Scotland features prominently in this issue, with two articles from the Outer Hebrides,balanced by two articles from further south.
We begin with South Uist - An Island Story. The Industrial Revolution was not kind to the Celtic fringes, as shown by the Highland Clearances and the Potato Famine in Ireland. Should we re-assess these events in the light of the archaeology of the Outer Hebrides?
In the first millennium AD, the west coast of Scotland displayed a wide range of exotic housing, from brochs and duns to wheel houses and figure-of- eight houses. But how did they all work? At Bosta beach on Great Bernera, a figure-of-eight house has been excavated and (controversially) reconstructed.
Taplow, on the banks of the River Thames, is one of the great sites in Anglo Saxon archaeology, where a splendid treasure was discovered in 1883. But why was the barrow situated here? Recent work has revealed that it was in fact built inside an Iron Age hillfort.
One of the interesting phenomena of Anglo Saxon cemeteries is the existence of paired cemeteries, - two cemeteries laid out side by side. One such paired cemetery has recently been excavated at Sheffield Hill, near Scunthorpe, in North Lincolnshire. But why were there two cemeteries, and how do they differ?
This issue has been partly guest-edited by Jeffrey May, an old friend from University days, who has recently retired from Nottingham University. He has also master-minded two special features, firstly a magisterial conspectus of Celtic Art, reviewing the posthumous work of the late Professor Martyn Jope, and secondly an extended Science Diary on the work at Nottingham University; this includes news on the redating of the Battersea Shield, and a fascinating reassessment of the impact of the Black Death as a result of tree ring dating.
With this issue, we must regrettably increase the price of Current Archaeology to £20 per annum (Overseas subscriptions £25). This is the first increase for five years while costs have been creeping up, and it brings us more or less in line with other publications. However the increase will be tempered for those who pay by direct debit, whose subscription will be reduced to £ 18 - direct debits are a very cost efficient form of transaction, and it is only fair that those who pay by this means should benefit.
Valetta, the All Party Parliamentary Archaeology Group, Jorvik, archaeology at Sheffield, and Graham Webster. Also Rocking the Boat, a selection of letters, for and against the licensing of archaeology.
British Barrows, Flint Mines, King Arthur's Round Table, Fields of Deception, Aerial Archaeology, Dangerous Energy, Battles over Britain, and the Science and Archaeology of Materials.
Nottingham science diary Battersea shield, Bronze in Palestine, Roman silver coins, Glass in al-Raqqa, the earliest European glass, 17th century glass, Islamic metallurgy, and tree-ring dating in Newark.
letters Mount Caburn, Foot-and-mouth, Rescue, Stonehenge, Caerwent, Philip Barker, Leonard Cottrell, and Dr Dyspepsia again.