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Army of the dead

Army of the dead

Around 8,000 life-size terracotta warriors and horses were created in battle formation to protect the burial place of China’s first emperor. But what can modern technology reveal about these faithful soldiers?

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Excavating a Phoenician shipwreck off the coast of Gozo, Malta
Excavating a Phoenician shipwreck off the coast of Gozo, Malta
The Phoenicians occupied the coast of the Levant for over 1,000 years, but knowledge of their trade network and practices ...
Bacchus Uncovered: Ancient God of Ecstasy
Bacchus Uncovered: Ancient God of Ecstasy
In 1640, a bronze tablet was discovered during construction work on a palace in Tiriolo, southern Italy. Dating from 186 ...
Army of the dead
Army of the dead
Around 8,000 life-size terracotta warriors and horses were created in battle formation to protect the burial place of China’s first ...
Driving the streets of Pompeii
Driving the streets of Pompeii
How did Romans drive around an ancient city? Was it just a free-for-all? Subtle traces worn into the streets of ...
Rescuing the Rooswijk
Rescuing the Rooswijk
The Dutch East India Company was one of the most powerful companies on the planet. Now the wreck of a ...
The Scythians: discovering the nomad-warriors of Siberia
The Scythians: discovering the nomad-warriors of Siberia
The Greeks called them Scythians, the Assyrians and Achaemenid Persians called them Saka. We know them only through their lavish ...
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
In 2015, CWA reported on the discovery by Louise Schofield of the remarkable grave of a young woman she nicknamed ...
Beyond the Pillars of Hercules - Excavating an Iron Age seat of power
Beyond the Pillars of Hercules – Excavating an Iron Age seat of power
A new discovery deep in the Guadiana Valley of the Iberian Peninsula is revealing the secrets of a little-known and ...
Circles of mystery: Strange ancient earthworks in Brazil’s Amazonian rainforest
Circles of mystery: Strange ancient earthworks in Brazil’s Amazonian rainforest
Hundreds of enigmatic earthworks lay hidden for millennia beneath what was thought to be virgin rainforest. Who built them, and ...
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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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