The ‘Akbarnama’: Painting under Mughal Emperor Akbar the Great

“Emperor Akbar on an elephant hunt,” Basawan and Chetar, illustrations from the Akbarnama, c. 1586-89, Mughal Empire, opaque watercolor and gold on paper, each page 33 x 30 cm (Victoria and Albert Museum, London) By Katrina Klaasmeyer / 03.02.2017 Lecturer in Art History California State University, Northbridge In these small, brilliantly-colored paintings from the Akbarnama[…]

Why the Archaeology of Death and Burial?

Excavation of the burial site of Richard III / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Sarah Tarlow / 09.14.2015 Professor of Archaeology University of Leicester Introduction What does the below-ground archaeology of death and burial teach us about people in the post-medieval past? How much did practices vary across Europe? Do mortuary practices in this period reflect[…]

Spreading the Royal Word: The (Im)Materiality of Communication in Early Mesopotamia

By Dr. Christina Tsouparopoulou / 08.28.2015 Professor of Archaeology University of Heidelberg Introduction This article discusses the communicative processes employed by rulers in Mesopotamia, especially in the third millennium BCE, to reach both their literate and illiterate audiences and transfer their ‘knowledge’. It is during the third millennium that citystates and empires emerged in the[…]

An Introduction to Prehistoric Textiles

Clay with textile impressions from Dolni Vestonice, 29,000 to 22,000 years ago. / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Karina Grömer / 03.01.2016 Staff Scientist, Textile Archaeology Natural History Museum, Vienna The history of textile crafts and clothing can only be understood correctly in the framework of prehistoric research. A brief overview of the technical and cultural[…]