Digging My Way into Ancient History

Four years ago I was in a newsagency, fossicking through the myriad of magazines when one caught my attention and so I picked it up. I flicked through the pages and was hooked. The magazine titled: Archaeological Diggings, is an Australian publication on ancient history and archaeology. The stories covered include the latest discoveries and recent digs throughout the Middle East and the world in general.

The Oval Forum in Jerash and the Cardo Maximus Photo by Azurfrog Wikipedia
The Oval Forum in Jerash and the Cardo Maximus
Photo by Azurfrog

What I particularly like about the content is the accessibility of the information and how it is geared to the general public. Technical language is used but in context with the article but mostly it is easy to follow. The photos are impressive with notations on what is depicted. The most recent magazine I read, (I’m a little behind, haven’t gotten through last year’s periodicals!) included Australia’s involvement in archaeology, the Cyrus Cylinder—Persia’s first king, continuing series on Jerash—settled by Alexander’s men then taken over by the Romans, an introspective on Herculaneum, a piece on oracles in Ancient Egypt and a tour report.

The Cyrus Cylinder 539-530 BCE Wikipedia
The Cyrus Cylinder
539-530 BCE

This magazine has taught me so much about recent archaeological developments as well as the artefacts recovered and restored. It also highlights exhibitions around the world and what the collection holds. They discuss the hotspots in the Middle East and the effects the wars have on ancient sites, like the civil unrest in Cairo and currently in Syria.

The information has sparked creative juices too. Ideas for stories have emerged from a number of articles which I have written down in my ‘ideas’ notepad. It has also instigated informative tweets, such as the garish colours used by the Greeks and Romans to paint their temples and statues. I highly recommend the magazine to those with an interest in ancient history and archaeology and the good news, it is available to purchase worldwide.

In my next life, I’m going to be an archaeologist.

Thank you for visiting and reading. As always, I look forward to your comments.



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    • cav12

      Thank you Mikels for the lovely compliment. I hadn’t thought of volunteering, it’s a great idea. The Archaeological Diggings magazine offer many tours and also include time working on a dig. Just a bit expensive.


      • Mikels Skele

        Go to the Archaeological Institute of America site, and find a section called Fieldwork Opportunities. The costs are limited to living expenses, and many times some of those are defrayed as well. A possible downside is that, usually, a commitment of as much as 4-6 weeks is requested. Don’t worry if you’re not American.


  1. rosarymcquestion

    With your interest in all things ancient, you’d be a wonderful archeologist! In the US we have a TV station called The History Channel. My husband and I watch it all the time. Such fascinating programs and many featuring archeological digs. It’s remarkable seeing the painstaking process they go though in discovering and unearthing ancient treasures. Here’s a link to the website that features over 200 different stories on digs. 🙂



    • cav12

      Thank you Rosary! We did subscribe to pay TV but it got too expensive. I did love to watch The History Channel and the Discovery Channel. I will check out the link 😀


  2. Linnea Tanner

    Luciana, you continue to provide great information on ancient civilizations and mythology. Archaeology is such a strong tool in learning more about these civilizations, particularly when there are no written accounts or there are only biased accounts from historians. I must admit relish books written by archaeologists who put a different spin on their interpretation of what an ancient society was like. A favorite of mine on Facebook is https://www.facebook.com/ahencyclopedia which also discusses some of the recent finds. Thanks for continuing to educate us. I always look forward to your posts.


    • cav12

      Like you, I find ancient history fascinating and am always learning something new from books, documentaries and magazines on recent discoveries. I am always interested to learn what information they uncover and the reconstructions are just incredible.
      Thank you as always for your wonderful comments and contribution Linnea 😀


  3. Aquileana

    “Archaeological Diggings” sounds like an incredible magazine…
    So, do you want to be an archaeologist in your next life?… Maybe I will join you by then as a supporter paleontologist…

    Best regards, dear Luciana,
    Aquileana 😛


    • cav12

      It is very good.
      I’d love to be an archaeologist, so that’s what I’ll aim for the next time around ;D We both can go out and discover new cultures and life.
      Thanks Aquileana


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