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The Nabataeans of Petra

The Nabataeans of Petra

We travel down the spectacular long and winding Siq that leads to Petra. There, the Nabataeans founded one of the most beautiful, and perhaps also unlikely, cities in the ancient world. What persuaded these nomads to turn their hand to urbanism, and how did they find wealth in the wilderness?

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The Scythians: discovering the nomad-warriors of Siberia

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Forgotten kingdom: Searching for lost royalty from the days of the Aksumite Empire

Forgotten kingdom: Searching for lost royalty from the days of the Aksumite Empire

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Beyond the Pillars of Hercules – Excavating an Iron Age seat of power

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Circles of mystery: Strange ancient earthworks in Brazil’s Amazonian rainforest

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Lapa do Santo: Decapitation and ritual in 'the Saint’s rock shelter'

Lapa do Santo: Decapitation and ritual in ‘the Saint’s rock shelter’

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An Etruscan puzzle: Investigating the monumental tomb of Grotte Scalina

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The Caspian Gates

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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

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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

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