Murder, Black Magic and Tutankhamun in the 1920s West End
Could the supposed ‘Curse of Tutankhamun’ in fact have been the work of a murderous mastermind? Drawing on a wealth of previously unpublished material, this book unravels the strange and macabre mystery that gripped London throughout the 1920s and 1930s.
Pilgrimage in Early Christian Jordan
A Literary and Archaeological Guide
The Holy Land, scene of key events in both the Old and New Testaments, has been a place of pilgrimage for Christians for two millennia. Few, however, have ventured east of the Jordan River. This guidebook explores the region’s holy places, including the sites of Elijah’s ascension and John the Baptist’s beheading, and its early Christian archaeological remains. Illustrated with colour photographs, maps and plans throughout, it also provides travel directions and practical information on visiting the sites.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An Archaeology of Town Commons in England
'A very fair field indeed'
Commons are treasured amenities in many towns, yet their history and archaeology have been little studied. This English Heritage illustrated survey examines a representative selection of town commons across England, charting their historical functions – as pasture, sources of wood and fruit, and as venues for public festivities, meetings and military exercises – and it assesses modern threats to commons’ survival. Slightly off-mint.
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.
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.
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.
Alexander to Constantine
Archaeology of the Land of the Bible, Volume Three
This overview of the Greco-Roman period in ancient Palestine integrates the evidence of ancient literary sources with the findings of recent archaeological investigations at sites of religious significance. It reveals the tumultuous changes – material, intellectual and religious – that followed Alexander the Great's conquest in 332 BCE, with a special focus on the site of Sepphoris in Galilee, which provides an excellent case study illustrating how a major Jewish centre came to accommodate Greek and Roman culture.
Food and Farming in Prehistoric Britain
Archaeological discoveries about prehistoric cooking techniques have revealed much about native British cuisine, the foodstuffs that were available and how people lived in the Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Ages. Reconstructing and re-enacting prehistoric ways of cooking food and the practice of the earliest farmers, Paul Elliott reveals not only the ingenuity of their cooking methods – including baking meat underground, brewing mead and boiling water with hot stones – but also a completely different approach to food.
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.
Roman Sculpture from Eastern England: Corpus Signorum Imperii Romani
Corpus of Sculpture of the Roman World Great Britain, Volume 1, Fascicule 8
This catalogue of sculpture from Roman Britain includes material from such major sites as Colchester and Lincoln and contains 142 illustrations, including some well-known pieces. Corpus of Sculpture of the Roman World. Great Britain, Volume 1, Fascicule 8.
Pioneers of English Archaeology
Arranged alphabetically, Marsden’s short, illustrated profiles describe 40 individuals who helped shape the study of prehistoric England. Dating mostly from the 18th and 19th centuries, the 'pathfinders' are a wildly varied group, including tradesmen and army officers along with the reverends and country squires.
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.
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.
The Egypt Exploration Society
The Early Years
Founded in 1882, the Egypt Exploration Fund (now Society) promoted many early archaeological investigations of that country's Pharaonic sites. This commemorative volume charts the excavations of Flinders Petrie and other pioneers. Illustrated with 200 archival images, including watercolours by Howard Carter and other archaeologists, it recreates the working conditions on these digs, describes the state of the sites at the dawn of modern archaeology, and sets their discoveries in archaeological and cultural context. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
A Glorious Empire
Archaeology and the Tudor-Stuart Atlantic World
From the establishment of Ralegh's fragile settlement at Jamestown in 1607, objects travelled in both directions across the Atlantic between England and its American colonies. This collection of essays in honour of Ivor Noel Hume, the pioneer of such studies, explores the similarities between archaeological sites on both sides of the ocean. Extensively illustrated in colour and black and white, it examines the evidence of wine bottles, pottery, tobacco pipes and jewellery to chart the transmission of material culture.
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.
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.
The Jesus Dynasty: The Hidden History of Jesus, His Royal Family
and the Birth of Christianity
Tabor's provocative argument claims that Jesus was the firstborn son of a royal family who really was acclaimed 'King of the Jews' and established a dynasty that he left in the hands of his brother James. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
Fragments of History
Rethinking the Ruthwell and Bewcastle Monuments
At Ruthwell in Dumfriesshire and Bewcastle in Cumbria, on either side of the English-Scots border, stand two ancient stone crosses. More than five metres tall and elaborately decorated, they are arguably the finest pre-Viking sculptures in Britain. This magisterial survey sets them in the context of the Northumbrian kingdom of the 8th and 9th centuries, and explores their relationship to the great Anglo-Saxon poem The Dream of the Rood, part of which is inscribed on the Bewcastle cross. No jacket.
The Coronation Chair and Stone of Scone
History, Archaeology and Conservation
The Coronation Chair is one of the most precious objects in Westminster Abbey, a rare survivor from the Middle Ages, on which most English monarchs have been crowned. Incorporated in its seat was the symbolic block of sandstone seized at Scone in 1296 after Edward I's victory over the Scots, until it was returned to Scotland in 1996 - it is now on display in Edinburgh Castle. This scholarly book presents the evidence from history, archaeology and conservation that explains the nature of these extraordinary objects.
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.
Civilization's Great Riches Rediscovered
History is filled with tales of precious treasure that has been lost, buried or sunk to the bottom of the ocean. Geographically arranged by continent, this handsome book uncovers the world's most spectacular finds, from the golden mask of Agamemnon to the treasures of the Aztecs and Incas. Lavishly illustrated with stunning photographs and clear, accessible locator maps, it explains the significance of these fabulous objects, the societies that produced them, and recounts the thrilling stories of their discovery.
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.