Author: Current World Archaeology

Earliest Man

160,000 year old human skull discovered in Afar

Kuk, Papua New Guinea

Research reveals Papua New Guinea was a region where agriculture evolved independently

Digging Abroad

Would you like to dig abroad? If you wish to dig in Britain, you can of course consult the Handbook of Archaeology which we publish free to Current Archaeology subscribers with the Spring issue. However, if you want to dig abroad, you should subscribe to Archaeology Abroad, which publishes two bulletins a year in April […]

Llublijana, Slovenia

A wheel found in Slovenia dates to around 100 years earlier than the previous record holder


Albania & Ukraine

Richard Hodges compares the archaeological situations in Albania and the Ukraine


Letter from Jerusalem

Kay Prag, the author of the standard Blue Guide to Jerusalem reports on the situation


Letter from Baghdad

John Curtis sends a postcard from Baghdad considering heritage work after the Iraq war

Man Who Deciphered Linear B

The decipherment of Minoan Linear B by architect Michael Ventris is one of the great dramas of 20th century archaeology. But who was Michael Ventris, and how did he do it? Andrew Robinson, the Literary Editor of the Times Higher Education Supplement, has now written a fascinating biography, The Man who Deciphered Linear B. Michael […]

Complete Gods & Goddesses of Ancient Egypt

How many Egyptian gods and goddesses were there? In The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt, Richard Wilkinson, Professor at the University of Arizona, lists nearly 500 of them, categorised by type. The majority of them are anthropomorphic, divided between male and female. Then come the mammalian deities, followed by the avian (birds), until […]

After the Ice

What is the biggest leap forward ever to have taken place in the history of humanity? Steven Mithen, Professor of Early Prehistory at Reading University, believes that it was the explosion of human creativity that took place somewhere in the middle of the last Ice Age – after the Neanderthals had died out, and the […]