CWA 93

It is a building like no other at Akrotiri. Now known as the ‘House of the Benches’, it is tucked away on the edge of the famous Bronze Age town. Inside, there is no sign of the domestic set-up suggested by its modern name. Instead, archaeologists have found traces of perplexing and mysterious activity. Among […]


Richard Hodges travels to… Malta

  Queen Elizabeth, on a recent visit to Malta, offered the comment that the island appeared to be overbuilt. Indeed, it is. Thriving economically, it is a very different island today to the one Her Majesty knew in the 1940s. Malta has embraced the EU, and benefited from its inclusion. It has turned its size […]


CWA 71

The spectacular untouched tomb of Prince Liang Zhuang, favourite brother of the Ming emperor Xuande, has been hailed as China’s greatest discovery for a century. Not only was the treasure found in the burial chamber among the richest ever recovered, but the dazzling jewels that adorn the artefacts are evidence of expeditions undertaken by one of the most famous […]


CWA 68

In July 1916, 450 of the 2,500 British and (mostly) Australian soldiers killed during two days of fighting at Fromelles in northern France were buried behind enemy lines. Many unmarked mass graves were lost for decades. Now archaeological survey has located eight of them just outside the village, and Oxford Archaeology was called in to investigate the remains. Using […]


The Origins of Staple Food

Could the origins of agriculture be located in the well drained foothills of mountain chains rather than river valleys as previously thought?


Domestication of Rice

Research on Chinese Neolithic sites aim to discover true date of rice domestication


Europe’s First Farmers

Meet the ancestors: current research on skeletons from the Neolithic cemetery of Vedrovice is offering individual portraits of Europe’s first farmers


The Original Dairy Farmers

Cattle, sheep and goats were domesticated by the 8th millennium BC but until recently the earliest evidence for milk processing, most likely to make butter, ghee, yogurt and cheese, came from the 5th millennium BC. This article is an extract from the full article published in World Archaeology Issue 32. Click here to subscribe


Towers and tombs

How rescue archaeology is revolutionising our knowledge of the past


Jordan, Neolithic Figs

Ancient figs found in Jordan may prove to be some the earliest evidence of agriculture in the world

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