Category: Issue 32

In this issue we present one of Rome’s greatest un-success stories: the extravagant yet impractical city of Clunia in northern Spain.
Two thousand years ago, with the booming Roman political machine behind it, Clunia was made into the administrative capital of the province of Tarraconensis. The main aim of the city was to convey prestige. Among its glut of grandiose structures was the 9,000-seat theatre shown on the front cover of this issue – the largest in all Iberia Despite Oscar Wilde’s famous witticism that ‘Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess,’ the opulent Clunia did not succeed. Instead, it fell into disuse.
Why? After all, the city occupied an enviably strategic military position, dominating a vast plateau c.1,000m above sea level. It also had an impressive infrastructure for providing and removing water to rival those in use today. Archaeologists have been working hard to discover more, but what have they revealed?

Current World Archaeology 10 years ago
0

Andrew Selkirk travels to Madrid to discover more on maritime archaeology and trade

Current World Archaeology 10 years ago
0

Richard Hodges writes from Gettysburg, USA

Current World Archaeology 10 years ago
0

Specialist archaeological insights on the city of Timbuktu from Prof. Tim Insoll

Current World Archaeology 10 years ago
0

This is a dramatic, broad-brush treatment of ten millennia of European prehistory, written on the…

Current World Archaeology 10 years ago
0

First-time author Alice Albinia has pluck. Post-2001, near the Pakistani border with Afghanistan, she walks…

Current World Archaeology 10 years ago
0

Why did the western half of the Roman Empire fall? Did it fall at all…

Current World Archaeology 10 years ago
0

He reportedly received death threats in the 1970s for promoting pre-Islamic history in the Kingdom.…

Current World Archaeology 10 years ago
0

With the decline of grammar schools in Britain, Classics seemed to be heading for a…

Current World Archaeology 10 years ago
0

Tony Wilmott started with the re-excavation of one amphitheatre, that of Chester. He promptly went…

Current World Archaeology 10 years ago
0

Maintaining conservation standards in our towns and villages is essential work but light years away…

Current World Archaeology 10 years ago
0

Viva La Revolucion! is a wonderfully engaging title featuring recipes from Mexico's best chefs. Cook-books…

Current World Archaeology 10 years ago
0

Instead of plastic toys that will be broken before Christmas dinner, how about one of…