Archaeology Odyssey, March/April 2005



“Place of the Beautiful Ones”

When Egyptian Queens Got Elaborate Tombs of Their Own

By Heather Lee McCarthy

A sudden, dramatic change in Egyptian queens’ burials occurred at the beginning of the 19th Dynasty (1292–1190 B.C.). On the west bank of the Nile at Thebes, a Y-shaped valley that had served as a cemetery for male officials was adapted as a burial...Read more ›

Ancient WMDs

Torches & Poisons & Bees—Weapons of Mass Destruction in the Ancient World

By Adrienne Mayor

Most people assume that biological and chemical weapons are recent inventions, that only our advanced knowledge of science and weapons systems has allowed us to make use of toxins, pathogens and incendiary chemicals. Many historians have assumed, moreover, that the rules of engagement in...Read more ›

East Meets West

How Greek Art Influenced Monumental Pillars of India’s Emperor Ashoka

By Elizabeth Rosen Stone

No two artistic traditions seem more unlike than those of India and Greece. The multi-headed, multi-armed figures of Indian sculpture appear to be mystical and cosmic, worlds away from the earthy verisimilitude of ancient Greek statuary. In its early years, however, Indian sculpture was...Read more ›



Alexander the Great and the Mystery of the Elephant Medallions

Reviewed by John Merrill