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ISSUE 361 ISSUE 361 (Vol. XXXI, No. 1) ❙ April 2020

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FEATURES

20 SARK: THE UNEXPLORED ISLE

Investigating millennia of isolation and connectivity Sark, surrounded by its steep cliffs, has been a challenging destination throughout history but the island’s archaeology reveals a tale of human activity spanning thousands of years, from Mesolithic hunter-gatherers to Bronze Age trade and medieval monasteries. 30 ARMS AND THE MAN

Reconstructing the life and times of an Iron Age warrior Who was the evidently elite individual laid to rest in West Sussex at the time of Caesar's Gallic Wars, accompanied by elaborate martial regalia including a unique helmet? We explore a story of Continental connections, conflict refugees, and resistance against Rome. 38 SMITH’S CACHE, ROYAL

accompanied by elaborate martial regalia including a unique helmet? We explore a story of Continental connections, conflict refugees, and resistance

TREASURE, SACRIFICE, OR SPOILS OF WAR? Why was the Staffordshire Hoard buried? The Staffordshire Hoard is the largest collection of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver ever found. But what does it represent? We consider some possible scenarios behind its being committed to the ground.

he Staffordshire Hoard is the largest collection of

We consider some possible ut what scenarios behind its being committed to the ground.

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46 THE HEREFORDSHIRE VIKING HOARD

Unpicking the story of a stolen treasure The theft of a significant Viking hoard found near Leominster came to light during court proceedings last year. With most of its contents still missing, what can 34 recovered objects, combined with information about the landscape in which they were buried, tell us about Anglo-Saxon England? A surprising amount, it seems. 52 AN OPEN BOOK?

Exploring Orkney’s runic inscriptions Over 50 examples of writing in runes have been found in Orkney, mainly carved into the walls of Maeshowe chambered tomb, but also seen on tools, jewellery, and other everyday objects and scrap material. Ranging from Christian prayers to more light-hearted messages, what stories do these voices from the past preserve?

Christian prayers to stories do these voices from the past preserve?

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