ARCHAEOLOGY November/December 2019

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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magical worlds

For the most part today, we consider magic incompatible with our scientific understanding of the world around us. For many past cultures, though, their relationship with the supernatural was deeply entwined with their understanding of the natural world. In the seventeenth century, in Salem, Massachusetts, and across Europe, civic and church officials undertook witch hunts to track down and eradicate what they perceived as the dangerous practice of witchcraft. In 1612 in rural Lancashire, one family, the Devices, including a young woman named Alizon, her grandmother, and eight other members of their community, were the target of one of these hunts. In “Searching for the Witches’ Tower,” you will read about how the alleged witches of Lancashire may actually have been practitioners not of conjuring but of folk traditions that involved…

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looking ahead

Three years ago I introduced myself to you in my first letter, and now that my term as president of the Archaeological Institute of America is ending in January, this is my last opportunity to write to you. Although you are reading this in the November/December issue, I composed it in late June, at the end of my excavation season at Huqoq in Israel, when endings were on my mind. Actually, endings is not quite the right word, as our excavations will resume in future summers, just as the AIA and ARCHAEOLOGY magazine will continue to be a part of your life for many years to come. This last letter provides an opportunity for me to reflect on my term as president, as well as on the future of the AIA.…

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archiological institute of america

OFFICERS President Jodi Magness First Vice President Laetitia La Follette Vice President for Outreach and Education Ethel Scully Vice President for Research and Academic Affairs Thomas Tartaron Vice President for Cultural Heritage Elizabeth S. Greene Vice President for Societies Connie Rodriguez Treasurer David Seigle Chief Operating Officer Kevin Quinlan GOVERNING BOARD Elie Abemayor David Adam Deborah Arnold Jeanne Bailey David Boochever Thomas Carpenter Jane Carter, ex officio Arthur Cassanos Larry Cripe Joshua Gates Elizabeth M. Greene Julie Herzig Desnick James Jansson Lisa Kealhofer Morag Kersel Mark Lawall Thomas Levy Gary Linn Jarrett A. Lobell, ex officio Kathleen Lynch Richard MacDonald Tina Mayland H. Bruce McEver Barbara Meyer Sarah Parcak Kevin Quinlan, ex officio Laura Rich Kim Shelton Thomas Sienkewic Monica L. Smith Maria Vecchiotti Michael Wiseman John Yarmick Past President Andrew Moore Trustees Emeriti Brian Heidtke Norma Kershaw Charles S. La Follette Legal Counsel Mitchell Eitel, Esq. Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP ARCHAEOLOGICAL INSTITUTE OF AMERICA 44 Beacon Street • Boston, MA 02108…

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from our readers

CLOTILDA’S LAST SURVIVOR I was intrigued by the article on the possible remains of Clotilda (“The Case for Clotilda,” September/October 2019). In 1928, the African-American writer and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston went to Alabama to interview the last surviving member of the slave cargo, Cudjo Lewis (originally named Oluale Kossola), who was then 86 years old. He was held as a slave for over five years until he was manumitted by Union soldiers in 1865. He spent the remainder of his life in Africatown, today’s Plateau, Alabama. A result of Hurston’s interviews was the book Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo,” which was finally published in 2018. Joseph M. Di Cola Troy, OH AN INTRIGUING BURIAL Many thanks for the article on the grave of the Griffin Warrior (“World of the Griffin Warrior,”…

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from the trenches

PROOF POSITIVE Nothing lives forever—except maybe yeast, which can go dormant and hibernate, perhaps indefinitely. An archaeologist, a biologist, and a baking enthusiast have recently embarked on a collaborative project to revive and reuse millennia-old yeast. They believe they have succeeded in identifying, isolating, and even baking bread with strains of yeast that may have been used by Middle Kingdom Egyptians to make bread—and brew beer—more than 4,000 years ago. Archaeologist Serena Love of the University of Queensland is interested in brewing beer using Egyptian recipes, which scholars have attempted to piece together by studying tomb paintings and analyzing the microstructure of starch preserved in the archaeological record. Love, along with tech inventor and dedicated baker Seamus Blackley, set out to acquire ancient yeast strains that have secure archaeological provenance. They contacted…

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off the grid

Rathcroghan, in western Ireland, covers more than three square miles and contains at least 240 archaeological sites spanning the time period from the Neolithic to the late medieval era. Its inhabitants began to raise animals and farm around 3,500 years ago, and went on to build stone structures and earthworks, remnants of which can still be seen. Rathcroghan is known not only from these monuments, but also from its pride of place in Ireland’s rich literary canon. The site is recorded in medieval accounts to have been a primary location for the ancient óenach, a ceremonial assembly featuring gatherings of legal scholars, boisterous feasts, and competitions of strength. It is also described as a burial place for Gaelic nobles and as the royal seat of the Connachta, who ruled western…