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.
When in Rome
Social Life in Ancient Rome
With hundreds of excerpts from contemporary sources, this survey of Roman social history features the words of elite male authors alongside evidence from correspondence, inscriptions, graffiti and curse tablets that record the voices of women, and those from lower classes. Organized thematically, the book covers topics including family life, food and medicine, but also deals with issues less often addressed in modern accounts of ancient Rome, such as domestic abuse, disability and female genital mutilation.
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 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.