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(Cover Photo: Anna Ressman/Oriental Institute)

Trash Talk
Sorting through a mountain of pottery to track the Roman oil trade
by Jarrett A. Lobell

Map Quest
Follow a pre-Hispanic manuscript into the world of the Chichimecs
by Tom Gidwitz

Grave of the Middle East's Oldest Witch
by Mati Milstein

Climate Change: Sites in Peril
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by Andrew Curry

A Mummy's Life
State-of-the-art scanning reveals there's more to an Egyptian priestess than just a pretty face
by Eti Bonn-Muller

The Case of the Missing Buffalo Soldier
A grave robbery leads federal authorities to one of the Southwest's most prolific looters
by Samir S. Patel

Drugs, Guns, and Dirt
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Methamphetamine fuels a new epidemic of looting
by Samir S. Patel


In This Issue
You're Digging Where?
by Peter A. Young

From the President
Global Archaeologist
Honoring Henry T. Wright
by C. Brian Rose

Genocide as justification, Maya brain damage, and falling profit margins

From the Trenches
Firings at the Penn Museum, the real Robinson Crusoe, looters at sea and on TV, first nuclear family, Argentina's tango cafe, Pompeii before the ash, Basque whalers' island, King Solomon's mines, oldest marijuana stash, and Copernicus's DNA

Conversation full text Full text!
A diver who leads a volunteer program that documents shipwrecks talks about what archaeology means to African Americans

The difficulties of reburying the remains of Native Americans with no clear descendants

Letter from Dubai: Arise Atlantis!
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In the hyper-modern but economically crippled emirate, an over-the-top resort channels the ancient legend of a sophisticated civilization that collapsed under its own excesses
by Eric A. Powell

Oracle bones offer prophecies and some of the earliest examples of Chinese writing

January/February 2009 | May/June 2009