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Current Archaeology 233 (Vol XX, No. 5) August 2009 Editorial Editor: Lisa Westcott lisa@archaeology.co.uk 020 8819 5580 Features Editor: Neil Faulkner neil@archaeology.co.uk News Editor: Christopher Catling chris@archaeology.co.uk Art Editor: Mark Edwards mark@currentpublishing.com Sub Editor: Caitlin McCall caitlin@archaeology.co.uk Publisher: Robert Selkirk rob@currentpublishing.com Current Publishing, Lamb House, Church Street, London W4 2PD Tel: 08456 44 77 07 (office hours) Fax: 08456 44 77 08 web: www.archaeology.co.uk Editor-in-Chief: Andrew Selkirk 9 Nassington Road, London NW3 2TX andrew@archaeology.co.uk 020 8819 5584 Advertising Page Advertising: Nick Charles nick@currentpublishing.com 020 8819 5573 Leaflet Advertising: Laurence Robertson laurence@currentpublishing.com 07872 177971 Subscriptions Current Archaeology is published monthly for a subscription of £38 for 12 issues. Foreign subscriptions £48. Subscriptions should be sent to: Current Publishing, Lamb House, Church Street, London W4 2PD Tel: (office hours): 08456 44 77 07 or 020 8819 5580 Fax: 08456 44 77 08 Subscription queries to: subs@archaeology.co.uk or online at: www.archaeology.co.uk Back issues: £4 each / £5 non-UK Binders: (holds 12 copies) £10 / £12 Slip Cases: (holds 12 copies) £12 / £14 Printed by St Ives Unauthorised reproduction in whole or part is prohibited without written permission. The publisher, editor and authors accept no responsibility in respect of any products, goods or services which may be advertised or referred to in this issue. Every effort has been made to secure permission for copyright material. In the event of any material being used inadvertently or where it has proved impossible to trace the copyright owner, acknowledgement will be made in a future issue. 220609180

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Liverpool Liverpool’s enterprising launch in 1715 of the world’s first commercial enclosed wet dock catapulted the city to international significance and changed its fortunes forever. An excavation by Oxford Archaeology North has uncovered the historic Old Dock, providing insight into the city’s long and remarkable past.

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Who killed Lindow Man? For many years, the 2,000-year-old amazingly preserved bog body of Lindow Man was believed to be the victim of an Iron Age murder-sacrifice. But is this the case? Current Archaeology Features Editor Neil Faulkner examines fresh evidence that throws new light on this ancient whodunnit.

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The ‘champion’s portion’? An interesting midden site in south Wales has turned out to contain important and mysterious evidence for Bronze Age feasting. Marvellous metalwork, plentiful pottery and a unique assemblage of pig bones has archaeologists asking: is this evidence of the epic champion’s portion?

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