Santa’s city is followed by a round-up of the biggest Turkish archaeological news. We begin in Istanbul, a European capital of culture 2010, and then profile the latest finds from a rich range of sites — from the exquisite city of Perge to the fame and glory that is Troy.
The travel section is also dedicated to Turkey — specifically to the South. First, Ãœmit Aydino?lu takes us on a tour of the ancient Olba region, a rugged area peppered with Hellenistic towers and replete with Roman-era aqueducts. Thereafter Ay?egÃ¼l GÃ¼rgezo?lu explores the dramatic mountainside city of Arycanda. Something of a hedonists’ resort, in antiquity it had the reputation of being home to some of the land’s most pleasure-loving, entertainment-driven (and debt-ridden) citizens.
In addition to this Turkish extravaganza, we also step back into the European Ice Age with a feature on Cro-Magnons, and then discover the scandalous story of Penn Museum’s first dig in Mesopotamia.
The sunken metropolis of St Nicolas: What happened to this ancient city on Turkey’s southern coast, home of ‘Santa Claus’?
Latest greatest discoveries: From Istanbul to Troy, we sample a selection of stunning and archaeologically significant sites.
Cro-magnons: Brian Fagan investigates what life was like for our European ancestors in the harsh Ice Age climate.
the calamitous truth behind Penn Museum’s first excavation, now the subject of a major new exhibition.
TRAVEL — Turkey special
Olba Territorium: This rugged terrain in Southeast Turkey is peppered with archaeological gems.
Arycanda: We journey up into the mountains of the Antalya province in Southwest Turkey, to visit this panoramic Lycian city.
Qatar’s archaeology; Crane comb?; Lascaux Fiasco; Siracusa’s secrets.
Latest on archaeological news, discoveries and scientific research.
Brian Fagan digs deeper into the news.
BOOKS 2000 Years of Mayan Literature Dennis Tedlock; Bodies in the Bog and the Archaeological Imagination Karin Sanders.
Akrotiri The Bronze Age town entombed by a volcanic eruption on the Greek island of Santorini.