May/June 2024 Issue

Sixteenth-century nautical map of the Black Sea
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Features From the Issue

  • Features May/June 2024

    Searching for Lost Cities

    From Iraq to West Africa and the English Channel to the Black Sea, archaeologists are on the hunt for evidence of once-great cities lost to time

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    Lands of the Golden Horde, fourteenth-century map
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  • Features May/June 2024

    Alexander the Great's Untold Story

    Excavations in northern Greece are revealing the world that shaped the future king

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    Emblem for a New Era

    A Bronze Age warrior’s grave yields a final clue to his identity

  • Features May/June 2024

    Forts of the Bison Hunters

    How the Wichita secured their homeland on the Great Plains

  • Features May/June 2024

    High Priestesses of Copper Age Spain

    Opulent burials are evidence of women’s religious and political power nearly 5,000 years ago

Archaeology Magazine May/June 2024 Cover

Letter from the Catskills

Letter from the Catskills

Ghost Towns of the Ashokan Reservoir

An archaeologist investigates how construction of New York City’s largest reservoir a century ago uprooted thousands of rural residents

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(Courtesy the New York City Department of Environmental Protection)



Medieval Iron Gauntlet

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Switzerland Medieval Gauntlet
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Digs & Discoveries

Off the Grid

Off the Grid May/June 2024

Lixus, Morocco

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Around the World





Slideshow: Spain’s Copper Age Priestesses

At the site of Valencina in southwestern Spain, just outside Seville, a woman nicknamed the Ivory Lady was buried nearly 5,000 years ago with a collection of grave goods unparalleled for the time and place. A few generations later, 20 people—at least 15 of them women—were buried a few hundred feet from the Ivory Lady with an even more impressive array of grave goods in a tomb known as the Montelirio tholos. Archaeologist Leonardo García Sanjuán of the University of Seville, who leads a team that is studying the burials, believes the Ivory Lady and the women buried in the Montelirio tholos were leaders of their community, vested with great political and religious power.