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This month’s issue begins with a profile of a community archaeology project located practically in CA’s back garden. The Thames Discovery Programme investigates the foreshore of London’s biggest archaeological site. How many Londoners walk past the Thames every day and never notice the archaeology right before our eyes? An important aspect of the TDP is the focus on community involvement and innovation in public participation; it is a perfect illustration of the research just completed by the Council for British Archaeology, indicating that the community sector is burgeoning. We follow this article up with an exposé of grisly Roman burial practices, and an overview of the recently completed restoration of Westminster Abbey’s Chapter House. Our final feature is a specialist account of research into a neglected portion of the archaeological record: birds. Don’t forget – the Festival of Archaeology happens this month and there will be archaeological activities going on all over the country. Enjoy!
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Our contributors this month
THAMES DISCOVERY PROGRAMME NATHALIE COHEN Nathalie studied at UCL and has worked for Bournemouth University’s MARS Project as well as Museum of London Archaeology. She has an MA in Maritime Archaeology and is the Cathedral Archaeologist for Southwark Cathedral.
THE DEVIANT DEAD ALISON TAYLOR Alison is Editor for the IfA, producing the Archaeologist magazine and Yearbook. She was the Cambridgeshire county archaeologist (19741995), Hon Secretary of the Society of Antiquaries 2005 to 2010 and is particularly interested in burial practice.
BIRDS IN ARCHAEOLOGY DALE SERJEANTSON Dale is one of the handful of people in Britain who identify bird bones from archaeological excavations. She works at the University of Southampton, where the archaeology department has a large collection of skeletons of modern birds.
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