The pharaohs did not lie in splendid isolation in the Valley of the Kings. While they held a monopoly on the spectacular royal tombs driven far into the bedrock, favoured individuals could also secure space in the cemetery. They had to make do with humbler tombs – often more modest than they would have expected in a less exclusive setting – but they lay close to rulers revered as gods. The no-frills style of these small tombs means that determining who the occupant was can involve meticulous archaeological detective work. We investigate who was buried alongside the pharaohs.
Excavations in Uzbekistan have been examining what another famous ruler – Alexander the Great – chose to leave behind him. According to ancient sources, Alexander established fortresses to quell dissent following a bout of insurrection and to secure his army’s rear. The discovery of one of these remote garrison posts has allowed archaeologists to follow in the Macedonian’s footsteps.
At the First World War battlefield of Bullecourt, it was a new weapon that was being experimented with. This early use of tanks was not deemed a success, though, with their crews being blamed for the chaotic disaster that ensued. But were they convenient scapegoats? Examining the site of an abandoned tank suggests a different story, while recovering traces of paint might even settle a long-standing debate about what colour these vehicles originally were.
The wall paintings are one of the delights of any trip to Pompeii and Herculaneum, but how skilled were the artists who created them? Although a range of talents are on display, approaches to perspective are often judged lacking. Were these painters far more sophisticated than we have realised?
In our travel section, Richard Hodges looks at how the Battle of Monte Cassino is commemorated, while our editor-in-chief has been instrumental in setting up a new award in Spain.
The Valley of the Kings revisited
Investigating unacclaimed tombs with wonderful secrets
The fortress of Kurganzol
On the trail of Alexander the Great in Central Asia
Mud, blood, and green fields
An archaeology of the First World War at Bullecourt
Spotlight: Art meets archaeology
A fresh perspective on Pompeii and Herculaneum
- Cultural encounters through Australia’s rock art
- Exploring Ecuador’s little-known Machalilla Culture
- New handprints among Altamira’s Palaeolithic paintings
- Tracing the origins of Europe’s megaliths
- The fox and the hound in Bronze Age Spain
- Fast food in prehistoric Sri Lanka
- Straight from the painter’s mouth
- Colonisation and climate change
Revelations from South Africa’s Rising Star cave
24 Hours in Ancient Egypt; Voices from the Deep; Connected Communities; Pompeii, a different perspective; Archaeological Approaches to Shamanism
Recreating Mosul’s destroyed artefacts
Turkey’s chalet fever and a forgotten architect
Crossword and cartoon
Uncovering the archaeology of state terror
A Hawaiian ‘ahu ‘ula from Captain Cook’s voyage
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