With exquisite modesty, Amelia Edwards wrote in 1891 in The Arena magazine: ‘I am essentially a worker and a hard worker, and this I have been since my early girlhood.’ ‘Hard worker’ she indubitably was – in 1882, she contributed more than 100 articles to just The Academy magazine, and in a single year wrote 4,000 archaeological fundraising letters – but with ‘essentially’ we must quibble. This major figure in Egyptian archaeology was also a novelist, journalist, artist, erstwhile musician, and dauntless travel writer.
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ROMAN DISCOVERIES AT ANCIENT AUGUSTODUNUM
More than 230 graves have been uncovered at a necropolis in the French city of Autun, revealing a diverse mix in burial practices over a period of nearly 200 years, as well as luxury grave goods from the 3rd and 4th centuries AD that highlight the wealth of some of its ancient inhabitants.
SHAPING THE WORLD: SCULPTURE FROM PREHISTORY TO NOW
The sculptor Antony Gormley and the art historian and critic Martin Gayford have been talking about sculpture with each other for 20 years.
Amelia Edwards (1831-1892)
“I am essentially a worker, and a hard worker, and this I have been since my early girlhood.”
THE GREAT BEYOND
The ancient Greeks thought much about the dead – how their remains should be disposed of, how their spirits might be summoned, how malignant they could be if unavenged. Classicist David Stuttard brings us face to face with the Greek dead.
INTO THE VALLEY OF THE QUEENS
The Great Royal Wife of Ramesses II, Nefertari, was buried in one of the most spectacular tombs of Egypt’s Valley of the Queens. Well-educated and well-travelled, Nefertari played a crucial part in the political life of the pharaoh, and her importance was reflected through her magnificently decorated tomb. Lucia Marchini speaks to Jennifer Casler Price to find out more.
DEIR EL-BAHRI, 1894
Tensions were already high among the archaeologists, surveyors, and artists of the Archaeological Survey of Egypt in 1891 when an eventful dispute arose on Christmas Eve.
When the Etruscans expanded to the south and the vast plains of Campania, they found a land of cultural connections and confrontations, as luxurious grave goods found across the region reveal. An exhibition at the National Archaeological Museum in Naples sheds light on these ancient Italians at the frontier. Paolo Giulierini, director of the museum, is our guide.
CUZCO 'CENTRE AND HEAD OF ALL THE LAND'
Cuzco was the heart of the vast Inca empire, but all changed in the 16th century when the capital was conquered by Spanish invaders. Michael J Schreffler investigates the Inca city, and how it went from the centre of one empire to the periphery of another.
A STUDY IN PURPLE
A tiny speck of purple paint from the 2nd century AD may yield clues to how ancient artists created the extraordinary portrait panels that accompanied mummified bodies into the afterlife.
WHAT'S IN THE BOX? PLYMOUTH'S NEW MUSEUM OPENS
stories from the world of archaeology, art, and museums
The Quiet Moments
In 2009 and 2010, while on assignment in Afghanistan’s Helmand, Kunar, and Wardak provinces, the photographer Adam Ferguson took a break from his journalistic work documenting the war to create portraits of American service members.
THE MAN WHO SAVED 100 NATIONS
Daniel Everette Hale – Call Me a Traitor
Daniel Hale was an Air Force intelligence analyst who hated American empire, found Edward Snowden too compromising, and taught us almost everything we know about the drone war. The documents he leaked were published in 2015. Then he waited. Nothing changed.
DESPITE HACKS, US NOT SEEKING WIDENED DOMESTIC SURVEILLANCE
The Biden administration is not planning to step up government surveillance of the U.S. internet even as state-backed foreign hackers and cybercriminals increasingly use it to evade detection, a senior administration official said.
WINONA WANTS TO CUT DEPP A BREAK WITH ‘SCISSORHANDS 2'
STRANGER Things” star Winona Ryder is trying to save ex Johnny Depp’s career by pushing a sequel to their cult hit, “Edward Scissorhands,” sources said.
Glenn Greenwald – ‘Journalists are Authoritarians'
Glenn Greenwald discusses what went wrong at the outlet he co-founded, what’s wrong with the ACLU, and what might go wrong in the Biden administration.
EVIL GENIUS 2: WORLD DOMINATION
No, dear reader, I expect you to die
AFTER A SIX-YEAR BREAK SERVING UP COFFEE, SANDWICHES AND MUFFINS IN ONTARIO, THIS RESILIENT CANADIAN ALT-ROCKER IS BACK WITH A FRESH NEW RELEASE, THE APTLY TITLED TOTAL FREEDOM
Where is the line between journalism and espionage? And what happens when your own government thinks you've crossed it?
How To Stay Anonymous Online
Some might argue that the internet was built on anonymity, paving the way for a place where free speech reigns supreme. But after years of learning about who’s snooping into everything we do online, privacy on the web is hardly a given.