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.
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.
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.