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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
William Boyd Dawkins and the Victorian Science of Cave Hunting
Three Men in a Cavern
Among the first ‘cave hunters’ to work within a scientific framework and recognize the long evolutionary context for humans and animals, William Boyd Dawkins (1837–1929) was a renowned, yet controversial geologist, palaeontologist and archaeologist. Mark White sets out to rekindle interest in Dawkins, tracing his life and career from ‘boyhood to burial’, with accounts of his work at Wookey Hole, the Manchester museum, the 1874 Channel tunnel project and ‘one of Victorian archaeology’s darkest hours’, the Creswell Crags excavations of 1875–79.
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.
Temples and Tombs
Treasures of Egyptian Art from the British Museum
Thousands of years after they were created, the works produced by the royal artists of ancient Egypt retain their power to inspire wonder at its rich and vibrant culture. This volume – the catalogue of a 2006 exhibition – presents 85 artefacts, from imposing granite statues to delicate gold earrings, spanning the millennia of pharaonic history. It also features two essays, on the background to the manufacture of such items, and on the history of the British Museum’s Egyptian collections.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Neanderthals Among Mammoths
Excavations at Lynford Quarry, Norfolk
Following the discovery of mammoth bones and stone tools, including bout coupé hand axes , at Lynford Quarry in 2002, the excavations reported here uncovered archaeological and palaeo-environmental information that offered an opportunity to study when and how Neanderthals occupied what was then a cold northern peninsula of north-west Europe. Slightly off-mint.
Excavation of a 12th-Century Cloister in its Historical and Landscape Context
Now a ruin, Haughmond Abbey, north-east of Shrewsbury, was a prosperous house of the Augustinian Canons. This archaeological report describes the excavations of the site during 1975–79, and places the abbey in its historical and landscape contexts.
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.
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.
Defining the Sacred
Approaches to the Archaeology of Religion in the Near East
Animal burials, sacrifice in Bronze Age iconography, the ritual use of open space around temples, and ritual performance and religion in early Neolithic societies are among the 16 essays in this investigation of archaeological approaches to the study of religious practices and beliefs.
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.
King's Lynn and the Fens
Medieval Art, Architecture and Archaeology
Beginning with an essay on ‘King John’s Cup’, one of the finest pieces of medieval silversmith’s work in England, this volume discusses a variety of buildings and artefacts in West Norfolk, including the counting houses and Hanseatic ‘Steelyard’ in King’s Lynn, Snettisham Church, and the tomb of Sir Humphrey de Littlebury at All Saints, Holbeach. Slightly off-mint.
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.
The Making of Stonehenge
In this study, the author of The Stonehenge People (1987) argues that it is possible, by exploring a wider frame of reference for the people who built and used the monument, to recapture something of the prehistoric experience and to understand what the makers of Stonehenge were trying to achieve.
The Development and Desertion of a Hertfordshire Village
The deserted village of Caldecote, comprising five crofts, the old rectory site and moated enclosure, was the subject of extensive excavation between 1973 and 1977. Finds included a Bronze Age beaker burial and Iron Age and Roman pottery, but the focus of study was the medieval village. Only an interim report had been published before this full account, which includes discussion of key issues in the archaeology of medieval settlement.
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.
The Medieval Chantry in England
Originally published as the 2011 Journal of the British Archaeological Association, this collection of eleven conference papers begins with ‘A Prehistory of the Chantry’ by John McNeill and includes studies of the development of the English ‘Stone Age’ chantry chapel, the commemorative foundations of William of Wykeham, and Islip’s Chantry at Westminster Abbey.
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.
Early Metallurgical Sites in Great Britain
BC 2000 to AD 1500
Beginning with an introduction to the use of metals in Britain during prehistory and the Roman and medieval periods, this illustrated book documents 15 archaeologically authenticated sites of importance in the history of the region’s metallurgical development. The entry for each site includes a general history and a history of workings, details of remains, dating, location and accessibility, and notes on adjacent sites of interest.
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.
Communicating with the World of Beings
The World Heritage Rock Art Sites in Alta, Arctic Norway
Created over five millennia, the carved and painted depictions of humans, animals, boats and equipment on Alta’s rocky landscape give a glimpse of the beliefs and changing culture of prehistoric hunter-gatherers in Europe’s northernmost regions. This book, by an archaeologist who has spent decades documenting the sites, features over 250 illustrations and offers an interpretation of the art as a form of communication, both among humans and with ‘other-than-human’ beings.
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.