A publication of the Archaeological Institute of America
On the Cover: Gladiator relief from a first-century B.C. tomb north of Rome (AP Photo/Plinio Lepri)
A Ride to the AfterlifeTeasing apart the mysteries of Thracian chariot burialsby Matthew Brunwasser
Purple ReignHow ancient Chinese chemists added color to the emperor's armyby Samir S. Patel
The Dawn of ArtA controversial scholar claims modern culture was born in the foothills of the Alps.by Andrew Curry
A Tangled Journey HomeUpdated online-only version!Priceless artifacts return to Italy and Greece, but their histories remain lost.by Eti Bonn-Muller and Eric A. Powell
DirtrakerUsing the tools of an investigative journalist, archaeologist Jerry Spangler is on a crusade to save sites on public land.by Keith Kloor
First Churches of the Jesus CultHow Christianity evolved in its first three centuriesby Andrew Lawler
In This IssueCelebrating the Storytellersby Peter A. Young
From the PresidentCommon GroundCan archaeologists and museums work together?by C. Brian Rose
LettersNaming names in the Maya world, underwater piracy, and archaeologists without compassion?
From the TrenchesCOVER STORY: Gladiators live to fight another day, Iron Age Mickey, Hollywood's cavemen (and women), Aztec lightning, a new view of Pompeii, the plot against North Korea, the history of the Americas, Czech frog legs, Brad Pitt + Ötzi = Brötzi, and the source of Nile gold
ConversationExtended online-only version!Columbia University's Ralph Holloway talks about brain evolution and the human mind.
InsiderThe masks of gods, a conqueror's elbows, and the future of Maya archaeology
Letter from PeruMoray's enigmatic circular pits remind us that no one really knows the Inca
Artifact A Roman coin turns up in an unexpected place.
July/August 2007 | November/December 2007