High Lights THE most spectacular Iron Age treasure ever discovered in this country has recently been excavated by the British Museum at Snet tisham. But what exactly was this treasure? The latest work suggests that it was surrounded by a ditched enclosure, apparently constructed 150 years after the treasure had been deposited. Is this a co-incidence? Or did the treasure really retain its awe and sanctity 150 years later?
On Salisbury Plain one of the largest Romano-British villages known has recently been surveyed by the Royal Commission on Historical Monuments. It lies in the middle of the impact zone of the army training area, where since 1894 more than 4 million shells have rained down on it. Despite this, it is still better preserved than any other Roman village site in Europe. There may even have been an aqueduct!
An equally important discovery has been made by the Royal Commission at East Chisenbury nearby. This is one of the mysterious late Bronze Age/Early Iron Age sites known as a 'midden'. This was clearly much more than a rubbish dump: but what was it?
What did an Anglian monastery look like? Hoddom in south west Scotland is the site of very early monastery associated with St Mungo (alias St Kentigern), later the patron saint of Glasgow. Quarrying some way away from the centre revealed the outskirts of the monastery and the kitchen areas - where the baking took place.
What is the date of the fine timber barn on the front cover? The barn is situated at the preceptory of the Knights Templar at Cressing Temple in Essex. It was long thought to be built around 1500, but tree ring dating has now shown that it is much older.
At Orpington in Kent, Brian Philp has been carrying out another major rescue operation. This time it is a Roman villa, which he and his team have excavated and provided with a cover building at half the estimated cost.
Finally, How do you stoke a set of Roman baths? Tony Rook recently spent a week as a furnace slave at Xanten, in Germany, where there is a replica set of baths. Here, in an appalling display of most dreadful puns, he describes his experiences which he subtitles "The Confessions of a Fornacator".
CURRENT ARCHAEOLOGY No. 135 Vol. XII No. 3 Published August/September 1993
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