Stories From St Conall Cael’s Handbell
How many stories can one object hold? Verity Limond reveals what a medieval Irish handbell can tell us about everything from monastic life to international trade connections.
Under Threat? Archaeology in Britain Today
Whilst popular media has captivated public interest in archaeology, such portrayals mask the issues – from funding cuts to lack of opportunity – plaguing the discipline today. John Strachan explores the current situation of archaeology in Britain and the steps being taken to promote to safeguard its future.
Ageing in the Time of Osteology
Written by Etta Coleman. What can studying bone remains tell us about age in historical terms? Etta Coleman discusses the use of Osteology as means for assessing general aging in pre-modern societies, along with its varying challenges, both practical and conceptual.
The Osteological Paradox and Biomolecular Analysis – A Solution, At Last?
Written by Etta Coleman. The discipline of Osteoarchaeology is paradoxical by nature – those diseases which sweep populations are often too quick to leave a permanent mark on the bones. Etta Coleman discusses whether this is something that can be overcome with Polymerase Chain Reaction testing.
Pompeii: Digging the details with Jasmine Khelil
Written by Fiona Macrae. Despite just being in her second year of a History and Classics undergraduate degree, Jasmine Khelil has had the opportunity to dig at some of the most renowned archaeological sites in the world, including Pompeii. In this interview, Fiona Macrae discusses Jasmine’s route into archaeology, her experiences and her advice for…
Sensationalism in Archaeology: Harmful or Helpful?
Written by Etta Coleman. Through the reporting and often glamorising of discoveries, archaeology is a field which continues to capture public interest, an interest upon which the discipline heavily relies. Etta Coleman discusses the manner in which archaeological discoveries are presented through mass media and the threat this places on sustaining research.
The Mystery of Maltese Temples
Written by Finlay Cormack. The Maltese islands are home to mysterious ancient temples as far back 3600BCE. What was the purpose of these megalithic structures? Finlay Cormack explores various possible functions and origins, varying from religious to agricultural.
On the Nature of Archaeological Knowledge, Photography, Narrative, and Time
Written by Sofia Parkinson Klimaschewski. The practice of archaeology is one that has been recorded through photography for over a hundred years. But how do we unpack archaeological photography, and how do these photographs themselves become artefacts?