Issue 32


Maritime Archaeology

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



Richard Hodges writes from Gettysburg, USA



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

Qaryat Al Fau

He reportedly received death threats in the 1970s for promoting pre-Islamic history in the Kingdom. During a helicopter trip to the site in 1981, tail-rotor failure at 9,000 feet almost brought his life’s work to an untimely end (mine as well). Professor Abdul Rahman Al Ansary led excavations during 20 years on the site of […]

Pompeii, The Life of a Roman Town

With the decline of grammar schools in Britain, Classics seemed to be heading for a fall. Recently however, both in the UK and USA, the subject has achieved something of a renaissance. Popular culture, ironically, provides the impetus: Latin is the working language at Hogwarts; Gladiator and Troy are two of the most testosterone-fuelled films […]

Roman Amphitheatre in Britain, The

Tony Wilmott started with the re-excavation of one amphitheatre, that of Chester. He promptly went on to a re-examination of amphitheatres, sorts of amphitheatres (you need to read the book!), and theatres of Roman Britain to explain how they worked in practice. But this book is far more than a warm up for an excavation […]

Cultural Heritage in Post War Recovery

Maintaining conservation standards in our towns and villages is essential work but light years away from the stench of cordite in Beirut or the poignant sight of Italian soldiers distributing bread below the citadel in Durres. This uplifting collection of 12 papers reminded me of our core values for they bring together the experiences of […]


Viva La Revolucion!

Viva La Revolucion! is a wonderfully engaging title featuring recipes from Mexico’s best chefs. Cook-books are certainly all the rage at Christmas, but why pick one for an archaeology magazine? Quite simply because author Fiona Dunlop appreciates the strong cultural element of food and she makes that connection in this book. Thus, in introductory narratives to each […]


Roman Empire, The

Instead of plastic toys that will be broken before Christmas dinner, how about one of the British Museum pocket series as stocking-fillers this year? Pitched at older children/younger teenagers, two new titles in the series have just appeared. Sam Moorhead takes us on a whistle-stop tour of the Roman Empire, sampling Gaulish wine, visiting the […]


Second Royal Tomb of Vergina Reveals Alexander the Great, The

According to the archaeologist Manolis Andronikos, the Royal Tombs of Vergina, in northern Greece, belong to King Phillip II (388-336 BC) and his wife. However, D. Papazois, a retired Major General and a meticulous historical researcher, has a different view. After over a decade of research through the historical sources and through detailed examination of […]


Out of Eden

Chosen by Charles Higham, a Research Professor in the University of Otago, New Zealand, and an Honorary Fellow of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge. He has been digging in Southeast Asia for the past 40 years. For anyone interested in the broad brush of human prehistory, then it is now essential to become acquainted with archaeogenetics. […]


Review: The Dig

John Preston’s The Dig, a story about the excavation of the Anglo-Saxon site of Sutton Hoo, has now been published in paperback. It captivated me with its elegy for a great excavation, and the troubled and somewhat complex characters surrounding it. Anyone who has read Angus Wilson’s Anglo-Saxon Attitudes (1956) as well as the extraordinary field […]

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