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CURRENT ARCHAEOLOGY 119

CURRENT ARCHAEOLOGY No. 119 Vol. X No. 12 Published March 1990

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C artimandua's palace at Stan­ wick, and Bronze Age ritual at Flag Fen form the major articles in this issue of Current Archaeology.

371 The Diary looks at a new computer game for archaeologists, the Canterbury Archaeological Trust, Magazines new and old, Sir Mortimer Wheeler, Excavations and Smalltalk. In order not to waste the colour page this is interrupted by:

372 The Work of Angels: an eighth century communion set found at Derrynaflan in Ireland forms the centrepiece of a new exhibition at the British Museum.

386 At Flag Fen a Bronze Age timber alignment has been discovered that leads from the mainland out over the fens. At its terminal a large number of bronze implements were found. Ritual offerings?

391 In Books we discuss The Ending of Roman Britain, Celtic Coinage of Britain, Donyatt Potteries, Rural Settlement in Roman Britain, In Search of the Indo-Europeans, The Language of the Goddess, Celtic Art, Great Cathedrals of Britain, The Saxon Shore, Rural Settlements in Roman Britain, In Search of the IndoEuropeans, The Languages of the Goddess, Celtic Art, Great Cathedrals of Britain, and finally some books on Egypt, Ancient Egypt, Egypt after the Pharaohs, Akhenaten, Coptic Egypt and Tutankhamen.

395 What was a sunken floored building doing in the middle of a Roman Fort? At Pumsaint in west Wales, the excavators are puzzled.

376 New excavations on Islay are revealing the camp sites of the Mesolithic hunters who first occupied the Western Isles.

398 Letters discuss the Rule of the Road, the Wheeler Centenary, Piddington and Allectus, Whitewashing the Wall, Southampton University.

378 Science Diary looks at Late Glacial Archaeology and problems with the radio-carbon dating curve, Leprosy and Leprosaria, and why leprosy died out, Gold torcs, and Ground Probing Radar.

380 Was the Iron Age oppidum at Stanwick the seat of Queen Cartimandua? Current excavations enlarge, expand and to some extent reverse the classic work of Sir Mortimer Wheeler.

Front Cover. The Derrynaflan paten: this dish on which the communion bread was offered is made of silver, surrounded by an elaborate gold rim. The studs, with polychrome inlays, cover the locking pins that fastened the rim together. Photo courtesy of the British Museum.

Supplement. At the centre is part 1 of our special supplement on local archaeological societies, together with the results of our questionnaire.

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