Sincere congratulations to Historic England, joint winners of the recent Current Archaeology award for Rescue Project of the Year!

They’ve been recording rare Roman graffiti in Gelt Forest, Cumbria. It couldn’t be a more exciting project: the inscriptions were carved by soldiers quarrying stone for Hadrian’s Wall and previously lost ones have now been rediscovered. Nor could it be a more worthy project: the soft sandstone into which they are carved is gradually eroding away and eventually they’ll be lost..

Which prompts the question: how can an organisation which rightly earns great praise for preserving irreplaceable Roman graffiti at the Hadrian’s Wall quarry be supporting the construction of a mile of new dual carriageway across the Stonehenge World Heritage landscape which will needlessly destroy massive quantities of irreplaceable archaeology?