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Rock Art in the Americas: Mythology, Cosmogony and Rituals Proceedings of the 2nd REEA Conference Ritual Americas: Configurations and Recombining of the Ritual Devices and Behaviors in the New World, in Historical and Contemporary Societies Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium) April 2-5, 2008 edited by Françoise Fauconnier and Serge Lemaitre. 138 pages; illustrated throughout. Papers in Spanish and English. BAR S2448 2012. ISBN 9781407310527. £28.00 (No VAT). Buy Now

Contents: Introduction (Françoise Fauconnier and Serge Lemaitre); 1) Rock art sites as spiritual places ? Canadian Shield rock art as part of the Algonquian sacred landscape (Daniel Arsenault); 2) Thunderbirds and Horned Snakes: Cosmogony at Canadian Rock Art Sites (Serge Lemaitre); 3) Cueva de la Serpiente: Interpretive Analysis of an Archaic Great Mural Rock Art Panel, Mulegé, Baja California Sur, Mexico (Roberto Martínez, Larissa Mendoza and Ramón Vinas); 4) El Salto del Perro, Durango, México: La construcción de un paisaje sagrado en los confines de Mesoamérica (Fernando Berrojalbiz y Marie-Areti Hers); 5) Paisaje y petrograbados del sitio de la Ferrería, Durango, México (José Luis Punzo Díaz); 6) Imágenes de guerreros en el arte rupestre del norte de Michoacán. Una aproximación a los ritos de los cazadores recolectores del Posclásico (Brigitte Faugère); 7) The Cave of the Bat, a Primordial Cave of the Sun, Acapulco, Mexico (Martha Cabrera Guerrero); 8) Myths and Oral Tradition in the Study of Rock Art: High Plains of Cundinamarca-Boyaca, Past Ethnohistory and Country Folk Tradition (Guillermo Munoz C.); 9) The Rock Art of the Bochica Route. Possible Connections between Oral Tradition and Sense and Function of Rock Art (Judith Trujillo Téllez); 10) El arte rupestre del río San Juan del Oro (Bolivia): Reflexiones sobre el simbolismo y la función de las imágenes (Françoise Fauconnier).
Studies in Early Anglo-Saxon Art and Archaeology: Papers in Honour of Martin G. Welch edited by Stuart Brookes, Sue Harrington and Andrew Reynolds. xi+174 pages; illustrated throughout. BAR 527 2011. ISBN 9781407307510. £38.00 (No VAT). Buy Now

This volume of papers is offered to Martin Welch on the occasion of his retirement from UCL in 2010. It is a celebration of his long career of teaching and research in early medieval archaeology, particularly Anglo-Saxon England and its neighbours in the fifth to seventh centuries. Contents: An appreciation (Andrew Reynolds and Sue Hamilton); 1) An unusual new gold A-bracteate find from Scalford, Leicestershire (Charlotte Behr); 2) Continuity in Cambridge? Pot-stamp evidence for continuity from the fourth to fifth centuries AD (Diana Briscoe); 3) Work-boxes or reliquaries? Small copper-alloy containers in seventh century Anglo-Saxon graves (Catherine Hills); 4) Earlier or later? The rectangular cloisonné buckle from Sutton Hoo Mound 1 in context (Noël Adams); 5) Accidental losses, plough-damaged cemeteries and the occasional hoard: the Portable Antiquities Scheme and early Anglo-Saxon archaeology (Helen Geake); 6) Anglo-Saxon non-funerary weapon depositions (Andrew Reynolds and Sarah Semple); 7) A fifth-century female from Weston Colley, Micheldever, Hampshire (Nick Stoodley); 8) Ringlemere in reference to early cross-Channel relations (Sonja Marzinzik); 9) Between Frankish and Merovingian influences in Early Anglo-Saxon Sussex (fifth-seventh centuries) (Jean Soulat); 10) The Third Way: thoughts on non-Saxon identity south of the Thames 450-600 (Andrew Richardson); 11) Foreign identities in burials at seventh-century English ‘emporia’ (Christopher Scull); 12) Beyond exogamy: marriage strategies in Early Anglo-Saxon England (Sue Harrington); 13) Gender representation in early medieval burials: ritual re-affirmation of a blurred boundary? (Heinrich Härke); 14) ‘The Weight of Necklaces’: some insights into the wearing of women’s jewellery from Middle Saxon written sources (Barbara Yorke); 15) Anglo-Saxon cemeteries in the Tees Valley and associations with Neolithic and later monuments (Stephen J. Sherlock); 16) Early to Middle Saxon settlement in the Chelmer-Blackwater river valley, Essex (Sue A. Tyler); 17) Early Anglo-Saxon fish traps on the River Thames (Nathalie Cohen); 18) Boundaries of Anglo-Saxon kingdoms: the example of the South Saxons (Mark Gardiner); 19) A reconsideration of East Wansdyke: its construction and date - a preliminary note (Bruce Eagles and Michael J. Allen); 20) The lathes of Kent: a review of the evidence (Stuart Brookes); Bibliography (Sue Harrington).
The Archaeology of the Hellenistic Far East: A Survey by Rachel Mairs. 75 pages; 3 figures. BAR S2196 2011. ISBN 9781407307527. £26.00 (No VAT). Buy Now

This book is intended as an introduction to the archaeology of the easternmost regions of Greek settlement in the Hellenistic period, from the conquests of Alexander the Great in the late fourth century BC, through to the last Greek-named kings of north-western India somewhere around the late first century BC, or even early first century AD. The ‘Far East’ of the Hellenistic world – a region comprising areas of what is now Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran and the former-Soviet Central Asian Republics – is best known from the archaeological remains of sites such as Ai Khanoum, which attest the endurance of Greek cultural and political presence in the region in the three centuries following the conquests of Alexander the Great. The ‘Hellenistic Far East’ has become the standard catch-all term for a network of autonomous and semiautonomous Greek-ruled states in the region east of the Iranian Plateau, which remained in only intermittent political contact with the rest of the Hellenistic world to the west – although cultural and commercial contacts could at times be very direct. These states, their rulers and populations, feature only occasionally in Greek and Latin historical sources. The two great challenges of HFE studies lie in integrating scholarship on this region into work on the Hellenistic world as a whole in a more than superficial way; and in understanding the complex cultural and ethnic relationships between the dominant Greek elites of the region and their neighbours, both within the Greek kingdom of Bactria and in its Central Asian hinterland.
La “Nécropole Énéolithique” de Byblos Nouvelles Interprétations by Gassia Artin. 219 pages; illustrated throughout with figures, maps, plans, drawings and photographs. In French with English abstract. BAR S1993 2009. ISBN 9781407305271. £40.00 (No VAT). Buy Now

The Chalcolithic Period of the Levant constitutes an important and complex phase in the evolution of prehistoric societies. Certain ‘prehistoric’ traditions such as the production and use of lithic tools, continued as new technical advancements were developed in stone tool production and, metallurgy. For this author, Byblos (40 km north of Beirut on the Lebanese coast) was an obvious choice for revisiting the Levantine Chalcolithic. Besides being the largest and most thoroughly excavated site (almost 70 % of the site has been excavated), the settlement features a variety of architecture comprising dwellings, houses, silos and paved roads, and an exceptionally rich and varied corpus of burials and grave artefacts (2097 tombs in total including 2059 jar burials with 3652 objects). Despite the remarkable quality of the eneolithic material, the necropolis remains relatively unknown. Statistical, qualitative, and spatial analyses of the data are modest, making past interpretations and syntheses either too general or too incomplete to be of any value to the archaeological community. To undertake an exhaustive study of the fourth millennium layers of Byblos, it was vital to examine the archives from the original excavations, including all the unpublished data. In this way, the mass of information from the past was critically re-evaluated when necessary. At the same time, the different terminologies were also standardised. This re-evaluation allowed for the confirmation or reconsideration of past hypotheses, and when appropriate, the creation of new ones. The main sections of this study include: Research methodology; Site sectorization and organization; Funerary practices; Grave finds and analyses; Socio-economic organization and development.
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