Issue 32


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 […]



A snapshot of the Australopithecus afarensis, otherwise known as ‘Lucy’.

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