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CWA 122 – out now

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The finds from Sanxingdui are sensational. In 1986, two pits were discovered by chance within this ancient city. The contents proved to be simultaneously stunning and shocking. While the contents included a wealth of sumptuous sculptures, their style was without any obvious parallel in China, or anywhere else. It seemed that the Bronze Age inhabitants of Sanxingdui developed a unique view of the world, and then immortalised it in metalwork. Now, six more pits have been examined, with results that are every bit as electrifying. In our cover feature, we learn the latest news about a spellbinding lost civilisation.

Forgotten wonders have also been unearthed at Kalambo Falls, Zambia. Digging in 2019 revealed a wealth of wooden objects, including elements of an ingenious wooden structure. Cutting-edge dating reveals that this was assembled in an almost unbelievably early era. The results of this revolutionary research force us to rethink the capabilities of early humans.

The country of Myanmar is an altogether more recent creation. It has only existed as a single political entity since 1948, and incorporates a territory that is phenomenally rich in natural resources. This advantage once made the region a cradle for mighty kingdoms and empires. As these great powers waxed and waned, so too their tales can be read in the remarkable artefacts produced in the region.

Reading was also at the heart of the rivalry between Thomas Young and Jean-François Champollion as they raced to decipher Egyptian hieroglyphs. Their competition and, at times, collaboration was destined to change Egyptology forever. In the 250th anniversary year of Young’s birth, we go in search of the personalities behind an extraordinary breakthrough.

Our travel section follows in Richard Hodges’ footsteps as he sought the source of an enigmatic and intriguing form of early medieval pottery: Tating Ware. Meanwhile, Christoph Baumer introduces us to the Golden Age of the Kingdom of Georgia.

FEATURES

Built to last
Extraordinary ancient architecture at Kalambo Falls

The lost world of Sanxingdui
Fabulous finds from a forgotten civilisation

People power
Understanding the making of Myanmar

Spotlight: Deciphering the decipherers
Young versus Champollion

NEWS

NEWS FOCUS
Rediscovering a forgotten power centre

CHARLES HIGHAM
Affluent hunters

HORIZON
Footprints in stone

TRAVEL

IN PRAISE OF TATING WARE (AND HIGH-DEFINITION ARCHAEOLOGY)
A distinctive type of medieval pottery leads Richard Hodges on an epic, 50-year-long journey across Europe

THE GOLDEN AGE OF THE KINGDOM OF GEORGIA
Christoph Baumer explores the political intrigues and military struggles that led to the rise and fall of the Kingdom of Georgia

CULTURE

MUSEUM
The Rijksmuseum van Oudheden’s latest exhibition explores the year 1000 in the Netherlands

REVIEWS
Archaeology of Jesus’ Nazareth; Life and Afterlife in Ancient China; Megaliths of the World: volume I; In Search of Ancient Tsunamis

RUBINA RAJA & SØREN SINDBÆK
The difference within

SPECIAL REPORT
Making money in 18th-century America

CHRIS CATLING
Revisiting research and challenging conclusions

FORUM
Letters, crossword, cartoon

OBJECT LESSON
Neolithic necklace

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