Issue 53


Viking silver – Gotland, Sweden

Archaeologists have unearthed several thousand silver objects, buried 1,000 years ago in Gotland, Sweden. This is the second substantial hoard to have been found at the site: in 1838, almost 6,000 coins were found in the same field. Museum of Gotland archaeologists Jonas Paulsson and Per Widerström made the discovery on the final day of […]


Iron Age artefacts – Tartaria, Romania

Archaeological investigations have unearthed an Iron Age hoard during the construction of a new highway near the modern village of Tartaria in Romania. More than 200 objects were recovered, including jewellery, weapons, and pieces of harness. A pot containing the bronze and iron artefacts was found close to evidence of a prehistoric settlement by archaeologists […]


Roman vessels – Vinkovci, Croatia

Archaeologists recovered a hoard of nearly 50 Roman silver luxury utensils at Vinkovci in Croatia, describing it as one of the most important discoveries in the country. Unusually, the whole hoard was excavated by professional archaeologists who, therefore, were able to record its entire archaeological context. The find, made during investigations ahead of construction work, […]


Ancient Olympics: Sex, Sport, and Sacrifice

Forget London 2012. What about Olympia in 388 BC? Archaeologist Neil Faulkner has just published a new book that attempts to reconstruct the lived experience of the ancient games. So what were they really like?



When were the South Sea Islands first inhabited? The discovery by Matthew Spriggs and Stuart Bedford of a remarkable cemetery, with nearly 100 burials and a superb collection of pots, has thrown new light on the earliest population of this remote area.


Turkey: Perge

Excavations at Perge celebrate their 66th anniversary in summer 2012. The capital city of Pamphylia is a triumph of Classical and Hellenistic design. Now, investigations suggest its roots go back well before its artistic heyday. Prof Dr Haluk Abbasoğlu reveals the long and distinguished past of this prestigious site.


Turkey: Göbekli Tepe

Göbekli Tepe in Anatolia is the world’s oldest man-made structure. Could religion have been the catalyst that ignited the ‘Neolithic Revolution’?


Columbia: Ciudad Perdida

The lost city of a lost civilisation – yet today it is one of the most important Pre-Hispanic sites in South America.

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