Since its founding in 1948, ARCHAEOLOGY Magazine has investigated human origins and studied ancient and not so ancient peoples and cultures. In many instances it has revised, reinterpreted, even rewritten the history and prehistory of humanity. Some discoveries it has reported on have challenged whole chapters of history as conceived a half century ago, toppling majestic theories and a few scholarly reputations, all the while opening up vast new theoretical and technological horizons that have yielded even more stunning discoveries worth covering.
That much of what the magazine delivers is surprising to its readers--and often to its editors--only underscores the importance of a discipline that, among other things, serves to illuminate misunderstood aspects of the past. What has marked its editorial content for decades and what will continue to make the magazine essential reading is the scope and variety of that content, from essays on how the Great Pyramid was really built, to the origins of chocolate, Maya ritual sacrifice, the interaction of archaeology and politics, how a cemetery excavation in the Netherlands established a link between the Black Death and modern-day resistance to AIDS, and the discovery of an Egyptian tomb that makes King Tut look like a piker.
Published by the Archaeological Institute of America, this bi-monthly journal has also led the way in combating the illegal antiquities trade, in standing up to companies that profit from ripping through shipwrecks for "treasure," and in exposing the pseudo-archaeology that passes for the real thing on television and in print.
Investigative reports and stories about great discoveries, accompanied by colorful graphics and stunning photographs, have won for the magazine a clutch of accolades, from best science writing and best independent science magazine to best historical travel writing and even a James Beard award for best food article with recipes (for its look at how to cook some pretty tasty ancient dishes). Stories like these have also gained ARCHAEOLOGY more than 750,000 readers worldwide.
In its 1948 inaugural issue, AIA President Sterling Dow wrote: "As this page opens, a new magazine makes its bow . . . The mighty cultures of the past issued from turmoil, but contemplation of them now gives us serenity."
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The American Journal of Archaeology was founded in 1885 and is one of the world's oldest and most distinguished and widely distributed peer-reviewed archaeological journals. The AJA reaches more than 50 countries and almost 1,000 universities, learned societies, departments of antiquities, and museums. The current Editor-in-Chief is Sheila Dillon (Duke University).
Open access book and museum reviews, volume indexes, and supplementary content and illustrations that complement published articles are available on the AJA website. Abstracts, tables of contents, and author profiles are also freely accessible. A powerful subject and keyword search tool allows for content discovery; a Student Resources page includes links to vetted archaeological websites, blogs, and multimedia and interactive projects.
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