The Story of a Sacred Landscape
Written by one of the UK’s leading archaeologists, this study of Britain’s most famous prehistoric monument draws on the latest research to explain its origins, development and eventual abandonment. Illustrated with colour photographs, historic images, maps and plans, it sets Stonehenge in the context of late Neolithic and Bronze Age society, discussing its astronomical alignment and its position within the wider ritual landscape – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – that includes Avebury, Silbury Hill and the West Kennet Long Barrow.
The Earliest Neolithic of Iran
2008 Excavations at Sheikh-e Abad and Jani
The work of the Central Zagros Archaeological Project in 2008 was focused on the transition from hunter-gatherer to farmer-herder in a key region, the Zagros zone including central west Iran. The 20 papers in this Report contribute to studies of early sedentism, animal domestication and agriculture, and cover a variety of topics including caves and rock shelters; objects of bone, stone and clay; human burials; and plant macrofossil evidence. The British Institute of Persian Studies. Archaeological Monographs Series IV
Dress and Society
Contributions from Archaeology
Illustrating the range of current archaeological approaches to dress, and taking ‘dress’ to mean all forms of body ornamentation, this collection of seven essays discusses British Middle Bronze Age ornament hoards, Iron Age brooches, the Roman military belt as status symbol and object of fashion, Anglo-Saxon dress accessories, and gifts of apparel in north-east England during the 16th century.
Carchemish in Context
The Land of Carchemish Project, 2006–2010
One of the iconic sites of the Middle East, Carchemish is a mound complex on the Great Bend of the Euphrates, once the seat of Hittite power and Neo-Hittite kings, and known for its excavation by Leonard Woolley and TE Lawrence. As well as providing a history of archaeological activity at the site, this volume of eleven essays reports the findings of the Land Carchemish Project – the first to use remote sensing techniques in the region – and details some 80 sites in the Carchemish area.
The Whole Story
Presenting the ‘big picture’, this broad overview of the major cultures and sites of archaeological importance begins in deep prehistory (4 million–10,000 BCE), continues through the shift from hunting to farming, the rise of civilizations, antiquity, and the medieval period, to the modern era, and ends with a chapter on how archaeology works. As well as richly illustrated descriptions of sites such as Lascaux, Stonehenge and the Great Wall, the entries cover regions, empires and peoples on every continent.
Hambledon Hill, Dorset, England
Excavation and Survey of a Neolithic Monument Complex and its Surrounding Landscape
A programme of excavation and survey directed by Roger Mercer between 1974 and 1986 demonstrated that Hambledon, near Cranborne Chase, was the site of an exceptionally large and diverse complex of earlier Neolithic earthworks, including two causewayed enclosures, two long barrows and several outworks. These volumes are the complete record of the excavation and survey of the Neolithic monuments.
The Archaeology of Industrialization
Originally given at a conference hosted jointly by the Association for Industrial Archaeology and the Society of Post-Medieval Archaeology, this collection of 23 papers explores the pre-history of industrialization as well as the Industrial Revolution (1760–1830), with studies of industry in rural and urban landscapes, the landscapes of mining, artefacts and industry, and material culture.
The Basics (Third Edition)
Now in its third edition, this is Gamble’s straightforward and engaging introduction to the world of archaeology, with chapters on basic concepts, people, materials and objects, time and space, change, power and identity, and incorporating new material on evolutionary approaches, landscape, and conflict archaeology.
The Development and Desertion of a Hertfordshire Village
The deserted village of Caldecote, comprising five crofts, the old rectory site and moated enclosure, was the subject of extensive excavation between 1973 and 1977. Finds included a Bronze Age beaker burial and Iron Age and Roman pottery, but the focus of study was the medieval village. Only an interim report had been published before this full account, which includes discussion of key issues in the archaeology of medieval settlement.
Understanding the Shared Humanity of Our Ancestors
With contributions from anthropologists and other social scientists, this collection of 10 papers addresses the representation of indigenous peoples; human interactions with ancestors and the museological response to this highly emotive discourse; and the repatriation of remains and artefacts.
Defining the Sacred
Approaches to the Archaeology of Religion in the Near East
Animal burials, sacrifice in Bronze Age iconography, the ritual use of open space around temples, and ritual performance and religion in early Neolithic societies are among the 16 essays in this investigation of archaeological approaches to the study of religious practices and beliefs.
Agricultural and Pastoral Landscapes in Pre-Industrial Society
Choices, Stability and Change
This third volume in the series Early Agricultural Remnants and Technical Heritage (EARTH): 8,000 Years of Resilience and Innovation, comprises 19 essays with subjects ranging in date from the beginnings of agriculture in the Balkans 6,500 years ago to the mental maps of a present-day Provençal shepherd.
Excavations 1974–85 Vol. II: The Structural and Environmental Evidence
Long identified as the Roman site of Lagentium, Castleford in West Yorkshire was redeveloped 1974 and 1985, allowing archaeological investigation of the area. The 20 major and 37 minor trenches revealed the remains of two first-century forts, a perimeter wall and an outstanding assemblage of artefacts, all of which are recorded across three volumes. Yorkshire Archaeology.
The long-established Shire Archaeology series comprises illustrated introductory guides on a wide range of archaeological topics. Each volume offers an overview of our current knowledge, as well as providing suggestions for further reading and information about sites to visit. New editions of these books are updated with information learned from the most recent excavations and research.
Living with the Gods
On Beliefs and Peoples
In this book accompanying his BBC radio series, the former director of the British Museum explores the role of shared beliefs in the life of human communities around the globe. Rather than focusing on religious doctrine, he concentrates on practices, objects and places, tracing how societies from the Ice Age onwards have used stories and rituals to mark their identity and strengthen cohesion: ‘for in deciding how we live with our gods we also decide how to live with each other’.
Understanding Architectural Drawings and Historical Visual Sources
In chapters on architectural drawings, maps and mapping conventions, topographical views and other visual sources including models, pattern books, guide books and photographs, a group of architectural and art historians explain the provenance, purpose and terminology of a range of visual sources from the 16th to 20th centuries, and how they can help – and sometimes hinder – an understanding of an original building and its history.
Illustrated with photographs drawn from the Archive of Historic England, as well as newly commissioned aerial images, this volume charts the development of the British seafront over the past 300 years. Historian Allan Brodie blends a chronological, geographic and architectural account with a photographic record of seaside experiences, from ice creams and donkey rides to deckchairs and Punch-and-Judy shows, and chronicles how, with the growth of tourism, the natural coastline has evolved into a man-made world of piers, promenades and fun palaces.
Documentary Sources in Ancient Near Eastern and Greco-Roman Economic History
Methodology and Practice
Originating from a conference in Vienna in 2008 that brought scholars of Mesopotamian history together with classicists working on Greco-Roman sources, these 14 papers cover topics including Babylonian house structure, Old Assyrian trade, water-lifting technology and prices in the ancient Mediterranean and Near East.
Early Ships and Seafaring
Water Transport Beyond Europe
Seán McGrail’s scholarly study presents the evidence for early hand-built rafts and boats in the world beyond Europe, from Egypt and Arabia to Asia, Oceania and Australia. It combines the insights of ethnographical research with the analysis of excavated vessels and contemporary written accounts to give a comprehensive picture of our knowledge about ancient seafaring and the techniques and materials that were used to construct the different types of craft.
Legacies of the First World War
Building for Total War 1914–18
Drawing together studies by English Heritage and Historic England’s archaeologists and historians, this volume explores the physical effects of the First World War on the English countryside and built environments. Among the topics discussed in the ten illustrated essays are army camps, airfields and coastal defences; munitions factories, civic and civilian building during wartime and the impact of enemy blockade on the nation’s agriculture; and a final essay examines the building of war memorials.
Archaeology in the 'Land of Tells and Ruins'
A History of Excavations in the Holy Land Inspired by the Photographs and Accounts of Leo Boer
Inspired by Leo Boer’s recently discovered 1953–4 travel account and photographs of archaeological sites in what are now Israel and the Palestinian Territories, these essays revisit nine of Boer’s original sites and report on their archaeological excavation.
Early Ships and Seafaring
European Water Transport
Since the Stone Age, seas, lakes and rivers have been the prime means by which humans have travelled, both for exploration and to make trading connections. Written by a former Royal Navy officer and maritime archaeologist, this survey of important excavations shows how scholars have interpreted different types of evidence to understand not only the techniques of ancient European ship-building but also the uses to which vessels were put from the earliest times to the 15th century.
The Royal Mummies
Immortality in Ancient Egypt
Ancient Egyptians believed that the art of embalming, learned from the god Anubis, allowed pharaohs to enter the paradisal Field of Reeds and maintained the cosmic order. This lavishly illustrated book explains the physical procedure and religious rites which prepared the royal corpse and explores the texts which reveal ancient beliefs about its destiny. Janot also describes archaeologists' rediscovery of the mummies and presents information about the monarchs' lives and deaths which recent technology has helped reveal. Foreword by Zahi Hawass.
From Antiquarian to Archaeologist
The History and Philosophy of Archaeology
The Australian archaeologist Tim Murray presents a collection of papers that trace the emergence of the history of archaeology as a mainstream discipline from the 1980s to the present. As well as the historiography and philosophy of archaeology, the 15 chapters discuss topics including Archbishop Ussher and archaeological time, the plausibility of archaeological knowledge claims, and pictures of prehistoric creatures commissioned by the 19th-century Darwinian Sir John Lubbock.
Rediscovering the Great Wartime Battles
In the Dig WW2 TV series, Dan Snow undertook a number of archaeological investigations on Second World War battle sites, including diving the wreck of a cargo ship laden with Sherman tanks and unearthing a downed Spitfire. With photographs from the excavations, as well as archive images, this accompanying book delves further into the digs, and the human stories they reveal, and places the finds in the context of the war as a whole.
Two Anglo-Saxon Cemeteries at Beckford, Hereford and Worcester
The evidence gleaned from two Anglo-Saxon cemeteries discovered during gravel digging near Beckford in 1958 reflect an isolated, inbred community with very limited contacts beyond their vicinity. This volume is a full archaeological report of the cemeteries, with details of each inhumation (24 graves in Cemetery A; 106 in Cemetery B) and descriptions of all the artefacts found, along with plans, diagrams, tables and photographs.