“Place of the Beautiful Ones”
When Egyptian Queens Got Elaborate Tombs of Their Own By Heather Lee McCarthy

A sudden, dramatic change in Egyptian queens’ burials occurred at the beginning of the 19th Dynasty (1292–1190 B.C.). On the west bank of the Nile at Thebes, a Y-shaped valley that had served as a cemetery for male officials was adapted as a burial place for royal women. The necropolis was then re-named […]

Ancient WMDs
Torches & Poisons & Bees—Weapons of Mass Destruction in the Ancient World By Adrienne Mayor

Most people assume that biological and chemical weapons are recent inventions, that only our advanced knowledge of science and weapons systems has allowed us to make use of toxins, pathogens and incendiary chemicals. Many historians have assumed, moreover, that the rules of engagement in ancient warfare—predicated on honor, valor and skill—would have banned […]

East Meets West
How Greek Art Influenced Monumental Pillars of India’s Emperor Ashoka By Elizabeth Rosen Stone

No two artistic traditions seem more unlike than those of India and Greece. The multi-headed, multi-armed figures of Indian sculpture appear to be mystical and cosmic, worlds away from the earthy verisimilitude of ancient Greek statuary. In its early years, however, Indian sculpture was in fact a product of close associations with the […]


Editors’ Page: Indiana Jane
Is a Woman’s Place in Archaeology? By Jack Meinhardt
Past Perfect: Among Macedonian Kings?
Greek Archaeologist Manolis Andronicos Uncovers a Burial Tumulus in Northern Greece
The Guardian Gods: Easter Island
Ancient Life: Going Clean
Togas Washed and Pressed