Issue 137, July/August 2014

On the Cover

Seven [new] things to do when you visit Stonehenge

A new visitor centre for Stonehenge opened in December 2013. Work continues there and over a mile away at Stonehenge itself, but the scheme, 30 years in the making, is now mostly complete. What does it offer?

Among Other Stories

Sighthill Stones

The last days of the Sighthill Stones

Glasgow made the news when it planned to demolish five tower blocks during the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony – only to change its mind in the face of public protest. But the council has its eyes on another blot. This is the strange story of the rise and fall of a unique Scottish stone circle.

Historic Stonehenge model found

A precise model of Stonehenge, made from stone taken from the supposed sources in Wales and Wiltshire which supplied the real monument, has been found in a store at the Natural History Museum, London. It appears to have been created between 1924 and 1935 by Herbert Thomas, the geologist who first identified the Preseli hills in Pembrokeshire as the origin of most of Stonehenge’s “foreign” stones.

England’s heritage: a future laced with uncertainty

When in an earlier edition we considered the government’s plans to reform English Heritage, we commented that “there are real risks – but the old ways are exhausted”. We look carefully at the figures. Are those risks properly allowed for?

Stories from the city – stories from the sea

In an ingenious study that draws on decades of excavation, archaeologists asked what bones might tell us about past cod consumption in London. The result is a striking insight into medieval fish trade and the globalisation of the city’s food supply.

Silchester Town Life

Ruined but never built on since abandoned after AD400, Calleva Atrebatum, a Roman town near the modern Hampshire village of Silchester, is an archaeological treasure trove. The University of Reading began an excavation there in 1997 which ends this summer. We report on an extraordinary project.

Rendlesham rediscovered

East Anglian kings of the early seventh century AD were buried with splendour at the famous Sutton Hoo cemetery. But where did they, and their families and supporters, live? Archaeologists think they have found the answer to this old question.

Regulars Include

My archaeology

Stonehenge, says Will Self, is “the country’s top gig”. Is that why we can’t understand it?

Greg Bailey on TV

Digging up bodies

Correspondent

The CBA is celebrating 70 years of speaking up for archaeology.

Letters

Richard III, questionable atrocity and curious cones

Books

Broxmouth hillfort and Gristhorpe Man

Casefiles

Former Westwood Hospital to be converted to apartments

Westwood Hospital, Yorkshire

Briefing

Opportunities for fieldwork, conferences and more

Spoilheap

The National Geographic Channel gets it wrong, again.

 


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