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Issue 123

Mar / Apr 2012



Abstracts from our main feature articles

an audience with Tyr

Varmint's Show on Viking influences in a modern band


ISSN 1357-4442

Editor Mike Pitts


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THE BIG DIG: Must Farm & Bradley Fen

Large scale archaeological excavation has been taking place at the Hanson brick pits near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, for two decades. The breath-taking preservation* is one reason why this is one of the great sites of prehistoric Britain. There are other reasons, too, as Mark Knight and Kerry Murrell explain.

* see News reports, Jan/Feb 2011, no 116 and Sep/Oct 2011, no 119

At the Three Tuns Holborn viaduct

In the last issue we began a series about archaeology in London, with a feature that proposed the city was founded in AD43, the year of the Roman invasion. Between then and now, the history, culture and politics of London and the nation – even the world – have been reflected in the lives of the people who lived and worked there, and the places they knew. Here David Saxby describes how new excavation has thrown light into one small corner, before and after the Great Fire of 1666.

A valley of dry bones: St Helena and the archaeology of the slave trade

The British abolished the slave trade in 1807, yet in 1840 found it necessary to open a court on St Helena to try slavers. Andrew Pearson, who co-directed an excavation there, describes the moving record of some of those who never left this remote Atlantic island.

Ham & Mustard

The prehistoric hillfort on Ham Hill, Somerset is the largest in Britain. A new quarry will open soon, bringing the opportunity for major excavation which began last year. Niall Sharples, Christopher Evans, Adam Slater, Andy Payne, Paul Linford and Neil Linford report on a project to waken the sleeping giant.

New visions of Stonehenge

Artist Peter Dunn has been depicting the ancient Stonehenge landscape, or imagined parts of it, for much of his career. Working with archaeologists on illustrating the latest version of the monument's history, he came up with his own ideas.


In tribute to their everlasting contributions to the story of our origins and history, British Archaeology brings together the names of some of the archaeologists and lovers of antiquity who died in the past year.

We cover in detail: Jean Le Patourel (nee Bird), Martin Welch, Rachel Maxwell-Hyslop, Philip Rahtz, John Evans, David Hill, Marek Zvelebil, Richard Hall and Alex Morrison, and many more in summary.

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