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CONTENTS issue 289

(Vol.XXV, No.1) | April 2014

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Letters

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News

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Recapturing Luton castle; Isotopes and the Adventus Saxonum; Plantagenetics: Richard III’s genome to be sequenced; Romans around Wroxeter; A grave affair from Medieval Nottingham; Plain to see:West Torbreck’s beaker burial; Much Marcle’s memorial mystery; Finding St Ffinan’s, Anglesey; Monastic community archaeology on the Isle of Mull esey; Monastic community archaeology on the Isle of Mull

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Pictish Seat of Power c u r r e nt a r c h a e ol o g y

First impressions

Earliest human footsteps in Europe footsteps in Europe footsteps in Europe

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Excavating the royal site at Rhynie Excavating the royal site at Rhynie

Foundations of the church? The fate of Maryport's Roman altars of the church? of the church? The fate of Maryport's

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ON THE COVER In 1978 this distinctive carving of a Pict was found in a field at Rhynie. Now excavations have revealed a possible royal centre at the site.

CREDIT: Cathy MacIver/Aberdeenshire Council Archaeology Service

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS

iscovering the earliest human footprints in Europe iscovering the earliest human footprints in Europe traces of a group of early humans who were walking in the Thames estuary iscovering the earliest human footprints in Europe traces of a group of early humans who were walking in the Thames estuary

Discovering the earliest human footprints in Europe Tangible traces of a group of early humans who were walking in the Thames estuary almost a million years ago have been found on the Norfolk coast. What can these tracks tell us about Britain’s earliest human inhabitants?

traces of a group of early humans who were walking in the Thames estuary million years ago have been found on the Norfolk coast. What can these

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MARYPORT’S MYSTERY MONUMENTS

Investigating gigantic timber structures from the imperial twilight When a series of pits containing Roman altars were revealed to be not ritual deposits, but postholes, new questions were raised. What was this structure, and what was it for?

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‘A VERY ROYAL PLACE’

Rhynie and the Picts Northern Pictland was traditionally seen as an Early Medieval backwater, and its inhabitants as shadowy figures. Ongoing excavations at Rhynie are set to redress this imbalance, painting a picture of luxury trade and the birth of kingdoms.

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EARTH AND SKY

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The Thornborough Henge monument complex Hailed as the ‘Stonehenge of the North’, Thornborough’s hinterland was threatened by modern quarrying. How has new research helped our understanding of this remarkable ritual landscape – and its preservation?

GOSSENSTEIN

Discovering an unexpected source of English cathedral columns In the 12th century, an attractive purple-brown stone called ‘onyx marble’ was imported for use in Canterbury and Rochester’s cathedrals – but recent findings suggest surprisingly mundane origins for this exotic material.

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REGULARS

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Context

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Surveying Britannia’s final frontier at Rough Castle on the Antonine Wall

Reviews

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Salt in Prehistoric Europe;Religion in Medieval London;Roman Yorkshire

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Chris Catling’s irreverent take on heritage issues

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Interview

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Following the announcement that the Institute for Archaeologists has been granted a Royal Charter, we speak to IfA honorary chair Jan Wills about what this means for the Institute, and for archaeology as a profession.

Odd Socs

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The Thames Ironworks Heritage Trust

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