This month’s cover story takes us 32m below the waves off the Sussex coast. There, a previously enigmatic wreck has been named as the Klein Hollandia, a Dutch warship that sank in 1672 following an attack that helped to spark the Third Anglo-Dutch War. We piece together the archaeological detective-work that helped to pin down the sunken vessel’s identity, and share what has been learned of its past – as well as how its remains are being protected for the future.
Our next feature explores the aftermath of an earlier conflict, tracing the evolution of Venta Icenorum, a Roman town and regional capital near modern Norwich that developed soon after the Boudican uprising.
Leaping from the onset of imperial influence to what happened when official occupation ended, we then travel to early medieval Wales to explore what changed when Roman administration withdrew, and how Christianity played a key role in what came next.
Our last feature this month takes us to the Dickensian world of the 19th-century workhouse. What can recent excavations in London add to our understanding of such institutions?
Finally, we bring you the latest news on our upcoming annual conference, which will be held in partnership with the UCL Institute of Archaeology on 24 February 2024. Turn to p.60 for details of the timetable, and the people, projects, and publications that have been nominated for the annual CA Awards. Voting is now open!