The Great Mysteries of Archaeology
By the fifth century BCE the Palace of Knossos on Crete had already passed into myth as the home of the Minotaur and his labyrinth. Its rediscovery in 1900 brought history and legend together. This illustrated study looks at who the people were who built it, its purpose and the place of Crete in Greek myth, and describes the excavated Minoan remains, including the statues, frescoes and enigmatic inscriptions. Slightly off-mint.
An Epigraphical Survey in the Kibyra-Olbasa Region
Conducted by AS Hall
Containing 162 items, this survey provides the texts of inscriptions (almost all in Greek) from the uplands of southwest Anatolia, with translations and brief commentary. They date from the Hellenistic and Roman periods and illustrate the region’s Romanization: in addition to funerary inscriptions there are administrative records including water-supply regulations and an enquiry into the oppressive treatment of villagers.
Gods and Garments
Textiles in Greek Sanctuaries in the 7th to the 1st Centuries BC
Despite their importance in ancient material culture and economy, textiles are often overlooked, due mainly to being very rarely preserved in the archaeological record. This study aims to introduce textiles into the study of ancient Greek religion and thereby illuminate the roles they played in the performance of Greek ritual. The study is in three parts: on the dedication of textiles in Greek sanctuaries; cult images and dress; and sacred dress codes.
Archaeological Survey and the City
Bringing together 14 papers by archaeologists working, without excavation, in buried urban sites, this volume examines the integration of different strands of evidence and issues of interpretation. Among the topics discussed are the role of geophysical survey in understanding Roman towns in Italy; remote sensing a Pharaonic town in northern Sudan; and the use of digital cameras in archaeological aerial reconnaissance. University of Cambridge Museum of Classical Archaeology Monograph no 2.
Fact and Myth
Founded by Phoenician settlers on the North African coast, Carthage was a prosperous trading centre until its destruction by the Romans in 146 BCE. In this volume leading experts give an overview of the city’s history and culture, including Egyptian influences, the Punic writing system and the campaigns of Hannibal. The final chapters cover modern European images of Carthage, from 16th-century prints to 21st-century comics.
Newcastle and Northumberland
Roman and Medieval Architecture and Art
Ranging from the prehistory of Newcastle to Warkworth castle, the Percy family’s tower house built in the 14th century, this volume of 15 essays explores the remarkably rich material legacy of the Middle Ages in north-east England. Among the significant sites discussed are Hexham Priory, the castle keep in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tynemouth priory and Alnwick castle.
Burial and Social Change in First Millennium BC Italy
Gender, Personhood and Marginality
Originating at a conference at the British School at Rome in 2011, the 14 papers in this volume discuss new approaches to the mortuary evidence of first-millennium Italy and construct innovative frameworks for investigating social complexity. The contributors examine how crucial transformations such as the centralization of political power and social stratification affected social groups below the ruling elites, including women, children and the socially excluded. Studies in Funerary Archaeology: Volume II.
Excavations 1974–85 Vol. III The Pottery
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. Off-mint.
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.
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.