A Monumental Feud
Peru's Caral is the oldest city in the western hemisphere--and the focus of archaeology's most contentious fight.
by Roger Atwood
Myth in Marble
A tragic figure emerges from the ruins of a Roman villa.
by Jarrett A. Lobell
Plain of Jars
The explosive implications of archaeology at Laos' most puzzling site
by Karen J. Coates
Secrets of the Medici
Excavation of Florence's first family reveals clues to the lifestyles of the Renaissance rich, solves a murder mystery, and turns up a lost treasure.
by Gino Fornaciari, Bob Brier, and Antonio Fornaciari
Testimony coerced from shamans by Spanish priests may, ironically, be a key to understanding more about Maya spiritual life.
by Kristin M. Romey
In This Issue
by Peter A. Young
From the President
What's in a Word?
A proposed change to federal law will put our heritage at risk.
by Jane C. Waldbaum
The Axum Obelisk Returns,
but Some Still Grumble
by Ian Limbach
Tsunami reveals temples in India, Germany's prehistoric pornography, one dapper mummy, Korea's oldest written document-or not, reburying Aztec Ruins, and more
Monuments and Memory
Susan Alcock on how the ancients viewed the past, the upside of empire, and modernizing classical archaeology
Dinosaurs in native myths, romantic ruins, return to Armageddon, virtual trowels, from apes to ancestors, and editors' picks
Letter From New York
The New Neandertal
Virtual fossils and real molecules are changing how we view Neandertals.
by Jean-Jacques Hublin