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Our cover story features Warham Camp, a hillfort that is ‘normal for Norfolk’ (as a Norwich girl, I’m allowed to say that!) inasmuch as it is built on flat ground, but its ramparts and ditches are no less impressive than those of its loftier counterparts. What has a recent excavation revealed about its purpose?

Warham Camp is an Iron Age monument with a Roman aftermath – and our next feature also explores the impact of empire in East Anglia. At Offord Cluny in Cambridgeshire, an isolated rural burial tells the story of a child who crossed continental Europe c.1,800 years ago, and of the man that he became. His remains represent the first genetic link to enigmatic cavalrymen known to have settled in 2nd-century Britain, but who left few archaeological traces of their presence.

The above is a story of westward migration, and we next head further west still, to Ferns in County Wexford. This was once a seat of royal power and an influential Augustinian monastery, but what has recently published research found out about the site’s early history?

We close with two Roman puzzles, the first being the Knaresborough Hoard from North Yorkshire. Found in the 1860s, it is one of the largest and most unusual late Roman metalwork hoards known in Britain, but until recently little was known about its contents or where it was found.

Finally, we learn how expert conservation work has reconstructed a rare mid-2nd-century arm guard from Trimontium Fort in the Scottish Borders.

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In This Issue:

FEATURES

FROM THE CAUCASUS TO CAMBRIDGESHIRE

Retracing the story of Offord Cluny’s ‘Sarmatian’ burial
History tells us that thousands of Sarmatian warriors from the Caucasus were forcibly brought to Britain after their defeat by Marcus Aurelius in AD 175, but evidence of their presence here has been fleeting – until now.


WARHAM CAMP

Investigating an Iron Age enigma
Last summer, excavations at a monumental Iron Age enclosure in north Norfolk revealed new clues about its origins and intended purpose, as well as traces of the site’s Roman afterlife.


ST AIDAN’S SETTLEMENT

Finding evidence of medieval Ferns
Recent research has brought the story of Ferns in County Wexford to life – from the establishment of its early medieval religious community by St Aidan to its evolution into a royal residence.


RESURRECTING IMBER

Exploring relics of a requisitioned village
When the Wiltshire village of Imber was requisitioned by the War Department in 1943, its houses, farms, and buildings were swiftly abandoned – and their former owners were never allowed to return home. What have archaeologists and military veterans now revealed about this once-thriving settlement?


PIECES OF THE PAST

Making sense of the Knaresborough Hoard
When the Wiltshire village of Imber was requisitioned by the War Department in 1943, its houses, farms, and buildings were swiftly abandoned – and their former owners were never allowed to return home. What have archaeologists and military veterans now revealed about this once-thriving settlement?


AN ANCIENT JIGSAW PUZZLE

Reconstructing a Roman arm guard from Trimontium Fort in the Scottish Borders
Found in more than 100 fragments in 1906, a rare piece of Roman armour – one of only three examples known from the whole Empire – has now been reconstructed for an upcoming exhibition.


NEWS

Finding the lost monastery of Deer; A new chronology for Dinas Powys; Bronze Age barrows and an Anglo-Saxon cemetery discovered in Hampshire; Anglo-Saxon cemetery revealed in Lincolnshire; Mesolithic fish trap found in the Severn Estuary; Science Notes; Medieval moated farm discovered in Tewkesbury; Finds Tray


REGULARS

COMMENT
Joe Flatman excavates the CA archive

CONTEXT
Conserving the Scottish crown jewels: Edinburgh Castle

REVIEWS
Echolands: a journey in search of Boudica; Bronze Age Barrow and Anglo-Saxon Cemetery: archaeological excavations on land adjacent to Upthorpe Road, Stanton, Suffolk; Defining Spaces in Iron Age Northumberland: excavations at Morley Hill and Lower Callerton; Road to the Manor: excavations at Graven Hill, Oxfordshire, 2015-2016; London’s Waterfront and Its World, 1666-1800; English Orchards: a landscape history

MUSEUM NEWS
The latest on acquisitions, exhibitions, and key decisions

EXHIBITION
Becoming Roman – Silchester, a town of change at the Willis Museum, Basingstoke

LISTINGS
Our selection of exhibitions and events, as well as historical, archaeological, and cultural resources from around the world that are still available online.

CONFERENCE
The latest details about Current Archaeology Live! 2024.

SHERDS
Chris Catling’s irreverent take on heritage issues

ODD SOCS
The Pole Society


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