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Diary came into force, and both demon-

strating the success of the former system.

The Patching hoard in Sussex is the latest Roman hoard to have been found in Britain and was probably buried in the late 460s. The hoard consisted of 23 gold solidi and 25 silver coins. The most remarkable aspect was the date, for ten of the gold coins were Visigothic, the latest being from the Visigothic emperor Libius Severus of AD465. The hoard had evidently been built up over a long period for the majority of the silver coins ranged from Cons tans (337-50) to Constantine III (407-11). In addition to the coins there are also two gold rings and a quantity of silver bullion.

The coins have gone not to the

Fort Cumberland, near Portsmouth.

This is proving somewhat controversial. Fort Cumberland is one of

English Heritage's white elephants it is one of the Palmerston forts built in the 1850s to ward off the French invasion that never came, but it appears to be used as a dumping ground for unwanted departments. For some time the Central

Archaeology Service has been there, somewhat unhappily, and now they are to be joined by the Laboratory.

The

Ancient

Monuments

Laboratory itself, if it has to leave London, would much rather go to a was a town where there

University Department which they could link up. When the of Archaeology, with move was first proposed, they approached a number of depart-

Details from the curator, Mary Kershaw, on 01423 503 340.

Brigantium, a new archaeological recon-

struction centre, opened on 4th April 1998. The site lies on the A68 north of

Otterburn in the village of Rochester half a mile away from the Roman fort at High

Rochester. The site is multiperiod with reconstructions of structures from the

Mesolithic through to the Roman period.

Details from Lord (Rupert) Redesdale, The Old School House, Rochester,

Otterburn, Northumberland.

Sue Margeson who died in 1997 from cancer aged 48 was a well loved figure in

Norfolk archaeology. She was a specialist on the Vikings, and was for 17 years the

Viking expert at Norwich Castle

Museum. In East Anglia she was known as an enthusiast who transmitted her love of archaeology to a wide range of audi-

ences. A Sue Margeson Memorial Fund

British Museum, but to Worthing Museum thanks to the energetic lobbying of their Curator Sally White, who as soon as the coins were discov-

ered began the task of raising the necessary money to purchase them.

Thanks to her foresight they are now on display at Worthing Museum.

Another rich hoard was found at

Appledore, near Dungeness in Kent a month before the new Treasure Act came into effect on 24th September

1997. This consists of nearly 500

Anglo-Saxon silver pennies. The predominantly hoard consists expanding cross type coins character-

of istic of Edward the Confessor's reign (1042-66). Dating of the hoard can be further refined to the middle of the period 1051-2. This correlates with the political events of the time. In

1051 Edward the Confessor outlawed the powerful Earl Godwin and in

1052 Godwin landed at Dungeness to lead a rebellion and it therefore seems not unlikely that the hoard was buried in the uncertainties rebellion. of the

Ancient Monuments Lab to FortCumberland ments, most of whom expressed great has been established to promote the eagerness for such a link. The other continuation of her work and will initially problem is that of cost, for since Fort be used to finance an annual Sue

Cumberland is a listed building it will be extremely expensive to convert it into a scientific laboratory.

The trouble is that the function of

Margeson Contributions

Memorial

Lecture.

should be sent to the

Department,

Archaeology Museum, Norwich NR1 3JU.

Castle the Laboratory is unclear. If it is a contractor, then surely it could well be hived off so that they can decide for themselves where to go. If however it has a co-ordinating functhon, then surely it needs to be in a central place, where it is accessible to those it should be co-ordinating, and with good links to other scientific colleagues and libraries.

Sutton Hoo. Nigel Macbeth, the photog-

rapher for the recent excavations has now prepared a collection of 24 of his best photographs of Sutton Hoo on a 31F'

computer disk - ideal for those giving talks or lessons on Sutton Hoo. The disk is available from him, price £12, at 30 St

Mary's Road, Creeting St Mary, Ipswich, IP6 8LZ.

July 2 - 7: Penrith. The 144th Summer meeting of the Royal Archaeological Institute will be held in Cumberland,

SmallTalk

10th - 14th September 1998, Orkney. A

major international conference 'Neolithic

Orkney in its European context' will take place in Kirkwall. The conference includes opportunities for participants to take part in guided study tours.

Conference fees £85, apply to: Tankerness House Museum, Broad Street, Kirkwall,

tel 01856 873 191, and for details of flights and accommodation.

based on Penrith. The programme covers all interests, ranging from stone circles and henges such as Castlerigg, King Arthur's Round Table, and Long Meg and her Daughters; through Roman sites such as Birdoswald, Hadrians Wall, Maryport and Hardknott forts; down to Medieval sites such as Lanercost Priory and Penrith

Castle. The cost is a very reasonable £265

all in including accommodation at

Newton Rigg College. There are a few places left for non-members: the Editor of

Current Archaeology, being a VicePresident of the RAI will be there, and we hope that some of our subscribers will

June 6th - July 26th. Harrogate. More than Meets the Eye': an Exhibition of join us. Places are limited, so write as

English Heritage is proposing to move its Ancient Monuments

Archaeological photographs sponsored soon as possible for full details to: RAI

by the RCHM and English Heritage will Summer Meeting, Society of Antiquaries, be held at the Mercator Art Gallery, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London

Laboratory from central London to Harrogate from June 6th to July 26th. W1V OHS

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