Category: Issue 12

Egypt’s Valley of the Kings, burial place of the Pharaohs of the New Kingdom, must be one of the most extensively explored archaeological sites in the world, yet it is only in the last decade that the biggest tomb in the whole valley has been discovered. KV5, as it is now known was thought to be insignificant and undecorated. However, Professor Kent Weeks has been conducting a huge Theban Mapping Project and this led to its rediscovery. So far over 100 chambers have been excavated – and more await discovery: here we tell the story of the excavations so far.
And then we come to one of the finest mosaics discovered anywhere in the Roman World in recent years. Dated to the 3rd century AD, it has recently come to light in the romantic desert city of Palmyra, in Syria. The mosaic dates to the troubled days of the 3rd century AD, when Roman rules collapsed and Palmyra was setting itself up as the bulwark of Rome against the Persian barbarians. What is the inner meaning of this sumptuous and mysterious mosaic?
And now for some rescue archaeology. One of the largest engineering projects in the world has recently been completed, the so-called BTC pipe line constructed by BP from Baku on the Caspian via Tbilisi in Georgia, to Ceynat on the Mediterranean in Turkey. BP have also ensured that it is a huge archaeological rescue project, and invited Nadia Durrani to visit Turkey to report on how they carried out their work, and what has been discovered.
Then we offer two very different postcards. Richard Hodges writes from Macedonia, while Timothy Clack has been in Kilimanjaro undertaking anthropological research among the Chagga People. His research has focused on their Christian religious practices, which, he argues, have traces of their erstwhile ‘traditional’ beliefs.
Where was the Garden of Eden? Fifty years ago the Danish Archaeologist Geoffrey Bibby discovered a Mesopotamian temple on the island of Bahrain and suggested that this might have been Dilmun, the site of the Garden of Eden. Now 50 years on, celebrations were held to mark the anniversary and to promote the charms of archaeology in Bahrain. CWA was invited to Bahrain to report on the celebrations. In addition to the Diary come the other regulars: News and Books.
Finally, the CWA index covers all of the articles from issue 1-12 in this, our first volume. Tempus fugit.

Nebra Sky Disc

Nebra is proving to be a rich archaeological area with the breaking news of the discovery of a lord and his retainers in a 4,200 year-old burial mound at Nebra in Germany. The newly excavated mound is one of at least eight ‘barrows’, within view of an ancient enclosure explained archaeologist Olaf Schroeder. Government archaeologists […]

Oetzi Under Threat

Researchers suspect the corpse of Oetzi, the 5,000-year-old mummy frozen in the Italian Alps might have been contaminated by bacteria since its discovery in 1991.   X-rays have shown up light patches on Oetzi’s skeleton. These seem to be bubbles in the bones that could be caused by bacteria, said Eduard Egarter Vigl, who is […]

Petrie Museum Prize

University College London’s Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology has won the Classic Award at the Museum & Heritage Awards for Excellence 2005, which celebrates best practice within museums, galleries and heritage visitor attractions. The Classic Award is for ‘a museum that has been open for ten years or more, and that has continued to develop […]

Earthwatch at Orce, Spain

As the summer sets in, how about exchanging your luxury hotel for a cave house, or swapping days spent lying on the beach for digging the dry austere Guadix-Baza basin in Southern Spain? Tempted? International charity Earthwatch is looking for people who are willing to get their hands dirty in an effort to reconstruct Europe […]

Roman Priest in Oxford

Currently on exhibition at Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum is an example of what many art historians regard as the Romans’ most significant artistic contribution: the portrait bust. The remarkable marble portrait, newly acquired by the museum through a London dealer, is now on permanent display in the Ashmolean’s Randolph Sculpture Gallery. The distinguished individual frowns slightly […]

Rock Art Prank at British Museum

Fake prehistoric rock art of a caveman with a wire shopping trolley has been hung on the walls of the British Museum. It was put there by art prankster Banksy. Bad Banksy, who has previously put works in galleries in London and New York, added a sign ‘early man venturing towards the out-of-town hunting grounds’. […]

Saxony’s Sun Sanctuary

A project to reconstruct a 5000 BC henge monument, interpreted as a solar observatory, the oldest of its kind in Europe, has just begun at Goseck in the German state of Saxony. The ambitious reconstruction, which is estimated to cost a total of 100,000 euros (c.£70,000) at its completion, should be finished by the end […]

Varus Battle Museum Wins Europa Nostra Award

In early June a glittering European Awards Ceremony was held in Bergen, Norway to celebrate the 2005 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards. The overall winner in the ‘Archaeological Sites’ category is the Varusschlacht im Osnabrücker Land – Museum und Park Kalkriese. The judges chose the German team because of their […]

Kalkriese Victorious, Again

In early June a glittering European Awards Ceremony was held in Bergen, Norway to celebrate the 2005 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards. The overall winner in the ‘Archaeological Sites’ category is the Varusschlacht im Osnabrücker Land – Museum und Park Kalkriese. The judges chose the German team because of their […]

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