technology that is mentioned frequently in the pages of CA, and which, in a recent survey of the Isle of Arran, off the west coast of Scotland, has allowed hundreds of previously unknown sites of archaeological interest to be discovered.
    The survey revealed 150 shieling huts used by shepherds on the islandin the medieval and post-medieval periods [Image: ©HES]LiDAR has been used by archaeologists for many years to survey areas of
  • Current Archaeology Live! 2020: Timetable

    Current Archaeology Live! 2020: Timetable
    Current Archaeology Live! 2020 will be held on 28-29 February 2020, at the University of London’s Senate House. Below is the provisional timetable, and we will be updating this over the coming weeks with more information. We hope to seeing you there!To find out more about CA Live! 2020, and to purchase tickets, click here.Click on the image below for a larger view.
    The post Current Archaeology Live! 2020: Timetable appeared first on Current Archaeology.
  • Review – The Romans in Scotland and the Battle of Mons Graupius

    Review – The Romans in Scotland and the Battle of Mons Graupius
    Simon Forder
    Amberley Publishing, £20ISBN 978-1445690551Review Andrew TibbsThis book offers an alternative view on the well-trodden path of attempting to identify the site of the fabled last stand of the Caledonii. Offering a new analysis of the earliest Roman invasion, Forder re-examines the extent of the occupation, arguing that the dating of some sites is flawed, and suggesting possible locations for the battle.
    On occasions, the evidence underpinning Forder’s assertions is lackin

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