CWA 100

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Cover of CWA 100 featuring ivory figure of what has been described as a lion-man

When the very first issue of CWA was created in September 2003, founder and editor Andrew Selkirk wrote that, ‘It’s time for a new archaeology magazine. A magazine that will cover archaeology world-wide. A magazine that will cover all periods, from the first emergence of human beings down to the present day. A magazine that will be for everyone.’ Today, getting on for 17 years later, the magazine has chalked up its first centenary. Over the course of those 100 issues, it has pursued Andrew’s original vision by tackling archaeology on a global scale – on one memorable occasion, even jetting off into space – and presenting readers with the latest discoveries, whether made in the field, laboratory, or library.

In this issue, we celebrate CWA’s milestone by revisiting some of the subjects in the magazine’s first issue. In that spirit, Charles Higham updates us on the origins of Angkor in his column, while ‘Horizon’ sees us return to Ephesus. The famous head of Nefertiti graced CWA 1, so in our ‘Object Lesson’ we examine a royal sculpture that was found with it: Nefertiti’s husband, pharaoh Akhenaten. Richard Hodges looks back in time to share the inside story of the race to save the iconic site at Zeugma in Turkey. Sadly, not all of the archaeological news over the last 17 years has been good. The very first article in CWA 1 was a ‘Letter from Baghdad’ by John Curtis, assessing the situation in the aftermath of the Iraq war. He brings us up to date with a ‘Special Report’.

We also take a detailed look at the celebrated Ice Age ‘Lion Man’, the royal tombs at Vergina, and the battlefield of Waterloo. Finally, a special feature celebrates our centenary by selecting ten sites that have featured in CWA to tell the story of the 300,000 years since the emergence of Homo sapiens.

Thanks to the many archaeologists who have contributed to CWA, its wonderful editors, and all of you for reading. Here’s to the next 100 issues!


The Vergina tombs
A forensic ‘step away’ from identifying the family of Alexander the Great?

The bear necessities
A new view of the so-called ‘Lion Man’

Combat and combat surgery on a Napoleonic battlefield

Spotlight: Rewriting the past
Around the world in 100 issues


  • New Neanderthal discoveries at Shanidar Cave
  • Australia’s first clachan found
  • Roman rediscovery
  • On the Maya road
  • Uncovering Yeha’s sanctuaries
  • From the wreck of the Erebus
  • Investigating a pre-Roman oil press
  • Importing pigments

Meet the Denisovans

Tracing the roots of Angkor

Ephesus revisited


Richard Hodges on how the Roman town of Zeugma was saved


Denmark through the ages

Silk Roads: people, cultures, landscapes; Corpus of Indus Seals and Inscriptions, Volume 3.2; Personal Ornaments in Prehistory: body augmentation from the Palaeolithic to the Early Bronze Age

What next for heritage at risk in Iraq?

From Wales’s first mines to praire cathedrals in North America

Letters, crossword, cartoon

The beginning of a new era?

The face of a pharaoh

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1 Comment

  1. The Lionman is not a bear. Man has collar bones, which let the arms fall aside. When the bear is standing ( for a short time ) it`s arms fall in front of the body. So, the man has covered his head by a lion-head, not by a bear`s head. The lion has broad jaws , it needs the canine teeth to bite in the gorge of the hunted deer. The bear kills its victim by its paws. Result: a man dressed up as a lion wit a lion-head and a ( lion )-fur down to the knees to make himself strong like Herkules.

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