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This month, we open with a monumental story from Orkney. The Ness of Brodgar site sits in the middle of one of the most remarkable ancient landscapes in Europe; each season of excavation continues to produce amazing results. Our feature details work from summer 2009 that revealed the awe-inspiring grandeur of ‘Structure 10.’ Within sight of, and much larger than, the Ring of Brodgar, Stones of Stenness, and passage grave at Maes Howe, Structure 10 would have dominated the landscape: was it the real focus of Neolithic religion on Orkney? Read on.

and much larger than, the Ring of Brodgar, Stones of Stenness, and passage

The other features in issue 241 report on subjects as varied as new research on Roman glass, an examination of the history of Radcot, and a fascinating submerged Mesolithic landscape off the Isle of Wight.

Finally, we are very pleased to have Sheppard Frere’s response to a new analysis of his excavations at Verulamium (CA 239); and so the debate about Late Roman Britain continues. Enjoy!

Our contributors this month


NESS OF BRODGAR NICK CARD Nick’s interests lie in all aspects of the prehistory of Britain, most particularly the Neolithic of Scotland. Since the inscription of Orkney’s World Heritage Site, he has been particularly involved in all aspects of its research.


RADCOT JOHN BLAIR John is Fellow and Tutor at The Queen’s College Oxford, and Professor of Medieval History and Archeology at the University of Oxford. He works on Medieval social and religious history, archaeology and landscape.



BOULDNOR CLIFF GARRY MOMBER Garry is passionate about maritime heritage and became Director of the Hampshire and Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology in 2002, and has published widely. He holds visiting lectureships at several universities.

SHEPPARD FRERE Professor Emeritus of the Archaeology of the Roman Empire at Oxford, Sheppard was also a Professor at the Institute of Archaeology and Director of Post War Excavations at Canterbury, and later at Verulamium.

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