The Buddha and Dr Führer
An Archaeological Scandal
In 1898 a casket was excavated near the India-Nepal border; an inscription declared that it contained the Buddha’s ashes. This account of the discovery focuses on the ensuing scandal, in which a local British magistrate accused a German archaeologist of faking results and selling bogus relics. Off-mint.
Bones and Identity
Zooarchaeological Approaches to Reconstructing Social and Cultural Landscapes in Southwest Asia
Covering a geographical area stretching from Greece, through Turkey, Syria, Israel and Iran to India, and a time span from the Palaeolithic to the Middle Ages, the 17 papers in this volume demonstrate zooarchaeologists’ approaches to complex issues of diversity and identity in social systems. Slightly off-mint.
Early Celtic Art in Britain and Ireland
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.
Discovering Archaeology in England and Wales
This introductory guide outlines the techniques used by archaeologists to discover, excavate and interpret sites. It also shows how much archaeological finds have taught us about the past inhabitants of England and Wales, from the first appearance of Homo sapiens to the coming of the Normans. Sixth edition.
The Anglo-Saxon Church of All Saints, Brixworth, Northamptonshire
Survey, Excavation and Analysis, 1972–2010
The church of All Saints at Brixworth, dating from the eighth century, is a building of outstanding importance and it has been the subject of archaeological study since 1972. This volume is the meticulously detailed report of that 40-year-long project.
Irreplaceable: A History of England in 100 Places
Bletchley Park and Blenheim Palace, Lindisfarne Priory, the Martyrs’ tree in Tolpuddle, and a water pump in Broadwick Street, Soho, are a few of the historically meaningful places that were nominated by the public and selected by Historic England’s experts for the Irreplaceable project. Arranged by ten themes, from science and discovery to protest, the book offers a richly illustrated, multi-faceted history of the country, explored through the landscapes and built environments around us today.
Glass, Alcohol and Power in Roman Iron Age Scotland
Roman glass from sites in Scotland north of Hadrian’s Wall is a key material for studying the impact of Rome on Iron Age Scotland. Although only fragments remain – the complete conical jug from Turriff is a rare find – they are evidence of prestigious objects, symbolic of an elite’s privileged lifestyle, wealth and power. This volume presents a scholarly, meticulously detailed study of all such glass found on indigenous sites and dating from 1 to 400 CE.
The Mysteries of Stonehenge
Myth and Ritual at the Sacred Centre
By studying the fragments of myth and ritual that have survived through Britain’s oral tradition, Tolstoy attempts to explain the human story behind the mysterious stones of Stonehenge. Reconstructing the significant aspects of British pagan ideology from the pre-Roman era, and studying the material remains of this lost civilization, Tolstoy presents Stonehenge as the ancient people’s ‘sacred centre’, where the birth, death and eventual rebirth of their island was celebrated.
Secrets of the Hidden Source
In Search of Devon's Ancient and Holy Wells
Natural springs were revered by Devon's Celtic and early Christian inhabitants as places of healing and spirituality. Local place names give clues to their locations and many in fact still exist, hidden among modern town developments or in remote and neglected rural spots. This book explores the history of sacred wells in the county and seeks out over 90 surviving examples, with location photographs and notes on how to find them.