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.
An Atlas of Northamptonshire
The Medieval and Early-Modern Landscape
In cartographical and essay form, this volume maps the landscape of the greater part of Northamptonshire, complementing the Atlas of Rockingham Forest (2009), which covers the remainder of the county. An Atlas of Northamptonshire is the result of the authors’ research since the mid 1960s and draws on archaeological data from ground and aerial surveys and historical maps to depict details of field furlongs, woods, pastures and meadows, settlements, buildings and roads. Slightly off-mint.
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.
How Compassion Made Us Human
The Evolutionary Origins of Tenderness, Trust and Morality
This groundbreaking survey of the ways in which material evidence, such as the earliest human art, sheds light on the emotions of our Stone Age ancestors argues that altruism and compassion played a key role in our evolution and the success of our species.
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 Drawing on a wealth of previously unpublished material, this book unravels the strange and macabre mystery that gripped London throughout the 1920s and 1930s.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.
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.
Philippi: How Christianity Began in Europe
The Epistle to the Philippians and the Excavations at Philippi
The Macedonian town of Philippi was one of the most important sites in early Christianity, with a congregation who received advice and assistance from St Paul himself. Verhoef uses the evidence of biblical texts and archaeological discoveries, especially the inscriptions found in the town and its territory, to build up a picture of the Christian community there from the time of Paul's first visit in the middle of the first century CE to the sixth century.
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.
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.
The Tomb of Tutankhamen
In November 1922 Howard Carter discovered Tutankhamen's virtually intact tomb in the Valley of the Kings, sparking huge interest and changing the public perception of archaeology overnight. Now Carter's own account of the process of opening and investigating the tomb, first published in instalments between 1923 and 1933, is collected in a single volume, which contains details of the painstaking excavation and catalogues spectacular treasures including the priceless golden mask that covered the pharaoh's mummified face.
The Royal Mummies
Immortality in Ancient Egypt
Ancient Egyptians believed that the art of embalming, learned from the god Anubis, allowed pharaohs to enter the paradisal Field of Reeds and maintained the cosmic order. This lavishly illustrated book explains the physical procedure and religious rites which prepared the royal corpse and explores the texts which reveal ancient beliefs about its destiny. Janot also describes archaeologists' rediscovery of the mummies and presents information about the monarchs' lives and deaths which recent technology has helped reveal. Foreword by Zahi Hawass.
Most archaeological study of medieval children has focused on the physical remains found in burials; this volume of nine papers presents new ways of exploring children’s lives. Among the topics discussed are play, particularly board and dice games; migration; children’s use of domestic and social space; evidence of children in the labour force; and ‘eaves-drip’ burials – the practice of burying babies close to the church walls.