An Archaeological Study of Human Decapitation Burials
When a number of Roman graves with decapitated skeletons were discovered near York, the popular explanation was that heads were ritually removed after death to prevent ghosts returning to haunt the living. Katie Tucker, the human remains archaeologist at the site, analysed the burials and found no evidence to support that theory. Her in-depth study of the archaeological and osteological aspects of human decapitation burials, particularly the evidence for trauma in the skeletal remains, argues that decapitation was the cause of death.
Chariots and Other Wheeled Vehicles In Italy Before the Roman Empire
Three categories of wheeled transport are documented in early Italy – carts and chariots with two wheels and wagons with four. This study of their construction and harnessing presents a wide range of archaeological evidence, such as wall paintings, terracotta models and the remains of actual vehicles. In the final chapter Crouwel considers the relative economic and social importance of the different means of land transport.
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.
Letter and Report on the Discoveries at Herculaneum
In his 1762 Letter (Sendschreiben) and 1764 Report (Nachrichten), the great art historian Winckelmann gave vivid eyewitness accounts of the early excavations at Roman sites on the Bay of Naples that were buried by the eruption of Vesuvius. This volume presents new translations of both texts, alongside contemporary illustrations depicting the finds that Winckelmann discusses. In her extensive introduction and annotations, Carol Mattusch places these letters in the political, cultural and intellectual contexts of modern archaeology’s formative years.
The Greeks Overseas
Their Early Colonies and Trade
Described by the TLS as ‘a masterly summary’, this is a classic study of the earliest Greek trading posts and colonies. Boardman explains what archaeology has revealed about the Greeks’ travels as far afield as southern Egypt and northern Spain; he also highlights how much Greek arts and culture owed to foreign influences. This fourth edition features an extra chapter on recently discovered evidence and fresh theoretical approaches to the interpretation of this important period of European history.
Identifying Roman Coins
A Practical Guide to the Identification of Site Finds in Britain
Focusing on the coins most commonly found in Britain, from the first to the late fourth century CE, this visual recognition guide teaches the practical skills required to identify Roman coin types. It enables collectors to confirm whether a coin is Roman and what metal it is made from, before using the line drawings to pinpoint its date and place of origin. First published in 1986. Second edition.
The Derveni Krater
Masterpiece of Classical Greek Metalwork
The ‘Derveni krater’ is a large, ornamented vessel that was discovered in 1962 in fourth-century tombs at Derveni, near Thessaloniki. This illustrated, in-depth study examines the krater’s artistic origins and imagery and traces its journey from Classical Athens to Derveni.
The Complete Greek Temples
A leading authority on Greek archaeological sites, Professor Spawforth tells the story of Greek temples as a cultural phenomenon and follows their spread as far as Libya and Ukraine, stressing religion and politics as well as art and architecture, and later antiquity as well as classical Greece. This complete, fully illustrated survey traces the origins, rise and decline of collonaded temples, explains the practicalities of their construction, and presents an up-to-date gazetteer of Greek temple sites, arranged by region.