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Charles Higham: Water, Ritual, and Function

Water, ritual, and function I am writing this column on an aeroplane heading from Christchurch in New Zealand to Singapore, then on to Bangkok for the second season of excavations at Non Ban Jak. As is usual with all my Thai digs, I have no idea what will turn up as we go deeper into […]

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Chris Catling on…

The dogs of archaeology Dogs have long been used in police work and truffle hunting, and their ability to find people buried beneath the snow of an avalanche has saved many a life, but now their acute sense of smell is being used by archaeologists in Australia to help them find ancient graves. A black […]

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Charles Higham: Why silence is golden

During a recent visit to Mycenae – as a guest speaker with Swan Hellenic – my wife Polly and I were amused by the overheard conversation of another couple, clearly American tourists who, I hastily add, were not from our cruise. Rather overweight and clearly feeling the heat, the lady sat on a large rock […]

Image: Robert Morgan

Edible Archaeology: The Sleeping Lady of Malta

Every year I make a cake for 3D Archaeological Society’s Christmas Dinner themed on a place we have visited during our long weekend away during the summer. Last year’s cake was of Skara Brae following our fabulous trip to Orkney and this year, after many requests from those that went to Malta with me on this years tour, I […]

Prof Charles Higham

British Academy honours Charles Higham

Congratulations to our friend and regular columnist Charles Higham who has been awarded the British Academy’s the prestigious Grahame Clark Medal at a ceremony at Carlton House in London yesterday evening. The medal, given biennially to recognise outstanding achievements in the study of prehistoric archaeology, is testament to the huge contribution Charles has made to […]

Trinkle's Retirement Cake

American Edible Archaeology

This archaeological cake was sent to us by Dr Judy Bischoff, Research Coordinator at the US National Park Service. She had it made for the retirement party of a colleague, Trinkle Jones, who had been an archaeologist with the Service for 34 years, until April 2011. It shows the National Park Service badge, and a selection of […]

Agamemnon's death mask, credit: K Derham

International edible archaeology

Our friends over at Current Archaeology frequently print pictures of amazing archaeological cakes sent in by their readers, so we were very excited to see this culinary creation with a distinctly international flavour. Sent in by the proud father of its creator, a professional archaeologist who modestly asked to remain anonymous, the cake depicts the famous ‘death […]

The site: Pollena Trocchia

Digging on the dark side of Vesuvius

Hannah Snell combined her passion for archaeology with her love of Roman architecture during her summer months excavating with the team from the Apolline Project in Italy. Here she tells CWA about her experience of digging a Roman bathhouse on the north slope of Vesuvius. We have all heard about Pompeii and Herculaneum, but the […]

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A Yummy Mummy

“Red Blood filled her arteries, and her flesh was still malleable, with no sign of rigor mortis.”

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Ricardo Agurcia: How Copan is leading the way

The enormous wealth generated by the tourist industry is placing increasing demands on our cultural heritage. Richard Hodges chats with Ricardo Agurcia, director of excavations at the ancient Maya site in Honduras, where one of the world’s poorest countries is successfully balancing archaeology with tourism.

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