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May 2003:

Hunting for the first humans in Britain
When did humans first come to Britain? And how did they survive? Nick Ashton reports on our first half million years

Great sites: Silbury Hill
Archaeologists have been intrigued by Europe's largest prehistoric mound for centuries. David Field reports on new work that overturns some old ideas

Supernatural power dressing
Jewellery from Bronze Age graves is normally interpreted as a symbol of status. Howevr, materials like jet, amber, faience and tin were also worn as talismans, writes Alison Sheridan

March 2003:

Cursus: solving a 6,000-year-old puzzle
Antiquaries thought they were ancient race-tracks. Later they were seen as processional routes. But cursuses might have been both these things and a whole lot more, writes David McOmish

Burial with the Romans
The Romans normally respected the dead. But not always. Alison Taylor reports on mutilation, child sacrifice, burial alive and other such practices

Great sites
Excavations on a farmstead in Shetland were the first to reveal the Vikings as not just raiders, but also farmers and fishermen. Anna Ritchie reports

December 2002:

Roman Britons after 410
Martin Henig on how Roman culture never left Britain

Bear pit to zoo
Hannah O'Regan on th history of wild animal collections

Great sites
Gustav Milne on the excavations on London's waterfront

October 2002:

Roads from Rome
Hugh Davies discusses Roman roads as a transport system

Shipwreck to slavery
Mike Parker Pearson on the story of an 18th century sailor

Great sites
Rosamund Cleal on the Neolithic site on Windmill Hill

August 2002:

When Burial Begins
Paul Pettitt on why humans began burying their dead

Chemical Revolution
Tim Allen traces the origins of the Industrial Revolution

Great Sites
Helena Hamerow on the Anglo-Saxon town of Hamwic

June 2002:

Fortress Britain
The Defence of Britain Project, now complete, has revolutionised our understanding of Britain's wartime defences. Simon Denison reports

Great Sites: Exeter Roman Baths
Paul Birdwell recalls the discovery in Exeter of one of the largest and most elaborate bath-houses of the early Roman Empire

Engines of Change
Railways profoundly influenced the rural and urban landscapes of Britain. David Gwyn reports

Lord of the Hrungs
Tolkien's epic may have been part-inspired by Anglo-Saxon archaeology and story-telling. David Hinton explains

April 2002:

Guns of the Armada
Archaeology shows the 1588 Armada failed partly because Spanish guns were no good, writes Colin Martin

Invisible Vikings
How much did the impact of Viking customs change English ways of life? Less than you might think, explains Dawn Hadley

Great Sites: Balbridie
For years, very few Neolithic settlements were known in Britain. Perhaps the ‘first farmers’ were a myth? Then a Neolithic ‘house’ full of grain was found near Aberdeen. Peter Rowley-Conwy reports

February 2002:

Roman commanders Dark Age kings
When Roman rule ended in Britain, military units on Hadrian’s Wall seized control of local areas for themselves, writes Tony Wilmott

People of the Sea
From Mesolithic times, western European peoples were united above all by one thing: access to the sea. Barry Cunliffe explains

Great sites: Belas Knap
Skeletons excavated at Belas Knap in the 19th century led to theories of a superior race of Bronze Age invaders conquering Neolithic Britain. Julien Parsons reports

December 2001:

Citadel of the first Scots
Alan Lane reports on recent excavations at Dunadd hillfort in Argyll, where Scotland’s early medieval kings were inaugurated

Reading the land
50 years ago, most historians thought Britain’s landscape dated mainly from the 18th century. Then landscape archaeology began, and the rest is history, says Peter Fowler

Great Sites: Meols
Meols was once the most important ancient port in the North-West. Then it eroded into the Irish Sea. David Griffiths reports on the remarkable collection of objects found in the sands by antiquaries in the 19th century

October 2001:

Years of pestilence
The Black Death was the greatest disaster to strike Western Europe in the historical period. Tom Beaumont James reports on how archaeology is now adding to the story

Joining the medieval fleet
Archaeology has transformed our ideas of how, and where, medieval ships were built. Gustav Milne reviews the new evidence

Great sites: Paviland Cave
Stephen Aldhouse-Green looks at new research on the site of Britain’s best-known Palaeolithic burial, a young man who died some 26,000 years ago

August 2001:

Nonsuch Palace
David Gaimster recalls the excavation of Henry VIII’s most extravagant palace, which spawned the discipline of post-medieval archaeology.

Old ruins, new world
Abandoned Roman sites in Britain were plundered for stone by Anglo-Saxon church builders. Tim Eaton investigates.

Lest we remember
Funerals in the Bronze Age, as in the present, involved not just remembrance but also an element of forgetting, to place the dead person out of mind, writes Howard Williams.

June 2001:

The edible dead
Cannibalism is rarely mentioned in archaeology textbooks. But there is clear evidence for cannibalism in almost every society and every period, writes Timothy Taylor.

The glory that was York
Northumbria and its capital, York, were thought to be in steep decline in the 8th century. But archaeology suggests a flourishing kingdom closely linked to Charlemagne's Europe. One of its chief figures was a great scholar and statesman named Alcuin. Dominic Tweddle reports.

Town of tin
Bill Bevan explores the ghostly remains of a Peak District navvy-settlement, which was designed for workmen employed to build two dams in the early 20th century.

Great sites: Balladoole
Mark Redknap revisits a Viking boat burial site on the Isle of Man which shed light on the aggressive Viking settlement of British soil in the late 9th century

April 2001:

Living under a medieval field
John Letts reports on the remarkable evidence for medieval cereal crops and weeds that survives in the thatched roofs of southern England.

Discovering the new Rome
British archaeologists have been involved in the first systematic survey of Constantimople, the former captial of the Eastern Roman Empire. Ken Dark and Ferudun Özgümüs report.

Great sites: Yeavering
David Hinton recalls a 7th century royal settlement that was perhaps the most dramatic site of the Anglo Saxon World

February 2001:

Great sites: Trapain Law
Ian Armit recalls the discovery of an Iron Age 'tribal centre' in East Lothian which flourished during the Roman period

Power drinking in Iron Age Europe
Iron Age leaders bolstered their claim to rule by giving feasts awash with prodigious quantities of booze, writes Bettina Arnold

Gateway to Rome
Archaeologists have used ground-penetrating geophysics to map out the greatest harbour of the ancient world. Simon Keay reports.

December 2000:

Great sites: Hoxne
Chris Tolan-Smith recalls the brick pit where artefacts were first recognised as signs of humanity's great antiquity

Meet the metal makers
Metal came relatively late to Britain. But it was here that a remarkable new compound was perfected. It was called bronze. Paul Budd reports.

Offa versus the Welsh
Offa's Dyke used to be thought of as just a boundary line. New research suggests it was built in earnest for defence against the kingdom of Powys. David Hill explains.

October 2000:

Hunters in the cold
A 10,000-year-old campsite in southern Britain provides remarkable new evidence for hunter-gatherer life after the Ice Age. John Lewis reports.

Great sites: Skara Brae
Europe's best preserved Neolithic village was dug in the 1920s and the 1970s, but it continues to give up new secrets, writes Alexandra Shepherd

Decline and fall
Roman culture was fading in Britain from the early 200s. It had all but gone a century later. Neil Faulkner looks at the evidence.

August 2000:

London at the edge of the world
Recent excavations show that early London was a rough male town where conditions were terrible but there was a lot of money to be made, writes Peter Rowsome

Great sites: Little Woodbury
Everyone thought that prehistoric Britons lived in holes in the ground rather than houses, until a German refugee began to dig a site in a Wiltshire field

Landscape of war
Historians are only now coming to appreciate the Second World War's vast impact on Britain's landscape. William Foot reports.

June 2000:

Great sites: Llyn Cerrig Bach
Mike Parker Pearson recalls the site that revealed the religious significance of water in later prehistoric Britain

Frobisher the Fraud
New evidence from Baffin Island suggests the explorer Martin Frobisher may have tried to defraud Queen Elizabeth I herself, writes Réginald Auger

Buried with the friars
Exceptionally well-preserved finds from an Augustinian friary in Hull have shed light on life and death in the Middle Ages. David Evans reports

April 2000:

Origins of war: Mesolithic conflict in Europe
The Mesolithic era is often characterised as a kind of golden age of harmony with nature and peaceful co-existence between people. Not so, writes Nick Thorpe

On the road
New evidence suggests Chaucer's Canterbury pilgrims were following a pre-Christian tradition at least 1,000 years old, writes Miranda Aldhouse Green

Viking Christians & Christian Picts
The Vikings and Picts brought a 9th century Christian `Reformation' to parts of Britain. Martin Carver looks at the new evidence

Great sites: Wharram Percy
A deserted village excavation in Yorkshire transformed our understanding of medieval peasant life, writes James Bond

February 2000:

Odd man out: Neanderthals and modern humans
New research shows that Neanderthals were far more sophisticated than was thought ten years ago. Still modern humans wiped them out in the end. Paul Pettitt reports.

Return to the Sanctuary
In a tale of espionage, forgotten diaries and missed evidence from earlier excavations, Mike Pitts offers a new interpretation of the mysterious Sanctuary at Avebury

Great sites: Bignor Roman villa
Martin Henig returns to the site that first proved the wealth and sophistication of late Roman Britain

December 1999:

Dancing with the dead in a mass grave
Neolithic communities repeatedly handled the decaying bodies of their dead, writes Mary Baxter

Laid to rest on pillow of bay leaves
Research continues on the wealthy Roman woman found in London this spring. Christopher Thomas reports.

Warfare and the destruction of history
Alpaslan Özerdem visited Kosovo to assess the extent of cultural damage following this year's conflict

November 1999:

Hadrian's Wall amid fields of corn
Air photographs reveal that Hadrian's Wall was built in a settled, farmed landscape, writes Tim Gates

Making a spear and the Iceman's outfit
Experimental reconstructions can provide surprising insights into everyday life in the distant past. John Lord and Jacqui Wood describe recent work.

Lost facts behind the story of Macbeth
The archaeology of 11th century Scotland is almost entirely undiscovered, writes Nick Aitchison

October 1999:

Teaching surgery and breaking the law
Dissection was illegal until 1832, but it was done anyway. Andrew Chamberlain explains

Revising the Mesolithic at Star Carr
New excavations have shed light on one of Britain's most famous prehistoric sites, writes Paul Mellars

Hunting out the remains of Robin Hood
Several sites associated with the legendary outlaw survive. Eric Houlder reports

September 1999:

Here he lies, hewn down ... in the dirt
Research on Anglo-Saxon warfare highlights the use of the slashing sword and spear. Richard Underwood reports

Growth and decay of an Essex village
Finds from one of the most important excavations of the 1990s have now produced a vivid portrait of a Romano-British village, writes Mark Atkinson

All Tudor life in a disused fishpond
London's new assemblage of Tudor finds has far more to offer than just an old banana, explains Geoff Egan

July 1999:

History from fields and back gardens
Finds made by members of the public are now answering major historical questions, writes Simon Denison

Showing our metal
Richard Hobbs describes the background to the new reporting scheme

Britain in the age of warrior heroes
Richard Osgood looks at the nature and causes of war in Bronze Age Britain

No decline before the fall of empire
The 4th century was the Golden Age of Roman Britain, argues Guy de la Bédeyère

Uncovering the home of John of Gaunt
Medieval rubble uprooted in the Great Storm marked the site of a lost royal manor, writes Martin Papworth

June 1999:

Neanderthals, sex and modern humans
A boy buried 24,000 years ago proves the two species did interbreed, writes Paul Pettitt

Stonehenge and terror in the sky
Stonehenge was built to predict meteor showers, argues space researcher Duncan Steel

From ancestor cult to divine religion
Gods were first invented in the Bronze Age, argues Mike Parker Pearson

When London became a European capital
By 1300, the character of England's principal city was established, writes John Schofield

May 1999:

Seeing the cursus as a symbolic river
Kenneth Brophy tries to make sense of some of Britain's largest and earliest prehistoric monuments

Tolerating pagans for the sake of trade
Paganism may have survived for centuries after the arrival of Christianity, says Paul Blinkhorn

Turning a cave into a home sweet home
`Cavemen' lived in Britain as recently as this century. Chris Tolan-Smith reports

Saxon London in a tale of two cities
In his second article on London, John Schofield describes new evidence for the two Saxon towns

April 1999:

Bury the dead in a sacred landscape
Bronze Age barrows are often found near rivers, lakes and springs. David Field explains why

Ancient history of trips to the dentist
Archaeologists are beginning to recognise evidence for past dental treatment, says Chrissie Freeth

Fact, fiction, legend and Lorna Doone
Rob Wilson-North investigates the archaeology of Exmoor's best known fictional settlement

From frontier town to stately capital
John Schofield looks at new evidence for Roman London, in the first of three articles on the archaeology of London

March 1999:

Prisons that see progress in the past
The first modern survey of prisons has found that 19th century ideas are back, reports Allan Brodie

From art and tools came human origins
Evidence of modern human behaviour 200,000 years old may have been found in Africa. Larry Barham explains.

An image of ancient English woodland
Excavated wood can reveal the look of the tree and how it was tended, writes Damian Goodburn

Rethinking the Neolithic of Orkney
The old idea of separate cultures in early and late Neolithic Orkney is breaking down, says Colin Richards

February 1999:

Inexhaustible symbols cut into chalk
New dating methods are shedding light on the mysteries of hill-figures, writes Paul Newman

Modern diagnosis of ancient disease
Sophisticated techniques are used to extract the secrets of ancient illness, explains Tony Waldron

Luxury and design in Roman gardens
You can recreate a Classical garden wherever you live. Linda Farrar describes how

Old Absalom's wheels keep on turning
A unique Victorian pottery, unchanged for 100 years, has been saved. David Graham reports

December 1998:

Remembering the dead on stone markers
Churchyards have changed much over the centuries, explains Harold Mytum

An ideology that faded in a New Age
Prehistoric rock art retains many mysteries, but much can now be explained, writes Stan Beckensall

Hunting the survivors of Dad's army
Remains of Home Guard structures survive all over Britain, reports Bernard Lowry

Limits of Viking influence in Wales
Wales experienced sporadic raids, a few settlers and trade, writes Mark Redknap

November 1998:

Changing materials, changing bridges
Bridges were built in much the same way for centuries. Then they changed. Bill Smyth explains

Finding Beowulf in Kent's landscape
Place-names and topography locate the Beowulf story near Faversham, claims Paul Wilkinson

Seeing the past in standard images
Pictorial reconstructions have always shaped people's thinking about the past, writes Stephanie Moser

All was change, and then change again
Early maps record the multiple transformations of central Scotland in 200 years. Steve Boyle reports

October 1998:

Buildings designed to advertise fuel
Few of us think much about petrol stations, but their impact has been enormous. Helen Jones reports.

Human sacrifice in Iron Age Europe
Ritual murder was a special event, but not an unusual one, writes Miranda Aldhouse Green

Catching the Salisbury Hoard looters
In two edited extracts from his new book on the Salisbury Hoard, Ian Stead describes the arrest of the nighthawks, and the importance of the hoard

Seasonal farming in the wealthy Fens
Knowledge of the Fens in prehistory has been transformed over recent decades. Francis Pryor explains.

September 1998:

Farm buildings and perpetual change
Many farmsteads were adapted as technology advanced in the 18th-19th centuries, writes Paul Barnwell

Togidubnus and the Roman liberation
The historian Tacitus invented the `conquest' of Britain, claims Martin Henig

The lost defensive ditches of wartime
Thousands of miles of wartime ditches have been filled in and forgotten, writes William Foot

From Buttermere to the bobbin factory
The Lake District was until recently an industrial area. Bob Bewley reports.

July 1998:

Gentry landscapes in a much older land
Tom Williamson points out some of the historic features to be found in Georgian country parks.

Seeking the origins of bronze tools
The earliest metal goods probably came to Britain from Ireland. Paul Budd reports.

Locating the birthplace of St Patrick
Ireland's patron saint was born and raised in Somerset, argues Harry Jelley

Quarries, mines and the chapel culture
The industrial remains of Gwynedd shed light on local people's nonconformist spirit, writes David Gwyn

June 1998:

Exploring the round houses of doves
Dovecotes survive all over Britain. Klara Spandl explains what can still be seen.

All change after the Norman Conquest
Change outweighed continuity in the English landscape after 1066, claims Trevor Rowley

Miniature toys of medieval childhood
Military and kitchen toys from the past show some aspects of childhood never change, writes Geoff Egan

Vikings and the new East Anglian towns
The Vikings transformed culture and society in 9th-11th century East Anglia, writes Andrew Rogerson

May 1998:

Looking for history under the branches
Numerous clues to all periods of man's past can be found in woodland, reports Chris Gerrard

When land first became private property
The spread of enclosed settlements from 1000BC marks the beginning of individual land ownership, says Roger Thomas

Discovering the lost kingdom of Radnor
A forgotten kingdom `between the Severn and the Wye' was a major player in Norman Wales, writes Paul Remfry

Landscapes preserved by the men of war
David McOmish finds prehistoric and Roman village streets, country lanes and fields on Salisbury Plain

April 1998:

Medieval fields in their many forms
There is far more to ridge and furrow than meets the eye. David Hall explains.

No carefree life for Mesolithic people
Hunter-gatherers worked much harder for their living than has previously been thought, writes Rob Young

Literate culture of `Dark Age' Britain
People continued to use sophisticated Latin in early medieval western Britain, writes David Howlett

Frontier territory along the Thames
The Thames Valley today is the epitome of a peaceful landscape. It was not always so, writes George Lambrick

March 1998:

Barrows, cairns and a few imposters
In the second of our series on the historic landscape, Paul Ashbee decides what is, and what is not, a prehistoric barrow

Centuries of Roman survival in the West
Evidence of the late survival of Roman culture in western Britain extends far beyond the well known-remains at Wroxeter. Ken Dark reports.

Resisting the Reformation in secret
Many Catholic images, intended for destruction, were adapted or concealed by local people, writes Sarah Tarlow

Many ways of resisting iconoclasm by Simon Denison

Monumental homes of the Hebrides
Continuing our series on recent archaeology in the regions of Britain, Ian Armit discusses new research on the Iron Age of the Western Isles

February 1998:

Roads that ramble, and roads that run
In the first of a new series of features on the historic landscape, Paul Hindle explains some of the peculiarities of British roads

Executions and hard Anglo-Saxon justice
Hanged or beheaded Saxon skeletons belonged to executed criminals, who were condemned to a tormented afterlife, writes Andrew Reynolds

When there is no end to a good game
Some board games have been played for 1,000 years. Ian Riddler reports

Cornish farms in prehistoric farmyards
In the first of a new series on recent advances in the archaeology of different regions of Britain, Nicholas Johnson looks at Cornwall

December 1997:

Comets and disaster in the Bronze Age
Cosmic impact is gaining ground as an explanation of the collapse of civilisations, writes Benny Peiser

Change and evolution in Roman Britain
How much did Britain really change under the Romans? Debbie Day reports

November 1997:

Ancient attitudes to ancient monuments
Romano-Britons and Anglo-Saxons venerated the remains of earlier times, writes Howard Williams

As Normans tore down Saxon cathedrals
St Wulfstan asserted his Saxon identity in his new church at Worcester, write Sally Crawford and Chris Guy

Stonehenge, land, sky and the seasons
As debate about Stonehenge continues, John Barrett reminds us of the point of it all

October 1997:

High living in Rome's distant quarries
Rome saw to it that the imperial quarry workers remained happy, writes Marijke Van der Veen

Uncovering an Anglo-Saxon `royal' manor
Finds from Flixborough have shed new light on the rich Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Lindsey, writes Chris Loveluck

September 1997:

Kingdom of Strathclyde's final chapter
Scotland's last British kingdom was influenced by the Vikings of Man, writes Stephen Driscoll

Roman roads that shaped the land
Roman roads may have been resented as symbols of Roman power, writes Rob Witcher

First farmers `were colonists after all'
Colonisation, more than the exchange of ideas, took farming across Eurasia, says David Harris

July 1997:

In this dark cavern thy burying place
For most of prehistory, people buried their dead in caves. Andrew Chamberlain reports

Reclaiming heroism for the Bronze Age
Round barrows and epic poetry were two products of the same world view, writes Paul Treherne

The peculiar ways of defending Britain
A survey of recent military sites has brought a number of curiosities to light, writes Jim Earle

June 1997:

Criminal graves and rural crossroads
For centuries, criminals were denied normal burial, explains Robert Halliday

Fractures, punctures, dents and gashes
Violent head injuries persisted throughout the past. Joyce Filer reports

Digging for facts about the recent past
Archaeology has much to tell about the last two centuries, writes Keith Matthews

May 1997:

Mapping the forgotten remains in towns
The archaeology of English towns is becoming better understood, writes Simon Denison

Lessons from Bronze Age boat-building
New evidence suggests how the Dover Boat was built and used. Peter Clark reports

On the earlier origins of English towns
England's towns were first planned at the same time as its villages, explains David Palliser

April 1997:

Hearing again the sound of the Neolithic
Neolithic circles and tombs echo and resonate, discovers Aaron Watson

Monuments that mark out Viking land
The stone crosses of the Danelaw were erected by Vikings under threat, says Phil Sidebottom

Lo, the conquering hero comes (or not)
Studies of genes and language can solve problems of early medieval migration, writes Martin Evison

March 1997:

On the earth-colours of Neolithic death
In coloured tombs, Neolithic people hoped to rise above death, argues Andy Jones

The first weapons devised only for war
Swords used in battle suggest war often took place during the Bronze Age, writes Sue Bridgford

Country houses behind castle walls
Some castles began as country houses, others remained so, writes John R Kenyon

February 1997:

Chew, Chew, that ancient chewing gum
A slovenly habit? Or one of the world's oldest pastimes? Elizabeth Aveling explains

In sorrow shalt thou eat all thy days
Many hunter-gatherers never wanted to farm, argues Peter Rowley-Conwy

Interpreting the landscapes of battle
Landscapes chosen for battle reflect the ideology of the age, writes John Carmen

December 1996:

Linking Wessex with three rivers Avon
Why did Wessex excel so? Andrew Sherratt sees the answer in `the river'

Saxons in the first Scottish kingdom
Anglo-Saxon influence has been found at Dunadd. Alan Lane reports

Rebellion remains the decisive factor
The end of Roman Britain was largely an inside job, writes Michael Jones

November 1996:

Finding magic in Stone Age real ale
The first farmers may have grown barley to brew ale. Merryn Dineley reports.

When penance continued in the grave
Medieval graves often contained symbolic artefacts, writes Chris Daniell

And then came clothing and speech
In the second of two articles, Mark Roberts describes the origin of the first Europeans, and argues they were more advanced than we thought

October 1996:

Buildings in the grip of preservation
Some conservationists say we preserve listed buildings too much. Simon Denison reports.

Tight-fisted soldiers of Roman Britain
Army pay rises did little for Late Roman Britain's economy, says John Creighton

`Man the hunter' returns at Boxgrove
In the first of two articles, Mark Roberts assesses what the Boxgrove excavations, now ending, tell us about early human society

September 1996:

Understanding how earthworks change
Martin Bell outlines the first results of the country's longest-running archaeological project

Wroxeter, rich in a wealthy land
The Roman town was neither a failure nor a freak, writes Roger White

Weaving the strands of a new Iron Age
The old idea of Iron Age warrior societies is fast changing, writes JD Hill

July 1996:

Historic landscapes, wherever you look
Simon Denison reports on the growth of historic landscape maps

When did Neolithic farmers settle down?
Contrary to popular belief, it took a very long time, argues Alasdair Whittle

The London that records fail to show
Post-medieval remains add much to the town's history, says Geoff Egan

June 1996:

Explaining the human mind
It was advanced in some ways, primitive in others, says Steve Mithen

Social prehistoric on Scottish lochs
A clear picture of Scotland's loch-dwellers is emerging, write Nicholas Dixon and Barrie Andrian

Uncovering the prehistory of sex
The evidence for sexual activity in prehistory has been overlooked, writes Timothy Taylor

May 1996:

Yes, the Romans did invade Ireland
And we don't need Roman forts as evidence, says Richard Warner

When Romans and natives didn't mix
Simon Clarke finds evidence for a slow pace of Romanisation in North Britain

Searching for the elusive first humans
There was no magic moment when humans evolved, argues Robert Foley

April 1996:

Iron Age ridge and furrow? So it seems
And there's more too. Max Adams describes the gems of the Cheviot Hills

Urbane savages of the Western Isles
The Highlanders were more civilised than you'd think, says David Caldwell

Updating the centuries of darkness
Five years ago, Peter James and four others proposed a revolution in ancient dating. Now, he says, the debate may be coming round their way.

March 1996:

`First farmers' with no taste for grain
Bone analysis suggests Neolithic people preferred meat, writes Mike Richards

Two thousand years on the same land
South Uist's parish borders could be prehistoric, writes Mike Parker Pearson

`Eco-noble savages' who never were
Prehistory contains many examples of people driving animal species to extinction, explains James Steele

February 1996:

A land shaped by generations past
Stephen Rippon finds that the origins of a Welsh landscape are still visible.

And then came farmers to the North
A new survey suggests the first farmers were immigrants, writes Chris Tolan-Smith

Dispelling medieval Scotland's gloom
History suggests medieval Scotland was backward. No so, argues Peter Yeoman.

December 1995:

Count the tree rings, map the journey
Tree rings can show where a wooden object was made. Niels Bonde explains

Finding Britons in Anglo-Saxon graves
Heinrich Harke finds new evidence that most native Britons survived

Never a society that suffered no illness
Numerous ancient diseases can be seen in bone, write Charlotte Roberts

November 1995:

Researching archaeology? That's tough
Using SMR data for research is hard work, finds Timothy Darvill

Slowly came the farming revolution
`New farming' was uncommon before about 1850, writes Susanna Wade Martins

Making sense of prehistoric rock art
The purpose of rock art is growing clearer, explains Richard Bradley

October 1995:

Before the first woodland clearings
What did Britain's original, natural forest look like? Tom Clare explains

Money for Rome's naval secrets
Roman coins show home Rome used her navy, writes John Orna-Ornstein

From modern apes to human origins
Apes and monkeys provide models for hominid behaviour, Simon Denison reports

September 1995:

Among the crumbling Roman ruins
How did the Saxons deal with Roman buildings? Peter Carrington explains

Turning a fortress into a cathedral
Ian Wood looks at new evidence for the post-Roman period from York

Unmasking Alfred's false biographer
A major source for Anglo-Saxon history is a forgery, claims Alfred Smyth

July 1995:

To Scotland then they came, burning
The emperor Severus attempted genocide in Scotland, writes Colin Martin

Struggling artists of the Ice Age
Newly-found cave art reflects man's conflict with wild animals, writes Paul Pettitt

Reconstructing life in the Bronze Age
We can learn much about the past by trying to relive it, writes Jacqui Wood

June 1995:

What caused landscape changes in the past?
Swept along by the climate machine
Brian Huntley looks at the effects of climate
We plough the fields and shatter
Graeme Barker blames people

On the trail of the village revolution
The origin of villages is growing clearer, writes Christopher Dyer

May 1995:

Rethinking the Lower Palaeolithic
`Clactonian' and `Acheulian'? Forget it, say Nick Ashton and John McNabb

Rubbish in the floods
Medieval Monmouth had an unusual flood-defence system, explains Stephen Clarke

Defeating the archaeological looters
Ireland now has the laws to protect its past, writes Eamonn Kelly

Not King Arthur, but King Someone
Legend may be half-right about Tintagel after all, writes Chris Morris

April 1995:

Power to the Pictish ladies
Symbolic carvings on Pictish stones may support the old idea that women had unusually high status in Pictish society, argues Ross Samson

Show me an industry, show me a town
Medieval towns and pottery industries seem to have developed together. Alan Vince looks at new evidence from Lincoln, London and the west country

Tracing the relics of wartime defence
Britain's 20th century wartime defences are under investigation. Simon Denison reports on the hunt for pill-boxes, tank traps, decoys and other remains

March 1995:

Ochre and sexual deception
Red ochre, common on Palaeolithic sites, was first used as a trick to insure sexual fidelity, write Chris Knight and Camilla Power

Our battered land
Historic features of the countryside are still under assault, writes Simon Denison

Killing the unwanted child
Infanticide is as old as man. Simon Mays assesses evidence from the Palaeolithic to the modern age, including new evidence from Roman Britain.

February 1995:

Personality most ancient
Boxgrove Man didn't speak and ignored strangers, writes Clive Gamble

Hunting the origins of Roman London
Why did the Romans found London? Clive Orton reports on rival theories

Finders, keepers and losers
Detectorists make a huge number of finds but report few of them, and illicit detecting is rife. But liaison will bring progress, writes Simon Denison

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