This week: Feasts

Britain pulled out the red carpet last weekend, as world leaders arrived in Cornwall for this year's G7 summit. It wasn't the first time in history that power and pleasure have been so mixed, however. Indeed, last week's gathering would have seemed strangely familar to the 6,000 Englishmen and women who 501 years earlier accompanied their king, Henry VIII, as he crossed the Channel to join his French counterpart, Francis I, at the lavish three-week summit-cum-carnival known as the Field for the Cloth of Gold.…

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Don’t underestimate Archaeology

Too often, we are seen as ‘people who play in the dirt’ or very occasionally ‘finders of secrets’ rather than serious academics. - Dr Hugh Willmott

Why studying the past matters

The eerie experience of writing about quarantine whilst in quarantine truly highlighted the relevance of archaeology in the modern world.

Shrines to saints and Pink Floyd

Museums and sculptors should work more closely with archaeologists and palaeontologists to recreate the appearance of our extinct ancestors.

Excavating Surrey

The county is one that historically suffers from being overlooked: its proximity, and partial absorption, into Greater London risks obscuring its significance.

The 9th East Norfolk

Patrick Mercer reports on a tough fighting regiment of the Napoleonic Wars, let down by dismal command in…