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Archaeology's Top 10 Discoveries of 2021

Discoveries

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Archaeology
January/February 2022

A Brush With Genius

An unprecedented find in central China brings to life the early years of a master calligrapher

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Archaeology
January/February 2022

THE ROOTS OF VIOLENCE

In the early 1960s, archaeologists from around the world descended on the Upper Nile Valley.

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Archaeology
January/February 2022

Under the Holy City

A long-running excavation in Jerusalem unearths evidence for two of the city’s least-known eras

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Archaeology
January/February 2022

TURNING SALT INTO GOLD

In the Austrian Alps, generations of miners toiled to extract the ancient world’s most valuable resource

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Archaeology
January/February 2022

OFF THE GRID

OPLONTIS, ITALY

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Archaeology
January/February 2022

AT FACE VALUE

Researchers are using new scientific methods to investigate how artists in Roman Egypt customized portraits for the dead

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Archaeology
January/February 2022

When Isis Was Queen

At the ancient Egyptian temples of Philae, Nubians gave new life to a vanishing religious tradition

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Archaeology
November/December 2021

ITALIAN MASTER BUILDERS

A 3,500-year-old ritual pool reflects a little-known culture’s agrarian prowess

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Archaeology
November/December 2021

Piecing Together Maya Creation Stories

Thousands of mural fragments from the city of San Bartolo illustrate how the Maya envisioned their place in the universe

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Archaeology
November/December 2021

GHOST TRACKS OF WHITE SANDS

Scientists are uncovering fossilized footprints in the New Mexico desert that show how humans and Ice Age animals shared the landscape

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Archaeology
November/December 2021

GAUL'S UNIVERSITY TOWN

New excavations have revealed the wealth and prestige of an ancient center of learning

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Archaeology
November/December 2021

Who Were The Samaritans?

Investigating a once-powerful sect that has preserved its sacred traditions for millennia

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Archaeology
September/October 2021

Digs & Discoveries

Roman marble cutters, anglo-saxon giant, neanderthal hearing… and much more

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Archaeology
September/October 2021

SECRET RITES OF SAMOTHRACE

Reimagining the experience of initiation into an ancient Greek mystery cult

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Archaeology
September/October 2021

LAND OF THE PICTS

New excavations reveal the truth behind the legend of these fearsome northern warriors

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Archaeology
September/October 2021

The Pursuit of Wellness

How the ancients attended to mind, body, and soul

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Archaeology
September/October 2021

THE EQUESTRIAN'S CAVE

Recent discoveries in western Mongolia suggest that nomadic horsemen may have invented a revolutionary technology

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Archaeology
September/October 2021

THE PRICE OF PURPLE

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

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Archaeology
November/December 2020

IN THE REIGN OF THE SUN KINGS

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

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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

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Archaeology
November/December 2020

The Great Wall of Mongolia

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

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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

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Archaeology
November/December 2020

Anubian Kingdom Rises

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

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Archaeology
September/October 2020

A Rare Egg

Egyptian ostrich egg perfume case

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Archaeology
September/October 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

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Archaeology
September/October 2020

SOUTH AFRICA'S FATEFUL SHIPWRECK

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

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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.

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Archaeology
September/October 2020

RESISTING ROME

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

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Archaeology
September/October 2020

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