Current Archaeology, “the UK’s best selling archaeology magazine”, has kindly given me a complimentary subscription. I recently received my first issue, #228 (March ’09), and I found it an enjoyable read.
Best of all, I liked James Barrett’s and Adam Slater’s piece on their recent fieldwork at the Brough of Deerness, Mainland, Orkney. This scenic and Scandy-flavoured site would have interested me anyway, but now I also happened to have visited it last June in the company of Barrett and the Brough’s 1970s excavator Chris Morris. That visit took place as part of a conference excursion, and weeks later the new excavations opened. A very timely report!
An article celebrating the centennial of the Scottish and Welsh Royal Commissions is mainly interesting thanks to lovely pictures with intriguing captions. And a feature on WW2 Home Guard defenses in a London suburb – remains of the local militia’s preparations for an invasion that happily never took place – is difficult to appreciate for a citizen of a country that hasn’t seen war for two centuries.
All in all a finely designed and interesting magazine. I look forward to the next issue!