Chariots and Other Wheeled Vehicles In Italy Before the Roman Empire
Three categories of wheeled transport are documented in early Italy – carts and chariots with two wheels and wagons with four. This study of their construction and harnessing presents a wide range of archaeological evidence, such as wall paintings, terracotta models and the remains of actual vehicles. In the final chapter Crouwel considers the relative economic and social importance of the different means of land transport.
Temples and Sanctuaries in the Roman East
Religious Architecture in Syria, Iudaea/Palaestina and Provincia Arabia
Arthur Segal presents an architectural study of 87 temples built at the eastern end of the Mediterranean between the first century BCE and the third century CE. With more than 380 photographs, plans and reconstruction drawings, the volume contains detailed descriptions of their internal and external space, dividing the temples into two main categories: those with Vitruvian designs derived from Hellenistic-Roman architecture and those more influenced by non-Vitruvian eastern sources.
Pottery and Social Life in Medieval England
How can pottery studies contribute to the study of medieval archaeology? How do pots relate to documents, landscapes and identities? In this study, Ben Jarvis seeks to show how pottery might be used to better understand the medieval period; and in a series of case studies he demonstrates how pottery and material culture in general can play a central role in the understanding of social life in the Middle Ages.
A Maritime Archaeology of Ships
Innovation and Social Change in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
Jonathan Adams evaluates key episodes of technical change in the ways that watercraft were produced, used and disposed of, arguing that ‘the material culture of water transport offers one of the best means of interrogating changes within past societies’.
Danes in Wessex
The Scandinavian Impact on Southern England, c.800–c.1100
Originating at a conference held at the Wessex Centre for History and Archaeology, this collection of 13 papers includes studies of West Saxon battlefields, an early medieval mass burial on the Dorset Ridgeway, and Danish royal burials, especially that of Cnut and his family, in Winchester.
Britain's Medieval Episcopal Thrones
History, Archaeology and Conservation
Six episcopal thrones survive from 14th-century cathedral churches. In this scholarly volume, Charles Tracy presents in-depth studies of the timber thrones in Exeter, St David’s and Hereford Cathedrals and the impressive, canopied oak bishop’s chair in Lincoln; and Andrew Budge contributes a chapter on the two stone episcopal thrones at Wells and Durham Cathedrals. There is much additional information in appendices, and the studies are lavishly illustrated with photographs, plans and line drawings of the thrones.
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.
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 Southern Transjordan Edomite Plateau & Dead Sea Rift Valley
The Bronze Age to the Islamic Period (3800/3700 BC-AD 1917)
Spanning the Bronze Age to the Islamic period (3800/3700 BCE to 1917 CE) and based on archaeological, literary and epigraphic evidence, this volume presents the archaeology and history of human presence in this area, which includes Petra and Umm al-Biyara.
Quaternary History, Palaeolithic Archaeology in the Axe Valley at Broom, South West England
This investigation of the Lower Palaeolithic site at Broom in South West England aims to explain the distinctive character of its Acheulean archaeology, the environmental conditions in which the hominin occupants of the Axe valley flourished, and for how long.
Picturing the Bronze Age
Swedish Rock Art Research Series: Volume 3
Volume 3 in the Swedish Rock Art Series, this collection of 14 illustrated papers examines forms and expressions of Bronze Age imagery – including rock art, petroglyphs and decorated bronze axes – across an area stretching from Scandinavia to the Iberian Peninsula.
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.
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.
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.
Dictionary of Classical Mythology
This expanded edition of an acclaimed reference work has substantial entries for the greatest gods and heroes, from Achilles to Zeus, together with information on a host of minor figures, such as nymphs, seers and river-gods. References are given to the passages of Greek and Roman literature where their stories appear, as well as examples of the ancient myths’ influence on modern works. The book also features more than 170 illustrations, largely redrawn from Greek vases.
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.
Exploring Cross-Channel Relationships from the Mesolithic to the Iron Age
This volume comprises ten essays investigating archaeologically the links – material, social and cultural – between Britain and Ireland and continental Europe during later prehistory. The topics discussed include seafaring in prehistoric Atlantic Europe, the shifting character of Europe’s landscapes and seascapes, Neolithic funerary monuments, and narratives of Iron Age art in Britain and its relationship with the Continent.
Bringing Carthage Home
The Excavations of Nathan Davis 1856–1859
Clergyman, adventurer and snake-handler Nathan Davis (1812–1882) proposed to the British Museum that he should acquire ‘Punic’ antiquities for its collections – and he did. This book recounts in detail the story behind Davis’s pioneering excavation of sites and removal of mosaics in Carthage.
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.
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.
The God of Jesus Christ
When it was first published in 1982, this important work by the German Catholic cardinal and theologian Walter Kasper argued for a ‘theological theology’ that makes the explanation of the confession of the triune God its first priority. In this new edition, Kasper’s introduction addresses recent changes as theology reassesses itself in relation to science, culture and the Church; and he emphasizes the importance of the existential and pastoral meaning of the doctrine of God in this new situation.
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.
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.
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.