We clearly got the message at Archaeology ‘08 that the Romans are as popular as ever, so Roman Britain is a big theme this issue! Three of our features are about important Roman sites – The Ditches, Fishbourne and Bath. The first two deal with that fascinating period between the two Roman invasions of Britain, and the growing evidence for the establishment of a Roman client kingdom in southern Britain in the intervening century. Marking David Rudkin's retirement as Director at Fishbourne, we review what we have learnt about this key early Roman site during his 28 years at the helm - and what remains to be learned in the future from both sites. The Bath feature examines what happened when the Romans left this jewel in the Empire’s crown. Our cover story tackles the very hot debate between commercial maritime salvage companies and academic archaeology: is it modern-day piracy? How can international legislation attempt to resolve this situation, and how feasible are the changes that are needed? As ever, if you have any comments on our features, please write us a letter, or visit the website and drop us a note in the new Comments box...
Lisa Westcott and Neil Faulkner
special in Roman Britain and famed across the empire. What happened to it when the Romans left? Was the destruction of the temple deliberate? Roman specialist James Gerrard investigates.
As the excavation report for the Ditches nears completion, the true significance of the villa is only just being revealed. The earliest known example of a Roman stone building in the Cotswolds, it stands within a late Iron Age enclosure that also contains a contemporary round house, and finds from the site include coin moulds and a touchstone used for testing the purity of gold. What does it all mean? Christopher Catling reports.
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Rudkin and Fishbourne After 28 years in charge of Fishbourne Roman Palace, David Rudkin is retiring. Current Archaeology spoke to David about his tenure, his excavations, and his ideas for the future of Fishbourne.
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On the cover: Close up of tagged olive jars from the wreck of the Nossa Senhora de Consolacao.
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