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


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 […]

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 […]

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