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.
A History in Photographs
Stonehenge is among the world's most famous prehistoric monuments and, since the mid-19th century, probably the most photographed. Using images from English Heritage's photographic archive, this book covers the last 150 years in the history of the site. From the first known photograph (taken by William Russell Sedgewick in 1853) to recent pictures of the stones at the Solstice, the book shows Stonehenge visited by archaeologists, tourists and Druids and surviving wartime troop movements, restoration projects and vandalism.
Archanes Excavations Prize of the Academy of Athens 1983
Located close to Knossos on Crete, the modern town of Archanes preserves the remains of an ancient palace complex. Two archaeologists discuss important evidence from their excavations at the site and at the impressive Minoan cemetery in nearby Phourni.
The Archaeological Excavation Dictionary
If you are digging abroad, or digging with foreign archaeologists, the Dictionary will help with many language difficulties: it translates over 2,000 words associated with excavation and survey into eight languages: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Greek, Turkish and Arabic.
Understanding Processes of Minoanisation and Mycenaeanisation in the Aegean
This collection of essays illustrates how new theoretical approaches can inform study of the Bronze Age Aegean world. The authors examine material culture change at individual sites and compare processes of acculturation inspired by Minoan Crete and the Mycenaean mainland.
An Archaeology of Prehistoric Bodies and Embodied Identities in the Eastern Mediterranean
Reflecting the growing interest in the archaeology of the body, this volume brings together 28 papers by archaeologists working in the Eastern Mediterranean. Aiming to raise awareness of the relevance of the body in understanding collective and individual identities, the book covers topics including the represented body, material culture, and interaction with the dead body.
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.
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.
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.
The Human Skeleton as Evidence for Conflict in the Past
‘Human remains are not only one of the most common forms of archaeological evidence, but also arguably the richest in terms of what they can tell us.’ In this accessible introduction to conflict archaeology, Martin Smith examines bones and their injuries as evidence of violence between people ranging from Stone Age aggression to 19th-century warfare with firearms, and demonstrates how bones are our most reliable witnesses to human conflict.
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.
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 Whole Story
Presenting the ‘big picture’, this broad overview of the major cultures and sites of archaeological importance begins in deep prehistory (4 million–10,000 BCE), continues through the shift from hunting to farming, the rise of civilizations, antiquity, and the medieval period, to the modern era, and ends with a chapter on how archaeology works. As well as richly illustrated descriptions of sites such as Lascaux, Stonehenge and the Great Wall, the entries cover regions, empires and peoples on every continent.
Carchemish in Context
The Land of Carchemish Project, 2006–2010
One of the iconic sites of the Middle East, Carchemish is a mound complex on the Great Bend of the Euphrates, once the seat of Hittite power and Neo-Hittite kings, and known for its excavation by Leonard Woolley and TE Lawrence. As well as providing a history of archaeological activity at the site, this volume of eleven essays reports the findings of the Land of Carchemish Project – the first to use remote sensing techniques in the region – and details some 80 sites in the Carchemish area.
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.
People with Animals
Perspectives and Studies in Ethnozooarchaeology
In sections on thinking, living and subsisting with animals, this collection of eleven papers emphasizes the interdependence of people and their animals in society. The topics discussed include the sacrifice of horses in Iron Age Pazyryk burials; parallels in ancient and modern livestock guardian dogs; the use of garfish by Native Americans; and professional butchering in the Mahas region of Sudan.
Places in Between
The Archaeology of Social, Cultural and Geographical Borders and Borderlands
This volume of nine essays aims to explore some of the possibilities offered by the study of borders, both real and imagined, from an archaeological point of view and to present some new perspectives informed by border theory. Among the geographical regions and chronological periods discussed are the 20th-century Iron Curtain or ‘Eastern Front’; the medieval Anglo-Scottish border; Neolithic cave use in the Mendip hills; and 10th- and 12th-century borderlands in northeast China.
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.
Ships of the Port of London
Twelfth to Seventeenth Centuries AD
In no other ancient European port is every major stage of its history represented by the recovered remains of ships and boats, waterfronts, warehouses and even former cargoes. Using this material evidence along with manuscript sources, Peter Marsden gives accounts of the design, construction and uses of vessels from 21 sites, ranging in date from the Custom House boat (c.1160–90) to the Blackfriars ship, a barge that sank with a cargo of bricks in 1670. Off-mint.
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.
Hambledon Hill, Dorset, England
Excavation and Survey of a Neolithic Monument Complex and its Surrounding Landscape
A programme of excavation and survey directed by Roger Mercer between 1974 and 1986 demonstrated that Hambledon, near Cranborne Chase, was the site of an exceptionally large and diverse complex of earlier Neolithic earthworks, including two causewayed enclosures, two long barrows and several outworks. These volumes are the complete record of the excavation and survey of the Neolithic monuments.
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.
Wearmouth and Jarrow Monastic Sites
Founded by Benedict Biscop in the late seventh century, the twin monastery of Wearmouth and Jarrow in Northumbria was notable for its famous inmate, the Venerable Bede. The archaeological excavation of the site was undertaken by Rosemary Cramp between 1959 and 1988: this volume is her definitive report and analysis of the material remains of the Anglo-Saxon and medieval occupations, including structural materials, window glass, sculptured stone and personal possessions.
Living with the Flood
Mesolithic to Post-Medieval Archaeological Remains at Mill Lane, Sawston, Cambridgeshire
The site at Mill Lane offered the chance of studying wetland and dryland zones of human activity as a single archaeological landscape. From the analysis of the site, this book develops a detailed picture of life on the edge of a flood plain between the late glacial and post-medieval periods.
In the Light of Amarna
100 Years of the Nefertiti Discovery
Described by its excavator as ‘the epitome of serenity and symmetry’, the brightly coloured plaster bust of Queen Nefertiti from Tell el-Amarna is one of the most famous examples of Egyptian art. These 29 essays set Nefertiti within the historical context of the Amarna period, assess the bust’s cultural impact in the 20th century and describe other artefacts found in the same location. More than 200 items are illustrated, including many unfinished carvings that offer glimpses into an ancient sculptor’s workshop.
The Buddha and Dr Führer
An Archaeological Scandal
When a casket was excavated near the India-Nepal border in 1898, archaeologist Dr Führer helped confirm that its inscription declared it to contain the Buddha’s ashes. This account of the discovery focuses on the ensuing scandal, in which a local British magistrate accused Führer of selling bogus relics from the site. Off-mint.
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.
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.
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.
Community and Landscape in the Alpes-Maritimes, France
Bringing together existing village archives and the field work of a group of British landscape archaeologists, historians and geographers, this volume of eleven essays presents a holistic account of the community of Cipières, a village in the Alpes-Maritimes, and the surrounding agrarian landscape, from the fifth century to 1900.
Bones and Identity
Zooarchaeological Approaches to Reconstructing Social and Cultural Landscapes in Southwest Asia
Covering a geographical area stretching from Greece, through Turkey, Syria, Israel and Iran to India, and a time span from the Palaeolithic to the Middle Ages, the 17 papers in this volume demonstrate zooarchaeologists’ approaches to complex issues of diversity and identity in social systems. Slightly off-mint.
Discovering Archaeology in England and Wales
This introductory guide outlines the techniques used by archaeologists to discover, excavate and interpret sites. It also shows how much archaeological finds have taught us about the past inhabitants of England and Wales, from the first appearance of Homo sapiens to the coming of the Normans. Sixth edition.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Story So Far
An archaeologist who has been studying Stonehenge for 40 years, Julian Richards clearly explains the development of our greatest prehistoric monument in a richly illustrated and accessible volume. He places the complex structures of Stonehenge in their landscape of burial and ceremony, and examines both practical approaches to and current theories about how and why it was built. Off-mint.
An Archaeological Study of the Bayeux Tapestry
The Landscapes, Buildings and Places
Trevor Rowley, an authority on the Normans and landscape history, focuses on the mid 11th-century landscapes in North-western France and England in which the epic events portrayed by the Bayeux Tapestry took place. Following those events, from Earl Harold’s journeys to Bosham and France to the Battle of Hastings, Rowley describes, with photographs and diagrams, the archaeological evidence and existing sites of the buildings and places represented and sometimes named on the Tapestry.
Egyptology's Greatest Discovery
In 1922, when Howard Carter discovered Tutankhamun’s intact tomb in the Valley of the Kings, the world looked on with a fascination that has lasted ever since. After setting the boy king’s short life in its historical context, this volume tells the story of the expedition, featuring photographs of the tomb’s excavation and a selection of Carter’s detailed drawings and journals, as well as presenting some of the 5,398 well-preserved objects that were found buried with the pharaoh.
The Anglo-Saxon Church of All Saints, Brixworth, Northamptonshire
Survey, Excavation and Analysis, 1972–2010
The church of All Saints at Brixworth, dating from the eighth century, is a building of outstanding importance and it has been the subject of archaeological study since 1972. This volume is the meticulously detailed report of that 40-year-long project.
The Undiscovered Country
The Earlier Prehistory of the West Midlands
Stretching from the Cotwolds to the Pennines, the West Midlands comprises a large region of Britain, yet its rich archaeological record has been under-studied until now. This volume aims to correct that omission; illustrated with maps, plans, drawings and photographs in colour and monochrome, 13 conference papers by leading archaeologists examine the settlements, funerary monuments, stone tools and pottery of the region's earliest inhabitants.
Gifts for the Gods
Ancient Egyptian Animal Mummies and the British
Cats, birds and crocodiles are among the animals mummified in quantity by the ancient Egyptians and deposited as votive offerings. With contributions from 19 experts, this collection of illustrated essays details animals’ role in Egyptian religion and traces both the British fascination with such artefacts and the recent development of innovative techniques for studying them.
Sunken Cities: Egypt's Lost Worlds
The BP Exhibition
Beneath the waters of Abukir Bay, at the edge of the north-western Nile delta, lie the submerged remains of the ancient Egyptian cities Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus. This volume, which accompanied the British Museum exhibition in 2016, describes the technical challenges that faced the underwater archaeologists; presents, with over 270 illustrations, the submerged buildings and artefacts, including jewellery and ceramics, that have been found; and discusses how these discoveries have transformed our understanding of the relationship between ancient Egypt and Greece.
Medieval Churches of West Yorkshire
Based on a major field survey by the West Yorkshire Archaeological Service that aimed to establish a ‘fabric history’ for the medieval churches of the county, this volume draws out some of the principal themes of church building from the Anglo-Saxon era to the 19th-century and the effects of the medieval revival. The book concludes with a gazetteer of all 69 churches discussed. Off-mint.
Excavations 1974–85 Vol. II: The Structural and Environmental Evidence
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.
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.
Excavations 1974–85, Volume I, The Small Fields
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.
Iron Age Settlement and Roman Villa
This Yorkshire Archaeology monograph is the report of the excavations at Dalton Parlours, south of Wetherby and overlooking the Vale of York. Archaeological investigation revealed an Iron Age settlement of enclosures and roundhouses, a Roman villa and artefacts including coins, brooches, glass, pottery and mosaic remains. Off-mint.
Trends in Biological Anthropology
Originally presented at annual meetings of the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology (2011, 2012), the eleven papers in this volume include studies of extant non-human primates, the methods used in biological anthropology and osteoarchaeology, and palaeopathology and trauma.
Agricultural and Pastoral Landscapes in Pre-Industrial Society
Choices, Stability and Change
This third volume in the series Early Agricultural Remnants and Technical Heritage (EARTH): 8,000 Years of Resilience and Innovation, comprises 19 essays with subjects ranging in date from the beginnings of agriculture in the Balkans 6,500 years ago to the mental maps of a present-day Provençal shepherd.
Understanding the Shared Humanity of Our Ancestors
With contributions from anthropologists and other social scientists, this collection of 10 papers addresses the representation of indigenous peoples; human interactions with ancestors and the museological response to this highly emotive discourse; and the repatriation of remains and artefacts.
Archaeology and Development
This volume from the Scottish Burgh Survey offers the general reader a detailed and well-illustrated guide to the history and archaeology of Dunfermline as well as providing local authorities, developers and residents with reliable information to help protect and manage the archaeology and environment of this historic burgh and abbey.
The Basics (Third Edition)
Now in its third edition, this is Gamble’s straightforward and engaging introduction to the world of archaeology, with chapters on basic concepts, people, materials and objects, time and space, change, power and identity, and incorporating new material on evolutionary approaches, landscape, and conflict archaeology.
The Archaeology of Industrialization
Originally given at a conference hosted jointly by the Association for Industrial Archaeology and the Society of Post-Medieval Archaeology, this collection of 23 papers explores the pre-history of industrialization as well as the Industrial Revolution (1760–1830), with studies of industry in rural and urban landscapes, the landscapes of mining, artefacts and industry, and material culture.
The Art, Architecture and Archaeology of the Royal Abbey and Royal Palace (2 Volumes)
The first volume of this well-illustrated collection of essays comprises 15 studies on Westminster Abbey, with topics including the medieval and early Tudor topography of Westminster, the Romanesque monastic buildings, and polychromy at the Abbey, 1250–1350. In Volume II, eleven essays deal with the Palace of Westminster and its wider topography between the late 11th century and the devastating fire of 1834.
Excavations at Launceston Castle, Cornwall
Covering phases of occupation from pre-castle settlement to a Second World War hospital erected on Castle Green, this is the final report of the long, but intermittent excavations at Launceston Castle which made important contributions to the settlement history and topography of Launceston itself as well as to castle studies.
Wigmore Castle, North Herefordshire
Excavations 1996 and 1998
Wigmore Castle was the seat of the Mortimer family from the late 11th century to 1425, when it passed to the Dukes of York, and thence to the crown. This monograph records the two excavations within the Inner Bailey of the castle, prior to its repair and consolidation by English Heritage.
Southwell and Nottinghamshire
Medieval Art, Architecture, and Industry
The special focus of this volume is Southwell Minster, but the 15 essays also include discussions of the Cistercian Abbey at Rufford, Worksop Priory Church, the 12th-century castle at Newark and the development of bell-casting in Nottinghamshire. With a 48-page section of black and white photographs.
Medieval and Early Modern Art, Architecture and Archaeology
The importance of Norwich as the second most populous and wealthy city in medieval England is explored in this volume of 19 essays and seven site reports, including studies of Norwich Castle Keep, castle staircases, chancel passageways and a Norwich freemason as well as several aspects of the cathedral’s architecture and artefacts.
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.
Medieval Art, Architecture and Archaeology at Canterbury
Since the foundation of its cathedral in 597, Canterbury has been the epicentre of Britain’s ecclesiastical history and an important locus for architectural and visual innovation. The majority of these 17 essays deal with aspects of the cathedral, among them the rebuilding by Archbishop Wulfred (805–32), the south oculus and the ‘Old Bakery’ chamber; but other topics include the monks’ library at Christ Church and the Great Gate of St Augustine’s Abbey.
Medieval Art and Architecture in the Diocese of Glasgow
After an introductory, general account of the cathedral, this collection of 13 papers covers a variety of specialized subjects, among them the cult of St Kentigern at the cathedral in the 12th century, Scottish Romanesque sculpture, the stellar vaults of the inner crypt, and excavations at the cathedral in 1992–3.
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.
Early Medieval Stone Monuments
Materiality, Biography, Landscape
Reflecting recent trends in the investigation of material culture, these eight case studies demonstrate how inscribed and sculpted stone monuments of the 5th to 11th centuries created senses of identity and history for communities in Ireland, Britain and Scandinavia.
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.
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
Social Change in Aegean Prehistory
Focused on the Early Helladic III to Late Helladic I period in southern Greece, this volume focuses on the processes of social and economic change in the Bronze Age. The nine essays include studies of Pre-Mycenaean pottery shapes; the dynamics of Bronze Age social structures (explored through feasting and hospitality); and domestic architecture as a means to analyse social change.
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.
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.
Dress and Society
Contributions from Archaeology
Illustrating the range of current archaeological approaches to dress, and taking ‘dress’ to mean all forms of body ornamentation, this collection of seven essays discusses British Middle Bronze Age ornament hoards, Iron Age brooches, the Roman military belt as status symbol and object of fashion, Anglo-Saxon dress accessories, and gifts of apparel in north-east England during the 16th century.
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).
Hunters, Fishers and Foragers in Wales
Towards a Social Narrative of Mesolithic Lifeways
During the Mesolithic period and throughout Europe, hunter-fisher-gatherer communities occupied and exploited the resources of a diverse range of ecological zones: coastal, lacustrine and riverine, lowland and upland. Aiming to characterize such communities, this study focuses on the Mesolithic period in Wales, but also links evidence found in Wales with examples from northwest Europe, to offer insights into hunter-fisher-gatherer settlement, subsistence and economic activity between 10,200 and 6,000 years ago.
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.
Transformation in Anglo-Saxon Culture
Toller Lectures on Art, Archaeology and Text
Originally given by members or guests of the Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies, these five lectures cover issues of sixth century archaeological chronology; recurrent themes in six centuries of Anglo-Saxon art; King Alfred and Weland; literacy and book culture; and the Vercelli Book as a context for The Dream of the Rood.
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.
Victorian Turkish Baths
Malcolm Shifrin’s study of the Victorian Turkish baths that flourished during the second half of the 19th century offers a fresh perspective on Victorian life. From the first such establishment built in 1856 to 21st-century survivals, the book illustrates hundreds of examples as it traces their history from Roman origins to Victorian municipal baths, and discusses topics including baths in workhouses, hospitals, clubs and private houses, and baths for horses.
The Country House
Material Culture and Consumption
Studying the country house in Britain and Europe as site, product and process of consumption, this volume of 19 illustrated papers explores the complex flows of goods, people and ideas in houses such as Stoneleigh Abbey, Wrest Park and the Dundas properties, Aske Hall and Moor Park. The book is in five parts: elites and consumption; continuity and heritage; eastern connections, adoptions and imitations; country house interiors as lived spaces; and presentation.
A Roman Frontier Fort in Scotland
Discovered in 1979, the Roman fort at Elginhaugh near Dalkeith is now the most completely excavated timber-built auxiliary fort in the Roman Empire. Here, Professor Hanson describes the discovery, excavation and interpretation of the site and sets the findings in the wider context of the fort’s builders and the lives of its inhabitants. Slightly off-mint
Fields of Battle
Retracing Ancient Battlefields
Richard Evans has visited each of the ancient battle sites analysed in this volume and brings new perspectives based on an understanding of the terrain and the latest archaeological finds. The study covers the famous battles of the Persian Wars such as Marathon and Thermopylae, Caesar's campaigns in Iberia, and Vitellius’s battles of Bedriacum in 69 CE.
Archaeology of the Early Islamic Settlement in Palestine
Based on the discovery that there has been a tendency to misdate the local pottery finds, Jodi Magness’s study reassesses what archaeological remains found in Palestine can tell us about the impact of the Muslim conquest in the 7th century. By taking a fresh look at the evidence, she argues that early Islamic settlement was a complex process that does not fit the current interpretive models.
Tille Höyük 1
The Medieval Period
Situated on the western bank of the Euphrates, the prehistoric mound Tille Höyük was the site of a local chieftain’s fortified residence during the 12th to 15th centuries CE. Focusing on that medieval phase of occupation, this volume reports on the excavation of buildings within the defensive wall and includes catalogues of pottery, coins and other household and agricultural items.
Coins in the Museum at Amasya
Greek, Roman, and Byzantine
Amasya (ancient Amaseia), capital of the Hellenistic kingdom of Pontus, was a major centre of northeast Anatolia. This volume presents the numismatic holdings of the modern city’s museum, providing data on more than 4,500 coins, with photographs of many specimens. They range from the 5th century BCE to the 11th century CE and represent over 50 mints across Asia Minor.
The Excavation of Ban Non Wat
Part One: Introduction | The Origins of the Civilisation of Angkor Volume 3
The excavations undertaken in 2002–8 at Ban Non Wat, a prehistoric settlement in Thailand’s upper Mun Valley, revealed the story of a community across 100 generations. This report presents findings on the site’s stratigraphy and chronology, its ten mortuary phases (from the Neolithic to the Iron Age) and its material culture, including stone adzes, ceramic vessels and bronze bangles.
Canhasan Sites 1
Canhasan 1: Stratigraphy and Structures
This volume reports on archaeological investigations at the largest of three mounds at Canhasan in south central Turkey, which revealed a series of settlements from the period c.5500–3000 BCE. David French, who excavated the site in the 1960s, describes his approach, provides information on the site’s stratigraphy and gives an overview of the structures uncovered at each level.
Sheri Khan Tarakai and Early Village Life in the Borderlands
Of North-west Pakistan
This is the first volume of reports on excavations carried out as part of the Bannu Archaeological Project in the province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. Analysing an extensive range of data and finds from the prehistoric village at Sheri Khan Tarakai, the authors set the site within its intra- and inter-regional contexts and discuss evidence for the inhabitants’ craft activities and subsistence strategies.
The Madra River Delta
Regional Studies on the Aegean Coast of Turkey
For most of its history the Madra River Delta, a coastal region of western Turkey, had close connections with neighbouring Aegean islands. In this interdisciplinary collection of archaeological studies the authors cover not only the Delta’s geomorphology, climate and land-use patterns but also the ceramic evidence for cultural changes from the Bronze Age to the Ottoman period.