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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Dynamics of Production in the Ancient Near East
This volume deals with the transition of Near East economies from the Late Bronze to the early Iron Age, a period in which some monarchies collapsed while others adapted to a new economic environment of expanded trade networks, private ‘entrepreneurs’ and new forms of currency. Among the 17 essays are studies of urban craftsmen in the Neo-Assyrian state; Phoenician trade; temples, trade and money in first millennium BCE Egypt; and the organization and financing of trade caravans.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Seats of Power in Europe During the Hundred Years War
An Architectural Study from 1330 to 1480
Surveying more than 60 residences of the crowned heads and royal dukes of countries involved in the Hundred Years War, this illustrated study investigates whether the castles, palaces and manor houses of the War’s protagonists reflect a defensive purpose, a social function or the personality of the builders. After an introduction to the military, political and architectural background, the book discusses residences in France and England, but also in Scotland, Flanders and the Iberian Peninsula, during the period 1330 to 1483.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Documentary Sources in Ancient Near Eastern and Greco-Roman Economic History
Methodology and Practice
Originating from a conference in Vienna in 2008 that brought scholars of Mesopotamian history together with classicists working on Greco-Roman sources, these 14 papers cover topics including Babylonian house structure, Old Assyrian trade, water-lifting technology and prices in the ancient Mediterranean and Near East.
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.
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 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.
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.