High Lights Like the wild west, Roman Britain had its shanty towns too. Recently one of these, at Heybridge in Essex, has been very extensively exca vated. Instead of a planned rectangular layout there was an irregular patterning of roads, and at the centre there was a rustic temple.
Our cover photo shows a gold pendant recently excavated in an Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Buckland on the outskirts of Dover. The cemetery was cut in half by the railway, and half of it was excavated by Vera Evison in 1951-3 in advance of a housing estate. Now houses are being laid out on the steep hillside on the other side of the railway, and an equally rich other half of the cemetery has been discovered.
Victorian archaeologists used to examine skulls in order to determine the typology of the skeleton. Were they, however, looking at the wrong end of the body? Phyllis Jackson is a retired chiropodist who has spent fifty years looking at feet. Recently she has turned her attention to looking at the feet of skeletons and has been discovering just how interesting they all are. Here she explains just what she can decipher by looking at prehistoric feet, and how regional varieties of feet persist through the millennia.
Our friendly colleagues on the academic journal Antiquity recently launched an 'Antiquity' prize for the best article published during the year. The winner was Bruno David for his study of rock art in Australia. Chris Chippindale, the editor of Antiquity, suggested that we might like to present his work to a wider public. Here therefore Bruno David introduces Australian rock art: it is very much older than expected, and it changed its style 5000 years ago.
Finally, since this is issue number 144, we conclude with an index to our last twelve issues which form the twelfth volume of Current Archaeology. Once again we would like to thank all the many archaeologists who help produce Current Archaeology by sharing the fruits of their work with us: we are very fortunate that there is an enormous eagerness among British archaeologists for presenting their work, and we can but say 'Thank you' for supporting us so enthusiastically. In the meantime we are looking forward to our next major celebration, in 1997, when Current Archaeology will be thirty!
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