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current archaeology number 48

In this issue . . .

The medieval city of Norwich, the Neolithic causewayed enclosure on Hambledon Hill and the Roman settlement at Kelvedon are the main features of this issue of Current Archaeology.

Our Diary starts off by asking whether rescue archaeology is research or merely rubbish collecting; we then go on to the Rescue Archaeology Committee, the Mesolithic and the 'other half of Star Carr, Hedgerow dating, archaeological insurance and children on excavations, a new course in Practical archaeology, and news of the latest archaeological detective novel.

Norwich is a city of problems to the archaeologist: why was i t so big? Why did i t thrive early and late in the Middle Ages? Above all, why were there so many churches? Alan Carter has new thoughts on all these problems, and we also describe his spectacular discovery of the cellars of 3 Medieval houses filled with the debris of the fire that destroyed them on the 25th April 1507.

Hambledon Hill has long been recognised as a causewayed enclosure, one of the important meeting places of Neolithic Wessex. Here we describe the results of Roger Mercer's first season of excavation, and compare the results wit h those from Carn Brea described in our last issue.

Press Releases give news of the new museum at Vindolanda, the appointment of the Area Advisory Committees, and further news of the Oxfordshire unit.

David Johnston then asks "Why Hold Conferences?" and puts forward some ideas on the different types of archaeological conference.

In Books we begin wit h a batch of Egyptology: The Riddle of the Pyramids, Akhenaten and Nefertiti, and The Pyramids of Egypt. We then look at Irish Passage Graves, Rescue Archaeology, Athenian Black-Figure Vases, The Greeks Overseas, Bones for the Archaeologist, Physics and Archaeology, and Practical Archaeology.

Kelvedon is one of those small towns of Roman Britain where archaeologists have long made casual finds, but have never really understood it. Recently Warwick and Kirsty Rodwell have begun to make sense of it , and here they describe their results, and illustrate a unique late-Celtic potsherd, stamped wit h a scene of a Celtic warrior.

Finally, Letters on Rescue and the amateur, Children in archaeology, and Roller-patterned Roman flue tiles. Front Cover:

St. Benedict's Street, Norwich—the Street of the Churches. Hidden away in the opening by the Corn Stores is St. Swithin's. 30 yards further up the street is the opening to St. Margaret's, the tower of which is visible above the roof of the Corn Stores. The tower of St. Laurence's can also be seen above the roofs. At the end of the Street (not visible) is St. Andrew's, while St. Benedict's lies just behind where this photograph was taken.

3 Editorial

4 Diary

8 Norwich

16 Hambledon

19 Press Releases

20 Why Hold Conferences?

by David Johnston

21 Books

25 Kelvedon by Warwick and Kirsty Rodwell

31 Letters

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