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 Test of Time and A Test of Time Revisited
The Volcano of Thera and the Chronology and History of the Aegean and East Mediterranean in the Mid-Second Millennium BC
The exact date of the eruption of the volcano of Thera (Santorini) in the Aegean in the mid second millennium BCE has been the subject of intense controversy. Critically reviewing archaeological and scientific data, this study proposes a date for Thera and a new ‘early’ chronology for the Aegean c.1700–1400 BCE.
How Compassion Made Us Human
The Evolutionary Origins of Tenderness, Trust and Morality
This groundbreaking survey of the ways in which material evidence, such as the earliest human art, sheds light on the emotions of our Stone Age ancestors argues that altruism and compassion played a key role in our evolution and the success of our species.
Monuments and Changing Communities in the Wessex Landscape
In addition to the famous monuments at Stonehenge and Avebury, Wessex contains many lesser-known ancient sites, such as earthen circles and long barrows. In this book, two former archaeological investigators for English Heritage use their thorough knowledge of the area to set these locations within the context of the wider landscape and to reveal how early farming communities shaped the land that we see today.
Quaternary History, Palaeolithic Archaeology in the Axe Valley at Broom, South West England
This investigation of the Lower Palaeolithic site at Broom in South West England aims to explain the distinctive character of its Acheulean archaeology, the environmental conditions in which the hominin occupants of the Axe valley flourished, and for how long.
Picturing the Bronze Age
Swedish Rock Art Research Series: Volume 3
Volume 3 in the Swedish Rock Art Series, this collection of 14 illustrated papers examines forms and expressions of Bronze Age imagery – including rock art, petroglyphs and decorated bronze axes – across an area stretching from Scandinavia to the Iberian Peninsula.
Paths Towards a New World
Covering around 6,500 years, from the beginning of the Late Mesolithic to the transition to the Bronze Age, Larsson guides the reader on a journey through the development of Swedish prehistoric society and culture set against the backdrop of landscape and climate change. Using examples from archaeological sites, he explores a series of themes including how the relationship between land and water influenced people’s lives, and long-distance cultural and exchange networks.
An Examination of Prehistoric Stone Bracers from Britain
Bracers are thin, usually rectangular, pieces of pierced fine stone that occur primarily in inhumation graves of Beaker date, mainly the second half of the third millennium BCE. These objects are usually considered to be archers’ bracers or wrist-guards. This volume presents a detailed, illustrated study of all significant bracers known in England, Wales and Scotland, analysing their materials, manufacture and use. Includes a catalogue on CD.
Exploring Cross-Channel Relationships from the Mesolithic to the Iron Age
This volume comprises ten essays investigating archaeologically the links – material, social and cultural – between Britain and Ireland and continental Europe during later prehistory. The topics discussed include seafaring in prehistoric Atlantic Europe, the shifting character of Europe’s landscapes and seascapes, Neolithic funerary monuments, and narratives of Iron Age art in Britain and its relationship with the Continent.
A Brief History of Stonehenge: A Complete
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.
Rock Art and Seascapes in Uppland
Swedish Rock Art Series: Volume 1
The province of Uppland on Sweden's east coast features around 1,000 Bronze Age rock carvings, mostly of ships. Many were discovered in the 20th century by Einar Kjellen, a brilliant amateur working before accurate contour maps of the area existed. This study revisits his findings using GPS to plot their exact location and altitude. Extensively illustrated with colour photographs, drawings and maps, it establishes the chronology of these remarkable artworks, and explores their relation to the changing prehistoric coastline.