CATEGORIES

THE PRICE OF PURPLE

Archaeologists have found new evidence of a robust dye industry that endured on the Mediterranean coast for millennia

10+ mins read
Archaeology
November/December 2020

IN THE REIGN OF THE SUN KINGS

Old Kingdom pharaohs faced a reckoning that reshaped Egypt’s balance of power

10+ mins read
Archaeology
November/December 2020

WEAVING FOR THEIR ANCESTORS

For 1,000 years, the Paracas people of Peru expressed their vivid conception of life and death through textiles

10 mins read
Archaeology
November/December 2020

The Great Wall of Mongolia

A nomadic medieval dynasty constructed a 450-mile barrier to help manage their sprawling empire

8 mins read
Archaeology
November/December 2020

CANADA'S FORGOTTEN CAPITAL

Beneath the streets of Old Montreal, the rubble of a short-lived Parliament building offers a glimpse into a young country’s growing pains

10+ mins read
Archaeology
November/December 2020

WALKING INTO NEW WORLDS

Native traditions and novel discoveries tell the migration story of the ancestors of the Navajo and Apache

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Archaeology
September/October 2020

Wealth of a Medieval Power Broker

In England’s far northeast, a commanding bishop built a chapel rivaling the grandest in Europe

10+ mins read
Archaeology
September/October 2020

SOUTH AFRICA'S FATEFUL SHIPWRECK

A seventeenth-century vessel foundered off the coast and transformed a nation’s history

9 mins read
Archaeology
September/October 2020

SIBERIAN ISLAND ENIGMA

It’s hard to imagine that a tiny tree ring could help solve one of the medieval world’s most puzzling mysteries.

2 mins read
Archaeology
September/October 2020

RESISTING ROME

How a Celtic tribe fought to defend their Iberian homeland against the emperor’s legions

10+ mins read
Archaeology
September/October 2020

MOUSE IN THE HOUSE

Mice may have begun infesting European homes at least 2,500 years earlier than previously known.

1 min read
Archaeology
September/October 2020

INSIDE THE ROCK'S SURPRISING HISTORY

Before it was an infamous prison, Fort Alcatraz played a key role defending the West Coast

10+ mins read
Archaeology
September/October 2020

CLOSING IN ON A PHARAOH'S TOMB

Archaeologists excavating in the Egyptian royal necropolis of Deir el-Bahari, on the west bank of the Nile, believe they have found the long-sought location of the tomb of the early 18th Dynasty Pharaoh Thutmose II (r. ca. 1492–1479 b.c.).

1 min read
Archaeology
September/October 2020

A Rare Egg

Egyptian ostrich egg perfume case

1 min read
Archaeology
September/October 2020

Anubian Kingdom Rises

Excavations at a city on the Nile reveal the origins of an ancient African power

10+ mins read
Archaeology
September/October 2020

LETTER FROM NORMANDY: THE LEGACY OF THE LONGEST DAY

More than 75 years after D-Day, the Allied invasion’s impact on the French landscape is still not fully understood

10+ mins read
Archaeology
July/August 2020

Idol of the Painted Temple

On Peru’s central coast, an ornately carved totem was venerated across centuries of upheaval and conquest

8 mins read
Archaeology
July/August 2020

THE EMPEROR OF STONES

In the language of the Vikings, Old Norse, rök means “monolith,” and no other runestone stands out from its peers in more ways than Sweden’s Rök.

3 mins read
Archaeology
July/August 2020

HAGIA SOPHIA'S HIDDEN HISTORY

Unprecedented fieldwork in Istanbul has revealed new evidence of the cathedral at the heart of the Byzantine Empire

10+ mins read
Archaeology
July/August 2020

THE POWER OF SECRET SOCIETIES

Clandestine groups throughout history have used shadowy rituals to control the world around them

10+ mins read
Archaeology
July/August 2020

A Sylk Road Renaissance

Excavations in Tajikistan have unveiled a city of merchant princes that flourished from the fifth to the eighth century A.D.

10+ mins read
Archaeology
July/August 2020

Weapons of the Ancient World

How people of the past developed arms to master the challenges of their time

10+ mins read
Archaeology
May/June 2020

THE KING'S CANAL

Rock reliefs in Iraqi Kurdistan show how Assyrian farmers toiled under the royal gaze

8 mins read
Archaeology
May/June 2020

VILLAGES IN THE SKY

High in the Rockies, archaeologists have discovered evidence of mountain life 4,000 years ago

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Archaeology
May/June 2020

SPLENDOR AT THE EDGE OF THE SAHARA

Excavations of a bustling medieval city tell the tale of a powerful Berber dynasty

10+ mins read
Archaeology
May/June 2020

MEGASITES OF UKRAINE

Massive 6,000-year-old settlements are revolutionizing how archaeologists understand ancient cities

10+ mins read
Archaeology
May/June 2020

A Path To Freedom

At a Union Army camp in Kentucky, enslaved men, women, and children struggled for their lives and fought to be free

10+ mins read
Archaeology
May/June 2020

Life In The City Of The Gods

Inside the neighborhoods of Teotihuacan, Mesoamerica’s first great metropolis

10+ mins read
Archaeology
November/December 2019

Magical Beasts Of Babylon

How the Ishtar Gate safeguarded the Mesopotamian world

5 mins read
Archaeology
November/December 2019

Artists Of The Dark Zone

Deciphering Cherokee ritual imagery deep in the caves of the American South

10+ mins read
Archaeology
November/December 2019

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