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ARCHAEOLOGY July - August 2018

ARCHAEOLOGY magazine offers readers incisive reporting, vivid storytelling, compelling photography – and the latest news from around the globe – all devoted to exploring the world’s ancient past. Whether reporting from a dive on an Arctic shipwreck, trekking through Afghanistan, or digging just beneath Beirut, ARCHAEOLOGY’s editors and writers bring readers the science, and the magic, of archaeological discovery.

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Archaeological Institute of America
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our ancestral attics

Lekythos, Phaleron, GreeceIn “Westminster Abbey’s Hidden History” (page 32), contributing editor Jason Urbanus reports that artifacts spanning more than seven centuries have been discovered some 70 feet above the Abbey’s main aisle in the triforium level. The arcaded gallery, made up of the arches and recesses formed by the Abbey’s vaulted ceiling, apparently was the place to leave—and forget—items of all sorts from the storied past of a building that is synonymous with Britain.“The City at the Beginning of the World” (page 26), by Lizzie Wade, covers the work of archaeologists at the site of Nixtun-Chi’ch’ in northern Guatemala, where updated GPS mapping techniques are revealing the city’s long-hidden urban grid, the only one known in the Maya world. Dating to before 500 B.C., Nixtun-Chi’ch’, the layout of which appears…

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our national monuments in peril

Bears Ears National Monument, UtahFounded in 1879, the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) is well known for the study of ancient sites in the Mediterranean. Less well known is the Institute’s role in investigating and protecting archaeological sites in the United States and how these efforts have promoted the preservation of cultural heritage around the world.Not long after the AIA was established, its leaders invited anthropologist Lewis Henry Morgan, president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), to help plan its activities in North America. Morgan encouraged the AIA to begin a systematic investigation of Native American monumental architecture in the United States. The AIA’s archaeological surveys in the American Southwest revealed extensive plunder of ancient pueblos and cliff dwellings.In response, the AIA joined the Smithsonian Institution,…

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letters

To our readers: An open letter about subscription fraudWe continue to receive complaints from subscribers who have received fraudulent renewal notices, subscription offers, and invoices from companies who are not authorized agents of ARCHAEOLOGY magazine or of the Archaeological Institute of America. We take this matter very seriously and are working together with publishers of many other popular magazines to keep our subscribers from being harassed by these notices.Here’s what you can do to help.If you have received a renewal notice, be sure that you are sending payment to either our offices in Palm Coast, Florida, or in Boston, Massachusetts.If you believe you have received a renewal notice prematurely or that it is from an unauthorized agent, you can verify your subscription status by calling 1-877-ARKY-SUB (1-877-275-9782) or by checking…

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sun storm

A massive disk of intricately carved stone looms over a gallery in Mexico City’s National Museum of Anthropology. The stone has long been an emblem of Mexican identity. Commissioned by the Aztec ruler Moctezuma II (r. 1502–1520), the nearly 12-foot-wide stone was completed during his reign, in about 1511. Eight years later, when Spanish conquistadores saw it atop a platform in the Aztecs’ central temple, the Templo Mayor, in the capital city of Tenochtitlan, one described it as “round, like a figure of the sun.” When the Spaniards leveled the capital, the stone disappeared, only to be rediscovered in 1790 beneath the city’s main plaza, the Zócalo, a block from where the conquistadores had seen it.The meaning of this 22-ton disk of volcanic basalt has been subject to a variety…

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off the grid

The remains of an early and tenacious English outpost in North America can be found on the Pemaquid Peninsula of Maine’s southcentral coast. Colonial Pemaquid began as a seasonal fishing community on the islands of Monhegan and Damariscove in the first decade of the seventeenth century. Settlers representing wealthy Bristol merchants built a village on the site by the late 1620s and began trading with French colonists to the north and members of the Wabanaki Confederacy, whose ancestors had lived in the area for millennia. Wabanaki war parties destroyed Pemaquid’s main village in 1676 and again in 1698, along with two forts built successively to protect the settlement.The village ruins lie at the center of a site where archaeologists have been working since the 1960s. Finds uncovered, including a German…

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honoring osiris

Chapel of Osiris-Ptah Neb-ankh, Karnak, Luxor, EgyptColumn remainsReliefArchaeologists working near the temple complex of Karnak in Luxor, Egypt, are making sense of an out-of-the-way chapel devoted to the god Osiris. The remains of the Chapel of Osiris-Ptah Neb-ankh lie south of Karnak’s Tenth Pylon and east of the famed avenue of ram-headed sphinxes. The structure is believed to have been built by the 25th Dynasty Kushite pharaohs Taharqa and Tantamani—who are represented on reliefs within the chapel—in the seventh century B.C., and was originally discovered by locals in the nineteenth century. Researchers have now mapped the building’s entrance and foundations, and have uncovered a collection of clay pots and statue fragments. “Every king wanted the honor of making a mark on the great religious complex of Karnak,” explains project director…

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