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CWA 113 – World Archaeology


Caesar’s Discussion board was a daring idea. Constructed subsequent to the Roman Discussion board – the beating coronary heart of public life – Julius Caesar’s monumental new complicated staked his declare as sole ruler of the Empire. It proved an costly assertion. The plot earmarked for this venture was occupied by elite housing, making certain the land got here at an eye-watering value. Each residences and discussion board, although, are solely components of a for much longer historical past of exercise on the location. Now, our cowl function reveals how excavations are offering a glimpse of day by day life over 1000’s of years in central Rome.

Work at Çeşme in Turkey has additionally revealed a long-lived settlement. On this case, although, life was abruptly interrupted by the eruption of a volcano at historical Thera, 227km away. It could have been the best pure catastrophe ever witnessed by people. Regardless of the space between the volcano and Çeşme, its inhabitants nonetheless felt the fury of the eruption. Cautious examine of the location stratigraphy has revealed that a number of calamities befell the location after Thera blew.

The tragedy that befell the group dwelling at Amato, in Peru, was human reasonably than pure in origin. Heads taken as trophies have been broadly discovered within the area, however who they had been claimed from was much less clear. Excavations at Amato unexpectedly unearthed a mass of decapitated people. Their stays present highly effective and poignant testimony to the violent finish of Amato.

It was illicit digging on a hilltop in Germany that exposed one of the vital exceptional historical artefacts ever found in Europe. The Nebra Sky Disc seemingly presents a Bronze Age imaginative and prescient of the evening sky. Cautious examine means that its face could possibly be encoded with subtle information of celestial cycles, whereas later changes to the artefact present its meanings shifting over time.

Lastly, in our journey part, Richard Hodges returns to San Vincenzo al Volturno for the second in a two-part piece how archaeological proof for its sack compares to historic accounts.

FEATURES

Tsunami
Piecing collectively a Bronze Age tragedy in Turkey

The lifeless of Amato
Violent battle on the Peruvian south coast

Digging Caesar’s Discussion board
Three thousand years of day by day life in Rome

Highlight: The Nebra Sky Disc
Decoding a prehistoric imaginative and prescient of the cosmos

NEWS

NEWS FOCUS
A story of endurance

CHARLES HIGHAM
The princess of Khok Phanom Di

HORIZON
The Vase within the Flooded Cave

TRAVEL

SACKING SAN VINCENZO AL VOLTURNO
Richard Hodges returns to San Vincenzo al Volturno, Italy, to look at the assault on the monastery in AD 881

CULTURE

MUSEUM
Japan: Courts and Tradition – exploring the connection between the British and Japanese royal and imperial households

REVIEWS
Corpus of the Mosaics of Albania, Quantity 1: Butrint intramuros; The Roman Peasant Challenge, 2009-2014; Historical Households on the North Coast of Peru; At Residence in Roman Egypt

SPECIAL REPORT
Investigating the Venus of Willendorf

CHRIS CATLING
Historical aquifers and a sovereign spirit

FORUM
Letters, crossword, cartoon

PHOTO COMPETITION
Outcomes

THINKING ALOUD
Writing archaeology

OBJECT LESSON
Ivory comb

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