On the cover: What archaeologists did in the summer
Across the UK unusual weather led to the appearance of exceptional cropmarks and a rush to record them. We round up some of the season’s best photos, with commentary from archaeologists who spent their summers in the air.
Among other stories
- How to move megaliths
When we think about people building Stonehenge, we picture log rollers. They were almost certainly not used
- Origins of radiocarbon dating
70 years ago a committee met to test a new theory of measuring radiocarbon to date ancient remains. We report an extraordinary story
- On the beach
The world is being engulfed by a plastic tide. Archaeologists have been looking at the problem of marine pollution in the Galápagos Islands
- Hand Axe Yard
An iconic flint handaxe has been commemorated in a London housing development. Mark White, But where was the artefact actually found?
- Displaying the dead of Roman London
How did curators approach public concerns at an exhibition dedicated to human remains and objects from graves?
- Well travelled stone axes
Excavation at Clifton Quarry, Worcestershire has uncovered a neolithic pit with stone axe blades made in north Wales, Cornwall, south-east England, and northern Scotland or north-west France
- Stonehenge ancient visitor centre
Significant numbers of people buried at Stonehenge were not local. The study of human remains is one of the first to successfully examine stable isotopes in cremated bone