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High stakes on the high seas
High stakes on the high seas In May 2007, Odyssey Marine announced that it was recovering a 17- ton hoard comprised of 500,000 coins from a shipwreck at an undisclosed location in the Atlantic, sparking official action by the Spanish government as well as an international uproar. Beneath the excitable headlines that greeted this news lurks a complex story with far-reaching, still unresolved, implications for how to deal with our underwater heritage. James Morrison delves deep into the tale of secrecy, confrontation and colonial-era wrecks heaving with bullion to expose issues with international legislation, and the growing tensions between academic archaeologists and commercially driven ‘treasure-hunters’ over how best to recover artefacts found in the world’s last great disputed domain: its ocean seabed.
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Silver of the Iceni
The Iceni are famous for two things – Boudica and gold. However, new research has revealed that the Iceni also made East Anglia’s first ever silver artefacts. There are no silver deposits in the region, so the metal must have been imported. To understand where the Iceni’s silver came from, Megan Dennis, specialist in Late Iron Age metalwork, examines the evidence for a complex society, fascinating politics, and evolving relationships with neighbours, the Continent, and Rome.
The end of Roman Bath On a chill winter’s morning with steam rising from the Great Bath, it does not take much to understand why the temple and baths dedicated to Sulis Minerva were so