This month, Current Archaeology is all over the map (literally!), covering a broad range of topics and time periods from the length and breadth of Britain. Did the humble cod spark a commercial revolution in medieval England? Can a lost moat be rescued from beneath metre-deep slag? Is there evidence of the Antonine plague in Gloucester? Find the answers in this month’s exciting features. Additionally, we have the compelling story of one of Roman Britain’s largest votive hoards, and a report on an 800-year old abbey facing ruin after centuries of neglect. Editor In Chief Andrew Selkirk closes the issue in his Last Word with an account of his recent trip to the excavations at Brading Roman Villa on the Isle of Wight. Enjoy!
St Radegund’s Abbey At the end of the 12th century, a group of French monks founded an abbey on a windswept plateau just outside Dover. Much of it is still there – but in serious danger of decay and collapse. Keith Parfitt brings us an account of the Dover Archaeological Group’s interest in the site.
Piercebridge votives When two divers went looking for ancient bridge foundations at Piercebridge, they found something much more exciting than bridge footings in the murk and mud at the bottom of the River Tees. British the bottom of the River Tees. British Museum researcher Philippa Walton tells the exciting story of the objects from one of Britain’s greatest Roman votive hoards.
Martin Henig Retires Martin Henig looks back at his 40 year career and shares some words of wisdom, as he leaves archaeology to train for the ordained ministry.
On the cover:
A Roman soldier’s tombstone found on the London
Road site. The inscription reads: To the shades of the dead and of Lucius Octavius Martialis, son of Lucius, of the Pollian voting tribe, from Eporedia,
soldier of the Twentieth Legion.
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