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current archaeology number 58

In this issue . . .

Viking York and neolithic Causewayed Camps are tw o of the numerous offerings in this latest issue of Current Archaeology.

After the Editorial asking where recent graduates have gone, the Diary deals with Treasure Hunters, Plough Damage, and Medieval Moats and Villages.

In the Viking period, York was the capital of the Viking kingdom of Jorvik. The current excavations at Coppergate, York, are revealing some of the workshops of the Viking city, wit h the Vikings in their role of peaceful craftsmen and traders.

Roman Mirrors were made not only of polished bronze but also of glass. Glenys Lloyd-Morgan describes some of the varieties found in Britain, and suggests their possible dates.

In Books we discuss The Roman Villa in South-West England, The Roman Villa, and then reports by the RCHM on Glamorgan, Gloucestershire and Stamford. Hill-forts of Britain is then followed by Egypt: the Black Land and The Riddle of the Pyramids.

Suddenly, neolithic Causewayed Camps are in fashion. No less than six have been excavated in recent years, and here we give brief reports on all six—Hambledon, Crickley, Orsett, Offham, Briar Hill and Great Wilbraham. Mean-

while aerial photography has also doubled the number known, and we conclude by asking the big question: what were they? Were they ritual or defensive?

Rescue Archaeology: the Next Phase is the title of the latest pronouncement of the Department of the Environment. We print i t in full and without comment.

Following the upheavals at Poole (where the trial of the former museum curator ended in an acquittal), newcomers Keith Jarvis and Ian Horsey are engaged in writing up the back-log. Here they describe the recent work not only at the Saxon burh at Christchurch but also at the late Medieval port of Poole.

Peter Fasham then describes the work of the M3 Archaeological Research Committee in advance of the possible routes for the still controversial M3 motorway skirting Winchester.

Finally Letters deal wit h the Four Mother Goddesses, the Stone Age Trade', Burnt Daub, Wigglers and Smoothers, and Graduates in Archaeology.

Cover Photo: Excavations in progress at Coppergate, York, with the church of All Saints, Pavement in the background.

Photo: York Archaeological Trust.

323 Editorial

324 Diary

326 York

329 Roman Mirrors by Glenys Lloyd-Morgan

332 Books

335 Causewayed Camps

341 Rescue Archaeology: The Next Phase

343 Christchurch and Poole by Keith Jarvis and Ian Horsey

347 The M3

by Peter Fasham

350 Letters

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