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
Complementing the author’s earlier work on ancient European water transport, this volume presents the evidence for early hand-built rafts and boats in the rest of the world, from Egypt to the Americas. 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.
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.