current archaeology number 53
In this issue . . .
The problems of "continuity" between Romans and Saxons, Welsh Historic Towns and Recent Work in the North-West form the major items in this issue.
Our Diary begins with the story of how a treasure hunter nearly landed himself in jail , and then goes on to a new editor for the London Archaeologist, the centenary of the B and G, and the new Lincolnshire Society.
One of the crucial sites in the 'change' versus 'continuity' debate looks like being Bishopstone. Hitherto it has featured on the continuity side as providing a possible Romano-British predecessor for the Anglo-Saxon hall house, but now that Martin Bell has completed the work, it looks rather different. After an initial Neolithic phase, in which it appears to have analogies with causewayed camps, there is an Iron age ditched enclosure, followed by a Romano-British enclosure on a similar layout. But the succeeding Anglo-Saxon village marks a complete break.
In Books we begin with tw o books by Barry Cunliffe; his outstanding excavation report on Portchester, and Rome and the Barbarians. These are followed by A History of Scandinavian Archaeology, Salt, Early Celtic Art in North Britain, and Lighthouses.
In Round up we offer a report on a trip to eastern England: to Hull, the scene of the most extensive destruction of the archaeological levels of any medieval town in the country; then to Garton Slack, Lincoln, Hibaldstow, and finally a look at current work in the Fens and Wolds.
Wales is not normally considered to be a land of historic towns, but the Welsh Urban Research Unit has compiled reports on some 60 towns. In Welsh Historic Towns, Ian Soulsby and Dilwyn Jones pick out those towns which should have priority.
Archaeology is a comparative newcomer at Lancaster University. In Recent Work in the North West, Tim Potter describes how the archaeologists set about carrying out their responsibilities to the archaeology in the area, with excavations at Watercrook, on the Solway Firth, and in Lancaster itself.
Many excavators have become dimly, but disconcertedly aware that green glazed pottery can be Roman as well as Medieval. Here Paul Arthur gives the basis of how to distinguish between medieval and Romano-British Leadglazed Ware.
The discovery of a seventeenth century stoneware kiln at Woolwich producing saltglazed stoneware a generation before the earliest records of its manufacture in this country was the highlight of a recent seminar on London Kilns. Here we report briefly on the conference.
Finally, Letters on Copyright in Ordnance Survey Maps, Monographs or Journals? Techniques of Surveying, More Pay, and Perth.
Our Cover Photo shows the excavations at Bishopstone, with a Saxon house (no. 35: left) overlying the Iron age ditch, wit h Newhaven harbour in the distance.
Photo: Brenda Westley.
163 Editorial 164 Diary
175 Round Up
179 Welsh Historic Towns by Ian Soulsby and Dilwyn Jones 182 Recent work in the North West by Tim Potter 188 Romano-British Lead Glazed Ware by Paul Arthur 189 London Kilns 190 Letters