current archaeology march 1973
In this issue . . .
This issue presents three very different sites: a Welsh hill-fort, York and its Roman sewers, and a unique Saxon village.
First, Moel y Gaer, where the Rescue Archaeology Group, fresh from its triumphs at The Breiddyn, has been tackling another Welsh border hill-fort. Graeme Guilbert has stripped three quarters of an acre inside the fort, and here he reports on the 34 round houses and numerous other features so far discovered.
In Letters, Justin Schove points out that the radiocarbon dating from North Elmham also provides cross dating for two other wellknown Saxon sites.
York is one of our major historical towns, but hitherto little archaeology has taken place there. But the establishment of the York Archaeological Trust last summer, and the appointment of Peter Addyman as Director, changed everything. In their first season they excavated a medieval hospital, part of the medieval port, and a Viking leather workshop, and also discovered the spectacular Roman sewers. We report on the problems and possibilities of York, and how they are being tackled.
Deidre-Anne Concannon believes that archaeologists draw badly: in 'The case against Stippling' she says jus t what she thinks of archaeologists' drawings, and provides practical examples of how i t should, and should not, be done.
The Anglo-Saxons have long been condemned to live in sunken huts, or grubenhauser: now at last, something better has been found for them. At Chalton a whole village of substantial post-hole houses has been discovered, wit h a range of structures of different types. But the excavations are only part of the story: extensive field work has revealed the pattern of settlement before and after the Saxons: is this continuity, or discontinuity?
In Books we discuss Roman France, Models in Archaeology, and Contemporary Archaeology.
Our Cover Photo shows the site of the former Ebor Brewery at York, now demolished as part of the Aldwark scheme. The local parttime archaeologists, the York Excavation Group, have already begun work on the site. The superb medieval walls run across the picture.
Photo: Arthur MacGregor
36 Notes and News
38 Moel y Gaer by Graeme Guilbert
44 Two More Tree Ring Dates
Letter from Justin Schove.
53 The Case Against Stippling by Deidre-Anne Concannon