This month’s Current Archaeology offers in-depth looks at stories that have been front-page news in recent weeks. We begin with conclusions: as presented by Alice Roberts in the BBC’s new documentary on human evolution, are we all Africans? The recently completed restoration of the famous garden at Kenilworth Castle is also making headlines. Is the letter upon which we base our understanding of the famous garden’s design a forgery? These heady examinations are followed by a look at the archaeology on the Otterburn Training Area in Northumberland. The land of Otterburn is stunning and full of fantastic archaeology from the Neolithic through to recent years; it is also part of the second largest active firing range in Britain. How does archaeology fare on a Defense Estate? Read on, and find out. Enjoy!
The love affair between Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester and Elizabeth I came to a head at Kenilworth Castle during the steamy summer of 1575. Dudley’s purpose-built garden for wooing the Queen has been recently restored, and Chris Catling examines the result.
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On the cover An American M48 Patton tank of the 1960’s.
Regulars 4 News Bristol’s Royal Fort; Welsh bronze; Wye Valley; Conservation areas; Stonhenge Visitor Centre; Newball Cross; Swash wreck; Charles II’s decoration; Smalltalk.
10 Diary MP’s expenses; Jaqui’s plaque; Burford?, EH on TV; Prince Charles gagged; Top shelf denied; Hot wheels; Berets revived.
43 Opinion Universities abandon archaeology courses.
44 Last Word Climate change; Education; Andrew Saunders.
45 Reviews The Oxford Handbook of Archaeology; Warlords; Archaeology: what it is, where it is, and how to do it; English Heritage Historical Review, vol 3; Caldecote.
48 Feedback Prone burials; Questionable decisions; All human life; Villa?; Choc a block; Robin Hood.
49 Odd Socs The Campaign for Real Ale