Mythology, Folklore and Archaeology: A Summary of Vampires in the Archaeological Record

By Amy Talbot B.A.

This article attempts to give an informative take on the vampire phenomena from an archaeological perspective, while looking at interesting social customs and folk tales, relating to an unnatural concept.

Keywords:vampires, archaeology, pathology, medieval, mythology, osteology

Colour Symbolism in Ancient Mesopotamia

By Andrea Sinclair M.A.

This article is designed to give a general introduction to a less scrutinized aspect of Near Eastern iconography; the use of colour, and makes a brief assessment of the available evidence for symbolic values for colour from ancient Mesopotamian texts, art and architecture.

Keywords: Mesopotamian art, archaeology, ancient history, colour, polychrome, Mesopotamian language

Rebelling Against the Gods: Egyptian Tomb Robbery

By Dr. Lisa Swart

Ever since the inclusion of funerary goods in Egyptian tombs, burials have been plundered for the valuable objects within. This article surveys the motives of the robbers, tomb protection in the form of architectural devices and divine agency. The legal system and punishment of thieves is also described.

Keywords:Egypt, tomb robbery, tomb curses, looting, thieves, Valley of the Kings 

A Brief History of Greek Helmets

By Jesse Obert B.A.

Warfare is a constantly changing aspect of human interaction. In Ancient Greece, an emphasis on camaraderie and communal reliance developed the concept of unit cohesion and specialization. Ultimately, Greece would become the birthplace of Western military thought. The maturation of this mentality can be traced through the stylistic and technological progression of military helmets. Experimentations with helmet design illuminate the limitations and intricacies of warfare as it was developed in the ancient world. This study examines the evolution of helmet designs and what it reveals about the changing nature of warfare in Ancient Greece.

Keywords:Ancient Greece, helmets, warfare, ancient history, military

Beer in the Ancient World

By Joshua J. Mark M.A.

In the modern world there persists the idea that beer does not have the same ancient pedigree which wine enjoys. This understanding comes, primarily, from the fact that the ancient Greeks and Romans, who exerted such a powerful influence over present western culture, favoured wine over beer. This article traces the brewing of beer from its ancient origin in Mesopotamia, through the various cultural incarnations, to the present day. 

Keywords:Beer, ancient history, Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, Celts

Pseudo Script at Gebel el Silsila: An Introduction to Ancient Egyptian Quarry Marks

By Dr. Maria Nilsson

The ancient Egyptian site of Gebel el Silsila is known for its many pharaonic stelai, funerary shrines and the famous rock-cut chapel of Pharaoh Horemheb, but this article leaves the Pharaohs’ chronicles and explores instead a complex and mysterious marking system that is preserved as engravings in the site’s extensive quarries that run on both sides of the Nile. Here we will investigate Graeco-Roman quarry marks, also known as masons’ marks, to learn about their possible practical and symbolic meanings. 

Keywords:Gebel el Silsila, pseudo script, quarry marks, Graeco-Roman Egypt


Heritage Crime is Big Business

American archaeologist Lemont "Monty" Dobson speaks out about the worldwide trade in illicitly gained antiquities.

The Beguiling Taino of the Ancient Caribbean 

The Taíno were among the most sophisticated and advanced Pre-Columbian peoples prior to the Voyages of Discovery in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Living in the Eastern Caribbean, the Taíno In this interview, James Blake Wiener speaks with Dr. José R. Oliver about these enigmatic people. 

Sir Leonard Woolley: The Prodigal Archaeologist

The life and times of British archaeologist Sir Leonard Woolley, considered a giant in the field of archaeology of Mesopotamia.  

Souvenir from the Peloponnese: A Modern Tour in Landscape and History [Part 1]

Aikaterini Kanatselou takes us on a fascinating journey around the Peloponnese. In this first installment we visit Isthmia, Asine, Nauplio, Mycenae and Tiryns among other sites. 

Capo Colonna, Calabria, Italy 

Charlotte Booth takes us on a journey to the archaeological site of Capo Colonna in Calabria in the south of Italy. It is a complex site, with Greek and Roman archaeological remains and sixteenth century standing monuments. Capo Colonna has been a sacred precinct for over 2,000 years and was originally dedicated to Hera Lacinia, the goddess of women and fertility, and is now sacred to Mary of Capo Colonna. 

Letter from... Azerbaijan

Dr. Gafar Jabiyev and Dr. Fariz Khalilli discuss recent finds from their excavation of Agsu in Azerbaijan.

What's On

Twelve must see exhibits in Europe and the USA.


Six great websites providing much needed resources for students of archaeology.

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