Discoveries continue to pour in, and in this latest issue of
Current Archaeology we present four major projects - one
Neolithic, one Iron Age, one Roman and one of the Early Christian period.
What was life like in a Welsh hillfort in the Iron Age? Castell
Henllys in west Wales is a rather small hillfort with very elaborate defences, including the 'tank trap' seen on the front cover. The excavations have revealed fascinating details of life in the fort,
while four Iron Age houses have also been 'recreated' in the interior. How far do the restorations reveal the secrets of life in the Iron Age?
How did Roman towns come to an end? Silchester is one of the
Roman towns which has no modern successor - it remains in the open fields. New excavations have uncovered one of the latest buildings - a tyrant's palace perhaps? - with rows of 'ritual' pits dug through the demolished foundations. Is this evidence for a ritual' cursing' of the town, so it would never be occupied again?
The Orkney Scratches, the subject of our next article, provoke the question, "But is it art?". Hitherto, art, which is well known from Irish chamber tombs, has not been known from similar chamber tombs in Orkney. Now, Richard Bradley and his team have discovered scratchings which may have formed part of the original decorations.
St Ethernan is one of our more obscure saints. He appears to have been rather a big noise in 7th century Scotland, but hitherto little has been known about him. On the Isle of May, extensive excavations have revealed a Medieval monastery, and underlying it, interesting discoveries which hint at the background to his life.
We also give an account of the British Archaeological Awards for 1998, which were retrospective awards, looking back at the past 21 years of the Awards' existence. What have been the outstanding archaeological successes of this period? To our surprise, the Award for the best archaeological magazine went to ourselves. . .
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