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IfEl\11UI1ES 16 PREHISTORIC POP CULTURE
Deciphering the DNA of the Bell Beaker Complex The Bell Beaker Complex was a hugely popular cultural phenomenon that swept through Europe and Britain during the 3rd millennium BC A recent ancient DNA study, the largest to-date, has now shed new light on its development and, in particular, its staggering impact on the populations of prehistoric Britain.
22 ANDOVER'S OUTCAST DEAD
Exploring an Anglo-Norman execution cemetery During construction on the outskirts of Andover, an enigmatic cemetery was discovered: jumbled graves whose (mostly young, male) occupants were buried in unusual positions, many with signs of decapitation or mutilation. With evidence mounting that this was a rare Anglo-Saxon execution cemetery, further research was carried out on the site - with surprising results.
30 URBAN ORDERS
Touring the friaries of medieval London In the wake of the Dissolution of the Monasteries, most of London's medieval friaries were destroyed or converted for other uses, leaving behind them little evidence of their previous lives. But recent research has breathed new life into this medieval urban landscape, creating a detailed monastic map through the combination of archives and archaeology.
40 MARCHING ON
The latest manoeuvres of Operation Nightingale For the past seven years, Operation Nightingale has been working to help injured servicemen and -women by engaging them in archaeology and heritage. It has been remarkably successful. We hear about the latest work being done by the project, from continuing to rescue Barrow Clump from badgers to uncovering former First World War practice trenches.