July/August 2021 Issue

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    The Ugarit Archives

    Thousands of cuneiform tablets written in a distinctive script tell the dramatic story of a Bronze Age merchant city in Syria

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    (RMN-Grand Palais/Art Resource, NY)
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    Autobiography of a Maya Ambassador

    A grand monument and a humble burial chronicle the changing fortunes of a career diplomat

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    (Justin Kerr, K-5763, Justin Kerr Maya Vase Archive, Dumbarton Oaks, Trustees for Harvard University, Washington, D.C.)
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    Rise of the Kings of Tonga

    By combining excavation and oral history, archaeologists are discovering how a dynasty of chiefs united a Polynesian archipelago

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    Pompeii's Urban Oasis

    Newly restored frescoes reveal an unexpected garden refuge

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    Rediscovering Archaic America

    The surprising history of eastern North America’s early hunter-gatherers

Letter from Alaska

Letter from Alaska

The Cold Winds of War

A little-known World War II campaign in the Aleutian Islands left behind an undisturbed battlefield strewn with weapons and materiel

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(Brendan Coyle)



Egyptian Copper Tools

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(Courtesy Martin Odler and Jiří Kmošek, Czech Institute of Egyptology, Faculty of Arts, Charles University)

Digs & Discoveries

Off the Grid

Off the Grid July/August 2021

Zakros, Greece

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(Courtesy D. Matthew Buell)

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