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Discovering Roman mosaics – where history meets luxury in Antakya

Antakya, anciently Antiochia on the Orontes, is a Turkish city renowned for its superb collection of Roman mosaics and a stunning museum. It can now add a truly remarkable geometric mosaic, lauded as being the largest surviving example in the world, to its public attractions. Antiochia was founded in 300 BC by one of Alexander the Great’s generals, Seleucus I…

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Ruins on Rapa Nui

On the south coast of the Polynesian island of Rapa Nui (Easter Island), a dozen or more fallen statues (moai) lie slumped across the rectangular stone platforms (ahu) on which they once proudly stood. This is the ruined ahu complex of the…

Turner’s Modern World

All great artists need great subjects. Joseph Mallord William Turner was no exception. Although extremely talented, he was especially fortunate to have…

Discovering Denny

Discovering Denny

As I write, we are in total lockdown in New Zealand. I haven’t been beyond the front path for days, ...
Revisiting Sutton Hoo

Revisiting Sutton Hoo

In CA 339 (June 2018), I explored the site of Sutton Hoo through past issues of Current Archaeology. Here, I ...
Appreciation of our own back yards

Appreciation of our own back yards

Some years ago, Sherds invented a dinner party game called ‘Dante’, in which participants nominate the place where they would ...
Zeugma's last secret

Zeugma’s last secret

A mosaic featuring Oceanus and his wife Tethys – an aquatic scene, which was to prove ominously prophetic in the ...

CA 369

As Autumn draws towards its close, this is a time of year when thoughts turn towards people and places that have gone…

CWA 104

Tantra has inspired striking imagery: heavily armed gods and goddesses committing violent carnage while adorned with human body parts, or enacting acrobatic…

Minerva 186

Tantra, Ravenna, Chinese Astrology, Thebes, Tenochtitlan…

Military History Matters 119

The Franco-Prussian War, Prokhorovka tank battle, Medieval Irish Warriors, airpower, Ian Fleming…

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