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Inside Tutankhamun’s tomb

Ninety Years Ago Today – 26 November 1922

Ninety years ago today, 26 November 1922, Howard Carter got the first glimpse of what was to become in the days to follow what is arguably one of the most spectacular archaeological discoveries. It is certainly one of the most well known and more celebrated – still to this day. The discovery is of course […]

The conical tower within the ‘great enclosure’

My Bucket List: Great Zimbabwe Ruins

Having grown up in Zimbabwe, like many children I went on a school trip to the archaeological site of Great Zimbabwe. I remember little of that trip other than the rain. Well, it was sometime in the first half of the 1970s. A decade later I went on to study archaeology at the University of […]

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The Linton Panel

The so-called Linton Panel, surely one of the most astounding and finely detailed examples of southern African San rock art, is now housed in the South African Museum in Cape Town. This large slab of rock, measuring 2m by .8m, was removed in 1918 from a rock shelter on a farm named Linton has more […]

The Colossus of Ramses II, Originally 13 Metres High, Memphis

A Day Trip to Cairo

As far as archaeological attractions go, the pyramids of ancient Egypt must surely rank amongst the most iconic of them all, along with sites such as Pompeii in Italy and Stonehenge in England. Iconic sites usually achieve their status because of their mystical capital. And as mythological baggage goes, the pyramids have more than their […]

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