Front cover of CWA 84The first anyone knew of the Scythians was when exquisite gold ornaments started to turn up around the Black Sea region in the 18th century. Our knowledge of these forgotten nomads has grown significantly in the last few decades, and here, ahead of a major exhibition at the British Museum, we reveal the latest on these fierce warriors from the unforgiving landscape of Siberia.

The rock shelter at Cova Gran in Spain was a refuge for both the last Neanderthals and the earliest Homo sapiens. What clues did they leave behind?

The coastal settlement at Latrun (ancient Érythron), with its idyllic location, was a port for Roman sailors, then a place of worship for Byzantine pilgrims. We report on excavations that took place here before modern conflict intervened.

The Huns have a reputation for ferocious fighting, but is that fair? New evidence is demanding the re-evaluation of Roman and Hunnic interactions along the frontier of Pannonia.

At Gabii, major excavation work is revealing the first Italic urban centre, frozen in time following its abandonment in the 3rd/4th century AD. The team uncovering this unique site is also pioneering a new form of online publication that looks set to revolutionise excavation reporting in the future.

After six years in the editor’s chair, I am bidding CWA farewell. It has been a wonderful privilege to work with so many renowned archaeologists during my time on the magazine, and to have had the support of such a fabulous editorial and design team behind the scenes. I want to thank especially Charles Higham, Richard Hodges, Chris Catling, and Neil Faulkner, not only for their regular supply of top-notch articles, but also for their encouragement and generosity of spirit during my tenure as editor. And, of course, my huge thanks to you, CWA readers, for your indefatigable interest and for keeping me on my toes – it has been a real pleasure! But from next issue, I confidently leave you in the talented hands of your new editor Matt Symonds.

Caitlin McCall

FEATURES

SIBERIA: Scythians Discovering the nomad-warriors of Siberia

SPAIN: Cova Gran A home to humans for 50,000 years

LIBYA: Érythron-Latrun A very special village in Cyrenaica

HUNGARY: Romans and Huns Fighting, forts, and farming on Pannonia’s frontier

ITALY: Gabii Heralding the birth of Roman city splendour

NEWS

  • First ancestors
  • Homegrown Europeans
  • Mycenaean tomb reveals its secrets
  • Beneath an early Peruvian pyramid
  • Earliest cancer in central america
  • Göbekli Tepe skull cult
  • Like a rolling stone
  • Desert haute couture
  • A slice of medieval life

SPECIAL REPORT
New discovery of prehistoric cave art

NEWS FOCUS
The Egyptian empire strikes back

CHARLES HIGHAM
Heeding the lessons of climate change

TRAVEL

ITALY: Searching for the Samnites of Molise

GREECE: Richard Hodges travels to Kephallonia

SPAIN: The dolmens of Antequera

CULTURE

MUSEUM
Liverpool’s World Museum

REVIEWS
Andrew Robinson enthuses about Rediscovering Harappa: through the five elements,
plus the latest book reviews

CHRIS CATLING
Dutch beakers, DNA traces, and wanton destruction

FORUM
Letters, crossword, cartoon

THINKING ALOUD
Objects without histories

OBJECT LESSON
The Phaistos Disc

 

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