ARCHAEOLOGY March - April 2017

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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2 min
human whys and wherefores

Often in archaeology, excavations overturn long-held assumptions. “The Road Almost Taken” (page 32), by contributing editor Andrew Curry, covers just such a shift in thinking, brought about by unexpected discoveries such as a magnificent bronze horse head found at a site called Waldgirmes in Germany. The story has much to tell about the true nature of the Roman Empire’s expansion into the area. Rome, it seems, may have had more on its mind than conquest. “Kings of Cooperation” (page 26), by Mexico- based journalist Lizzie Wade, offers a new view of the ancient Olmec site of Tres Zapotes. At a time when other Olmec regional capitals were in a state of collapse, Tres Zapotes began to flourish–and did so for the next 700 years. Clues to the city’s success, archaeologists now…

2 min
by way of introduction

As the new president of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), I will have the pleasure of communicating with you in each issue of ArchAeology, and I’d like to begin by introducing myself. I was born in Philadelphia, and when I was 12 we moved to Miami, Florida. By that time, thanks in part to my seventhgrade history teacher, who acquainted me with the ancient world—particularly classical Greece—I had decided to become an archaeologist. My interest has never waned. At the age of 16, I moved to Israel on my own. I completed high school there and went on to earn a B.A. in archaeology and history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. For three years after graduation, I worked as a field guide and naturalist at the Ein Gedi Field…

3 min
from our readers

PAST MEETS PRESENT Thank you for the fine article on the Viking hoards (“Hoards of the Vikings,” January/February 2017). Star Trek fans will recognize the Gotland word for slaves— thralls—from the episode “The Gamesters of Triskelion,” but not the source of the word. As a teacher of art history, I often use popular culture references to lead into a topic. A good one about Viking-Arab trade is the film The 13th Warrior. Thanks to your article, the film, partly based on an Arab’s rihla (“travel tale”), is now all the more believable. Marleen Hoover San Antonio, TX HEARTH AND HOME I have been an avid fan of ARCHAEOLOGY magazine for years and enjoy every issue. The January/February 2017 issue just published is no exception. When I viewed the photo of the circles accompanying “Early Man…

14 min
digging up digital music

Archaeologists think of stone tools in terms of “technologies”— the particular ways that they were made and used—that help us understand the cultures that produced them. Today we have our own technologies, but they come and go at a vastly different pace. Their life spans are measured not in thousands of years, but in months and even days. To modern digital technology, 65 years is an eon. The late 1940s and early 1950s saw the birth of the computer age, and one of its nurseries was the Computing Machine Laboratory in Manchester, England, led by logician and cryptanalyst Alan Turing. Lesser known among the many innovations to come out of the lab—including “Baby,” the first stored-program computer—are the first melodies generated by computer, the most distant ancestor of modern electronic music.…

2 min
off the grid

Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Archaeology and History Complex, in Old Montreal, Quebec, sits right on top of the city’s birthplace. This location is the site of more than 1,000 years of human activity, beginning when indigenous peoples made camp here between the Little Saint Pierre and the Saint Lawrence Rivers. The first French settlement on the site, Fort Ville-Marie, was created in 1642 as the home for some 50 settlers, including founders Paul de Chomedey de Maisonneuve and Jeanne Mance. The museum, which was built in 1992 as part of the celebration to mark Montréal’s 350th anniversary, has both permanent and temporary exhibits, including traveling displays from all over the world. Pointe-à-Callière Project Manager Louise Pothier says, “Pointe-à-Callière is a site museum unlike any other in Canada. It combines a number of…

4 min
world roundup

CANADA: A zinc deficiency caused by malnutrition— and not lead poisoning as previously theorized—may have led to the deaths of the Franklin Expedition crew. All 129 men were lost between 1845 and 1848 when their ships became trapped in ice while seeking the Northwest Passage. Recent laboratory analysis of the nails of crewman John Hartnell, who was buried on Beechey Island, indicate that a lack of fresh red meat severely compromised his immune system, making him susceptible to the tuberculosis that eventually killed him. MEXICO: Today, in parts of southern Mexico, turkeys are a major part of the socioeconomic structure of local communities—just as they were to the culture there 1,500 years ago. At the site of Mitla Fortress in Oaxaca, recently excavated houses contained the earliest and most comprehensive evidence…