Issue 38

Prehistory: The Making of the Human Mind

Chronologically speaking, prehistory covers more than 95% of the time that humans have inhabited planet earth, although it is only in the last century or so that archaeology has established secure frameworks to understand the great spans of time involved. As a discipline, prehistory has tended to focus on the changing physical and biological aspects […]


Lords of the Sea: The Epic Story of the Athenian Navy and the Birth of Democracy

John Hale is an archaeologist at the University of Kentucky in Louisville with an impressive dossier of field experience at sites both above and below water. He is also a former oarsman, which makes him even better qualified to pen this beautifully written, fluent account of the rise and fall of the Athenian navy. This […]


The Old Ships of the New Gate Yenikapi’nan Eski Gemilerl

I got so excited when I first heard about the finds made at Yenikapı, the ancient harbour to the south of Istanbul’s historic peninsula (now part of mainland Istanbul). In 2004, the Turkish authorities began an important transport project in the area, and once they started digging they immediately found objects of interest. Archaeologists were […]


Les Celtes: De L’âge du Fer

I have a great job: as Reviews Editor at the journal Antiquity, books on subjects ranging from early hominins to today’s car cemeteries pass through my hands. So what do I look for in a book? To my mind three ingredients make a good archaeological book: its subject has to be rooted in the core […]

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