Archaeology Odyssey, May/June 2000



The Yarwhosians?

You may not have heard of them, but the civilized Neolithic Yarmukians created some of the world’s earliest clay sculptures.

By Yosef GarfinkelMichele Miller

Prepare to fall in love—with our friends the Yarmukians. Since they lived almost 8,000 years ago, about 3,000 years before people began communicating in writing, you can’t ask them who they were. And even if you could, it’s doubtful you would understand their answer;...Read more ›

“My Life’s Shattered Work!”

The strange ordeal of Hermann Hilprecht

By Bruce Kuklick

European archaeologists were digging in the ancient Near East before the age of Napoleon. Americans, by contrast, were latecomers. The United States did not launch its first formal archaeological expedition in the Near East until the late 1880s, when an odd collection of scholars, soldiers of fortune,...Read more ›

Eternal Architecture

In ancient Rome, Vitruvius kept alive the classical ideal

By Thomas Gordon Smith

Around 25 B.C. the Roman architect Vitruvius wrote this dedication to the emperor Augustus: I have drawn up definite rules so that by observing them you might understand what previous works were like and what future works will be like … In the following volumes I have...Read more ›

The Right Kind of Multiculturalism

By Camille Paglia

The field of archaeology is under a political cloud because of its allegedly racist and exploitative history. American Indians have protested the “desecration” of tribal burial grounds by archaeological digs. A longstanding argument rages about the legal ownership of antiquities acquired by museums through donation or purchase...Read more ›



Finding the Walls of Troy: Frank Calvert and Heinrich Schliemann at Hisarlik

Reviewed by William M. Calder III