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EDITOR'S CHOICE

The 'lost' city re-emerged on August 22nd, 1812

While the advances in technology and manufacturing that took place in Britain during  the 18th and 19th centuries have entered the mainstream of history, few know about the industrialisation carried out during the Roman occupation, says Simon Elliott.

Volume: 64 Issue: 5 2014

The North African country is considering how best to serve its rich heritage.

Volume: 64 Issue: 9 2014

The military potential of unmanned flying ‘drones’ is well known. But what about their use in archaeology?

Volume: 64 Issue: 4 2014

The archaeologist Howard Carter died on March 2nd, 1939.

Volume: 64 Issue: 3 2014

Exhuming historical characters makes for dramatic headlines and can seem a great way to get easy answers, but we should think twice before disturbing the remains of dead monarchs, says Justin Pollard.

Volume: 63 Issue: 4 2013

Mark Ronan describes new efforts  at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, to decode the world’s oldest undeciphered language.

Volume: 63 Issue: 1 2013

Jonathan Downs reports on the fire last December that caused extensive damage to one of Egypt’s most important collections of historical manuscripts.

Volume: 62 Issue: 3 2012

A great hoax was born on December 18th, 1912.

Volume: 62 Issue: 12 2012

The 'lost' city re-emerged on August 22nd, 1812

Volume: 62 Issue: 8 2012

The anti-government protests in Egypt earlier this year swept through Cairo and Alexandria before measures could be taken to protect antiquities in museums and archaeological sites in those cities and across the country. Yet, argues Jonathan Downs, the impact on Egyptian heritage and the repatriation debate has been a positive one.

Volume: 61 Issue: 6 2011

A series of archaeological discoveries off the coast of Sicily reveal how Rome turned a piece of lethal naval technology pioneered by its enemy, Carthage, to its own advantage, explains Ann Natanson.

Volume: 61 Issue: 8 2011

The Neanderthals failed to adapt to climate change and may have died out in as little as a thousand years. Are we making the same mistakes, asks Mike Williams.

Volume: 60 Issue: 10 2010

The economic crisis in Greece has drawn attention to the question of where best to display treasures such as the Elgin Marbles. Jonathan Downs offers some solutions to a historical tug of war.

Volume: 60 Issue: 7 2010

In the 15th century, Cyriacus of Ancona journeyed in search of the Mediterranean’s Classical past. In so doing, he laid the groundwork for the 18th-century Grand Tour and today’s cultural holidays, as Marina Belozerskaya explains.

Volume: 60 Issue: 3 2010

The Bamburgh sword, a unique pattern-welded weapon found in Northumbria, has helped shed new light on a critical period of Anglo-Saxon. 

Volume: 60 Issue: 2 2010

Mark Rathbone looks at the Battle of the Widow McCormack’s Cabbage Garden and at what happened to those involved.

Issue: 67 2010

On the Mediterranean at the western edge of the Nile delta stands the most important and enduring of all the many cities founded by Alexander. Though much of its material past has been destroyed or lies underwater, Alexandria’s reputation as the intellectual powerhouse of the Classical world, fusing Greek, Egyptian and Roman culture, lives on, writes Paul Cartledge.

Volume: 59 Issue 10 2009

The building of Istanbul’s new underground railway has uncovered thousands of years of history, including the first complete Byzantine naval craft ever found. Pinar Sevinclidir investigates.

Volume: 59 Issue: 7 2009

Clive Gamble revisits the moment at which archaeologists realized that human prehistory was far longer than biblical scholars had imagined; and links this to today’s debates about the antiquity of the human mind with its capacity for self-aware thought.   

Volume: 58 Issue: 5 2008

Anthony Aveni explains how the people planning great monuments and cities, many millennia and thousands of miles apart, so often sought the same inspiration – alignments with the heavens.

Volume: 58 Issue 6 2008

The emperor Hadrian presided over the Roman empire at its height, defined its borders and was one of the most cultured rulers of the ancient world. Neil Faulkner revisits his legacy, as the British Museum opens a major exhibition on his life and times.

Volume: 58 Issue 8 2008

David Winter visits a land beset for millennia by the fantasies of outsiders.

2008

Anthea Gerrie explores a remarkable excavation, a Roman surgeon’s house in Rimini.

Volume: 58 Issue: 2 2008

Nigel Watson recalls a mysterious explosion that occurred in deepest Siberia in June 1908.

Volume: 58 Issue 7 2008
Peter Furtado welcomes an opportunity to discuss archaeology with the experts.
Volume: 58 Issue: 2 2008
Neil Faulkner and Nick Saunders, Co-directors of the Great Arab Revolt Project, tell how a recent field trip to southern Jordan sheds light on the theories and exploits of T.E. Lawrence.
Volume: 57 Issue: 8 2007

Richard Barber describes the discoveries he made when Channel Four’s Time Team uncovered Edward III’s huge circular building at the heart of Windsor Castle.

Volume: 57 Issue: 8 2007

Archaeology continues to be an irresistible lure to publishers, broadcasters and the general public. And the last fifteen years have seen an extraordinary number of spectacular finds across the globe and equally spectacular revelations from ever more sophisticated lab techniques. Brian Fagan, who has taught archaeology since the 1960s, reviews the brave new world of modern archaeological discovery.

Volume: 57 Issue: 11 2007
Simon Maghakyan describes the destruction of a vital part of the heritage and early history of Armenians.
Volume: 57 Issue: 11 2007

The young Pharaoh has gripped peoples’ imagination and changed lives. Desmond Zwar looks at the career of the man who claimed to have spent seven years living in the tomb, guarding it while Howard Carter examined its contents.

Volume: 57 Issue: 11 2007

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