I had been directing archaeological research for a decade in the highland Andes, in one of those rare places on earth where civilization once spontaneously arose. The more years I spent digging, the more enigmatic the site became.
I am often asked what I think are the world's greatest sights. For me, they are those that expand your soul and your vision, filling you with gratitude for being in their presence, with wonder at how they have come to be and with a sense of duty to protect them.
Ironically, the few printed photographs from the 19th Century are far more likely to survive into the 22nd Century than all the billions of images we upload to Instagram.
Thanks to new research in the field of ancient DNA, we are now a step closer to understanding how ancient environments and cultural practices may have affected the health of people living in past societies.
Today, Beersheba is a modern university town of some 200,000 people, at 25 miles from the Gaza strip further than either Sderot or Netivot, though still within range of incoming grad rockets that have at times pummelled the city.
What is the most beautiful stretch of Mediterranean coastline? Many a fruitful evening can be spent debating this subject, preferably over a bottle of rosé as the sun dips into a cobalt sea.
This ancient city named Mes Aynak, or little copper well in Dari, was once at the heart of the bustling Silk Road, the revolutionary trade route that tied together China, India, the Middle East and the Mediterranean.
History, efficiency, and public policy favoring property owners are all at play in missing property cases. Consult experienced legal counsel if you discover a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
In the second episode of Finding Jesus, the focus is on John the Baptist. That being the case, this episode might be termed: Finding John the Baptist (okay, and Jesus too). And, within the quest for Jesus, learning all one can about John the Baptist is a fine place to begin.
Ancient cod bones unearthed at an Alaska archaeological site carry a very modern warning for a world with a rapidly changing climate -- as sea levels rise, so do levels of mercury in the food chain.
Practicing a decolonized archaeology starts with the very simple everyday practices that eventually make up these structures. Just as these practices contribute to the formation of these structures, simple changes in them can alter the broader structures.
How do you mark the instant when human impacts so changed the planet that the signs will remain embedded in Earth's rock record for time immemorial? That is essentially the question that three important new scientific studies tackled this month.
Filmmaker Tim Mahoney has spent the last twelve years exploring the state of our collective understanding of the evidence (or lack thereof) of the Biblical Exodus. He has traveled the globe and spoken to the world's leading experts on the topic.
As the security situation improves, now is the time for Egypt to consider new opportunities to promote -- and protect -- its cultural and aesthetic patrimony.
Five thousand years of history will be on display as a result of the exhibition, "The Greeks: Agamemnon to Alexander the Great," which will be inaugurated on December 12th at the Pointe-à-Callière Museum of Archaeology and History in Montreal.
Saving world heritage sites is one thing. Activating them as economic and social assets for the local community is another project altogether.