British Archaeology – Back Issue 170 (Jan/Feb 2020)

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Cover Story – Troy Stories: How ancient myths became modern sagas

Nearly a century and a half ago the British Museum declined Heinrich Schliemann’s offer to show finds from Troy. Now it is making amends with the UK’s first major Troy exhibition. To prepare you for the winter blockbuster, two of its curators tell the story of the search for Troy’s remains and the quest to prove Homer right

Other Stories:

  • Home is where the hearth is
  • Should we stop saying “Anglo-Saxon”?
  • Collecting flints
  • Can AI help find ancient landscapes?

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ON THE COVER

Troy Stories: How ancient myths became modern sagas

Nearly a century and a half ago the British Museum declined Heinrich Schliemann’s offer to show finds from Troy. Now it is making amends with the UK’s first major Troy exhibition. To prepare you for the winter blockbuster, two of its curators tell the story of the search for Troy’s remains and the quest to prove Homer right

AMONG OTHER STORIES

Home is where the hearth is

Renewed excavations at an old clay pit in Barnham, Suffolk, are finding exceptional evidence for flora and fauna 400,000 years ago, with flint artefacts and signs of fire – one of the three oldest sites in Europe with such evidence

Should we stop saying “Anglo-Saxon”?

Ten archaeologists and historians set out their views on a heated debate: should “Anglo-Saxon” be dropped as racist and divisive, or is it a historic term impossible to replace?

Collecting flints

What archaeologists call lithics – stone tools and making debris – lie scattered across the UK wherever people lived and worked in the more ancient past. Collections from cultivated land are a critical source of information. But how reliable are they? A long-running project near Aberdeen is helping to evaluate fieldwalking

Can AI help find ancient landscapes?

Historic Environment Scotland believes that tens of thousands of ancient sites lie undiscovered across the country. But how to find and record them, while they are still there in a fast changing landscape? An exciting experiment on Arran with artificial intelligence has had some surprisingly good results

New stories of ancient Britain

British Archaeology’s editor reflects on a theme emerging from unprecedented amounts of discoveries and new research

REGULARS INCLUDE

* News

The hidden interest of Kirby Muxloe Castle

* Letters

Hoards, barns and Reading Abbey

* Greg Bailey on TV

Werner Herzog’s Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin

* Sharp focus

St Michael de Rupe, Brentor

* My archaeology

John Oxley, city archaeologist in York

* Correspondent

2019 Marsh Archaeology Awards winners

* Casefiles

Bristol Royal Infirmary and the early slave trade

* Books

Mount Grace Priory, and excavating Britain

* Spoilheap

Communicating archaeology by press release needs care

* Briefing

The UK’s only archaeological events listing, with exhibition reviews