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Current Archaeology 210 (Vol XVIII No. 6) July/August 2007

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Features 9 The White Friars of Coventry Excavations show the White Friars of 15th century Coventry had given up holy poverty for the good life.

17 Damming Evidence Three decades of research reveal beavers living alongside humans until AD 1800.

26 A warning to the curious: digging an Anglo-Saxon cemetery A full report on excavations at Cleatham, England’s third largest Early Saxon cemetery.

32 A Bronze Age waterworks Rescue work at Girton Grange uncovers a prehistoric waterworks.

38 A slice of clay-land 6,000 years of ‘marginal’ land-use at Great Barford.

43 When did man first reach Britain? The AHOB (Ancient Human Occupation of Britain) project is re-writing the early history of Britain. Read this vital new story as told by Chris Stringer in his new book Homo Britannicus.

Regulars 4 News Heritage Lottery Fund award keeps Leicester coin hoard at home; update on quarry expansion at Thornborough henge site; medieval Hungate exposed; new vocational archaeology qualification launched.

37 Miles Russell Who are the English exactly? Miles Russell examines national identity, cultural treasures, and the role of the British Museum.

46 Last Word The Society of Antiquaries; Antonine Wall World Heritage Site bid; the London Archaeologist relaunch; Home News at CA.

49 Letters Metal-detectorists redux; lottery robbery; Bronze Age barrow or Saxon cemetery?; TV archaeology, the Newchurch Hound, Terminus anti- or terminus post-quem?


Reconstruction of the Coventry Whitefriars as it may have appeared in c. 1440.

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