ISSUE 357 ISSUE 357 (Vol. XXX, No. 9) ❙ December 2019
18 EXCAVATING MYTHS
AND MONSTERS How one of Britain’s finest mosaics emerged at Mud Hole Roman Villa A extraordinary 4th-century mosaic depicting detailed scenes from Classical mythology has been uncovered in Boxford, Berkshire. What do its motifs mean? 28 VOYAGE OF RECOVERY
Conserving 19th-century naval figureheads Cutting-edge techniques have restored a colourful collection of ships' figureheads to their former glory, uncovering some surprising secrets about their design along the way. 34 DIGGING PETERLOO AND
THE MANCHESTER ‘SPRING’ An archaeology of power and protest Two centuries after the 1819 Peterloo Massacre, what can excavations at a number of sites associated with the tragedy reveal about its wider context? 42 ILLUSTRATING THE PAST
‘Between art and science’ We explore the evolution of archaeological illustration, discussing the different approaches taken by artists in reconstructing the past.
52 THE BACTON ALTAR CLOTH
A dress fit for a Tudor queen? An intricately embroidered silk altar cloth that has hung in St Faith's Church, Bacton, for over a century is thought to be part of a dress once worn by Elizabeth I. We trace the story of this unique textile.