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ARCHAEOLOGY January/February 2020

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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Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Archaeological Institute of America
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Bimonthly
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6 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
beyond the trenches

In this issue, longtime readers of ARCHAEOLOGY may notice subtle but, we feel, significant changes to two of our most popular sections. Rest assured that the depth and diversity of the magazine’s coverage will remain the same, but you will now find our news section, formerly known as From the Trenches, under the title Digs & Discoveries. And readers who enjoy our global map pinpointing recent finds can now locate World Roundup under the name Around the World. Since we introduced maps in many of our articles a little less than a year ago, dozens of readers have shared with us how much this has enriched their experience of the magazine, and we believe referring to this section as Around the World expresses this cartographic emphasis. The impetus behind Digs &…

2 min.
dear reader,

As a longtime ARCHAEOLOGY subscriber, I am delighted to introduce myself to you as the incoming president of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), the organization that publishes this magazine. The AIA is the oldest and largest archaeological organization in North America, made up of professional archaeologists and lay enthusiasts who belong to more than 100 affiliated local societies across the United States and Canada. One of these societies is likely located near you. There, you can meet archaeologists and hear them talk about their work through the AIA’s lecture program, which sponsors more than 200 events every year. One of my ambitions as president is to tap this deep well of expertise and make it accessible to an even broader audience via podcasts and other media. I caught the archaeology…

1 min.
archaeological 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 archaeological.org…

3 min.
from our readers

WHAT MAKES A WITCH? “Searching for the Witches’ Tower” (November/December 2019) rightly identifies the role of King James I in promoting the eradication of witchcraft in seventeenth-century England, but does not mention the impact of the King James Version of the Hebrew Bible. The Bible’s publication at about the same time as the 1612 Lancashire witchcraft trials replaced the Hebrew words for idolaters, mediums, sorcerers, and ghost whisperers with the English word “witch.” In Hebrew, there was no such word as “witch.” Early Greek and Latin translations of the Hebrew also did not use the word “witch.” An example of this usage can be found in 1 Samuel, chapter 28, in which the King James Bible has Saul going to the witch of Endor to contact the spirit of Samuel, while the…

3 min.
digs & discoveries

THE MAN IN PRAGUE CASTLE In the aftermath of World War I, as a result of the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, several new countries were created in Central Europe. In a quest to define themselves, they sought new national stories. However, such narratives are often not new at all. Instead, they hark back to a past that is sometimes part mythology, part history—but always potent. At the heart of Czechoslovakia’s national story was a 1,000-year-old skeleton of a warrior buried with his weapons deep within the oldest part of Prague Castle. For almost a century, the shifting interpretations of this man’s identity have reflected the cataclysmic political upheavals of the twentieth century—from the Nazi occupation to the era of Soviet domination and, finally, a return to independent statehood. Recently, a team…

2 min.
off the grid

MALINALCO, MEXICO The town of Malinalco, just over two hours southwest of Mexico City by car, is home to two historic sites that may seem to represent distinct worlds. The first is a complex built by the Aztecs between 1476, when they conquered the region, and 1519, when the Spanish arrived. The complex’s main temple, named Cuauhcalli, or “House of the Eagles,” was built directly into a hillside. It is the only example of such rock-cut architecture in the Aztec world, and one of only a handful in the Americas. The other site is the Augustinian monastery of San Cristobál, now called Divino Salvador, which was built in 1540 and is still in use today. The monastery features vivid murals of biblical scenes that were painted by subjugated Aztecs shortly after its…