(Vol.XXVIII, No.1) ❙ Apr i l 2017 CONTENTS
18 CURRENT ARCHAEOLOGY AT 50
Half a century of keeping up with the past As we celebrate CA’s golden anniversary, we take a look back at how the magazine has charted the happenings in British archaeology over the past 50 years. 28 CARTIMANDUA’S CAPITAL?
oman diplomacy and the rise
Roman diplomacy and the rise of Stanwick We examine the remarkable fortified complex at Stanwick, North Yorkshire. Was this stronghold a centre of resistance against Rome in northern England or an aid to the empire’s domination of the area?
36 THE SECRETS OF SHAKESPEARE’S
GRAVE Separating fact from fiction at Holy Trinity Church With a famous epitaph cursing anyone who might disturb his remains, Shakespeare’s grave in Stratford-upon-Avon has attracted many visitors as well as tales of graverobbers and stolen bones. We look at the surprising findings of the first archaeological investigation of the Bard’s final resting place. 42 DOWN BY THE RIVERSIDE
Exploring Iron Age rituals in the Fens Excavations on the banks of the Great Ouse in the Cambridgeshire Fens have revealed intriguing new insights into this ancient landscape of mid-river islands and ridges. With human body parts and evidence of bird sacrifice unearthed, what do the finds tell us about the mortuary practices of the area’s Iron Age inhabitants? 52 CAUGHT KNAPPING
Revealing the secrets of Blick Mead’s Mesolithic toolmakers An unusually large number of Mesolithic worked flints has been discovered at Blick Mead, near Stonehenge. We find out what the 35,000 struck flints found so far can reveal about the people who made them.