On the Cover: Likely plague victim from a medieval Dutch cemetery
Letters to the Crocodile God
Fragments of ancient writing illuminate 3,000 years of life in an Egyptian oasis town.
by Marco Merola
Dynasty of Nomads
Rediscovering China's forgotten Liao Empire
by Jake Hooker
Lucy Up Close
A paleo-celebrity's contributions to evolutionary science
by Blake Edgar
Steamboats of the Yukon
Racing to record the vessels that opened the Canadian Northwest
by Tom Koppel
Lessons from the Black Death
Medieval DNA, Modern Medicine: Will a cemetery excavation establish a link between the Black Death and resistance to AIDS?
by Heather Pringle
Plans for a Greek supermarket lead to the discovery of an ancient agora.
by Jarrett A. Lobell
In This Issue
by Peter A. Young
From the President
An Amazing Opportunity
Praise for the AIA's Field School Scholarships
by C. Brian Rose
Tabloid tattoo, Jesus's cult, and the long shadow of Nazi science
From the Trenches
Buried Viking treasure, chewing on the past, a big mummy movie, Angkor's urban sprawl, adultery in Nubia, Chinese beer, Mexican chilis, the Jesuit and Peking Man, weasely cave art, "accidental" Korean mummies, and a homemade submarine
Alice Gorman talks about space junk, archaeology in orbit, astronaut poop, and the celestial heritage of the modern world
Should an art conservator risk her reputation to save potentially looted artifacts, or let them fall apart?
Letter from Louisiana
Mound-spotting in the Bayou State
When the falcon became the symbol of Egyptian royalty