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CONTENTS issue 269

(Vol XXIII, No.5) | August 2012

UP FRONT

Letters

Your comments, complaints, and compliments

News

Winchelsea’s lost fleet; Maritime mystery blossoms; A sinking feeling; Faversham villa harbouring new secrets; Gifts and discoveries; Londinium calling

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SHAKESPEARE

SPECIAL SHAKESPEARE SPECIAL Archaeology and the Bard www.archaeology.co.ukwww.archaeology.co.ukwww.archaeology.co.uk c u r r e nt a r c h a e ol o g y

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O l y m p i c P a r k | I t t e r

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M e r t o n P r i o r y

Raising the Curtain

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The first East Enders

10,000-year tale of stinky Stratford

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Peterborough’s lost villa Trading roundhouses for luxury Roman living

Trading roundhouses for luxury Roman living

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ON THE COVER An archaeologist from MOLA excavates the remains of the newly discovered Curtain theatre in Shoreditch.

COVER IMAGES: MOLA and the National Portrait Gallery

FEATURES SPECIAL REPORT: RAISING THE CURTAIN

Excavating Shakespeare’s lost playhouse Discovering the theatre where Henry V and Romeo and Juliet premièred.

THE PLAY’S THE THING

Archaeology and politics in Shakespeare’s day As the playwright’s star rose, so too did the first stirrings of antiquarianism. What can we learn about this brave new world?

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THE FIRST EAST ENDERS

Archaeology of the Olympic Park Archaeological gold: preparations for the 2012 Games have uncovered 10,000 finds spanning 10,000 years.

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PETERBOROUGH’S LOST ROMAN VILLA

Excavating Itter Crescent A routine watching brief revealed a completely unsuspected Roman villa. Excavation showed tantalising hints of continuity with an Iron Age predecessor.

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MERTON PRIORY

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How the Chapter House was saved Merton once hosted coronations and royal weddings, but it fell to the local community to preserve this archaeological treasure.

to preserve this archaeological treasure.

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REGULARS

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Reviews

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Regional Perspectives on Neolithic Pit Deposition;Discover Medieval Sandwich;Corrstown:a coastal community;Archaeology:theories, methods and practice

Festival

Highlights for this year’s Festival of British Archaeology

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Sherds

Chris Catling’s irreverent take on heritage issues

Opinion

The myth of a Golden Age of archaeology?

Odd Socs

Waterway Recovery Group

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