In This Issue
by Peter A. Young
From the President
by Nancy C. Wilkie
Conversations: Master of the Sphinx
A reluctant student, Zahi Hawass is now Egypt's archaeological ambassador.
American Scene: Cherokee Holy of Holies
Archaeology as a peacemaker in a dispute over Native American Heritage
by Andrew Curry
On the Cover: Roman mosaic representing one of the four seasons, from the Villa Buc Ammera, east of Lepcis. Photo: Art Directors and Trip
To the Shores of Tripoli
Remarkably preserved Roman cities, lavish mosaics, and an absence of pestering trinket-mongers make Libya a compelling destination for archaeology buffs.
by Louis Werner
Legacy of the Crusades
The ruins of castles on hillsides throughout the Middle East are mute reminders of a bloody chapter in medieval history.
by Sandra Scham
Mexico's Wonder Plant
Scholars seek clues to the Prehispanic importance of the hearty maguey in Oaxaca's southern highlands.
by Gary M. Feinman, Linda M. Nicholas, and Helen R. Haines
A Painted Land
The rock canvasses of Australia's Aboriginal artists celebrate the beliefs of a people steeped in ancestor worship.
by Margaret Grove
Digging Napoleon's Dead
A mass grave in Lithuania is gruesome evidence of the catastrophic French retreat from Moscow.
by Jarrett A. Lobell
Woman the Toolmaker
A day in the life of an Ethiopian woman who scrapes hides the old-fashioned way
by Steven A. Brandt and Kathryn Weedman
The Other Pyramids
A tour of ancient Nubia where clusters of steep, topless "tombstones" punctuate a remote desert landscape
by Bob Brier