The Diablo Pyramid, in Guatemala, covers an earlier temple whose intricately decorated façade was carefully packed to preserve its huge stucco masks. These great faces of the Maya Sun God in its many guises once glowered across the horizon, painted a deep red and caught by the dying sun would have been visible for miles around. Why did they go to so much trouble? Could it be connected with the discovery of a royal tomb just in front of it? Who is the dead man, surrounded by exotic grave goods and grim sacrificial offerings?
Author: Carly Hilts
The spectacular 5th century BC statue known at the Motya Charioteer will be in London for just a few weeks more, after the British Museum today (31 August) announced that its loan had been extended until 19 September.
We are proud to share with you the first published photos of the House of the Telephus Relief at Herculaneum since archaeologists started their reconstruction of its wooden roof and completed studies of its decorated ceiling.
Our cover is inspired by this summer’s exhibition at the British Museum, which prompted Chris Catling to examine the vital role horse power played in more than 6,000 years of human history. He discovered, surprisingly, that it all began with the humble donkey. Past study of Ancient Egypt often concentrated on the examination of monumental […]
843 artefacts stolen during Afghanistan’s 1992-4 civil war have been returned to the National Museum in Kabul by the British Museum.
A remarkable discovery by Beatrix Nutz has taken the world by surprise: bras were worn 600 years ago! Bras were originally thought to have appeared about 100 years ago, but these four linen examples have proved specialists wrong. The bras and a pair of underwear were found at Lengberg Castle in Tyrol in 2008 during […]
Excavators near Leipzig have discovered what appear to be the remnants of an ancient purse encrusted with over 100 dog teeth.
A research team led by the University of Bristol has found proof that dairy farming was practised in Saharan Africa 7,000 years ago. Chemical and isotopic analysis of fatty acids taken from unglazed Libyan pottery dated to the 5th millennium BC, revealed that dairy fats were processed inside the vessels. Evidence for domesticated cattle in this region […]
The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem has been made a World Heritage Site, together with three other sites in Israel, Indonesia and Morocco, UNESCO announced today 29 (June, 2012). With the 36th annual session of the World Heritage Committee still in progress in St Petersburg, ‘The Church of the Nativity and the Pilgrimage Route […]
By Dexter Findley The sea is our planet’s last frontier: we know less about the ocean floor than we do the surface of the Moon. Like other frontiers – the Wild West comes to mind – it is riddled with lawlessness and opportunism. It also happens to be final resting place for countless wonders of […]
Rock engravings discovered at Abri Castanet, in southern France, have been dated to 37,000 BP, making them the earliest known examples of wall art in the world.
The latest issue of Current World Archaeology is out now! We have special articles from Turkey, as well as features on Colombia’s ‘Lost City’, the Greek games in 388 BC, and Egyptian rock art – the oldest in North Africa. And of course all the latest news from around the world.