February 2023 Number 188


Published December 9




6 From the director A tour of Jersey
8 News A lost mosaic, an odd engraving and archaeology in Ukraine
14 The world in antiquity Carved trees, cat origins and the effects of climate change
18 The wonders of aDNA Celebrating a Nobel prize for work that is changing the past
32 Old sheep The curious escape of rare breeds from St Kilda
38 Battle of Worcester Some of the field of conflict lies preserved south of the city
44 University archaeologies A surprising range of research has impacts beyond academia
53 Letters Readers have gone to the cinema
54 My archaeology Chris Evans, late of the Cambridge Archaeological Unit
56 Sharp focus Haworth parsonage, West Yorkshire
57 Greg Bailey / Phase 2 A volley of kings
59 Books Celts, Normans and collecting stones from fields
61 Casefiles Waterworks Cottage near Bath
62 Archaeology active An excavation in Hull that welcomed all
64 Archaeology 8–25 The return of the Dig It! competition
66 Spoilheap A research institute whose reality seems virtual

This unusual copper-alloy figure, appearing to ride a bull and a duck in a bucket handle-mount, probably dates from Late Iron Age or Roman times (100BC– AD200). Breasts suggest it is female and might represent Europa and the Bull, a fairly common Classical motif. It was found in 2016 by detectorist Paul Campbell near Barnetby le Wold, Lincolnshire, and auctioned in November for £7800. Height 6cm. Photography Portable Antiquities Scheme

Archaeologists… practise censorship by ridiculing and insulting alternative ideas.

Graham Hancock, presenter of Ancient Apocalypse (Netflix), an eight-part “docuseries” in which he ridicules and insults archaeologists who disagree with him