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ARCHAEOLOGY September/October 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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behind the scenes

Those of our readers who have glanced at this page know that, over my past eight years as editor in chief, my favorite kind of letter is one in which I preview what the next pages hold. The staff here at ARCHAEOLOGY—editors Jarrett A. Lobell, Eric A. Powell, Daniel Weiss, and Marley Brown, and creative director Richard Bleiweiss—put their hearts and considerable talents into creating a cornucopia of extraordinary stories. Each piece is intensively researched and beautifully written and art-directed. Each issue delves into the little-known past and explores far-flung places around the globe. In short, this team covers the discipline of archaeology better than any I have ever encountered. And it is all done for you, our readers. We know that you want to be both entertained and informed, just…

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lessons from the past

The Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) devotes considerable resources to its mission of educating the public, including publishing ARCHAEOLOGY. I love teaching, even though my career goal was to become an archaeologist, not an educator. In fact, upon returning last year from sabbatical, I realized just how much I missed being in the classroom. When I was young, my mother wanted me to become a high school teacher, as she was, and I did end up following in her footsteps. Teaching at a college or university is one of the few career options open to archaeologists in the United States. I consider myself fortunate to have secured such a position. Often I am asked if I teach mostly graduate students. Although my department has a Ph.D. program, the overwhelming majority of…

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from our readers

A DIFFERENT STORY I enjoyed “Haiti’s Royal Past” (July/August 2018) very much. I traveled to Haiti in 2013 to teach a short youth art education program. It is wonderful to see an article that is not about the perceived wisdom of it as a degraded or pitiful place. Beyond this, I enjoyed how well the story was researched and structured, and also the full picture of the people and events in Haiti, and Haitians’ relationship to the rest of the world at that time. Good on you! Lindsay Wilcox San Luis Obispo, CA FARMING THE DESERT My congratulations to Sara Toth Stub for her excellent article about the Byzantine village in Israel (“Cultivating an Arid Landscape”) in the May/June 2018 issue. It was impressive how these people coaxed the environment of the Negev Desert into…

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ice age necropolis

In the Upper Paleolithic period, just over 12,000 years ago, Arene Candide in Italy’s northwestern Liguria region was an imposing cave with a massive, nearly 300-foot sand dune next to its entrance. Today, the dune has been quarried away. For archaeologist Vitale Sparacello of the University of Bordeaux, Arene Candide is key to understanding humanity’s legacy in the region. Sparacello grew up in Genoa, just about an hour east of Arene Candide, and has long been fascinated by the deep history the region has to offer. Unlike other caves, which have been studied mostly to see how people lived in them, for Sparacello and his colleagues, the site provides something else altogether—insight into how Paleolithic people buried their dead. Arene Candide has 10 primary Paleolithic burials, two of which are double…

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off the grid

A two-mile-long dirt road through Benin’s coastal town of Ouidah leads to the Door of No Return, a monument to some one million enslaved people forced there onto boats bound for European colonies in North America, South America, and the Caribbean. It runs the short distance from the market square, where slaves were sold, to the Atlantic Ocean, where the Middle Passage began. When Europeans first arrived in the late fifteenth century, Ouidah—then known as Gléwé—was the port of the local Hueda Kingdom, which gives the modern town its name. Early explorers and missionaries were soon joined by traders, who established forts and began purchasing slaves from Hueda rulers. By the end of the seventeenth century, some 10,000 enslaved individuals left Ouidah every year. The town was one of the…

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hellenistic helmet safety

Archaeologists have discovered a bronze Corinthian helmet in the burial of several fifth-century B.C. Greek warriors in southwestern Russia. This type of helmet, which completely covers the head and neck, is depicted on iconic statues of such figures as the Athenian statesman Pericles and the goddess Athena, but is rarely found during modern excavations. The recently unearthed example was uncovered at a necropolis on the Taman Peninsula, which, together with parts of Crimea, formed the territory of the Bosporan Kingdom, a Greek state that was founded around 480 B.C. In addition to the helmet, the burial also included the men’s weapons, as well as an amphora and other ceramics. Bridled horses were interred nearby, suggesting that the warriors may have been cavalrymen. Roman Mimokhod of the Russian Academy of Sciences, who…

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