Issue 128, January/February 2013

Introducing the January/February issue of British Archaeology

On the Cover

The Ness of Brodgar

Nick Card, director of the Orkney dig that has been going for seven years, puts the latest discoveries into context. The neolithic complex was a focus for over a thousand years until 2300BC, and the rare preservation helps to make it one of the most important excavations of its kind in Europe.

Surprise Treasures from Founding Archaeologist

An extraordinary collection of previously unknown records which inform the work of a key 19th archaeologist and collector has come to light. The photos, watercolours, notebooks, documents and letters were created by General Augustus Pitt-Rivers (1827–1900). Anthony Pitt-Rivers, the General’s great-grandson, has donated much of the material to the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford.

Why Time Team Had To Go

How was it for you? As Channel 4 is backfills the trenches and releases an army of archaeologists and TV professionals for new ventures, Mike Pitts considers Time Team’s origins, appeal, achievements and demise.

Landscape of Remembrance

For well over a century, Salisbury Plain has been a training ground for soldiers before they went out into the world – at times, often to their deaths. As Chantel Summerfield found, many of them left unexpected mementoes of their presence, carving names into tree bark that have enabled her to track down some of the less celebrated fighters of the last century.

Piltdown: Treasure or Shame?

On December 18 1912 a human fossil was described at the London Geological Society. Its international impact was immediate, and Piltdown Man became an icon of contemporary British culture. In 1953 it was exposed as a grand fraud. A century after the original announcement, should we celebrate the story or bury it? Miles Russell and Matt Pope put the respective cases.

Common People

Doing things by committee, a belief that we all have a right to be heard on issues from how the BBC to the NHS should be run – consensus in decision-making is a British habit. It may all, says Susan Oosthuizen, go back to how prehistoric people managed their land.

The Cauldrons from Chiseldon

In 2004 a detectorist found scraps of metal in Wiltshire that excavation revealed to have come from at least 13 iron age cauldrons – the largest group of its kind ever seen from Europe. Our feature describes the conservation and investigation of this extraordinary discovery, still underway at the British Museum.

Scottish Hunters Left Wolf Pelt At Home

Archaeologists have excavated what over 10,000 years ago was a house built by hunter-gatherers beside the river Forth. Other nearby structures confirm the impression that this was a place where people worked as well as slept and ate, and unusual finds for this age include animal bones.

Regulars Include:

Mick’s travels

Mick Aston digs up his garden


Does our government really want children to be taught from a text book that says Stonehenge was built by an Anglo-Saxon wizard?

Greg Bailey on TV

The screen battle between neanderthals and modern humans


Kent wants the Staffordshire hoard back

My archaeology

Chronicle director David Collison remembers television’s thinking days


Anglo-Saxon art and English battlefields


The UK's only archaeological events listing, with exhibition reviews


A year of listed building casework


The Great Grimsby Ice Factory


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