Waking the Buddha
After decades of exile, an Afghan archaeologist returns to an excavation charged with symbolism and hope
by David Bosco
The Turquoise Trail
Did an extensive trade network link Mesoamerica with the American Southwest?
by Eric A. Powell
Warriors of Paros
Soldiers' burials offer clues to the rise of Classical Greek city-states
by Foteini Zafeiropoulou and Anagnostis Agelarakis
Medieval Europeans may have had more fun than you think
by Martha Bayless
Scholars reconstruct the lives of laborers on a Yucatán plantation
by Allan Meyers
The Forgotten Fight for America
The centuries-long struggle for control of the continent before 1776
by Mark Rose
From the President
A little-known U.S. program supports cultural heritage abroad.
by Jane C. Waldbaum
In This Issue
The Wonder of It All
by Peter A. Young
A Smithsonian sleuth says counterfeits lurk in museum collections the world over.
Letter From Greece
The Gods Return to Olympus
In today's Greece, worshiping Zeus is a controversial practice.
by Matthew Brunwasser