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.

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This issue marks our fifth anniversary and in celebration, we have given the magazine a…

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Our cover story reveals why, contrary to Old Testament teachings, the 'evil' Ahab and his…

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How rescue archaeology is revolutionising our knowledge of the past

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Prof. Charles Higham reports on the latest discoveries from Ban Non Wat, one of the…

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Paul Bahn reflects on the potency of Nevadan rock art

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It is the magazine's fifth anniversary, so, in celebration, we look back at some of…

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News extra from Brian Fagan

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Archaeologists working in Yemen have discovered evidence for agriculture dating back to the 3rd millenium…

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UNESCO inscribes 29 new World Heritage Sites: Meeting in Quebec in July 2008, the World…

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The discovery of large grain silos alters our understanding of life in Ancient Egypt

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New evidence suggests that modern humans may have been present in South East Asia for…

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Scientists use ancient bones to try to uncover the origins and evolution of tuberculosis