Our cover story reveals why, contrary to Old Testament teachings, the ‘evil’ Ahab and his father Omri should be regarded as the first kings of Israel
Category: Issue 31
In 1967, the newly-wed Wendy and Andrew Selkirk set about launching Britain’s first archaeology magazine, Current Archaeology. It was produced from their kitchen table (Wendy) and study overlooking the garden (Andrew). The magazine proved a hit, and soon, possibly to Andrew’s chagrin, Current Archaeology became part of the Archaeological Establishment. The decades rolled on and with the turn of the new millennium, their publisher son proposed the launch of a sister magazine to deal with archaeology from the rest of the world.
It was in June 2003 that Andrew and I were both at a lecture on Jordan’s Lot’s Monastery by its site director, Dino Politis (see page 48), when Andrew told me of his innovative plans and invited me on board. That autumn we launched Current World Archaeology, Britain’s first global archaeology magazine. This issue marks our fifth anniversary and in celebration, we have given the magazine a splendid new look.
As ever, we offer the latest on digs and discoveries from around the world, such as our cover feature on how archaeology is rewriting the Bible. According to the Old Testament, David and Solomon were the important kings of Israel. However, Jonathan Tubb, of the British Museum, draws together a wide range of evidence to reveal why this position should be taken by Omri and his son, the ‘evil’ Ahab. Moreover, he explains why this relatively forgotten duo should be seen as the very first kings of Israel.
How rescue archaeology is revolutionising our knowledge of the past
Prof. Charles Higham reports on the latest discoveries from Ban Non Wat, one of the world’s richest archaeological digs
Paul Bahn reflects on the potency of Nevadan rock art
It is the magazine’s fifth anniversary, so, in celebration, we look back at some of our most memorable reports from across the world
The discovery of large grain silos alters our understanding of life in Ancient Egypt
New evidence suggests that modern humans may have been present in South East Asia for longer than previously invisaged
Scientists use ancient bones to try to uncover the origins and evolution of tuberculosis
Archaeologists investigate the mysterious death of an acrobat who met his end around 2300 BC
Headlice and rats: Not a nice subject for discussion in polite company, but the unavoidable truth is that lice have been with us since we humans first walked out of Africa some 100,000 years ago on our journey to populate the globe. That is the conclusion of a study comparing the genomes of head lice […]
News extra from Brian Fagan
Archaeologists working in Yemen have discovered evidence for agriculture dating back to the 3rd millenium BC