Anthropology Magazine

Reinterpreting Life and Death in Ancient Nubia

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  • Three people sit in an excavation pit, working to uncover ancient Nubia, and look back at the camera while three others stand on the sand and approach the platform.

    Reinterpreting Life and Death in Ancient Nubia

    In the Nile River Valley, powerful yet misunderstood civilizations flourished thousands of years ago. Now bioarchaeologists are rethinking funerary rituals and life in ancient Nubia, and empowering local Sudanese scholars.

  • Four hand shapes are shown on black and brown stone outlined with white paint next to a black, white, red, yellow, purple, and green measuring stick.

    The Amazing Archive of First Nations Stories Written on Stone

    Rock art created by First Nation peoples over the millennia are more than decorative. Non-Indigenous archaeologists are beginning to appreciate how they constitute an Indigenous archive of memories, histories, and relationships to the land and Ancestors.

  • An elderly Yaghan woman with shoulder-length black and gray hair wears a purple sweater and stands in a grove of reeds, holding reeds in her hands and under one arm.

    The Yaghan Rise Again

    The Yaghan, Indigenous people in Tierra del Fuego, were falsely considered to be “extinct” by Europeans and their descendants. Now archaeologists are helping the contemporary community document their ancestors’ ancient stories.

  • A golden decoration features an animal set upon by lions on three sides.

    The Last Wild Lions of Europe

    Mounting archaeological evidence is revealing that modern lions may have roamed free in Southeastern Europe—overturning long-held assumptions about art and mythology in the process.