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Current Archaeology 211 (Vol XVIII No. 7) September/October 2007

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Features 11 Britannia Prima Evidence from West Britain supports the region’s position as the last bastion of Romanitas.

19 ‘Learned & curious men’ The Society of Antiquaries turns 300 with a new exhibition and modern appeal.

25 Graves, symbols, and the Stone Age way of death We highlight recent discoveries and new theories about rock art from Anglesey.

32 Rescuing a Norfolk mosaic from the plough Norfolk’s sole Roman mosaic at the mysterious site of Gayton Thorpe.

40 The avant-garde architects of late medieval Norfolk Evidence from New Buckenham suggests that the town was way ahead of the ‘Great Rebuilding’.

Regulars 4 News House-hunting, Stone Age style; Thornborough festival; Motorway threatens Ireland’s Hill of Tara; Early flush toilet; Introducing the Votive Deposits Database; Saving A-level Ancient History; Redundant Saxon church reopens as heritage centre; Roman burial pits.

31 Miles Russell The archaeology of Dr Who

44 Odd Socs A loving look at the United Kingdom’s unique heritage societies.

45 Books Landscape Archaeology and GIS; The Dig; Killing Time: archaeology and the First World War.

47 Last Word The Roman Society; Amicus Curiae.

49 Letters Private collectors or rich looters?; Bazaar of the heroes; Bayesian confusion; Leicester rules okay?; Nomination for Champion’s Corner; Losing their marbles; No archaeology?

25 Neolithic death rituals revealed in rock art

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