January/February 2024 Issue

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  • Features January/February 2024

    Top 10 Discoveries of 2023

    ARCHAEOLOGY magazine reveals the year’s most exciting finds

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  • Features January/February 2024

    In the Time of the Copper Kings

    Some 3,500 years ago, prosperous merchants on Cyprus controlled the world’s most valuable commodity

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  • Features January/February 2024

    When the Water Dried Up

    How foragers in North America’s Great Basin survived a 1,000-year megadrought

  • Features January/February 2024

    Midway's Lost Warships

    Archaeologists survey the sunken aircraft carriers whose fate determined the outcome of WWII in the Pacific

  • Features January/February 2024

    The Power of Pergamon

    From their monumental capital, the Attalid Dynasty ruled a realm where both Greek and Anatolian culture flourished

Letter from Rome

Letter from Rome

Secrets of the Catacombs

A subterranean necropolis offers archaeologists a rare glimpse of the city’s early Jewish community

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Artifact

Artifacts

Maya Ceramic Whistles

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(Courtesy Daniela Triadan, Ceibal-Petexbatun Archaeological Project)

Digs & Discoveries

Off the Grid

Off the Grid January/February 2024

Ambrosio Cave, Cuba

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Slideshow: The Lost Ships of Midway

In September 2023, more than 100 scientists from around the world watched as ROV Atalanta descended more than three miles down in the Pacific Ocean in search of the sunken aircraft carriers of the Battle of Midway. The battle, fought over four days in June 1942, was one of the most decisive engagements of the Pacific theater of World War II and gave the United States an advantage against the Japanese forces they had not enjoyed since the attack on Pearl Harbor the previous December. Five carriers—four Japanese and one U.S.—were sunk during the battle, yet only three have been found thus far.

Videos: Journey to the Lost Warships of Midway

From September 8 to 12, 2023, more than 100 researchers from around the world watched as three massive ships—the aircraft carriers KagaAkagi, and USS Yorktown—were surveyed on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. Watch excerpts here from the team’s three 18-hour dives.