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In This Issue
A Cautious Scholar
Pietro Giovanni Guzzo, the superintendent of Pompeii and Herculaneum, has a sense of moderation that sets him apart from his predecessors. By Peter A. Young
From the President
Era of Hard Choices
The United States faces a resource crisis in archaeology, especially for the classical world. Can American institutions justify funding huge digs like that at the Villa of the Papyri at Herculaneum? By Stephen L. Dyson
Letters Portrait Puzzlement, Kudos for Logan
The Post-Roman World
Recent scholarship rejects the idea that a Dark Ages of chaos and obscurity characterized the transition from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages. By James Wiseman
Legacy of Dunhuang
Appreciating a millennium of art at the end of the Silk Road (Dunhuang, Caves of the Singing Sands: Buddhist Art from the Silk Road. R. Whitfield, photographs by Seigo Otsuka. 2 vols.: 355 pages and 393 color plates. London: Textile and Art Publications Ltd., 1995. $475.00. ISBN 1-898406-05-7: To order, call 44-171-499-7979; Conservation of Ancient Sites on the Silk Road. N. Agnew, ed. Proceedings of an International Conference of Grotto Sites. 405 pages. Los Angeles: The Getty Conservation Institute, 1997. $75.00 ISBN 0-89236-416-5: To order, call 1-800-223-3431.) Reviewed by James O. Caswell. (Check out ARCHAEOLOGY's latest list of new books.)
At the Museums
Re-creating Neanderthals
A review of the new Neandertal Museum in Mettmann, Germany, and its exhibition of human evolution. (Contact: Neandertal Museum, Talstrasse 300, D-40822 Mettmann, Germany, tel. +49-2104-979-797; fax +49-2104-979-796; open Tuesday-Sunday; 10:00-6:00.) Reviewed by Paul G. Bahn. (Check out ARCHAEOLOGY's latest list of museum exhibitions.)
Perseus II
A review of Perseus 2.0: Interactive Sources and Studies on Ancient Greece, a CD-ROM containing ancient texts, information about artifacts, images of objects and archaeological sites, and essays on history and archaeology. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996. Comprehensive edition, $350.00, ISBN 0-300-05936-1; Concise Edition, $150.00, ISBN 0-300-05939-6. To order, call Yale University Press, 1-800-987-7323.) Reviewed by Harrison Eiteljorg, II.
Gift of the Nile
One man's experiences while visiting Egypt's Elephantine Island, a sliver of land in the Nile
By Dale Mackenzie Brown.

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