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Landscape History of Hadramawt wins Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) Book Award

Landscape History of Hadramawt: The Roots of Agriculture in Southern Arabia (RASA) Project 1998-2008, published in 2020 by the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press, has been awarded the 2022 Anna Marguerite McCann Award for Fieldwork Reports presented by the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA). The book was edited by Joy McCorriston, Professor of Anthropology at The Ohio State […]

Now on YouTube – Finding an Ancient Town: Discovery and Excavation of Beta Samati (Ethiopia)

How does one find an ancient town? What do archaeologists look for? How do they know where to dig? How do they interpret what they find?  In a YouTube presentation for the University of Chicago – Oriental Institute, Michael Harrower describes the discovery and excavation of the Aksumite town of Beta Samati. The Aksumite Empire […]

We discovered an ancient town!

The JHU Spatial Observation Lab for Archaeological Research (SOLAR) is pleased to announce the first publication on our discovery of the ancient town of Beta Samati. News coverage is available here… Archeologists unearth lost town from little-known ancient East African empire – CNN Ancient buried town in Ethiopia uncovered – BBC Radio Lost Ethiopian town […]

SOLAR Receives Grant from Space@Hopkins Research Group

Space@Hopkins, the umbrella organization for civilian space research at Johns Hopkins University, has awarded seed grants to four projects that focus on improving space travel and expanding the understanding of the history of Earth and other planets.

NASA: Searching for the Origins of Space Archaeology

It was the summer of 1990 and broiling hot in southwest Oman. The small group spread out their sleeping bags on a desert mesa, under the setting Sun. They had not planned on stopping here for the night, so they had no radio, nor any mode of communication. Their transport, a Vietnam War-era Huey helicopter, had returned to Thumrait Air Base to refuel, leaving them grounded until morning.

First Discovery of Soft-Stone (Chlorite) Vessel Production in Arabia

Watch a short, three-minute report on ArWHO Project research at the site of Aqir Al-Shamoos.

What Can Archaeology Contribute to Contemporary Water Politics?

Panel discussion at the Water and Power in Past Societies Conference at the Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology (IEMA) at the University of Buffalo.