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current archaeology number 95

In this issue.. .

With this issue we reach the end of the eighth volume of Current Archaeology and we have a wide collection of major and important sites, ranging from Roman Carthage to Anglo-Saxon Sutton Hoo, and from Neolithic Oxfordshire down to Medieval Town Walls.

First the Diary looks at the British Archaeology Awards, CADW, a new editor for Rescue News and The Golden Age of Anglo-Saxon Art.

Sutton Hoo is well known for the Anglo-Saxon ship burial discovered in 1939: the new excavations have doubled the size of the cemetery area and have found important prehistoric remains.

In CA 93 we reported the dramatic discovery of two chariot burials at Wetwang Slack in Yorkshire. A third chariot burial has now been discovered...

In 1985 the Prehistoric Society celebrates its 50th year. Here Leslie Grinsell, who was for many years Hon. Treasurer of the Society, looks back on his experiences "Out with the Prehistorians".

At Carthage a British team has found dramatic evidence of the decline and fall of Roman Carthage between the 4th and 6th centuries AD.

1984 has been a record year for the discovery of human bodies. In Science Diary John Musty describes the discovery of Pete Marsh, King Edward the Martyr, Women from Greenland, as well as looking at the Earliest Hedge, Dark Age Meat and New Blood.

In Books Professor Walter Minchinton offers his annual round up of books on industrial archaeology.

How long can harmful microbes, particularly those of anthrax, survive in the ground? In Opinion Sylvia Beaman asks whether archaeologists are at risk when they excavate possibly contaminated dead bodies.

In Neolithic Settlement in the Upper Thames, Robin Holgate has been looking at flint scatters, and he argues that these mark the position of the hitherto elusive Neolithic settlements.

Why did Medieval Towns have Walls? asks Terence Paul Smith. Recent commentators have suggested that town walls were mainly for prestige, but here he argues that they really were for defence. (The argument applies equally to Iron Age hill forts!)

Letters look at Maiden Castle, The Silk Road, Left-handed Romans, Memories of Tony Brewster, and Is Archaeology still in the Ark?

Finally we have the Index to our last 12 issues. Cover Photo: Sutton Hoo at night. This floodlight photo, taken with the help of BBC technicians, helped to reveal the contours of the site. Photo: Sutton Hoo Research Trust.

372 Books: Industrial Archaeology by Walter Minchinton

374 Neolithic Settlement in the Upper

Thames by Robin Holgate

376 Why did Medieval Towns have Walls?

by Terence Paul Smith 380 Letters

382 Index

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