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CONTENTS issue 288

(Vol.XXIV, No.12) | March 2014

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Letters

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News

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Roman coffins and rinderpest at Dickens Square, London; Lost Viking loot at the British Museum; Broxmouth hillfort: earliest evidence of steelmaking in Britain; HMS Amethyst: lost and found off Plymouth Sound; A burning question: Pentrefelin’s Medieval mound; Expanding Silchester’s Iron Age hallmarks at the British Museum; Broxmouth hillfort: earliest

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O n e Million Years e x h i b i t i o n | S t o n e h e n g e

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Rewriting the human story in Britain Rewriting the human story in Britain

Searching for Alfred the Great

Alfred the Great Alfred the Great

A missing monarch and an unmarked grave

Headhunters in Roman London? The mystery of the Walbrook skulls

Headhunters in Headhunters in Roman London? Roman London? The mystery of the Walbrook skulls

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ON THE COVER A reconstructed Neanderthal and Homo sapiens from the Britain:One Million Years of the Human Story exhibition.

CREDIT: Natural History Museum Photo Unit

Special Report

The search for Alfred the Great

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FEATURES

COLONISING BRITAIN

One million years of our human story When did our early ancestors first arrive in Britain? The latest findings from a 13-year investigation suggest hominins could have reached these shores twice as long ago as previously thought.

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REGULARS

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WELCOME TO THE NEW STONEHENGE

Making a Neolithic circle fit for purpose Twenty years after the monument was declared a ‘national disgrace’ by the House of Commons, we visit the brand-new Stonehenge Visitor Centre to learn about how the site’s presentation has been transformed for modern visitors.

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LAST OF THE MANY

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Raising the Goodwin Sands Dornier Do17 The chance discovery of the sunken wreck of a German Second World War bomber presented a rare opportunity to archaeologists and conservators. What light can it shed on this dynamic period of aviation history?

ROMAN HEADHUNTERS IN LONDON?

The mystery of the Walbrook skulls Once interpreted as victims of the Boudiccan revolt, the human skulls recovered from London’s Walbrook river have long been a subject of archaeological speculation. We explore the latest thinking on the origin of 39 skulls excavated in 1988.

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Conference

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Further details of Current Archaeology Live! 2014

Reviews

The Ruin of Roman Britain;Living and Working in the Roman World; The Emergent Past

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Sherds

Chris Catling’s irreverent take on heritage issues

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Last Word

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Andrew Selkirk reflects on his recent trip to the new Stonehenge Visitor Centre

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The West Gallery Music Association

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