The time has come for our 2009 edition of the annual Digs supplement. We’ve provided all the information you need to get out in the field this season - for reviews of last year’s digs, please visit our companion website at www.ilovethepast.com. Villas, villas and more villas! This month, we offer two articles on this most Roman of topics; both question whether the collective categorisation of ‘villa’ is really accurate for the plethora of intriguing Romano-British rural sites. We then step backward in time to examine new research from the Neolithic; was prehistory as peaceful as previously thought? Evidence of violence suggests that the Stone Age was very bloody indeed. Finally, we have our second installment of a three-part series based on Barry Cunliffe’s comprehensive study of the archaeology of Europe - Europe Between the Oceans. Enjoy!
Annual Digs Supplement 2009 Current Archaeology continues its tradition of providing the ‘who, what, when, where and how’ for volunteer archaeological digs, field schools and other fieldwork opportunities in Britain. For reviews of the 2008 digs, visit
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On the cover Tip of an arrowhead embedded in a human vertebra from Tulloch of Assery, Caithness.
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Regulars 4 News Bearded bard; Export bar on mirror; Path to the Past; 2012 excavations; New listings for Olympics; Alfred’s Winchester; Roman Southwell; new Medieval gallery at the British Museum.
9 Smalltalk Upcoming exhibitions, lectures and other events.
10 Diary Christopher Catling observes.
60 Reviews Designs upon the land: elite landscapes of the Middle Ages; Blood and Mistletoe: The history of the Druids in Britain.
62 Amicus Curiae 64 Feedback Time Team’s pipe dream; Modest Antiquarian; Sharing the load; Down to the woods; Decapitated burials; More Morris.
66 Odd Socs The Village Sign Society