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Even here at CA, we are not immune to the Royal Wedding fever sweeping the nation. Issue 254 opens with our nod to the most magnificent of royal occasions, covering every angle: the venue! The families! The dress! And most importantly – the dirt. Joking aside, what can archaeology tell us about royal weddings? We highlight several excavations, and examine the shift in monarchical matrimony from private political mergers to publicly inclusive love-matches.

from private political mergers to publicly inclusive love-matches.

For our non-Royalist subscribers, we have included a story from the other end of the spectrum, with a look at two different projects examining conflict landscapes in the long-suffering Scottish Highlands. Finally, we have a dispatch from the Portable Antiquities Scheme, which has turned up evidence for a new cult celebrating the Roman soldier’s god, Toutatis.

And, it is that time of year: the sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and archaeologists everywhere are dusting off their trowels ahead of the summer season. Our annual Digs Guide has all the dates, details, and dos-and-don’ts you need to go digging this summer. Enjoy!

Our contributors this month

TATSFIELD SPENCER SMITH Spencer is an Investigator with the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Wales in Aberstwyth. His principal research interest is European Medieval Poetry and Archaeological Landscape Studies. He is currently writing his PhD thesis.

TAMING THE HIGHLANDS MATT RICHIE Matt is the Forestry Commission Scotland archaeologist and is based in Inverness. He provides historic environment guidance for conservation and management of the national forest estate in Scotland. He is often in need of a haircut.

DAVID WOOLISCROFT AND BIRGITTA HOFFMANN David and Birgitta are specialists in the archaeology of Roman frontiers and the Roman army, and are currently joint Directors of the Roman Gask Project, studying the 1st century Roman occupation north of the Forth and Clyde.

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