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The Heritage Journal would like to congratulate all those at Meyn Mamvro magazine (link) on the occasion of their 25th anniversary.

The current Issue 77 marks the actual anniversary, although at three volumes per year I’m not personally sure why the anniversary has been delayed for this issue, and not the 75th. But it’s a bumper issue, with all the usual columns on dowsing, site maintenance and pagan news, but focuses mainly upon Fogous, the site type that is particular to Cornwall but which may be related to those sites known as Souterains elsewhere.

‘Pathways to the Past’ covers the area of Lower Boscaswell, with a walk that takes in Pendeen Fogou, Boscaswell Fogou and Lower Boscaswell Holy Well, as well as other sites in the area. There is also an in-depth look at Boleigh Fogou before the two main anniversary articles.

Firstly is a reprint of an article from the initial issue entitled ‘The Riddle of the Fogous’, by Craig Wetherhill. This is followed by an article ‘Into the Underworld’, discussing the progress made from 25 Years of Fogou Research.

For anyone with an interest in Cornish archaeology and associated ‘Earth Mysteries’, Meyn Mamvro is a must-have publication, available at £9 for a 12 month subscription (3 issues).  Full details, and a comprehensive index of articles from back issues can be found on their
website.

 
 
Writing in CBA Information Sophie Cringle reports that –
 
British Archaeology has become world’s first English language general archaeology magazine to be made available for digital subscription.
 

Readers of the UK’s biggest and best archaeology magazine can now read about the latest discoveries and news in British archaeology and beyond, wherever they are in the world – on public transport, away from home, or on a business trip abroad!

The web version of British Archaeology is designed to look exactly the same as the printed version and has additional features to allow readers to make full use of their online subscription. Digital subscribers will find that text is fully searchable, with hyperlinks to websites and email addresses related to articles. A full year’s back catalogue will also be available to digital subscribers from the launch, giving access to at least two years worth of issues for the price of one year.
 
More here.

Introducing the July/August edition of British Archaeology, available from Friday, 10 June. This edition includes The Festival of British Archaeology booklet free
 

 
Quoting from the press release –

 

DIGGING FOR THE ORIGINS OF OUR MODERN LANDSCAPE

Gabor Thomas has been directing major excavations of Anglo-Saxon remains at Bishopstone, East Sussex, and Lyminge, Kent. He compares the results of the two projects, and asks what light they throw on the origins of villages and the English landscape.

PROOF THAT COLLEGE MOUND IS SILBURY TWIN

Exclusive details of the discovery that a mound in the grounds of Marlborough College, Wiltshire, is the exact contemporary of Silbury Hill. It is the second largest mound known from prehistoric Britain, and a major addition to the neolithic landscape that includes the stone circles at Avebury.

THE END OF PREHISTORY

A major research project – the largest of its kind anywhere, by far – has opened up radically new perspectives on early Britain. It shows in unprecedented detail how farming and associated new technologies first spread across the British Isles, paving the way for modern times. There are also profound implications for archaeology around the world: radiocarbon analysis is now so precise that events occurring within single generations can be dated, allowing histories to be written when there was no writing. 

In details published here for the first time, Alasdair Whittle, Frances Healy and Alex Bayliss argue that farming first reached Britain with small-scale colonisation in the Thames estuary a generation or two before 4000BC. Over the next 200 years the new practices spread across the rest of Britain and Ireland, and hunting-gathering seems to have disappeared as a major way of life. The first monuments were long burial mounds, from at least 3800BC and serving a few dominant families rather than the wider community. Of bigger impact were “causewayed enclosures”. These marked off large areas of land, typically on hilltops, for periodic communal gatherings. They are first seen just before 3700BC in the south-east, and then across most of Britain for a further two centuries. Before the new study, archaeologists had been unable to distinguish when or where these changes occurred as separate events.

AI WEIWEI

First sight – our full page photo of a new artefact – features the detained Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s Colored vases, in the UK for the first time. Ai is arguably the world’s most important practising artist, and his controversial use of antiquities is deeply archaeological.

Heritage Action would suggest that Ai Weiwei is among the world’s most important practising artists; given his destructive use of Chinese antiquities however the last line above should perhaps read, “…his use of antiquities is deeply controversial.”

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