At Pylos in Greece, archaeologists have uncovered that increasingly rare phenomenon: an untouched Bronze Age burial, replete with rich grave goods. But this Mycenaean princely tomb, discovered next to the Palace of Nestor, is causing a stir for another reason: many of the beautiful high-status burial gifts reflect the Minoan culture of the island of Crete. Why are they on mainland Greece?
Visitors to Ephesus, with its instantly recognisable Library of Celsus, are understandably attracted to its magnificent Roman remains. This month, we ask what happened as the Empire declined, investigating the Byzantine incarnation of the city to discover what life was like after the Romans.
The Amazonian rainforest is largely regarded as virgin territory, untrammelled by human activity. Yet, as forest clearance lays bare the landscape, huge manmade earthworks have appeared. Who created these strange geoglyphs, and why?
Magnificent paintings by Neolithic artists that were all but hidden from the naked eye in Portugal’s dolmens are being revealed in all their Technicolor glory, thanks to advances in photographic recording.
Look out for our CWA Photo Competition winners on p.64. We had a fantastic response this year, but it was, at times, also heartbreaking: some entries were photographs of heritage that is now lost. Such images remind us of the need to protect endangered sites around the world, be it from conflict, looting, encroaching development, neglect, or vandalism. As archaeologists, we want not only to explore our human past, but also to ensure its legacy survives for future generations. For some, that may be by photographic record alone. The Curious Travellers Project is tapping into this valuable resource, and we can all help. See our Special Report on p.11, and find out how you can be part of this amazing – and hugely important – initiative.
GREECE: The Griffin Warrior Treasures from the princely tomb of a fledgling Mycenaean kingdom
BRAZIL: Circles of mystery Investigating strange ancient earthworks in the Amazon rainforest
TURKEY: Byzantine Ephesus Life in the city after empire
PORTUGAL: Secrets of the dolmens Discovering lost masterpieces by ancient artists of the Iberian Peninsula
Sanctuary of Mithras discovered in Corsica
The exotic libations of ancient Ghana
Clues of Maya collapse
Ancient children’s footprints in Egypt
Vasa ship lookalike found in Swedish waters
Heartbroken in a French convent
First humans in North America
Death of a Byzantine mother
Curious Travellers preserve endangered heritage worldwide
The earliest high-altitude settlements in Tibet
Cruising to Borobudur with Lewis Binford
SPAIN: Andrew Selkirk voyages to Cartagena
MEXICO: Richard Hodges travels the Yucatán
THASOS: The heritage of a little-visited Greek island
ISLAND HOPPING: Four lesser-known Greek islands to explore
Sir John Soane’s Museum
BOOK: Brian Fagan discusses Robert L Kelly’s new book, The Fifth Beginning: What Six Million Years of Human History Can Tell Us about Our Future
plus reviews of:
The Archaeology of Mediterranean Placemaking: Butrint and the Global Heritage Industry by Richard Hodges
The Spartan Regime: Its Character, Origins, and Grand Strategy by Paul A Rahe
The Origins of Maya States by Loa P Traxler and Robert J Sharer (eds)
Making Faces: The Evolutionary Origins of the Human Face by Adam S Wilkins
The Archaeology of Smoking and Tobacco by Georgia L Fox
Roman Portraits: Sculptures in Stone and Bronze by Paul Zanker
Medieval waterpower, caribou dung, and forgery
Letters, crossword, cartoon
Pyramids and alternative fact
The Death Chimes of Liu Fei
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