Glass, Alcohol and Power in Roman Iron Age Scotland
Roman glass from sites in Scotland north of Hadrian’s Wall is a key material for studying the impact of Rome on Iron Age Scotland. Although only fragments remain – the complete conical jug from Turriff is a rare find – they are evidence of prestigious objects, symbolic of an elite’s privileged lifestyle, wealth and power. This volume presents a scholarly, meticulously detailed study of all such glass found on indigenous sites and dating from 1 to 400 CE.
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.
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.
Warfare in Northern Europe Before the Romans
Evidence from Archaeology
Roman propaganda helped to create the common perception of Northern Europe’s early warriors as disorganized, uncultured savages. However, as this book shows, there is abundant evidence for the use of innovative technologies and sophisticated strategic thinking in societies across the region. To shed light on the centuries before written records, Wileman analyses such monuments as the Bronze Age hillforts at Maiden Castle in Dorset and Alesia in France together with archaeological finds, from ancient weapons to rock art depicting scenes of battle.
The World of Mummies
From Ötzi to Lenin
Mummies are found not only in ancient Egyptian tombs but all around the world, in locations as varied as the mountains of South America, European churches and the ice of Greenland. This introduction to the subject, by a distinguished mummy-researcher, explains the natural and artificial processes by which human remains are preserved. The book features colour photographs of several mummies, together with case studies that reveal what scientific analysis of their bodies can teach us about these people’s lives, deaths and diseases.
Images of Change
An Archaeology of England's Contemporary Landscape
‘An exploration, through words and images, of both the evolution of the later 20th century landscape and the material expression of events and processes of the time’, this English Heritage book challenges the orthodoxy of the heritage industry and asks us to consider the megastores, motorways and housing developments of our present landscape. In chapters on People, Politics, Profit and Pleasure, it opens a discussion of the archaeology, history, memory and experience of landscape. With a foreword by Antony Gormley.
Rediscovering the Great Wartime Battles
In the Dig WW2 TV series, Dan Snow undertook a number of archaeological investigations on Second World War battle sites, including diving the wreck of a cargo ship laden with Sherman tanks and unearthing a downed Spitfire. With photographs from the excavations, as well as archive images, this accompanying book delves further into the digs, and the human stories they reveal, and places the finds in the context of the war as a whole.
Vast and awe-inspiring, the Pyramids of Giza stand in the desert outside Cairo, guarded by the enigmatic Sphinx. Already a wonder of the world in ancient times, they have puzzled travellers for millennia, and even modern archaeology has left many questions unanswered. This book explores the mystery of all the Egyptian pyramids, describing the pharaohs who created them, the techniques used to build them and the mystical beliefs that inspired them. Off-mint.
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.
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.
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.
The Crown of Arsinoe II
The Creation of an Imagery of Authority
Based on a meticulous examination of reliefs, this study of the unique crown of the Ptolemaic Egyptian Queen Arsinoë II identifies the symbolism embedded in each pictorial detail and indicates that Arsinoë was proclaimed female pharaoh during her lifetime.
Archaeology in the 'Land of Tells and Ruins'
A History of Excavations in the Holy Land Inspired by the Photographs and Accounts of Leo Boer
Inspired by Leo Boer’s recently discovered 1953–4 travel account and photographs of archaeological sites in what are now Israel and the Palestinian Territories, these essays revisit nine of Boer’s original sites and report on their archaeological excavation.
The Archaeology of Hill Farming on Exmoor
In three sections, on the royal forest, the commons and farmland, and covering the period from the 12th to 19th centuries, this book explores how hill farmers have battled to reclaim and make productive the ‘soft upland’ wastes of Exmoor. The authors draw on systematic fieldwork to present the first study of hill farming on Exmoor told through archaeological evidence and the detailed analysis of thousands of aerial photographs.
Two Anglo-Saxon Cemeteries at Beckford, Hereford and Worcester
The evidence gleaned from two Anglo-Saxon cemeteries discovered during gravel digging near Beckford in 1958 reflect an isolated, inbred community with very limited contacts beyond their vicinity. This volume is a full archaeological report of the cemeteries, with details of each inhumation (24 graves in Cemetery A; 106 in Cemetery B) and descriptions of all the artefacts found, along with plans, diagrams, tables and photographs.
Archaeoastronomy and the Maya
Beginning with an overview of archaeoastronomical research relating to ancient Mesoamerica, this book brings together nine contributors who present the latest advances, notably those involving modern planetarium software, in the study of Mayan astronomical records. These scholars’ diverse approaches shed light on the Maya’s concepts of time and space, the architectural alignments of their cities, the meanings encoded in their religious art and the use of cycles of Venus as an oracular device.
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.
The Obelisk and the Englishman
The Pioneering Discoveries of Egyptologist William Bankes
An amateur Egyptologist, daring explorer and talented artist, William John Bankes (1786–1855) was responsible for discovering and documenting many archaeological treasures in Egypt and Syria. He also remodelled the family estate at Kingston Lacy, to which he brought the obelisk from Philae which still stands on its lawn. This biography highlights his valuable researches but also tells how, having fallen foul of Regency social mores, he was threatened with imprisonment and execution for his homosexuality.
The Stonehenge Landscape
Analysing the Stonehenge World Heritage Site
Stonehenge is one of the greatest prehistoric monuments in Western Europe, but the World Heritage Site had not been surveyed to modern archaeological standards until a project conducted by English Heritage between 2009 and 2012. This record of the researchers' work and findings includes an outline of their methodology and a detailed chronological discussion of the landscape from early prehistory to the present illustrated by maps, photos both archive and new, plans and reconstruction drawings.
From Antiquarian to Archaeologist
The History and Philosophy of Archaeology
The Australian archaeologist Tim Murray presents a collection of papers that trace the emergence of the history of archaeology as a mainstream discipline from the 1980s to the present. As well as the historiography and philosophy of archaeology, the 15 chapters discuss topics including Archbishop Ussher and archaeological time, the plausibility of archaeological knowledge claims, and pictures of prehistoric creatures commissioned by the 19th-century Darwinian Sir John Lubbock.
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum
Volume VII: The Raby and Güterbock Collections
Listing and illustrating almost 1,500 coins, this is a catalogue of the outstanding collections in the Manchester University Museum; the first given to the Museum by Alfred Güterbock in 1916; the second the bequest of Harold Raby (1866–1958). No jacket.
The Tomb of Tutankhamun
Volume One: Search, Discovery and Clearance of the Antechamber
In November 1922 Howard Carter discovered Tutankhamun's virtually intact tomb in the Valley of the Kings, sparking huge interest and changing the public perception of archaeology overnight. Now Carter's own account of the process of opening and investigating the tomb is republished in two volumes. In the first volume, Carter describes years of frustration before the tomb's location was finally identified, then 'the exhilaration of discovery', preliminary investigations and the painstaking survey of the antechamber's contents. This reprint includes the short article that inadvertently spawned the legend of Tutankhamun's curse.
Discovering the Lead Codices: The Book of Seven Seals
and the Secret Teachings of Jesus
One of the most controversial episodes in recent Biblical archaeology has concerned a hoard of ring-bound lead books allegedly discovered in a remote Jordanian valley. Could these be the oldest Christian artefacts ever found? Are they genuine? The Elkingtons, who first saw photographs of them in 2007, recount their subsequent quest to track down and authenticate the codices and to investigate the possible meanings of their texts and symbols in the context of early Christianity and Judaism.
Halsgrove Discover Series
Flint tools and other artefacts found in the caves at Cresswell Crags show that human habitation in the Peak District stretches back over 10,000 years. This well-illustrated introduction and practical guide explores the major archaeological and historical sites, charting the region's history from the Ice Age to the eve of the Norman Conquest.
The Tomb of Tutankhamen
In November 1922 Howard Carter discovered Tutankhamen's virtually intact tomb in the Valley of the Kings, sparking huge interest and changing the public perception of archaeology overnight. Now Carter's own account of the process of opening and investigating the tomb, first published in instalments between 1923 and 1933, is collected in a single volume, which contains details of the painstaking excavation and catalogues spectacular treasures including the priceless golden mask that covered the pharaoh's mummified face.
The Royal Mummies
Immortality in Ancient Egypt
Ancient Egyptians believed that the art of embalming, learned from the god Anubis, allowed pharaohs to enter the paradisal Field of Reeds and maintained the cosmic order. This lavishly illustrated book explains the physical procedure and religious rites which prepared the royal corpse and explores the texts which reveal ancient beliefs about its destiny. Janot also describes archaeologists' rediscovery of the mummies and presents information about the monarchs' lives and deaths which recent technology has helped reveal. Foreword by Zahi Hawass.
Most archaeological study of medieval children has focused on the physical remains found in burials; this volume of nine papers presents new ways of exploring children’s lives. Among the topics discussed are play, particularly board and dice games; migration; children’s use of domestic and social space; evidence of children in the labour force; and ‘eaves-drip’ burials – the practice of burying babies close to the church walls.
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.
The Lost Book of Moses
The Hunt for the World's Oldest Bible
When the flamboyant treasure-hunter Moses Wilhelm Shapira arrived in London in 1883, he claimed to have discovered the world’s most ancient copy of Deuteronomy – and was quickly denounced as a fraudster. Over 70 years later the emergence of the eerily similar Dead Sea Scrolls prompted reassessment of Shapira’s claims, but by then his scrolls had vanished. Tigay describes his own worldwide quest to locate these mysterious documents and establish whether they truly were a forgery. Felt-tip mark on lower edge.
The Cities That Built the Bible
This lively but always scholarly book forms a tour of 14 ancient cities, from Nineveh and Babylon to Alexandria and Rome, which played a significant role in the ‘construction’ of the Bible. Blending archaeology, biblical history and accounts of his own travels in the Holy Land, the author identifies how some of the locations connect with Bible stories, and explains how others contributed to the long process of selection, translation and compilation behind the texts we know today. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
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.
Legacies of the First World War
Building for Total War 1914–18
Drawing together studies by English Heritage and Historic England’s archaeologists and historians, this volume explores the physical effects of the First World War on the English countryside and built environments. Among the topics discussed in the ten illustrated essays are army camps, airfields and coastal defences; munitions factories, civic and civilian building during wartime and the impact of enemy blockade on the nation’s agriculture; and a final essay examines the building of war memorials.