Ahead of a major exhibition featuring Celtic arts opening in London in September 2015 and Edinburgh in March 2016, our cover shows a small part of one of the most extraordinary Celtic treasures from Europe, still in the ground in Norfolk during excavation in the early 1990s. Our feature describes new forensic work conducted on the gold and silver. In a separate feature, we consider fine metal artefacts that were taken home from the British Isles by Norwegian Vikings. And four of the people behind the exhibitions introduce their controversial idea of what Celtic arts mean.
Among other stories
- A long history of salmon fishing on the Dee – Archaeologists are excavating sites in the Cairngorms where some of Britain’s earliest hunter-gatherers regularly ventured, even when permanent snowfields covered the mountains.
- Roman farm stops major development – A controversial proposal for a distribution depot at Chippenham seems likely to be blocked after Historic England scheduled previously known remains of a Roman farmstead.
- Bignor Roman villa – Bignor’s first guidebook was published exactly 200 years ago. The discoverer’s descendants still manage the West Sussex site, bringing a rare continuity of inquiry and conservation to an already remarkable location.
- An Anglo-Saxon village returns to life – Major excavation began at West Stow, Suffolk, 50 years ago, resulting in not just one of the most explored Anglo-Saxon villages, but also a unique archaeological experiment.
- The new rescue archaeology – Planning policy protects archaeological remains threatened by development, but there is no system to deal with natural forces. A new community project sets out to save coastal heritage.
- Finding the missing mesolithic – The mesolithic, when people lived by hunting and gathering wild foods, occupied half the time that has passed since the end of the ice age. Yet archaeologists have paid it limited attention. English Heritage funded two projects designed to answer a question. How can we find and investigate better preserved mesolithic sites?
- Greg Bailey on TV – Dan Cruickshank’s Civilisation Under Attack
- My archaeology – Artist Dexter Dalwood reflects on history painting
- Correspondent – Can heritage survive yet more government cuts?
- Casefiles – Sayers Croft, Surrey
- Books – Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, and Stonehenge landscape
- Spoilheap – Debating the art in Chauvet cave
- Briefing – The UK’s only archaeological events listing, with exhibition reviews