Volume 15 / Issue 2


Issue Cover

On the cover: Based on the aerial view of Sarafand.

Balloons, ‘Flying Mattresses,’ and Photography

By: Julian Whittlesey

Aerial photography has rapidly become one of the major weapons in the arsenal of the archaeologist. Man has left marks and scars on his planet which are often invisible to the naked eye, but which can often be perceived and plotted through aerial photography. The constant use of a trail or human building activities will […]

How a Greek Artist Once Painted Himself Into a Corner

By: Michael M. Eisman

I have been working on a study of the Attic kyathos, examining most of the extant examples of this small black-figured vase made in the late sixth and very early fifth century B.C. The kyathos has a single high-slung handle, a cup about the size of a good coffee mug and a base which allows […]

In the Tombs of the High Priests of Amun

By: Lanny Bell

Dira Abu el-Naga, located in the Theban Necropolis at Qurna, across the Nile from Luxor, was the burial place of some of the most promi­nent and influential men who held office during the 67-year reign of Ramesses II (1304-1237 B.C.); and among them were three High Priests of Amun. Because of their control over the […]

Afghan Carpets

By: Brian I. Spooner

Weavers and Dealers In the history of international trade. Oriental carpets are something of an anomaly. Although other exotic crafts have found a market in the West, no other has been so successful for so long, and marked by such lack of communication between producer and consumer. In the most extreme situation a rug is […]

Stone and Other Henges

By: Ronald Hicks

Stonehenge! The name conjures up visions of Druid priests assembling on Salisbury Plain to await sunrise on Midsummer’s Day. But Stone­henge was built long before the time of the Druids. And while the carefully constructed circle of carved sarsens (large sandstone blocks, “Druid Stones”) and lintels is unique, in other features Stonehenge is merely one […]