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 the button 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.

Institutional subscription: British Archaeology and its past editions are available for Insitutional subscriptions. Find out more about the beneifts of Insitutional subscriptions and how to subscribe below. 



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 This Edition


Introducing the May/June 2024 issue of British Archaeology


Piermaster’s Green: community stories from Liverpool’s former docks

An encaustic tile from the first floor bathroom of number 7, Albert Parade,Liverpool. Recovered during excavation at Piermaster’s Green [Credit: Pete Carr].


A Roman settlement found at site of medieval shipbuilding site; finds included a rarehead from a figurine of Mercury in pipeclay.

Anglo-Saxon textile productionuncovered in Northumberland.

Time Team to return to Sutton Hoo to dig mysteriousfeatures.

From the director

April will see a major change in the way archaeology is looked after in Wales whenthe four Welsh Archaeological Trusts will be formally merged into Heneb–the Trust for Welsh Archaeology.


The CBA has rejected current plans for the development of a solar farm near the site of Roman Richborough.

Archaeology 8-25

CBA Youth Advisory Board members Annabelle Bowen and Jess Hornby discuss the four strands that will drive the board’s plans for the year ahead.

Archaeology Active

Arran Johnson, York Archaeology, shares details of an innovative social prescribing project that was built in partnership with City of York Council and the York Centre for Voluntary Service

My Archaeology

Eight men who took part in the ‘Digging for Erlestoke’ project, reflect in their ownwords on what this introduction to archaeology has meant to them.



Giant surprises at Cerne Abbas

Mike Allen presents the results of recent excavations at Cerne Abbas’ Giant Hill,including how many giants there have been and when the first was constructed.

Piermaster’s Green: stories from the docks

A dig by National Museums of Liverpool helped the local community uncover the lives of the women and children who worked at Liverpool’s old docks.

Small wins and wicked problems

In an important and timely new book, John Schofield suggests that archaeologists have the superpowers necessary to address some significant global challenges faced by society: climate change, environmental pollution, crime and conflict, social injustice, health and well-being.

Erlestoke Prison: A dig with a difference

Since the summer of 2023, a teamfrom Wessex Archaeology have been taking part in a project to give men at Erlestoke Prison access to archaeology. Here, members share what they learned from the experience and what they found while digging.



The world in antiquity

The plant known as black henbane (Hyoscyamus niger) is an extremely poisonous member of the nightshade family, known to have been used in the past for its medicinal and psychoactive qualities. While unequivocal cases of its intentional collection and use are rare in the archaeological record, a discovery in 2017 in the Netherlands has prompted a review of the evidence, which now suggests that its properties were well understood in the Roman period.

Sharp focus
Tides of history: Holy Island, Northumberland.

Greg Bailey on TV
Digging for Britain is getting better and better, but it would be great to swap some o the elfin music and beautiful vistas for some good old fashioned academic arguments.

The Material Culture of English Rural Households c. 1250–1600; Legion Life in the Roman Army Exhibition.

Archaeology Now
Dr Chlöe Duckworth discusses the interface between art and archaeology.

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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Open Access Article - Small wins and wicked problems

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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


Archaeology 8-25 Archaeology 8-25

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.

With an insitutional subscription, you gain access to all of the following benefits:

  • Fully-searchable access to the growing archive of back issues.
  • Unlimited IP-authenticated access and remote access options available.
  • Your institutional logo displayed on your subscription.
  • Cross-platform compatibility with all Web, iOS and Android devices.
  • Usage reports, MARC records, KBART data and excellent customer support.


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