Issue 19


The Medici Conspiracy

Peter Watson and Cecili Todeschini Public Affairs Books £15.99 This is very much a Cowboys and Indians sort of book chronicling the trial of Giacomo Medici in Italy in 2003 with lots of provocative headlines such as ‘Collectors are the real looters’. Peter Watson is a former writer for the Sunday Times and the book […]


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.

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