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This yr, occasions are going down throughout the nation to rejoice the 1,900th anniversary of the development of Hadrian’s Wall (the eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed that this most-famous Roman landmark has additionally featured, in some capability, in each subject of CA since January). This month our cowl story considers whether or not the Romans too could have commemorated the Wall’s building – and we even have an opinion piece asking how certain we could be about its date.

From monumental stonework to trendy quarrying, we subsequent head to Bedfordshire to find out about archaeological investigations at Black Cat Quarry, carried out earlier than extraction works started on the positioning. There, excavations have revealed a powerful multi-period panorama, together with Neolithic and Bronze Age settlements, a big Roman farmstead, and what would be the stays of a Viking ‘fort’ referred to within the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle.

Archaeology can shed vivid gentle on the actions of previous populations – however what can we study concerning the make-up of such communities? Excavations in Leicester have revealed intriguing hints of range throughout the Roman interval, together with hyperlinks to North Africa. We return to monumental themes for our subsequent characteristic, exploring the hillforts of Britain and Eire, the totally different kinds they take, and their often-enigmatic objective.

Lastly, we make a journey to leafy west London to go to Marble Hill – a chic Thames-side villa that has simply been restored to its Georgian glory, and has a captivating story to inform about its resourceful feminine proprietor.

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Farming, flooding, and preventing within the Nice Ouse valley
Current excavations at Black Cat Quarry in Bedfordshire have revealed a narrative of farming communities spanning the Neolithic to the early medieval interval, in addition to the potential stays of an essential Viking encampment.


Exploring historical multiculturalism within the Midlands
Archaeological investigations in Leicester over the previous 20 years have uncovered proof of the town’s historical cultural range and connections throughout the Roman Empire, together with intriguing hyperlinks between Roman Leicester and North Africa. 


Investigating one of the crucial misunderstood monuments in Britain and Eire
Regardless of their identify, not all hilllforts have been constructed on hills and there may be little proof for them having had defensive or offensive features. So what are they, precisely? CA explores many years of analysis into these puzzling prehistoric monuments.


How archaeology helped to revive a Georgian gem
Marble Hill in Twickenham is without doubt one of the final survivors of a grand neighbourhood of villas constructed by the Thames within the 18th century. Current restoration work on the home and archaeological investigations in its grounds have restored the positioning to its Georgian glory, and have additionally highlighted the dramatic story of its proprietor, Henrietta Howard – as CA stories. 


Trying to find indicators of a 2nd-century celebration
This yr, occasions throughout the nation are going down to rejoice the 1,900th anniversary of the constructing of Hadrian’s Wall in AD 122. Did the Romans additionally maintain some form of ceremony to commemorate the development of this well-known frontier fortification? We contemplate the archaeological proof.


Hundreds of potential prehistoric pits discovered close to Stonehenge; New evaluation from Oxford hospital cemetery; New evaluation of Blick Mead’s Mesolithic panorama; ‘Prehistoric farming settlement’ discovered on North York Moors; Hyde900 mission finds Hampshire abbey’s medieval nave; Science Notes; Survey identifies Greasley Citadel stays in Nottinghamshire; Finds Tray


‘They’re devils who dwell on this place’: looking for Guthlac, Crowland’s early medieval hermit


Joe Flatman excavates the CA archive

Farming Wales: Esgair Llewelyn, Powys

Barrows on the Core of Bronze Age Communities; Silures: resistance, resilience, revival; Fragments of the Bronze Age; A Modern Archaeology of London’s Mega Occasions; Muldlark’d: hidden histories from the River Thames; Unusual Relics: tales of archaeology and the supernatural, 1895-1954

From Julius Caesar to Boadicea: a century of Icenian cash on the Ashmolean Museum

Marlipins Museum, Shoreham-by-Sea

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Matthew Symonds on Hadrian’s Wall

Chris Catling’s irreverent tackle heritage points

The Faversham Society

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