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Table of Contents Volume 56 Number 5, September/October 2003

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


Faking Biblical History
What happens when you try to mobilize archaeology--at any cost--to prove the Bible "true"?
by Neil Asher Silberman and Yuval Goren

Cloak & Trowel
The romantic image of archaeologist as adventurer fuels much of the speculation linking archaeology with espionage.
A look at the facts behind the fiction
by David Price

Solstice at the Stones
For the quarter million druids, wiccans, and heathens that live in the United Kingdom today, sites like Stonehenge are sacred ground.
by Eric A. Powell

Extreme Sport
Once the blood sport of Maya kings and Aztec warriors, ulama lives on in the dusty playing fields of western Mexico.
by Colleen P. Popson


Spirited Explorer
Katherine Routledge, intellectual adventurer and Quaker spiritualist, raced against time to save the living history of Easter Island
by Jo Anne Van Tilburg

Further Reading


In This Issue
Dangerous Deceptions
by Peter A. Young

From the President
Basement Archaeology
by Jane C. Waldbaum


Special Report: Europe's First Mummies
Surprising evidence that ancient Britons also preserved their dead
by David Keys

Conversations: Secrets of the Seeds full
Lee Ann Newsom, recipient of a $500,000 MacArthur Foundation "genius grant," talks about her fascination with ancient plant remains.


Letter From East Timor: Timor's Safe Havens
How caves shaped the history of the world's newest nation
by Karen J. Coates

On the Cover: This ceramic figurine, outfitted and ready to play the Mesoamerican ballgame, hails from the west Mexican state of Jalisco and dates from between 200 B.C. and A.D. 200. Modern farmers in west Mexico still play a version of the game, though their numbers are decreasing. © Scala/Art Resource

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