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

Matthew Symonds


Carly Hilts

Deputy Editor

Lucia Marchini

Editorial Assistant

Mike Traylen

Advertising Sales Manager

Editorial Staff

Matthew Symonds studied archaeology at Nottingham University, and then at Christ Church, Oxford. He is a visiting fellow at Newcastle University, has co-edited three volumes on Roman frontiers, and is particularly interested in Roman fortlets. He has excavated in Bulgaria, Sicily, Italy, and Britain, but is most at home on Hadrian's Wall.

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. At CA she is responsible for news and is always glad to receive suggestions for the section. She also helps with features.

Lucia Marchini studied Spanish and Classics at King's College London. She then decided to devote more of her time to the ancient world and read for an MA in Classics at UCL. She has worked as a researcher on a number of history-related book, radio, and film projects and as a journalist, writing on archaeological discoveries, exhibitions, and travel.

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 Monthly.