Category: World News

Flying the Aegean: Kaunos

The Aegean coast of Turkey is awash with Classical sites. Yet many are unknown even to the informed visitor. Here, David Kennedy powers up a microlight plane to take us for a heavenly view of just one such site: Kaunos. On the Aegean coast of Turkey you are seldom far from the remains of some […]

TE Lawrence’s Arabia: Dig. Sift. Discover.

Current World Archaeology‘s dig – the Great Arab Revolt Project – is now in its third season. A team of specialists and volunteers has been working in Jordan to reveal the archaeology of TE Lawrence, co-directed by Current Archaeology‘s Neil Faulkner. Julian Evan-Hart and Roger Ward report back. Jordan offers breathtaking desert scenery and one […]

A Postcard from Kastoria

Richard Hodges writes his postcard from the idyllic setting of Byzantine Kastoria in Greece.   The Byzantine emperors, it is said, regularly exiled dissident members of their court to Kastoria. Like Ochrid to the north, half-way across the breadth of the Balkans on an artery reaching from Constantinople to the Adriatic Sea, evidently exile in […]

Through the gates of the museum

 The founding of the University of Pennsylvania Museum in the 1880s was part of the great wave of institution-building that took place in the United States after the American Civil War.  The new wealth created after the Civil War gave incentive to philanthropy as a means of earning social recognition, and many wealthy and civic […]

Illustrating the past: The rock art of Southeast Asia

From the bison of Lascaux to the intriguing figures from the Sahara, the prehistoric rock art of Europe and Africa is   undeniably alluring. But what about ancient rock art from other parts of the world? Although it tends to be forgotten,   outheast Asia boasts a unique corpus of material, and almost as much […]

Pintia, fortunes of a pre-roman city in hispania

Pintia was a thriving Iron Age city in North Central Spain. At its dawn, around the 5th century BC, it was part of the Vaccean culture, an Iron Age people with Celtic links whom scholars believe crossed into Spain from Central Europe. In the 3rd century BC, the area came under attack from Hannibal, and […]

Egypt's Ancient Glass

Egyptian glass is among the finest of the ancient world. Yet how did the ancient Egyptians make it? New work, at the world’s earliest-excavated glass making factory in Tell el-Amarna, is unravelling the mysteries. Here Paul Nicholson delves into the archives of the late great Egyptologist, Flinders Petrie, who excavated at Tell el-Amarna in the […]

Treasury of Atreus at Mycenae

The Treasury of Atreus – also known as the Tomb of Agamemnon – is the largest and most impressive of the nine tholos tombs at Mycenae. The location of the Atreus Tomb has intrigued archaeologists for many years but by studying the landscape, the courses of the ancient roads and the various lines of sight at […]

Jerablus and the land of Carchemish

Biblical sites were highly sought after by some of our earliest and greatest archaeologists. One such site, Carchemish, was the famed city of the Hittite Empire. It attracted the attention of T.E. Lawrence and Woolley, pioneers of British Near Eastern Archaeology, who excavated there just before the First World War. Then came the crashing calamity of […]

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