Issue 61


Unlocking Egyptian Secrets

Joyce Tyldesley, Manchester University Egyptology is a relatively new and fast-moving science: it is not yet 200 years since Champollion decoded the hieroglyphic script (1822) and revealed Egypt’s dynastic history. Increasingly, we are able to tie that long history into Egypt’s archaeological remains. The past decade has seen major changes in our understanding of mummification, and in […]


Turkey’s Delight

Nicholas Kropacek, Eastern Turkey Tours Eastern Turkey is one of those truly undiscovered parts of the world that are rare to find today. It is thanks to CWA that it is being revealed to a discerning public for the right reasons: culture and history. Though it is beyond the remit of CWA, we should also mention […]


Egypt’s Archaeology and Revolution

Chris Naunton, Director of the Egypt Exploration Society It is worth reminding ourselves just how thrilling archaeology in Egypt has continued to be, despite the widely held belief that there probably isn’t much left to find. My personal highlights in recent years include: evidence at Tell Ed-Daba by Manfred Bietak that corroborates the well-known iconography showing that […]


Discoveries that Re-wrote Early Prehistory

Prof Sir Paul Mellars, University of Edinburgh, trustee of the ACE Foundation • The world’s oldest stone tools now date back to about 2.6m years ago, at Gona in Ethiopia – with apparently human cut marks on bones possibly as old as 3.4m years at Bouri, also in Ethiopia. • The earliest human settlement of […]


Enduring Appeal

Denise Allen, Andante Travels There has been a curious contrast over the past decade: while archaeology has been hit hard by the recession, the level of interest of the general public has grown. People are better informed than they ever have been – through TV programmes and magazines – and we are only too delighted […]


On a Scientific Roll

Prof Chris Scarre, Editor of Antiquity One of the most striking features of the past decade has been the revolution in scientific analysis. Not since the 1960s, when radiocarbon dating and computers came to be widely used, has such a battery of new techniques so radically altered our understanding of the past. Questions formerly beyond our […]

Re-tracing our Origins

Prof Chris Stringer, Natural History Museum Traditionally, the evidence to reconstruct our evolutionary history has come from the prehistoric evidence of artefacts and fossils. But we also have an evolutionary history within us, locked up in the genetic code of our DNA. The last decade has witnessed remarkable developments in our ability to study that record, even […]


Anniversary Round Up

Ten years ago, CWA was launched on its maiden voyage of discovery. Here, experts from around the archaeological world share their insights into the greatest changes they have witnessed in that time, as well as what the next decade may bring.   Click on the articles to read more…   On a Scientific Roll by Prof […]


Felix Romuliana

A Roman retreat Eighteen Roman emperors came from Serbia – more than anywhere else outside Italy. One of them was Gaius Galerius Valerius Maximianus Augustus (AD 293-311). Standing in the splendid ruins of his palace at Gamzigrad-Felix Romuliana in eastern Serbia, in the remote lush countryside, I could not help feeling sorry for Galerius. Though […]

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CWA 61

CWA is celebrating its 10th birthday with a special anniversary issue: Editor in Chief Andrew Selkirk flicks back through the pages to take a fresh look at how the archaeology of the last decade has re-shaped our understanding of our past. But what of the future? We invited a panel of eminent archaeologists to share […]

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