Current World Archaeology 117

In this issue:

– ‘The city thirsts’: revealing the most extensive water supply system in the ancient world
– The Priest of Pututus: unearthing a unique Andean tomb – Conjuring Mongolian deer stones: seeking the meaning of enigmatic monoliths
– The man in the parcel: unravelling a mortuary mystery
– Ireland: exploring the prehistoric passage tombs of Knowth and Newgrange

Plus: news, reviews, museum, opinion columns, object lesson, photo competition, and much more!

Cover Date: Feb / Mar 2023, Volume 10 Issue 9Postage Information: UK - free, Rest of World - Add £2


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Constantinople came with a problem. This ‘new Rome’ served as Constantine the Great’s imperial capital and held a commanding position on the Bosporus waterway. Being perched on the channel splitting Asia and Europe brought a cost, though, as it left Constantinople facing the sea on three sides. For drinking water, the newly minted capital was reliant on a minor stream and an aqueduct built to supply its predecessor, Byzantium. As Constantinople grew, so too its water supply proved inadequate for a thirsty city. Legend had it that the solution came from tapping the distant waters of the mighty Danube River. The truth was scarcely less astonishing. An extraordinary network was built to carry water to the capital, showcasing its power.

Status was also on display at Pacopampa, an ancient ceremonial gathering place in the highlands of Peru. Recent excavation work has revealed a remarkable tomb. Within lay the remains of an individual who was accompanied by a wealth of grave goods, including a set of 20 Strombus shells. This rich burial dates to a surprisingly early stage of activity at the site, raising intriguing questions about when and why elites emerged in the region.

Power was being signalled in a different way by the deer stones in Mongolia. Various images grace these magnificent monoliths, including striking, stylised representations of deer. Numerous explanations have been proposed for these monuments over the decades, such as that they show gods. Now research is pointing to a fascinating possibility: that they represent actual individuals.

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