Little is known of the fierce warrior nomads who occupied the southern region of the Ural Mountains in modern-day Russia about 2,500 years ago. But their graves have yielded spectacular finds of gold objects, fine jewellery, and weapons. Now recent discoveries that follow a decade of excavation at Filippovka’s royal burial mounds are revealing the sophisticated culture of the […]
Author: Current World Archaeology
Richard Hodges explores the history and archaeology of the Spanish Basque Country.
Nearly 20 years of digging in and writing about Albania’s ancient sites has left a vivid impression on archaeologist and traveller Oliver Gilkes.
The dig The Hypogeum Ħal-Saflieni was discovered in 1902 when builders, working on a new housing development, fell through its roof. The huge underground structure is carved out of the soft rock that lies beneath the town of Paola, on the outskirts of Valetta on Malta. Despite initial attempts to deny the discovery, so as not to hinder building work, the find […]
How often do you visit a rock-art site armed only with binoculars? You do at Bangudae, on South Korea’s east coast, and with good reason, as Brian Fagan discovered on a recent trip to the region.
Exploring Iron Age burial mounds on the Trail of Princes, Patrick Skinner sets out from the country’s capital on a voyage of archaeological discovery.
Anna Faherty goes in search of the wide open spaces and ancient markers of Mongolia’s remote hinterland.
Richard Hodges explores the Roman villa at Piazza Armerina, home to the beautiful ‘bikini girl’ mosaics.
Easter Island’s unique statues are recognisable the world over. Less well known though equally fascinating, however, is a sacred cult that emerged on the island when these great moai were toppled from their platforms and abandoned by the people during a period of conflict and political upheaval. The new social order was centred on a […]
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 with death showing the bones and bodies of those that have gone before us.
Prehistory: The Making of the Human Mind Colin Renfrew The Folio Society Ltd, £29.95 This beautiful new edition of Professor Renfrew’s Prehistory is a bookshelf essential for anyone interested in the questions and theories behind the cultural evolution of humankind. Here, Renfrew lends his expertise of archaeological theory, genetics, linguistics and radiocarbon dating to the vast […]