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CONTENTS i ssue 315

(Vol.XXVII, No.3) | June 2016

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News 150 Anglo-Saxon graves found at Bulford; Bear bones story rewrites Irish prehistory; Major Roman villa discovered in Wiltshire; Scourge of Rufford Abbey found?; Remains of Partick Castle rediscovered; Deer DNA sheds light on prehistoric seafaring; Relic of Romano-British religion found in London bones story rewrites bones story rewrites

Major Roman villa discovered in Wiltshire;

; Remains of Partick Castle

Deer DNA sheds light on prehistoric seafaring;

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Conquest & creature comforts

Digging bathhouses and barracks at Binchester Roman fort

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Demons in the Church

Discovering the graffiti illuminating medieval life

New galleries open at the Imperial War Museum

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Under the Edge How mining created magic at Alderley

Sharing stories 60 years on

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ON THE COVER A cavalry barrack under excavation at Binchester Roman fort.

IMAGE: Aerial-Cam, www.aerial-cam.co.uk

REGULARS

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FEATURES ON THE EDGE

The story of Alderley from prehistory to the present Mining on Alderley Edge dates back to at least the Bronze Age and continued into the 20th century. How was this picturesque sandstone outcrop transformed from a hub of mining activity into Manchester’s first commuter community?

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BATHING AT BINCHESTER

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Creature comforts in the military north Unearthing Binchester Roman fort started two centuries ago, with the discovery of a bathhouse after the ground gave way beneath a horse and cart. In recent years, major excavations have exposed one of the best-preserved surviving Roman buildings in Britain. How do the two bathhouses compare, and what can they tell us about life in and around the military base?

MEDIEVAL VOICES

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Recording England’s early church graffiti A survey of medieval graffiti in Norfolk’s churches has revealed tens of thousands of illicit engravings. What do these reveal about the people who left their mark on the church walls?

IN THE LOOP

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A landscape 6,000 years in the making near Biddenham Excavation near Biddenham in Bedfordhire has uncovered a wealth of features ranging from the Neolithic to the Saxon eras. How did so many successive generations occupying the same land develop the landscape of their forebears?

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Context

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Continuing excavations in north-west Wales have uncovered the remains of the area’s first multi-house early Neolithic settlement. With a range of enigmatic features preserved, this is an exceptional find.

Reviews

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Blood of the Celts:The New Ancestral Story;The Archaeological Excavation Dictionary;Latin Inscriptions

Sherds

Chris Catling’s irreverent take on heritage issues

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Dry Stone Walling Association

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AVERTING EVIL IN ROMAN BRITAIN 40 Phallic carvings on the frontier Depictions of phalluses can be found across the Roman world. How did these images find their way to Britain, and what did the island’s residents think of them?

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