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Jordan from the Air

Archaeologists provide an aerial view of some of Jordan’s most compelling sites

Kephallonia

Richard Hodges investigates the village of Fiskado and finds one of the greatest surviving Norman abbeys in Greece

Aurel Stein on the Silk Road

Sir Aurel Stein is one of the least known of the Great British Archaeological explorers of the earlier 20th century. He was, in fact, a Hungarian Jew, born in Budapest in 1862, though his parents prudently had him baptized into the Lutheran Church. After studying Sanskrit at Vienna, Old Persian at Tubingen, and Punjabi at […]

Chinese Silk

Silk is one of the more complex luxuries. It is not just a matter of cultivating silk worms – it is also essential to cultivate the mulberry leaves on which they feed. You then set up a series of racks containing trays covered with mulberry leaves on which the silk worms feast. You then extract […]

Atlas of World Art

Atlas of World Art John Onions, Laurence King Publishing, £75 How far is it possible to talk of ‘world’ art? John Onions, Professor of Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia, clearly thinks that it is possible, and in the Atlas of World Art he has produced a work that is full of provocative […]

Tales from Ancient Egypt

Tales from Ancient Egypt Joyce Tyldesley, Rutherford Press, £8.50 In the beginning nothing existed but the terrible, swirling waters of chaos. There was no land and there was no sky. No gods, no people, no light, no warmth, no time and no death. Only the dangerous, endless waters. But deep within that dark sea there […]

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