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CONTENTS issue 284

(Vol.XXIV, No.8) | November 2013

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THE UK’S BEST SELLING ARCHAEOLOGY MAGAZINE

November 2013

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Issue 284 | £4.25

Issue 284 | £4.25

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C h e d w o r t h R o m a n

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Making a Killing

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Life in the Thames Estuary 400,000 years ago

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UP FRONT

Letters

Your comments, complaints, and compliments

News earliest sheepskin; Scotland’s first loch village; Europe’s oldest bog body;

Britain’s earliest sheepskin; Scotland’s first loch village; Europe’s oldest bog body; Unearthing Drumhome’s lost monastery; Medieval boating on the Norfolk Broads; Converting views of Roman Norfolk; Street House’s Roman finds enhanced; Swash Channel rudder resurfaces

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FEATURES

THE EBBSFLEET ELEPHANT

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Making a killing in the Thames Estuary Excavation ahead of the construction of a high-speed railway revealed a Palaeolithic elephant butchery ground, as well as the bones of a host of exotic animals that inhabited Britain some 400,000 years ago.

DISCOVERING AN ANGLO-SAXON ROYAL HALL 20 Harnessing community archaeology at Lyminge Was a monumental hall unearthed beneath Lyminge village green – the largest structure of its kind found in Britain for 30 years – home to the Medieval Kings of Kent?

CHEDWORTH ROMAN VILLA

Life in the Cotswolds then and now Boasting a set of spectacular mosaics, this luxury residence recently reopened to the public following a major conservation project. What has this revealed about family, faith, and fine dining in the 4th century?

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ARTEFACTS IN THE LIMELIGHT

Recording Britain’s secret treasures We explore some of the more enigmatic artefacts reported to the Portable Antiquities Scheme.What can these pieces add to our picture of the past?

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Anglo-Saxon Lyminge

Discovering a majestic royal hall in Kent

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Relaxing with the Romans Baths, banquets, and bloodsports at Chedworth

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ON THE COVER Hominins stalk their prey among the marshes of Ebbsfleet 400,000 years ago.

CREDIT: Natural History Museum

REGULARS

Context

Investigating an Iron Age tragedy at Ham Hill, Somerset

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Reviews

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The Time Team Dig Book;Reflections on the Past;The King’s Grave:the search for Richard III;The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Death and Burial

Sherds

Chris Catling’s irreverent take on heritage issues

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Interview

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As one of the UK’s oldest archaeological units approaches its 40th birthday, we catch up with Oxford Archaeology’s Chief Executive Gill Hey about the latest in developer-led archaeology.

Odd Socs

The Branch Line Society

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