Studies on Human Bones and Artifacts from Ireland's Caves
Beginning with two papers on the osteoarchaeological analysis of human bones and artefacts recovered from 24 Irish caves between 1870 and 1990, this volume presents detailed studies of nine artefact assemblages. Among the objects discussed are Neolithic and Bronze Age pottery; polished stone axe heads; perforated marine shells; perforated and worked animal teeth; early medieval and medieval pottery from sea caves along the Antrim coast; and Viking-age artefacts.
Mollusc Shells as Coastal Resources
Shell mounds are ubiquitous archaeological features on coastlines around the world and have been variously interpreted as dumps of food waste, living sites and cemeteries. This volume brings together information about little-known or recently discovered shell middens on six continents. The 26 essays include sites as far-flung as the Inner Hebrides and Tierra del Fuego, and two examples of freshwater shell mounds.
Life and Death in the Mesolithic of Swedish
Professor Larsson presents an introduction to the Mesolithic and, writing in 2016, provides an overview of the many sites and findings of the previous two decades. The book is arranged chronologically, from Early to Late Mesolithic (9700–4000 BCE) and covers the lives and deaths of hunters in middle and southern Sweden, describing excavations of houses and burials.
A Life and Death in the Bronze Age
In 1834, the excavation of a barrow at Gristhorpe, near Scarborough, revealed the grave of a man wrapped in an animal skin and buried, along with flint, bronze and whalebone artefacts, in a hollowed-out oak trunk coffin. Boiled in glue to preserve it, the skeleton remained in the Rotunda Museum until 2004, when the remains and grave goods were re-examined scientifically. This volume records in detail the results of investigations which shed new light on the life and death of this rare survival from the British Early Bronze Age. Slightly off-mint.
The End of the Lake-dwellings in the Circum-Alpine Region
After more than 3,500 years of occupation in the Neolithic and Bronze Age, the lake dwellings around the Circum-Alpine region were abandoned. Previously, the lacustrine peoples had been resilient to cultural or environmental changes, at times leaving but always returning to the lakes. This volume presents the findings of a multi-disciplinary team that set out to solve the conundrum of what made the lake dwellers change their way of life so drastically.
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
Decoding Neolithic Atlantic and Mediterranean Island Ritual
With case studies ranging from Orkney to Cyprus, the 16 contributions in this volume explore diverse archaeological evidence from the Neolithic period and consider the effects of interaction and insularity on the establishment and modification of island cultures.
Communicating with the World of Beings
The World Heritage Rock Art Sites in Alta, Arctic Norway
Created over five millennia, the carved and painted depictions of humans, animals, boats and equipment on Alta’s rocky landscape give a glimpse of the beliefs and changing culture of prehistoric hunter-gatherers in Europe’s northernmost regions. This book, by an archaeologist who has spent decades documenting the sites, features over 250 illustrations and offers an interpretation of the art as a form of communication, both among humans and with ‘other-than-human’ beings.
Bodies of Clay
On Prehistoric Humanised Pottery
Ranging from the European Neolithic, through the Bronze and Iron Ages, this volume of twelve essays on anthropomorphic pottery and its interpretation examines topics including face vessels in Neolithic Italy, the social role of face pots, figurines, and stylized ‘pillar-like’ anthropomorphic representations from the Precucuteni settlement of Baia-În Muchie (Romania).
Stonehenge and Avebury
Exploring the World Heritage Site
Stonehenge and Avebury stand amid an array of other monuments in a complex ritual landscape. This double-sided, water-resistant 1:10,000 sheet map provides a detailed walking guide to both the visible and invisible remains, with explanatory text and colour photographs. Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Prehistoric Strongholds of Northumberland National Park
The hillforts of Northumberland are extraordinarily well-preserved, their interiors relatively untouched since they were last occupied, around 1,500 years ago. Presenting the key results of the detailed and extensive archaeological landscape surveys carried out by English Heritage, this well-illustrated account, aimed at hill-walkers and other visitors, describes what hillforts would have looked like when they were first built and what life was like for the inhabitants.
The Dover Bronze Age Boat
In 1992, a team of archaeologists discovered the hull of a beautifully preserved sewn-plank boat, dating from the Middle Bronze Age, below the streets of Dover and about 200 metres inland from the present shore. As well as the technical report on the ancient vessel, this book examines the implications of the find for our understanding of communities some 3,500 years ago.
Britain's Oldest Art
The Ice Age Cave Art of Cresswell Crags
Britain’s first Ice Age cave art was discovered at Creswell Crags in 2003 by Paul Bahn, Paul Pettitt and Sergio Ripoll. In this book the authors describe their discovery and the palaeolithic archaeology of the Crags and the Creswell region before presenting the definitive account of the engraved motifs, generously illustrated with large colour photographs and explanatory drawings.
The Making of Stonehenge
In this study, the author of The Stonehenge People (1987) argues that it is possible, by exploring a wider frame of reference for the people who built and used the monument, to recapture something of the prehistoric experience and to understand what the makers of Stonehenge were trying to achieve.
Huntsman's Quarry, Kemerton
A Late Bronze Age Settlement and Landscape in Worcestershire
Archaeological investigations at Huntsman’s Quarry, Kemerton, in south Worcestershire during 1995–96 recorded significant Late Bronze Age occupation and field systems spreading across more than eight hectares. This report of the excavations and subsequent assessment and analysis begins with an introduction to the archaeological and historical background; goes on to examine dating and the structural, artifactual and environmental evidence; and concludes with a discussion of the site in both regional and national context.
Illustrating the Past
Artists' Interpretations of Ancient Places
Once an archaeological dig has been completed, artists’ imaginative reconstructions play an important role in the process of developing a coherent picture of the site and communicating this interpretation to experts, students and the general public. Through an exploration of seven illustrators’ approaches to the task, including analysis of their working sketches, Dobie reveals the extent to which such artistic visualizations can complement scientific data and encourage new and vivid ways of seeing and understanding the world of our ancestors.
A Brief History of Stonehenge
History and Archaeology of the World's Most Enigmatic Stone Circle
Britain's leading expert on stone circles here offers a comprehensive introduction to our most enigmatic ancient site. He explains how the stones were transported and their relationship with the surrounding burial sites; he carefully examines the possible astronomical meanings of the stones' alignment; and also debunks many myths and inaccurate mystical notions. Each successive generation has developed its own reading of the stones; Burl offers the most up-to-date assessment.