Bretons and Britons: the fight for identity

This well-illustrated book on Breton identity is a development of Cunliffe’s Facing the Ocean (2001), in which he successfully carves out a broad Atlantic cultural identity, separate to that of central Europe. Echoing the great Cyril Fox, Cunliffe’s opening chapter seeks first to contextualise the archaeology in the geography –…

Current Archaeology 380

• Conserving Stonehenge
• An Anglo-Saxon community at Cookham
• Hyde Abbey: a royal monastery in Winchester
• Enigmatic Roman structure at Caistor St Edmund
• Trellyffaint: Neolithic dairy farming in Wales
• Lakes as ornaments in the landscape…

50 Bronze Age Finds from the Portable Antiquities Scheme

Although Bronze Age finds make up just a fraction of the Portable Antiquities Scheme database, the discoveries recorded still number over 12,000. The objects presented here, in the latest publication in the 50 Finds series, reflect both the most common artefact types and some of the exceptional individual finds and…

Combining aDNA and radiocarbon dating

Humans only live for so long. Thus, if two individuals are identified as having had a close genetic relationship there can only be so many years between their dates of death…

Looking at lakes as ornaments in the landscape

For a visitor to a late 18th-century country seat, the most striking feature of the landscape, apart from the house, would have been the lake. For that reason, it is all the more surprising these bodies of water have had such little attention from garden historians and archaeologists. Perhaps that…

England’s Seaside Heritage from the Air

Britain has a rich maritime history, a key part of which involves seaside resorts. This book showcases a collection of black-and-white photographs taken by Aerofilms Ltd between 1920 and 1953, illustrating scenes across England and the Isle of Wight. Each is accompanied by Allan Brodie’s lively descriptions explaining the historical…

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