British Archaeology Magazine

British Archaeology is our award-winning bi-monthly publication, published by the CBA, focusing on the latest archaeology news, discoveries, and research within the UK and from British Archaeologists working overseas. With articles from the CBA team, it is a great way to get to know the work we do.

It is one of the benefits of CBA membership, and is available via a print or digital subscription, and from high street newsagents.

CBA members: to access the digital edition, please click here and follow the instructions to register. You will need to use the email address you use to log in to the CBA site but can create a new password.

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Current Issue  

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Introducing the March/April 2023 issue of British Archaeology



Emotions run high as objects taken by a British force from Benin City in the 19th century are starting a journey back to Nigeria from collections in Europe and America. Ahead of an announcement from the British Museum about a new archaeological project, we review the background to the debate, highlight the work of British archaeologists in the former kingdom, and consider the rights and wrongs of the “universal museum”


2022 Archaeological Achievement Awards

Once again, the CBA-run awards have highlighted the remarkable breadth and quality of work in UK and Republic of Ireland archaeology. We celebrate winners, honoured at an event in Dublin


A historic house in South Cave, Yorkshire, where a developer’s claim that it is beyond repair is being challenged

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Letters to a Young Archaeologist: one year on


In search of Picts at Aberlemno

A project that began in 2017 is investigating a rich archaeological landscape in eastern Scotland. Dramatic new discoveries are throwing unexpected light on Pictish history and culture, a true “Dark Age” of Scottish archaeology

Crossrail: an underground journey

The Elizabeth line, fully operational through London since November, adds extra services in May. Archaeologists were on – and under – the ground ahead of works since 2006: we highlight key discoveries from the UK’s largest urban archaeology project


Our annual tribute to some of the archaeologists and lovers of antiquity who died in the past year



Discovery of a major fortified Bronze Age enclosure in Sussex

A powerful Anglo-Saxon woman’s grave in Northamptonshire

Pictures of a winter of extreme digging


That’s not a midden – a cautionary tale

The world in antiquity

Bog bodies, a Bronze Age goldworker and a strange burial with nails

My archaeology

Cat Jarman, broadcaster and best-selling-author

Sharp focus

Culver Hole, Gower

Greg Bailey on TV

The tenth (yes!) series of Digging for Britain


Rediscovering Homo sapiens


The Netflix docuseries archaeologists hate to watch


British Archaeology is a bimonthly members’ magazine that is also available in newsagents, and by subscription in print and digital

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Discover feature articles

On occasion, we provide open access to featured articles to support out wider advocacy work championing archaeology. Discover them below.

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Richard III: A tale of delusions & dreams

Regular features

Regular features highlighting the work of the CBA

From the director From the director

A letter from director of the Council for British Archaeology Neil Redfern


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Articles from the delivery & engagement team at the Council for British Archaeology, as they report on the world of young and aspiring archaeologists


Archaeology Active Archaeology Active

Discover more about CBA activities to champion archaeology and public participation


Casefiles Casefiles

Caseworkers at the Council for British Archaeology present examples from the council’s files


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More information

Past Issues

CBA membership includes access to a searchable library of previous British Archaeology issues, dating back to 1995.

You can search our back catalogue for subjects that may interest you here

Institutional Subscriptions 

Institutions such as schools, colleges, and libraries can now benefit from an institutional subscription to British Archaeology, giving all of their staff and students digital access to current and past issues of the magazine, providing more than 20 years of archaeological insight.  

Institutional subscriptions are available on a wide range of devices and offer both IP authenticated and remote access. Tools such as an integral keyword search, bookmarking and extensive linking will allow users to use the subscription to enhance their study of archaeology.  

Sign up here

Advertising in British Archaeology  

Reach our UK-wide and international audience of Council for British Archaeology members, British Archaeology Subscribers, Institutional subscribers, and retail customers by advertising in British Archaeology. 

By advertising with us, you will be helping to support the Council for British Archaeology and our charitable aims.

Are you a provider of useful and appropriate archaeological services that could benefit our members? For more information, or to place an advertisement, click here or ontact our representative Geoff Connelly at Hall - McCartney Ltd
Tel: 01462 896688
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