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front cover One of Philip Barker's characteristic works on an archaeological theme (Anglo-Saxon halls?) made from a polyfilla base and acrylic paints.


232 Caerwent Excavations at the Roman town have revealed the forum and basilica, with evidence for a remarkably preserved council chamber.

256 Caburn The Caburn is one of our 'classic' Sussex hillforts. Or was it? Was its function essentially 'ritual'?

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Current Archaeology No. 174 Vol. XV No 6 Published June 2001

This issue edited by Neil Faulkner Layout by Lucy Harris

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247 Philip Barker Philip Barker, who died early this year, was one of our foremost excavators. Here Neil Faulkner looks back at his life and works, especially Wroxeter and Hen Domen.

266 AD 540 AD 540 is now being recognised as marking one of the great 'disaster' events in history. But was it caused by a volcano, or a comet?


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