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In this issue:

– A forgotten civilisation: exploring the lost world of Sanxingdui
Not just a stone age: extraordinary timber architecture at Kalambo Falls
Young versus Champollion: deciphering the decipherers of Egyptian hieroglyphs
Myanmar: cradle of empires
Tating ware: on the trail of a pottery paradox
Georgia: the Golden Age

Plus: news, reviews, museum, opinion columns, object lesson, and much more!
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The finds from Sanxingdui are sensational. In 1986, two pits were discovered by chance within this ancient city. The contents proved to be simultaneously stunning and shocking. While the contents included a wealth of sumptuous sculptures, their style was without any obvious parallel in China, or anywhere else. It seemed that the Bronze Age inhabitants of Sanxingdui developed a unique view of the world, and then immortalised it in metalwork. Now, six more pits have been examined, with results that are every bit as electrifying. In our cover feature, we learn the latest news about a spellbinding lost civilisation.

Forgotten wonders have also been unearthed at Kalambo Falls, Zambia. Digging in 2019 revealed a wealth of wooden objects, including elements of an ingenious wooden structure. Cutting-edge dating reveals that this was assembled in an almost unbelievably early era. The results of this revolutionary research force us to rethink the capabilities of early humans.

The country of Myanmar is an altogether more recent creation. It has only existed as a single political entity since 1948, and incorporates a territory that is phenomenally rich in natural resources. This advantage once made the region a cradle for mighty kingdoms and empires. As these great powers waxed and waned, so too their tales can be read in the remarkable artefacts produced in the region.

Reading was also at the heart of the rivalry between Thomas Young and Jean-François Champollion as they raced to decipher Egyptian hieroglyphs. Their competition and, at times, collaboration was destined to change Egyptology forever. In the 250th anniversary year of Young’s birth, we go in search of the personalities behind an extraordinary breakthrough.

Our travel section follows in Richard Hodges’ footsteps as he sought the source of an enigmatic and intriguing form of early medieval pottery: Tating Ware. Meanwhile, Christoph Baumer introduces us to the Golden Age of the Kingdom of Georgia.

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Volume 11

Published Year

2023

Cover Date

Dec / Jan 2024

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