Current Archaeology

The UK's best-selling archaeology magazine

Current Archaeology is the UK's only independent consumer magazine aimed at the archaeology enthusiast. It is the best-selling title in its field and is popular with 45,000 readers passionate about heritage.

The magazine covers the archaeology of all periods - from prehistory and ancient human origins, Roman and Anglo-Saxon Britain, and the Middle Ages right through to modern times - and bridges the gap between the amateur and the professional. We aim neither to preach, nor to give a bare recital of facts. Instead we speak to the archaeologists themselves to bring you the full story: why the excavators went there, how they made their discoveries, what they found, why it's important, and, of course, what it all means.

Published every month, each issue includes:

  • Digs - we bring you reports on the latest excavations, brilliantly described and beautifully illustrated with informative photographs and stunning aerial images
  • Discoveries - every magazine discusses new discoveries and puts them into context
  • Debate - lively opinion pieces keep you informed on all the debates currently taking place within archaeology and why they matter

Current Archaeology is distributed throughout the UK in WHSmith, selected independent newsagents, and via subscription.

Our website is a wonderful online resource for anyone with an interest in archaeology, featuring news, reviews, and select content from the magazine. It's also the home of the comprehensive and ever-popular Digs Guide, where every year we list the excavations you can take part in across the UK and Ireland.


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The Current Archaeology team

Carly Hilts


Kathryn Krakowka

Deputy Editor

Amy Brunskill

Editorial Assistant

Mark Edwards

Art Editor

Editorial Staff

Carly Hilts studied Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic at St John's College, Cambridge, before becoming a journalist. Quickly realising she preferred covering history and archaeology stories above all others, she joined Time Team as a researcher, later working for Horrible Histories and helping to create an ancient Egyptian-themed computer game, and assisting with research for the recently-published The Bones of a King: Richard III Rediscovered.

Kathryn Krakowka received her DPhil in Archaeology from the University of Oxford in 2017, where she specialised in human osteology. For her doctoral thesis she focused on identifying the prevalence and patterns of violence-related trauma in medieval London and has continued to publish on the topic. She has also worked as a research associate at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, working to record and analyse their extensive human remains collections, most of which originated from the medical and anatomical museum at Christ Church College, Oxford. Museum research and curation continues to remain a passion for her.

Amy Brunskill studied Archaeology and Anthropology at Durham University before deciding that archaeology was her preferred subject. She then went on to read for an MA Archaeology at Durham, focusing on art in Palaeolithic Europe. She is also interested in the presentation of archaeology and heritage to the public, having worked in a number of museums including the British Museum, Museum of London, and the Foundling Museum, and led a heritage project studying the economic impact of Durham Castle on the surrounding area for the UNESCO World Heritage Site management plan.

Regular contributors

Andrew Selkirk, Editor-in-Chief

Andrew Selkirk is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, and was Vice-President of the Royal Archaeological Institute, and has served on the councils of the Prehistoric Society, and the Roman Society. He has a particular interest in amateur archaeology, and is Chairman of the Council for Independent Archaeology.

He is currently writing a book, Barbarism and Civilisation, the first drafts of which can be read on the website

Chris Catling, Contributing Editor

Chris has been digging since he was 16, and is currently co-Director with Tim Darvill of an excavation near Cirencester looking at a linked Neolithic long barrow and causewayed enclosure. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and the best-selling author of travel guides to Venice, Florence, Amsterdam, Madeira, London and Crete, and countless popular articles on British archaeology.

Neil Faulkner, Contributing Editor

Neil is an archaeologist and historian who works as a lecturer, writer, editor, and occasional broadcaster. He is co-director of the Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project in Norfolk and of the Great Arab Revolt Project in Jordan. Educated at King's College, Cambridge, and the Institute of Archaeology, UCL, he is currently a Research Fellow at the University of Bristol. His books include: Rome: empire of the eagles; and Lawrence of Arabia's War. He is also the Editor of Military History Matters.

Joe Flatman, Contributing Editor

Joe Flatman completed a PhD in medieval archaeology at the University of Southampton in 2003, and since that time has held a variety of positions in universities, local and most recently central government. Since 2012 he has been Head of Listing Programmes at Historic England. He has published widely on matters of heritage policy, law and management, including the books Prehistoric Archaeology of the Continental Shelf (2014), Archaeology in Society: Its Relevance in the Modern World (2012) and Becoming an Archaeologist: A Guide to Professional Pathways (2011). You can follow him on Twitter @joeflatman.