Author: Mary Shepperson

The turbulent life of the British School of Archaeology in Iraq

Mary Shepperson , July 17th, 2018


Launched in 1932 the school has spent almost a century uncovering Iraq’s ancient treasures, including the spectacular Assyrian capital at Nimrud On a dark November day in 1929,…


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The turbulent life of the British School of Archaeology in Iraq

Mary Shepperson , July 17th, 2018


Launched in 1932 the school has spent almost a century uncovering Iraq’s ancient treasures, including the spectacular Assyrian capital at Nimrud On a dark November day in 1929,…


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Destruction at the ancient site of Mari in Syria

Mary Shepperson , April 19th, 2018


The ancient city was one of the first archaeological sites to be occupied by Islamic State. Now new photos are revealing the fate of this important site as…


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Destruction at the ancient site of Mari in Syria

Mary Shepperson , April 19th, 2018


The ancient city was one of the first archaeological sites to be occupied by Islamic State. Now new photos are revealing the fate of this important site as…


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How archaeologists discovered an ancient Assyrian city – and lost it again

Mary Shepperson , February 7th, 2018


Turkey’s Ilisu dam will flood hundreds of ancient sites, including the city of Tušhan, but there is now a rich record of what will be lost It’s a…


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How archaeologists discovered an ancient Assyrian city – and lost it again

Mary Shepperson , February 7th, 2018


Turkey’s Ilisu dam will flood hundreds of ancient sites, including the city of Tušhan, but there is now a rich record of what will be lost It’s a…


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The tense truce between detectorists and archaeologists

Mary Shepperson , December 18th, 2017


Metal detecting is enjoying a resurgence, driven by good press and fantastic finds. But archaeologists are not overjoyed at the rise of the hobby detectorists. Why? There’s been…


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The tense truce between detectorists and archaeologists

Mary Shepperson , December 18th, 2017


Metal detecting is enjoying a resurgence, driven by good press and fantastic finds. But archaeologists are not overjoyed at the rise of the hobby detectorists. Why? There’s been…


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On the Iraq border archaeological digs are a minefield – in every sense

Mary Shepperson , November 22nd, 2017


At the ancient site of Charax Spasinou, military activity has left an indelible mark. Should it be viewed as modern damage – or as an important record of…


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On the Iraq border archaeological digs are a minefield – in every sense

Mary Shepperson , November 22nd, 2017


At the ancient site of Charax Spasinou, military activity has left an indelible mark. Should it be viewed as modern damage – or as an important record of…


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How ancient lentils reveal the origins of social inequality

Mary Shepperson , October 11th, 2017


Lentils might not sound like a spectacular archaeological find but at the prehistoric site of Gurga Chiya in Iraqi Kurdistan they hold the clues to social transformation I…


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How ancient lentils reveal the origins of social inequality

Mary Shepperson , October 11th, 2017


Lentils might not sound like a spectacular archaeological find but at the prehistoric site of Gurga Chiya in Iraqi Kurdistan they hold the clues to social transformation Related:…


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Castle of the Sealand kings: Discovering ancient Iraq’s rebel rulers

Mary Shepperson , September 1st, 2017


British and Iraqi archaeologists identify the first known settlement built under the enigmatic Sealand kings The Kings of the Sealand sound like they come straight out of a…


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British archaeology is in a fight for survival

Mary Shepperson , June 20th, 2017


The first University Archaeology Day marks a point of crisis in British archaeology. As student applications fall, threatening university departments with cuts, commercial demand for archaeologists is…


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Did children build the ancient Egyptian city of Amarna?

Mary Shepperson , June 6th, 2017


New evidence from Akhenaten’s capital suggests that a ‘disposable’ workforce of children and teenagers provided much of the labour for the city’s construction There’s a whiff of magic…


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In the field with Iraq’s archaeologists of the future

Mary Shepperson , May 1st, 2017


Working in Kurdistan at the site of Qalatga Darband, The British Museum is training Iraqi archaeologists to preserve and study their country’s threatened heritage Iraqi Kurdistan is spectacularly…


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