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current archaeology number 56

In this issue . . .

The Saxon Manor House at Goltho and the problems of antiquities legislation form the highlights of this latest issue of Current Archaeology.

After the Editorial, in which we appraise the plans for a new Ancient Monuments Act, the Diary gives the latest news of the Independents' Competition, new appointments for Martin Biddle and Dennis Harding, and reports on Canterbury and the Conference of Young Archaeologists.

The major article of this issue is an account of the Saxon Manor House at Goltho. This began as the excavation of a deserted medieval village, but the low mound that supported the medieval manor house proved to cover an earlier Norman earthwork castle, which in its turn covered a long succession of Saxon manor houses, some of which were defended.

Our Round Up of excavations starts at the flint mines at Grimes Graves, and goes on to look at a Middle Bronze Age house at Fengate, Roman small towns at Hibaldstow and Ashton, a possible temple at the Roman villa at Gorhambury, the construction of the new museum at Dover, and St. Oswald's Priory, Gloucester.

In Books we begin by asking how excavations should be published, and we discuss the new fascicules launched by the York Archaeo-

logical Trust and the recent report on Deerhurst. We then look at some booklets by RESCUE, followed by Roman Towns in Britain, Everyday Life in the Roman Empire, Archaeological Sites of Britain, Exploring Saxon and Norman England, Hadrian's Wall, Mathematics and Computers in Archaeology and Spatial Analysis in Archaeology.

We then turn our attention briefly to archaeological politics. Firstly we discuss two current scandals in archaeology, that of King's Lynn where the second oldest building in the town has been destroyed, and St. Albans where archaeologists have been fighting archaeologists in a Planning Appeal. This is followed by extracts from the Consultative Document on A New Antiquities Law.

Then back to archaeology with an account of the excavations at Quoyscottie where Melia Hedges found evidence for life and death in Bronze Age Orkney.

Finally, Letters concern Museum Archaeologists, the Paglesham Brooch and Bell Moulds.

Cover Photo: Goltho. Surely one of the finest archaeological photos yet, taken by Guy Beresford from 100 feet up, using his againstthe-light technique. This shows the final stages of the excavation, when a Romano-British farmstead was revealed underlying the Saxon manor house (phases F and G on the plan on page 266).

259 Editorial 260 Diary 262 Goltho 271 Round Up 277 Books 280 King's Lynn

281 St. Albans

282 Antiquities Legislation

284 Quoyscottie by Melia Hedges

286 Letters