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Mapping the Maya

Mapping the Maya

The deeds of royal dynasties presiding over Maya city-states in northern Guatemala can still be followed on ornate inscriptions raised in their name. But just how large were their dominions? Tom Garrison tells us how recent survey and follow-up fieldwork is revolutionising our knowledge of Maya state power.

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The Sandby borg massacre

The Sandby borg massacre

Life and death in a 5th-century ringfort This aerial view of the Sandby borg ringfort from the west shows its location on the south-east coast ...
Mapping the Maya

Mapping the Maya

The deeds of royal dynasties presiding over Maya city-states in northern Guatemala can still be followed on ornate inscriptions raised in their name. But just ...
CWA Photo Competition 2020

CWA Photo Competition 2020

Calling all photographers! Official sponsor Summer is now upon us. Whether you’re heading off on holiday to take in the sights and splendours of world ...
Aerial View of Fromelles

Fromelles

A century ago, 250 soldiers were buried behind enemy lines in unmarked mass graves on the outskirts of the village of Fromelles in northern France ...
Richard Hodges: Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands

Richard Hodges: Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands

Today, Grace Bay on Providenciales is a Caribbean paradise. But just how easy was life on this island for those who arrived before the advent ...
Racing against time: salvage survey in the Göksu river valley

Racing against time: salvage survey in the Göksu river valley

The Byzantine monastery at Alahan was constructed in the 5th century AD. While long-known sites such as this pointed to the archaeological wealth of the ...
Travel: Roman Algeria

Travel: Roman Algeria

Algeria offers a wealth of extraordinary Roman-era sites for tourists to explore. Here is a view over what must be the most famous: Timgad. This ...
Art at the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis

Art at the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis

Statues from ancient Delos in the site museum are joined by Antony Gormley's iron 'bodyform' Shift II until the end of October. The small size ...
Object Lesson: Serabit Sphinx

Object Lesson: Serabit Sphinx

What is it? This small Egyptian figure, carved out of red sandstone around 1800 BC, depicts a familiar mythical creature: the sphinx. It was perhaps ...
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7 Wonders

7 discoveries that changed the archaeological world

7 discoveries that changed the archaeological world

One of the most exciting things about archaeology is that it is an ever-changing landscape, constantly causing us to reconsider our most firmly-held beliefs about ...
7 skeletal sites

7 skeletal sites

What happens to us after we die? Prepare to get shivers down your spine as we look more closely at seven sites that dance closely ...
7 wonders - Editor's choice

7 wonders – Editor’s choice

It is hard to narrow down your favourite archaeological sites to just 7 place names when you have the whole world from which to choose, ...
7 Fashionable Finds

7 Fashionable Finds

Throughout history people have been keen to keep up with the latest trends and fashions. Whether used to display wealth or indicate membership of a ...
7 facts about the 7 Wonders of the World

7 facts about the 7 Wonders of the World

Herodotus was the first to create a list of the seven most spectacular monuments in the world - or at least, in the world known ...
7 spectacular temples
Dominating the forum of Ostia Antica, the main harbour town supplying ancient Rome, the brick-built Capitolium can be seen from almost every part of the 2,500-year-old ...
7 facts you might not know about Howard Carter
Today (May 9) is Howard Carter's birthday, so we thought we would share some of our favourite facts about the discoverer of Tutankhamun's tomb. 1. Family ...
7 ship-shape sites
We're in a maritime mood today. Read on for seven of our favourite ship-related archaeological sites. Bon Voyage! 1. The Oseberg ship, Norway In 1904, ...
7 revolutionary writings
We often think of archaeology as being all about objects, but written sources are just as fundamental to our understanding of the past. Official inscriptions, ...

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