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


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 […]


Remembering Awatovi: Story of an Archaeological Expedition in Northern Arizona 1935-1939, the

Remembering Awatovi describes life in a field camp in Hopi country between 1935 and 1939, during a Harvard University expedition to northern Arizona under Joe Brew. Davis describes an era of unimaginably primitive fieldwork by today’s standards. Well-known, and some almost forgotten, archaeologists come to life as people, which helps us better understand their archaeological work, […]


Europe between the Oceans 900BC to AD 1000: Emerging Eurozones

This is a dramatic, broad-brush treatment of ten millennia of European prehistory, written on the principle that ‘geography is about chaps, history is about maps’ and copiously and intelligently interested with maps of all sorts. Cunliffe takes the ‘Annales’ approach of the ‘longue durée’, something that fits both the archaeological timescale and the lack of […]


Empires of the Indus: The Story of a River

First-time author Alice Albinia has pluck. Post-2001, near the Pakistani border with Afghanistan, she walks for days on end veiled in a chador with only a male Pakistani villager to guide her, entirely dependent on local hospitality. She aims to retrace the footsteps of the invading Alexander on his way to the Indus in 327 […]


The Fall of Rome: And the End of Civilization

Why did the western half of the Roman Empire fall? Did it fall at all – or was it peacefully transformed into the similarly sophisticated civilization of Late Antiquity? The pendulum of historical interpretation has swung from one extreme to the other. Words like ‘decline’ and ‘crisis’ are now taboo, and the idea that major […]

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