Why British Archaeology is the best!

My new British Archaeology came in the post today. It’s a really strong issue, with so much in it I thought I’d show the front pages for all the main features and columns. We’re very proud of it! It leads from the cover with new research at Chysauster, an ancient village in Cornwall where you … Continue reading Why British Archaeology is the best!

Save the Palace!

They had probably the worst clients in history. Parliament needed a new home after the medieval Westminster Palace burnt down in 1834. Charles Barry got the job of designing and building it, and he brought in Augusts Pugin to help him. They created one of the greatest 19th-century buildings in the world, that now represents … Continue reading Save the Palace!

Peter Lord talks to British Archaeology about Early Man

The new British Archaeology has three great exclusives. I’ve already written briefly about two of them: new discoveries at Stonehenge, and some Roman pans buried with flowers which were preserved by the corroding bronze. Here’s the third. Last year I went to Bristol to talk to Peter Lord, co-founder of Aardman. We talked about archaeology, … Continue reading Peter Lord talks to British Archaeology about Early Man

Paul Nash at Tate: archaeology and trauma

I went to see the Tate Gallery’s previous big show in London about Paul Nash in 1975, with my friend Diana Hale, then a student at Goldsmiths College, who died in November. Nash, along with an ever-growing club of artist and writers, stayed with me ever since. At first it was his landscapes. Working and … Continue reading Paul Nash at Tate: archaeology and trauma

A new British Archaeology – and another 151 editions

The new British Archaeology has a great mix of stuff, with its usual features, reviews, news, the interview (Taryn Nixon), Bill Tidy’s cartoon and so on. And we have a new column, from the great archaeological photographer, Mick Sharp, who will be writing in every edition about visiting sites with his cameras. I’m really proud of … Continue reading A new British Archaeology – and another 151 editions

DNA to Durrington Walls: New British Archaeology

I’m excited about the new British Archaeology. It looks good, and it’s full of interesting things. On the cover is a symbol of the revolutionary changes sweeping through archaeology, led by fast-moving developments in science. It’s a story of ancient DNA. The DNA of living people is widely used to investigate ancestry, but there are … Continue reading DNA to Durrington Walls: New British Archaeology

The age of A’a

Good to see Martin Bailey write about A’a in the Art Newspaper yesterday. We reported this story in British Archaeology in June, when British Museum curator Julie Adams wrote about the new research she led into the wonderful, unsettling carving from Rurutu taken to London by British missionaries in 1821. This and Hoa Hakananai’a (delivered … Continue reading The age of A’a

150th New British Archaeology out

Tessa Machling, on the Prehistoric Society’s Facebook page, kindly recommended the new British Archaeology on the strength of its Must Farm reporting, so I’ll start this post about the new magazine there. This edition has our last “live” coverage of the extraordinary excavation of the bronze age village, which has now ended. Regular readers will have … Continue reading 150th New British Archaeology out

Janet Hodgson

More sad news. Tomorrow’s Guardian paper will carry Janet Hodgson’s obituary, online now. She will have been known to quite a few archaeologists, as among other things she worked at excavations, and some of her creations were explicitly archaeological: "Piltdown Bungalow" (1993) was an archaeological trench exposing the top of a house; "The Pits" (2005) … Continue reading Janet Hodgson

British Archaeology goes underwater

The new British Archaeology came out last week, and is in the shops now. Here’s a peek inside. As three UK universities are rated the best in the world for the study of archaeology, and the government emphasises the global reach of British arts and heritage, our front cover features an outstanding international project led … Continue reading British Archaeology goes underwater