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Rijksmuseum van Oudheden

Leiden, Netherlands is not exactly the first place that comes into mind when you think about ancient history. Even if you are in the city, you would most likely walk past the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden (National Museum of Antiquities) without...
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Blog by James Blake Wiener

Unearthing Ancient Sweden Through Archaeology

With over 25,000 Iron Age graveyards and burial mounds, 1,140 megalithic structures of all sizes, and about 2,500 large rune stones, Sweden is an archaeologist's paradise. While recognized predominantly for its colorful Viking past and picturesque...
Introducing the Ancient Greeks: From Bronze Age Seafarers to Navigators of the Western Mind
Book Review by Edith Hall

Introducing the Ancient Greeks: From Bronze Age Seafarers to Navigators of the Western Mind

Edith Hall has a very interesting approach to providing an overview of Ancient Greek history and culture. Rather than a simple linear narrative, Hall presents the reader with something altogether more playful. In her Introduction, she sets...
Decorated Roman Armour: From the Age of the Kings to the Death of Justinian the Great
Book Review by Raffaele D'Amato and Andrey Evgenevich Negin

Decorated Roman Armour: From the Age of the Kings to the Death of Justinian the Great

In Decorated Roman Armour: From the Age of the Kings to the Death of Justinian the Great, Raffaele D’Amato and Andrey Evgenevich Negin provide a chronological and typological analysis of Roman army equipment, especially focusing on...
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Blog by James Blake Wiener

The Puzzling Ancient Picts of Scotland

The ancient Picts of northern and eastern Scotland were as enigmatic to their contemporaneous neighbors as they are to modern-day scholars. Nevertheless, despite the shadowy and wild stereotypes that still abound in popular imagination, recent...
The Oxford Handbook of the Bronze Age Aegean (Oxford Handbooks)
Book Review by Mark Cartwright

The Oxford Handbook of the Bronze Age Aegean (Oxford Handbooks)

At nearly a thousand pages this is a titan of a book covering 3000 to 1000BC. This period includes two of the Mediterranean's most influential civilizations - the Minoan and Mycenaean.  This volume is a compilation of more than sixty...
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The Late Iron Age and Roman Ireland Project

In 2012, Ancient History Encyclopedia (AHE) profiled the work of the Late Iron Age and Roman Ireland Project. The central aim of this project was to characterize the environment, settlement patterns, social structures, and ritual practices...
The History of Excavations at Tel Gezer
Article by Henry Curtis Pelgrift

The History of Excavations at Tel Gezer

The archaeological site of Tel Gezer is located in central Israel at the edge of the western mountains near the Shephelah, about 9 or 10 km southwest of the city of Ramleh. Gezer was one of the famed "Solomonic" cities of the Hebrew...
Nok Culture
Definition by Mark Cartwright

Nok Culture

The Nok culture, named after the settlement of the same name, flourished in southern West Africa (modern Nigeria) during the Iron Age from the 5th century BCE to the 2nd century CE. Famous for the distinctive terracotta sculptures of human...
Bantu Migration
Definition by Mark Cartwright

Bantu Migration

The migration of the Bantu people from their origins in southern West Africa saw a gradual population movement sweep through the central, eastern, and southern parts of the continent starting in the mid-2nd millennium BCE and finally ending...