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February/M arch 2024

Volume 11 | Number 3

REGUL ARS

UPFRONT 3 EDITOR’S LETTER 6 NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD 10 NEWS FOCUS

Let the sun shine in! 12 CHARLES HIGHAM

What the emissary saw 14 HORIZON

Objects in the ice

T R AV EL 36 ANGELO PANTONI’S EXCAVATIONS

AT MONTE CASSINO Richard Hodges untangles the early evolution of the famed Benedictine monastery of Monte Cassino 46 JAILHOUSE ROCKS

Carly Hilts explores the archaeological echoes of Australia’s earliest colonists

CULT UR E 52 MUSEUM

A new exhibition at the Met examines the connections between medieval Africa and Byzantium 54 REVIEWS

Facing the Sea of Sand: the Sahara and the peoples of northern Africa; The Folds of Olympus: mountains in Ancient Greek and Roman culture; Weavers, Scribes, and Kings: a new history of the Ancient Near East; Archaeolog y in Antarctica 58 RUBINA RAJA & SØREN SINDBÆK

Machine learning 60 SPECIAL REPORT

Antler combs uncover Viking Age connections 62 CHRIS CATLING

Stone tools, space dust, and sacramental ash 64 FORUM

Letters, crossword, cartoon 66 OBJECT LESSON

Shark-tooth blades www.world-archaeology.com

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