Issue 5

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Peking Man’s Cave

Peking Man was one of the first ‘men’ to break out of Africa. He was discovered in the 1920s, but is only recently being properly dated

Granada

Granada, Spain

Richard Hodges looks at rescue archaeology in Spain, and is sceptical about UNESCO’s plans for Alhambra

Year of the Ghost

The year of the ghost Derek A. Roe, Western Academic & Specialist Press for Beagle Books, £14.95 In 1983, Derek Roe became a ghost. Derek was at the time 46 and a rising figure in the world of Old Stone Age Archaeology at Oxford; but he was also well-known as a writer, so he was […]

Moundbuilders

The Moundbuilders George R. Milner, Thames and Hudson, £28.00 If you go to America, and land on the East Coast, then cross over the Appalachian Mountains, you come down into the huge valley plain of the River Mississippi with its tributaries, the Ohio, the Illinois and the Tennessee rivers. This huge area, nearly 1000 miles […]

Ancient Queens

Ancient Queens, Archaeological Explorations Ed. Sarah Milledge Nelson, AltaMira Press, £24.95 Do you know much about the women who ruled in antiquity? As Sarah Milledge Nelson, Professor of Archaeology at Denver points out, most of us do not …’presumably because of a cultural expectation that rulers will be men’. Nelson’s edited collection of ten papers […]

Burial Customs in Ancient Egypt

Burial Customs in Ancient Egypt: Life in Death for Rich and Poor Wolfram Grajetzki, Gerald Duckworth & Co., £14.99 Wolfram Grajetzki’s comprehensive little book aims to document the burial customs of Ancient Egypt across five millennia. He opens with a look at the graves of the early Egyptian farmers who lived and died some seven […]

Amelia Peabody’s Egypt

Amelia Peabody’s Egypt: a Compendium Ed. Elizabeth Peters, Constable & Robinson, £19.99 This is a book that is both charming and dangerous. Elizabeth Peters might be described as an American version of Agatha Christie, and her equivalent of Hercule Poirot is Amelia Peabody, a Victorian feminist/archaeologist/ detective, the chronicles of whose doings are extremely popular […]

Dragon Bone Hill

In 1921, the Swedish geologist Gunnar Andersson and his palaeontological assistant Otto Zdansky, an Austrian, discovered some intriguing fossil bones in a complex of Pleistocene-era caves near Peking. Dragon Bone Hill is the English translation of the local Chinese name (Longgushan) of the caves that are internationally known as Zhoukoudian. A galaxy of international scientists […]

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