Archaeology Odyssey, January/February 2003


Special Section

Digs 2003

The Next Best Thing to Being There

Can’t tell a mattock head from a plumb bob? After a few weeks volunteering on a dig, you’ll be a lot cannier about the tools of the archaeology trade—and having fun, too. Archaeology Odyssey’s fourth annual digs list presents you with opportunities to uncover some of the...Read more ›


Sailing the Open Seas

Recent deepwater archaeological finds disprove the conventional wisdom that ancient mariners were timid shore-huggers

By Dan L. Davis

“The Mediterranean is a passionate collector,” writes European scholar Predrag Matvejevicá in Mediterranean: A Cultural Landscape (1999). Indeed, over the past half-century, essentially since the invention of the aqualung in the 1940s, divers have discovered the remains of well over 1,200 ancient shipwrecks.a Most...Read more ›

Exploring the Deep

New technologies transport us thousands of feet beneath the ocean’s surface—allowing archaeologists to survey ancient (and modern) shipwrecks

By Aaron BrodyAnna Marguerite McCann

Oceans cover 71 percent of the earth, and a whopping 97 percent of these waters are beyond the reach of conventional scuba divers, who can reach only about 200 feet below the surface of the sea. The vast majority of the world’s shipwrecks, therefore, cannot be excavated...Read more ›

Naked and the Nude

Erotic images in the near eastern and Greco-Roman worlds

By Larissa Bonfante

What is the difference between the Near Eastern focus on female nudity, almost to the point of vulgarity, and the ‘Pompeian style’ of vulgar male nudity? Why did one civilization produce nude representations of women (almost exclusively) and the other nude representations of men...Read more ›



The Man Who Deciphered Linear B: The Story of Michael Ventris

Reviewed by Barry B. Powell