Great Discoveries

Great Discoveries

Gustafson at Oseberg

Gustafson’s excavation had provided an extraordinary window into the material culture and public appearance of the world represented by the Norse Sagas at the beginning of the Viking Age.

1143

Knossos

Results of the excavations at Knossos surpassed all expectations. Evans revealed a vast palace complex of Middle Bronze Age date , 1300 rooms connected by a network of corridors…

Great Excavations

Troy: Great Excavations

Heinrich Schliemann has been described as ‘the creator of prehistoric Greek archaeology’, but he was an amateur when he took up archaeology aged 46 after making his fortune in business.

1080

Royal Tombs of Ur

From the underground chambers of the Royal Tombs emerged a picture of a civilisation that was at once dazzling and sinister

1048

Peking Man

Peking Man represents the spread of a new species of hominid, Homo erectus, in an earlier ‘Out of Africa’ migration beginning about a million years ago

1012

Palatine Hill

The remains – remarkably unprepossessing amid the spectacular ruins of classical Rome all around – comprise postholes, wall-slots, and drainage gullies, defining three small structures.

1001

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu symbolises the extent, technical skill, and productivity of the Inca Empire in its heyday.

977

Petra

Before 1812, Petra was one of the ancient world’s ‘lost cities’: it was known from historical references, but the site had not been located on the ground.

961

Rosetta Stone

How did a slab of black granite become the key to deciphering hieroglyphs

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Pompeii

We know more about Pompeii than any other Roman town. It is the benchmark, and yet we still have so much to learn…

924

Akrotiri

Akrotiri is an archaeological monument to the rich commerce, connections, and culture of the Middle Bronze Age Mediterranean

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