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TheBattleoftheRiver

Medway

A memorial has been erected to the

Battle of the River Medway in AD 43 which decided the Roman Conquest of Britain

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ScienceDiary

The Ancient Biomolecules Initiative,

DNA, Breadwheat, Hunters or Farmers,

Migrations in the Pacific, Sorghum,

Animals and DNA, The Origins of Oil

Fields, Harold Plenderleith and

Mesolithic Trepanation

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Wroxeter

The Wroxeter Hinterland Project has been studying the landscape round Roman Wroxeter and carrying out an excavation of a villa at Whitley

Grange

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Diary

A New Editor for Antiquity,

Archaeology Abroad, The Thames

Archaeological Survey, The Patching and

Appledore Coin Hoards, and the Ancient

Monuments Laboratory and Fort

Cumberland

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Books

Mawgan Porth, Old Sleaford Revealed,

The Insula of the Menander at Pompeii,

Village Hamlet and Field, Neolithic and

Bronze Age Scotland, and Scotland -

Environment and Archaeology.

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The Derby Southern

Bypass

Excavations in advance of the Derby Southern Bypass reveal a triple ring ditch at Aston-on- Trent, a cursus at

Potlock, and an Iron Age pit alignment at Swarkestone Lowes

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Letters

The Crammond Lioness again, How Big were Medieval Towns, Experimental

Archaeology, Women, Orkney and Fishcakes, South-North Burials in

Southampton, Pattern Welding, The

Science Diary, Unruly Sheep and the

Longest Dig

FrontCover

The worst Mosaic in Roman Britain? -but one of David Neal's favourites.

This mosaic, from a villa at

Croughton near Banbury, shows Bellerophon slaying the Chimera. However the details have gone awry, as an examination of the border in the top right will reveal. Painting by David Neal, copyright

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TheRomanMosaicsof

Britain

A major project has been launched to produce a corpus of all Romano-

British mosaic pavements

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Alchester

A Roman fort has been discovered in

Oxfordshire together with a possible exercise ground

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