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Return to Chauvet Cave

The Chauvet Cave The discovery of the Chauvet Cave in the Ardèche valley in the south of France has proved to be one of the most important finds of Palaeolithic cave art since Lascaux. Following its discovery in 1994, it has been scrupulously protected, accessible to only a very few researchers, and in 1995 the […]

Genesis of the Pharaohs

Origins of Ancient Egypt How did ancient Egypt reach the point of take-off? In Genesis of the Pharaohs: Dramatic New discoveries that Re-write the Origins of Ancient Egypt (Thames and Hudson, £18.95), Toby Wilkinson of Christ’s College, Cambridge, looks to discoveries in the eastern desert. Since the early 20th century, a number of examples of […]

La Milpa, Belize

Norman Hammond discovers discovers lost city of La Milpa, still mostly hidden by jungle

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Amarna, Egypt

Barry Kemp has recently produced an amazing model of Amarna, the best preserved town in Egypt

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat: Origins, Cambodia

One of South-East Asia’s most celebrated archaeological sites and one of the great marvels of the world, Angkor Wat appeared in the very first issue of CWA, as well as in #5 and, most recently, #50. Stretching over 400km², the surrounding archaeological park includes the various capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th-15th century, as well as the famous temple of Angkor Thom. But when exploration began in the 18th and 19th centuries, it was quickly obvious that there was strong Indian influence. What can new research tell us about Angkor’s origins?

Earliest Man

160,000 year old human skull discovered in Afar

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