My old trowel.

Egypt Exploration Society

The Egypt Exploration Society (EES) has recently heard that, in two years’ time, it will lose its funding from the British Academy. The EES is one of the oldest British archaeological societies, founded in 1882 and celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2007. Its main premises (Offices, Library and Archive) are in London with a small […]


British Academy

The rationale behind the changes We approached the British Academy for an explanation for the changes in funding of institutes and societies. Margot Jackson, Secretary for Overseas Institutes and Societies, sent the following letter: I hope you will find the following helpful in explaining the rationale for some changes in our approach to funding institutes […]

My old trowel.

Iraq School

The Iraq school is in many ways in even a worse situation than the EES, as they are more reliant on Academy funding: of their total turnover of £100,000, some £60,000 comes from the British Academy: this is to be reduced to £30,000 for the next two years, and will then be cut completely. The […]


British School at Athens

Increasingly, the School (its Officers and Council) have to keep a close eye on changes in the ‘research environment’ in the United Kingdom, for the very simple reason that we are largely funded by the Academy, and that the Academy itself is subject to changing winds from Whitehall (in particular the Office of Science and […]


Winning Cultural Heritage

The Annual European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards seek to show how keen the European Union is to promote its ideals of a common European Heritage. Thus in June 2006, 34 Laureates from 22 countries made their way to Madrid to participate in a lavish European Heritage Awards Ceremony. The event […]



Only a couple of months ago CWA published Dominic Perring’s optimistic feature on Beirut’s archaeology. It was about the 12 year programme of archaeological study that accompanied the post-war reconstruction of the Lebanese capital and was full of references to rebuilding and renewal. At that time, it seemed unimaginable that war would return, but in the […]


Cranial Suture Closure: useful guide or distraction?

Determining age at death is one of the first assessments made of a human skeleton. In juveniles, this is straightforward: the body is still maturing and the bones and teeth develop on a fairly predictable schedule. But how do scientists assess the age of death in adults? For over 70 years, physical anthropologists have used cranial suture fusion – the rate at which the skull’s plates mesh – as one way to estimate age for adults. Researcher Rose Drew, however, suggests this relationship is hardly so simple. Here she reports on her findings.

A Look at Glass

An exhibition at the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem features over a hundred examples of ancient glass from across the Classical World

In Search of Desert Glass

CWA look into the origins of the unique and beautiful yellow-green glass that has been produced in the Egyptian Sahara for thousands of years

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