This week: Crete 1941

This week: Crete 1941

The daring German capture of Crete in May-June 1941 is not often mentioned alongside more celebrated military upsets. But still, there were many levels ...


Pompeii’s robot archaeologist

'Spot' is equipped to carry out routine inspections and monitor the safety of the site ...

Neo-Assyrian complex with rock art unearthed beneath a Turkish village

Likely created around 900-600 BC, the relief represents a rare example of Neo-Assyrian monumental rock art ...

Stone jars found in India

Many of the jar sites in Assam contain engraved stone slabs decorated with human figures and other motifs ...

Conservation work on Constable painting reveals long-lost Thames skyline

Bright blue skies and a view of the early 19th-century Thames skyline were revealed after layers of yellowed varnish were ...

Writing archaeology

Neil went on to propose using what R G Collingwood called ‘the historical imagination’ by blending data and interpretation to ‘tell the story’. He was convinced that this ‘must be done if archaeology is to be interesting and worthwhile’.

The Princess of Khok Phanom Di

The Princess was not buried alone. Alongside her was a grave big enough for an adult, which contained the ochre covered skeleton of a little girl aged about 18 months, covered in about 15,000 shell beads and, lo and behold, a tiny clay anvil for shaping pots.

Ancient aquifers and a sovereign spirit

The death of Prince Philip was marked on Tanna with traditional rites and tribute ceremonies: the consensus among members of the sect is that the Duke’s spirit has returned to its island home...

Last word on Roman London

Traders poured in, London flourished, and in ten years it became the biggest town in Britain. But then, disaster! Boudica rebelled and London was destroyed: traces of burning from this episode are still visible in the lower layers of excavations.