There are numerous theories about how the Egyptians constructed the pyramids. Now a brand new authority on the topic has emerged. His identify is Inspector Merer, and he has a big benefit over his opponents within the discipline: Merer was truly there. In a rare improvement, the oldest papyri ever found embody his logbook, which offers an eye-witness account of labor below approach on the Nice Pyramid. Our cowl characteristic appears to be like at how this breakthrough happened, and what it tells us.
A spot between fable and actuality can be detected within the South Caucasus. Its fabulous wealth is mirrored within the legend of the Golden Fleece, however in a wierd twist this story is ready throughout an period when proof for goldwork within the area drops considerably. Why did this occur, and what does it say concerning the selections societies make?
The disappearance of rock artwork within the Tagus River basin of Portugal, against this, was attributable to its immersion following a dam mission within the Nineteen Seventies. Beforehand, hundreds of photographs have been recorded in a race towards time, permitting the story of this exceptional focus of historical imagery to be advised.
Rising waters proved problematic too at Apollonia, a Greek metropolis that now lies submerged off the Libyan coast. This was the setting for a pioneering underwater survey within the Fifties, with a return go to in 2003 offering a possibility to see how the location had fared.
Within the first of a two-part piece, Richard Hodges units his sights on a Ninth-century calamity that befell the monastery of San Vincenzo al Volturno, Italy. What can archaeology add to historic accounts of its downfall?
Right here I wish to pay tribute to common contributor Neil Faulkner, who handed away in February and is dearly missed by all of us at Present Publishing. This problem incorporates his final ‘Considering Aloud’ column. A closing instalment in Neil’s honour will observe within the subsequent CWA.
Non secular Observe and Cultural Development of Animal Worship in Egypt from the Early Dynastic to the New Kingdom; Olympia: a cultural historical past; Rock Artwork Research: Information of the World VI