Rewriting the Past
As CWA reaches a milestone, we sifted through our back issues in search of the most exciting discoveries about our shared past. Ten sites have been selected to tell stories from the last 300,000 years that have been brought to light by archaeology.
One of archaeology’s greatest thrills is that decades of assumptions can be swept away in an instant. Sometimes, spectacular one-off discoveries – like Tutankhamun’s tomb – change how we view entire eras. On other occasions, it is the less-thrilling, but just as decisive, gradual accumulation of data that grinds down established theories. Harnessing new technologies can also pay dividends, by bringing new insights that build an ever richer and more complex picture of the past. Thanks to the dedication of archaeologists working around the world, visions of the past are never static. Instead, discoveries both little and large continue to bring ancient lives into clearer focus. Over the last 17 years, CWA has had the privilege of reporting stories freshly won from the earth. Here, we examine ten sites that showcase how much our knowledge has been enriched.