One of the original 12 sites to be added to the World Heritage list, Lalibela is one of the most important pilgrimage places of Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity and famed for its 11 Medieval churches, all of which are hewn into the rock. These exceptional buildings are said to have been built during the 25 year reign of King Lalibela – with more than a little help from the angels. But archaeologists question miracles; and here, David Phillipson, Professor of African Archaeology at Cambridge, introduces us to the wonders of Lalibela and offers a new interpretation of its chronology and creation.
Vladimir Karasev lifts the iron curtain from the archaeology of the Independent Republic of Uzbekistan and reports on the archaeology of Tashkent
A report on the new BM exhibition space
The excavations at a fashionable Old Kingdom cemetery lying just behind the step pyramid of Zoser, Saqqara, Egypt
The many and diverse records of the Tutankhamun tomb excavation are brought into the 21st century
Has the first century AD port of Muzris been found?
Doll maker enlisted to help reconstruct the head of Bocksten Man
DNA research of 100,000 year old Neanderthal suggests greater genetic diversity than previously thought
DNA tests on bones of early Neolithic farmers from the Czech Republic suggests they were native to central Europe and not migrants from Anatolia
Ancient figs found in Jordan may prove to be some the earliest evidence of agriculture in the world
Mark Horton writes from Iran where he explored the site of Siraf
Richard Hodges sends news from Lake Prespa
Let us learn a few hieroglyphs. Let us start with a straight line. This obviously means ‘land’ because in Egypt all the land that is worth talking about is the flood plain of the Nile, which is more or less dead flat. Let us then add three dots below our straight line: these represent the […]
In his best selling book The Da Vinci Code, the author Dan Brown says that there are just two facts in the book: the existence of the Opus Dei and of the Priory of Sion. The Opus Dei is real enough, but the Priory of Sion has a less distinguished pedigree. Bill Putnam, who is […]
CWA look into the origins of the unique and beautiful yellow-green glass that has been produced in the Egyptian Sahara for thousands of years
CWA takes a look at the renovation project underway at Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum