(Vol.XXIX, No.4) ❙ July 2018 CONTENTS
18 ROOTED IN HISTORY
Digging into the development of Britain’s street trees The Victorian street-trees movement aimed to help beautify streets and banish disease, but it faced many opponents. We trace the origins of this initiative, and learn how, even in greener times, it remains controversial. 28 FISHBOURNE AT 50
• Celebrating half a century at a unique Roman palace • Remembering Fishbourne Half a century after Fishbourne Roman Palace Museum – featuring the remains of the largest domestic Roman building north of the Alps – opened to the public, we look back on the extraordinary excavations that uncovered the site, and reflect on how understanding has evolved.
36 CELEBRATING SCHEDULING
A history written in stone When the Ancient Monuments Protection Act was first instated in 1882, only 22 English sites made the first 'Schedule' for special protection. Today, scheduling safeguards just under 20,000 monuments – we explore some of the most unusual recently added to the scheme. 44 BACK TO BASICS
Uncivilising civilisation Humans appeared c.300,000 years ago, but we only left our Palaeolithic past behind us and began a more settled lifestyle c.10,000 years ago, leaving us little time to adapt to urbanisation. How does this affect us today? 50 COPPERGATE MEMORIES
Remembering York’s revolutionary Viking dig An ongoing oral history project is collecting recollections of the Coppergate excavations in York (1976-1981). We share the reminiscences of some of those involved.
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