North America

Unearthing Gotham

Where is Gotham? Apparently it is New York, the place where Batman lives, and Unearthing Gotham: The Archaeology of New York City by Anna-Marie Cantwell and Diana diZerega Wall, (Yale University Press, paperback £12.95) provides a fascinating account of a city where one would not expect to find much archaeology. The story divides into two […]

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 […]

Frobisher and the North-West passage

In 1576, the Elizabethan adventurer Martin Frobisher setout to discover the North-west passage to China, across the barren wastes of northern Canada. He failed to find the passage, and spent most of his time on a fool’s search for gold – but the remains of his settlement have recently been excavated by Robert McGhee, who has produced the reconstruction of the hut shown here.

Belmont, Caribbean

When were the Virgin Islands, in the Caribbean, first settled? Peter Drewett has been excavating an important prehistoric settlement at Belmont, first established around AD 600. Later it was replaced by a ball and dance court, oriented perhaps on the dramatic Belmont Hill, shown here.

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