Issue 61


A decade of World Archaeology

  Ten years ago, CWA was launched on its maiden voyage of discovery. Here, Editor in Chief Andrew Selkirk flicks back through the pages to reflect on what we have learned on our travels, as well as what the next decade may bring.     So, what has been happening over the past ten years? […]


A Global Perspective

Martin Rundkvist, University of Chester, The term ‘World Archaeology’ is a way to hide a dirty secret of our discipline in plain sight. No one talks of ‘World Chemistry’ or ‘World Geology’ as these subjects work in the same way all over the world, and indeed even on other worlds such as Mars. But archaeology […]


A Tumultuous Decade

Prof Roger Matthews, Near Eastern Archaeology, University of Reading The study of the ancient Near East is inextricably linked with political developments in the modern Middle East. The past ten years have been a disruptive and difficult decade. CWA’s first issue appeared a few months after the US/UK-led invasion of Iraq, with the notorious looting […]


Japan’s Rich Heritage

Simon Kaner, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures One of the biggest stories of the past decade continues to be our enhanced understanding of one of the greatest technological developments of the ancient world: the invention of pottery (CWA 11 & 38). Calibrated AMS dating on carbonised remains on sherds from […]


Archaeology in the Community

Vincent L Michael, Executive Director, Global Heritage Fund Technology is a standard measure of progress but, to me, the most dramatic change in the field is not in the tools we use to learn about the past but the way in which we deploy those resources and turn world treasures into community assets. Ten years ago Jeff […]


Wonders of Egypt

Ancient World Tours  While, within the last ten years, many important historical sites have become off-limits in countries like Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Libya, people still travel to Egypt. Despite the Arab Spring and subsequent turmoil, archaeologists keep working – often in difficult circumstances. A prime example is the excellent work by the Supreme Council […]


Lords of Sipán

Nadia Durrani, former editor of CWA During my time as editor of CWA, I visited some of the world’s most exciting sites. Of these, perhaps the most extraordinary was that of the Lords of Sipán (CWA 35). Lying on the white-hot coastal strip between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes Mountains of northern Peru, it […]


A New Frontier

Prof David J Breeze, Chairman of the International Congress of Roman Frontier Studies In September 2002, exactly a year before the launch of CWA, a discussion was held about the creation of a research strategy for the frontiers of the Roman Empire. Several countries wished to nominate their frontiers as World Heritage Sites. Rather than […]


A Decade Underwater

Sean Kingsley, Director, Wreck Watch, London The most important marine discovery of the last decade turned up on terra firma: the silted Byzantine port of the Emperor Theodosius in Istanbul (CWA 58). Overlying the foundations of a Neolithic village, a staggering 32 wrecks dating between the 5th and 11th centuries have emerged at Yenikapı. The […]


Facing the Future

John Sandy, GHF Regional Director for Asia Most of the 12th-century Khmer monuments in Angkor are partial ruins, hidden under dense jungle. Now the Global Heritage Fund, which is promoting its ‘Preservation by Design’, is developing a 3D radar-imaging system to record the unique bas-relief walls and face towers of the Banteay Chhmar Temple in […]


Learning from Mummies

Prof Rosalie David, University of Manchester & former Director of the KNH Centre for Biomedical Egyptology  Biomedical Egyptology, a multidisciplinary study based on analytical investigation of mummies and associated material, has added a new dimension to the study of Ancient Egypt, bridging the gap between arts and sciences. The University of Manchester (UK) has developed an Ancient […]


Hitting the Jackpot

Maev Kennedy, archaeology correspondent, the Guardian newspaper Of all the wonderful things I’ve seen recently on sites or in museums, from the Silchester olive stone to a stocky little bronze Valkyrie looking up crossly from a clod of frozen Danish mud, to a pretty white goat ambling in sunlight across a fresco still buried in a […]

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