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from the trenches
From the Trenches Volume 60 Number 1, January/February 2007

News and Notes from the World of Archaeology

Top 10 Discoveries of 2006

  1. Valley of the Kings Tomb
  2. 3-Million-Year-Old Child
  3. Olmec Script
  4. Irish Bog Psalms
  5. Peru's Temple of the Fox
  6. China's "Guest Worker"
  7. Tomb of the Roaring Lions
  8. Lost Kingdom of Tambora
  9. Scythian Mummy
  10. Brazilian Stonehenge

You Tell Us!
The results are in from our first online poll, where we asked:
How would you like your body to be preserved for archaeologists of the future?


33% - No thanks, keep your trowel off of me!
26% - Mummified like an Egyptian pharaoh
17% - Preserved in a peat bog
14% - Frozen in ice like Ötzi
10% - Trapped in permafrost like a Scythian warrior

Looks like a lot of people out there are perfectly happy to read about excavations, but would rather not wind up in one a few thousand years down the road.

World Roundup
Recent discoveries around the globe

Photo in the News
Reverse archaeology in Italy

We asked archaeologist Steve Lekson what ancient site is the best-kept secret in the American Southwest.

Fact Check
Ukrainian "Pyramid"

Syrian Finds
Clay-decorated skulls, camel remains, and more

A Moment in Time
What was happening in 1700 B.C.?

   Jamestown: The Buried Truth
   The Stories in Stone

   Amarna, Ancient Egypt's Place in the Sun
   Tutankhamum and the Golden Age of the Pharoahs

Web Watch
Our favorite websites about human origins

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