British Archaeology – Back Issue 159 (Mar/Apr 2018)


Death in the Bronze Age

Forgotten Ancient Monuments: The Ordnance Survey

Plus: Vikings at Repton – Roman engineers at work – Clachtoll iron age broch – Fighting witchcraft with flames. With news, comment, reviews and more.

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On the cover:

  • Ancient patriarch died in dagger fight
    An unusual grave in West Sussex dating from 2300BC
  • Heritage survey
    We search for the ancient remains of the Ordnance Survey

Among other stories:

  • Roman sailor comes home to Durham
    Unique Roman find records how a Yorkshireman joined the German fleet before retiring with Roman citizenship.
  • Clachtoll broch
  • 2,000 years ago, a Scottish community fled its burning tower. Local people have excavated the ruin, revealing stories of the past and creating a monument for the future.
  • Burnt timbers
  • Flame-shaped marks on timbers in old houses are common: they look like accidents with candles, but there is another, stranger explanation.
  • Where the ill of medieval Scotland went to die in
  • Analysis of a cemetery on the Isle of May has revealed an extraordinarily high incidence of terminal diseases, including what may be the UK’s earliest known case of prostate cancer.
  • Vikings return
    An iconic excavation in Derbyshire seemed to confirm a historical report of a Viking camp, but over the years doubts grew. New studies have confirmed that the Viking Great Army really did stay at Repton.
  • Westminster Hall
  • Continuing our coverage of repairs to the Palace of Westminster, a Lord reports on what he saw in the roof of Westminster Hall
  • Building bridges
    When Roman Britain needed roads and public buildings, and the stone to build them, there was only one organisation the empire could turn to: the military
  • Requiem
    Our 13th tribute to some of the archaeologists and lovers of antiquity who died in the past year


Regulars include:


  • My archaeology
    Jennifer Wexler, an archaeologist told by the Home Office to leave the UK
  • Greg Bailey on TV
    BBC4 is invaded by aggressive hyperbole
  • Letters
    Equinox, rain on an engraved megalith, and Animal, Vegetable, Mineral?
  • Sharp focus
    A neolithic tomb in Wales
  • Correspondent
    The 25 Year Environment Plan
  • Casefiles
    Plas Glynllifon
  • Books
    Public archaeology, and a history of Yorkshire
  • Spoilheap
    What archaeology can tell the world about errors and lies
  • Briefing
    The UK’s only archaeological events listing, with exhibition reviews