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Tomb of Cyrus the Great at Pasargadae

Pasargadae

On the plain of Pasargadae, Cyrus the Great founded a spectacular garden palace. Nothing like it had ever been seen in the region before, raising questions about where the idea came from, how the garden was maintained, and where the inhabitants lived. Recently, an Iranian-French team went searching for answers.

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Review: Last Supper in Pompeii

Review: Last Supper in Pompeii

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Ulpiana: The Romans in Kosovo

Ulpiana: The Romans in Kosovo

Ruins of the Roman city of Ulpiana, with the plains and hills of Kosovo beyond. The site was only discovered in the early 20th century, ...
Archaeology and the analyst

Archaeology and the analyst

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Tomb of Cyrus the Great at Pasargadae

Pasargadae

On the plain of Pasargadae, Cyrus the Great founded a spectacular garden palace. Nothing like it had ever been seen in the region before, raising ...
The power of Saharan rock art

The power of Saharan rock art

Creating images in a changing world The Messak plateau in south-west Libya features some of the finest rock art in the Sahara, including this group ...
Travel: Secrets from the Byzantine city of Shivta

Travel: Secrets from the Byzantine city of Shivta

Six Byzantine cities once flourished in the Negev Desert, but then the climate changed and these settlements were abandoned, leaving spectacular ruins for future generations ...
Richard Hodges: In the city of Aphrodite

Richard Hodges: In the city of Aphrodite

A view across the ruins of the ancient city of Knidos. Claims and counter-claims about a sculptural fragment held by the British Museum brought a ...
Object Lesson: Scutum

Object Lesson: Scutum

What is it? This mid 3rd century AD semi-cylindrical shield is known as a scutum and was used by legionary soldiers of the Roman Empire ...
The Sandby borg massacre

The Sandby borg massacre

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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 ...
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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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