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Just as we go to press, we learn that government funding for the new Stonehenge Visitor Centre has been axed. As one of Britain’s top attractions, Stonehenge is very visible, both physically and symbolically. The message is clear: if Stonehenge can get the chop, nothing is sacred. This, however, conflicts with the public interest in heritage, demonstrated by the unprecedented level of donations to the Staffordshire Hoard campaign. What will we show the world in 2012 – a cultureless country devoid of national spirit, or one that values and invests in its past?

demonstrated by the unprecedented level of donations to the Staffordshire

The Olympic visitors coming our way will not be the first influx of foreigners to grace Britain’s shores: we open this issue with a reassessment of an invading culture that greatly affected our islands’ history, followed by reports on Whithorn – finally published – and a rescue dig in York that produced unexpected results. The final feature is an inspiring story about an amateur society that challenged Margary – and won. Enjoy!

Our contributors this month


RAIDERS AND TRADERS DAVID GRIFFITHS David is Reader in Archaeology at Oxford University, based in the Department for Continuing Education. He directs their MSc in Applied Landscape Archaeology, and runs research projects in Orkney (CA 234), North West England and Oxfordshire.


ALL SAINT’S CHURCH LAUREN MCINTYRE AND GRAHAM BRUCE Graham has been a project manager for On Site Archaeology since 1999. Lauren joined as an osteoarchaeologist in 2007. The York excavation was a joint project with the University of Sheffield.


THE ROMAN ARMY IN THE PENNINES GRANVILLE CLAY Granville discovered archaeology after retiring from the Engineering industry. Using his knowledge of the Colne Valley, he helped firmly locate the Roman road and was a major contributor to the fine illustrated book.


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