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Table of Contents Volume 56 Number 3, May/June 2003

The full texts of newsbriefs, reviews, and selected longer articles are available online; abstracts of other departments and features are also available.


In This Issue
"Alternative" Archaeology
by Peter A. Young

From the President
Iraq Alert!
by Jane C. Waldbaum


Special Report: The Specter of War full
Iraqi archaeologists and museum officials prepare
by Joanne Farchakh

Conversations: The WAC in Washington full
Brian Fagan's sneak preview of the 5th World Archaeological Congress

Letter from Bolivia: Coping with Chaos
When civil disorder takes an archaeologist away from the trenches
by Alexei Vranich


Cover Story

Prehistory of Warfare
Human beings have been at each others' throats since the dawn of the species
by Steven A. LeBlanc

Seductions of Pseudoarchaeology

Far-Out Television
What to think when Atlantis is just one click of the remote away
by Garrett G. Fagan

Pseudoscience in Cyberspace full
In the Hall of Ma'at, fed-up archaeology buffs fight back
by Kristin M. Romey

Bogus Books
A bestseller promotes a voyage of exploration too exciting to be true
by Eric A. Powell


First Lady of Amazonia
Betty Meggers is a strong-willed octogenarian with immovable beliefs about ancient cultures
by Colleen P. Popson

The Well-Dressed Dead
Class has its privileges in the catacombs of Palermo
by Bob Brier

Guge: Tibet's Long-Lost Kingdom
Archaeologists are rediscovering the glories of a great Tibetan dynasty, forgotten for centuries
by Xiong Lei

Mixed Messages
A tomb on the Giza Plateau yields chewing-gum wrappers, a 1944 newspaper, and a 4,500-year-old burial
by W. B. Hafford

Further Reading


On the Cover: A Late Classic Period (A.D. 600-800) Maya warrior figurine from Jaina Island, Campeche, Mexico. Photo ©Justin Kerr

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