Author: Current World Archaeology


Lords of Sipán

Nadia Durrani, former editor of CWA During my time as editor of CWA, I visited some of the world’s most exciting sites. Of these, perhaps the most extraordinary was that of the Lords of Sipán (CWA 35). Lying on the white-hot coastal strip between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes Mountains of northern Peru, it […]


A New Frontier

Prof David J Breeze, Chairman of the International Congress of Roman Frontier Studies In September 2002, exactly a year before the launch of CWA, a discussion was held about the creation of a research strategy for the frontiers of the Roman Empire. Several countries wished to nominate their frontiers as World Heritage Sites. Rather than […]


A Decade Underwater

Sean Kingsley, Director, Wreck Watch, London The most important marine discovery of the last decade turned up on terra firma: the silted Byzantine port of the Emperor Theodosius in Istanbul (CWA 58). Overlying the foundations of a Neolithic village, a staggering 32 wrecks dating between the 5th and 11th centuries have emerged at Yenikapı. The […]


Facing the Future

John Sandy, GHF Regional Director for Asia Most of the 12th-century Khmer monuments in Angkor are partial ruins, hidden under dense jungle. Now the Global Heritage Fund, which is promoting its ‘Preservation by Design’, is developing a 3D radar-imaging system to record the unique bas-relief walls and face towers of the Banteay Chhmar Temple in […]


Learning from Mummies

Prof Rosalie David, University of Manchester & former Director of the KNH Centre for Biomedical Egyptology  Biomedical Egyptology, a multidisciplinary study based on analytical investigation of mummies and associated material, has added a new dimension to the study of Ancient Egypt, bridging the gap between arts and sciences. The University of Manchester (UK) has developed an Ancient […]


Hitting the Jackpot

Maev Kennedy, archaeology correspondent, the Guardian newspaper Of all the wonderful things I’ve seen recently on sites or in museums, from the Silchester olive stone to a stocky little bronze Valkyrie looking up crossly from a clod of frozen Danish mud, to a pretty white goat ambling in sunlight across a fresco still buried in a […]


Unlocking Egyptian Secrets

Joyce Tyldesley, Manchester University Egyptology is a relatively new and fast-moving science: it is not yet 200 years since Champollion decoded the hieroglyphic script (1822) and revealed Egypt’s dynastic history. Increasingly, we are able to tie that long history into Egypt’s archaeological remains. The past decade has seen major changes in our understanding of mummification, and in […]


Turkey’s Delight

Nicholas Kropacek, Eastern Turkey Tours Eastern Turkey is one of those truly undiscovered parts of the world that are rare to find today. It is thanks to CWA that it is being revealed to a discerning public for the right reasons: culture and history. Though it is beyond the remit of CWA, we should also mention […]


Egypt’s Archaeology and Revolution

Chris Naunton, Director of the Egypt Exploration Society It is worth reminding ourselves just how thrilling archaeology in Egypt has continued to be, despite the widely held belief that there probably isn’t much left to find. My personal highlights in recent years include: evidence at Tell Ed-Daba by Manfred Bietak that corroborates the well-known iconography showing that […]


Discoveries that Re-wrote Early Prehistory

Prof Sir Paul Mellars, University of Edinburgh, trustee of the ACE Foundation • The world’s oldest stone tools now date back to about 2.6m years ago, at Gona in Ethiopia – with apparently human cut marks on bones possibly as old as 3.4m years at Bouri, also in Ethiopia. • The earliest human settlement of […]


Enduring Appeal

Denise Allen, Andante Travels There has been a curious contrast over the past decade: while archaeology has been hit hard by the recession, the level of interest of the general public has grown. People are better informed than they ever have been – through TV programmes and magazines – and we are only too delighted […]


On a Scientific Roll

Prof Chris Scarre, Editor of Antiquity One of the most striking features of the past decade has been the revolution in scientific analysis. Not since the 1960s, when radiocarbon dating and computers came to be widely used, has such a battery of new techniques so radically altered our understanding of the past. Questions formerly beyond our […]

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