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Dead Men’s Eyes: Embodied GIS, Mixed Reality and Landscape Archaeology by Stuart Eve. xi+170 pages; illustrated throughout in colour & black and white. BAR 600 2014. ISBN 9781407312910. £34.00. Book contents pageBuy Now

This book provides an exciting foray into the use of emerging Mixed Reality techniques for examining and analysing archaeological landscapes. Mixed Reality provides an opportunity to merge the real world with virtual elements of relevance to the past, including 3D models, soundscapes, smellscapes and other immersive data. By using Mixed Reality, the results of sophisticated desk-based GIS analyses can be experienced directly within the field and combined with body-centered phenomenological analysis to create an embodied GIS. The book explores the potential of this methodology by applying it in the Bronze Age landscape of Leskernick Hill, Bodmin Moor, UK. Since Leskernick Hill has (famously) already been the subject of intensive phenomenological investigation, it is possible to compare the insights gained from 'traditional' landscape phenomenology with those obtained from the use of Mixed Reality, and effectively combine quantitative GIS analysis and phenomenological fieldwork into one embodied experience. This mixing of approaches leads to the production of a new innovative method which not only provides new interpretations of the settlement on Leskernick Hill but also suggests avenues for the future of archaeological landscape research more generally. The book will be of interest to anyone studying or working in the fields of landscape archaeology, digital techniques in archaeology, archaeological theory or GIS.
Social Dynamics in South-West England AD 350-1150: An exploration of maritime oriented identity by Imogen Tompsett. x+279 pages; illustrated throughout in black and white. BAR 599 2014. ISBN 9781407312903. £42.00. Book contents pageBuy Now

This research investigates the development of early medieval identities in the South West, through continuity and change in the insular material culture, the settlements, and ultimately in social identity. These cycles of change, brought about by influences within and outside the region, are evidenced through regional (macro-scale) and micro-regional (site-specific) assessments of the evidence. An overriding sense of long-term continuity is perceived in the ability of these insular identities to retain former traditions and develop their material culture, despite the apparent political domination by far-reaching social groups in the Anglo-Saxon and Norman periods. These traditions consist of all social practices and portable material culture, including the ceramics which make up a large proportion of these finds, and where an examination of developments in form and fabric have created a chronological framework that is more sympathetic to the archaeology of the region than the accepted broad periods of Early, Middle and Late Saxon, and which perhaps reflects a more accurate picture of social changes through time. The retention of prehistoric and Late Roman practices, in particular the former, is seen throughout all aspects of the archaeological evidence and is examined here through the themes of settlement hierarchies, exchange mechanisms and identity, and their spatial differentiation, with geographical determinism a deciding factor in the form and nature of communities. The project explores the development of Late Roman societies in an assessment of the impact of geographical determinism on identity, and the potential development of Atlantic and maritime identities within society as a whole.
Further discoveries about the surveying and planning of Roman roads in northern Britain A sequel to BAR 492 by John Poulter. xii+92 pages; illustrated throughout in black and white. BAR 598 2014. ISBN 9781407312811. Book contents pageBuy Now

The research reported in this monograph follows on directly from the findings that were reported in BAR 492, in which, among many other discoveries, the author recognised that the courses of both Roman Dere Street and Hadrian’s Wall had been underpinned by frameworks of long-distance alignments. Stimulated by the detection of several more of these alignments across northern England by another researcher, Robert Entwistle, the author, who is a chartered engineer as well as an archaeologist, seeks to examine why, how, and when such long-distance alignments may have been laid out. Consideration is then given to the processes by which some of these alignments seem subsequently to have been adopted to help set out the courses of Roman roads. These processes are shown, at times, to have been far from straightforward, and this appears to offer an explanation for many of the minor divergences that Roman roads, as built, take from such alignments in practice. The courses of four well-known Roman roads in Northern England are then examined in detail to diagnose the processes by which they are likely to have been planned and laid out. These roads are the Western Main Road from Manchester northwards through the Lune Gorge, the Maiden Way, the network of cross-country roads from Kirkham to Aldborough, and the Devil’s Causeway.
Whetstones from Roman Silchester (Calleva Atrebatum), North Hampshire Character, manufacture, provenance and use ‘Putting an edge on it’ by J. R. L. Allen. xiv+118 pages; illustrated throughout in colour & black and white. BAR 597 2014. ISBN 9781407312804. £37.00. Book contents pageBuy Now

The five-hundred year occupation of Insula IX at Silchester has yielded a sequence of 87 whetstones, mostly tabular but some bar- or rod-shaped. These are described, illustrated and characterized with the help of thin-section microscopic petrography. The whetstones originated in many geological sources, not all of which can at present be identified.

Whetstones from the earliest levels at Silchester are comparatively local in origin (sarsen, ironstone) or were made from discarded, imported milling stones (Quartz Conglomerate, Upper Old Red Sandstone). During the first and second centuries AD substantial number of bar-shaped whetstones manufactured in the Wroxeter manner from sandstones in the Weald Clay Formation (earliest Cretaceous) were imported into Silchester. Almost all the whetstones of the later Roman period are secondary in character produced from discarded roofing tiles of Brownstones (Lower Old Red Sandstone) and Pennant sandstone (later Upper Carboniferous) imported from the West Country. Small numbers of whetstones can be traced to the Portland Group (Upper Jurassic) and to the Lower and Upper Greensand Groups (Lower Cretaceous). The provision of sharpening stones to Silchester as a whole is estimated to run into many thousands.
Animal Husbandry Regimes in Iron Age Britain A comparative study of faunal assemblages from British Iron Age sites by Ellen Hambleton. 162 pages, 50 figures, maps, charts and graphs. BAR 282 1999. Only available as e-version. £18.00. Buy Now

The aim of this book is to further our understanding of Iron Age animal husbandry regimes in Britain by undertaking a comparative study of faunal assemblages. A uniform methodology for comparing existing faunal data was developed. This will allow recognition of intra- and inter-regional patterns among faunal assemblages.
A Diachronic Study of Sus and Bos Exploitation in Britain from the Early Mesolithic to the Late Neolithic by Sarah Viner-Daniels. ix + 193 pages; illustrated throughout in black and white. BAR 596 2014. ISBN 9781407312637. £34.00. Book contents pageBuy Now

This study explores the changing relationship between humans and two important animals, pigs and cattle, during the Mesolithic and Neolithic periods in Britain. Faunal remains from prehistoric sites in southern Britain were studied in order to understand changes in the size and shape of animals, changes in population structure and other information useful for understanding changing human motivations. Its results contribute to our understanding of Neolithisation process in Britain, early animal husbandry practices in the study area and the role that pigs and cattle had in Mesolithic and Neolithic society.
The Anglo-Saxons: The World through their Eyes edited by Gale R. Owen-Crocker and Brian W. Schneider. vii + 162 pages; illustrated throughout in colour & black and white. BAR 595 2014. ISBN 9781407312620. £32.00. Book contents pageBuy Now

The papers published here are developed from presentations made at a Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies Conference entitled ‘The Anglo-Saxons in their World’ held in 2010. An eclectic collection of studies drawing on Latin, Old English and Old Norse texts, artefacts and archaeology, papers are groups into five themed sections: ‘Chosen people in their place’; ‘Life in Anglo-Saxon England’; ‘Beyond the shore’; ‘The Mediterranean and beyond’; and ‘The North, The Universe’, though other connections may be found. Two papers focus largely on early archaeology (Battaglia, Trzaska-Nartowski and Riddler) and King’s study is also of an archaeological find. A majority of papers relate to the intellectual climate of the early Christian period in England (Larpi, Higham, Grocock, King, Cesario, Barker and to some extent Sebo). Several take evidence from later Anglo-Saxon manuscripts (Scragg, Hill, Frederick, Sebo). Fafinski attempts a chronological sweep beginning in the Roman period, and Banham from the seventh century to the eleventh.
Cursus Publicus The Infrastructure of government in Roman Britain by E.W. Black. BAR 241 1995. Only available as e-version. ISBN 08605477817. £18.00. Buy Now

This book describes and discusses the mansiones of Roman Britain, relating the posts of cursus publicus to the development of roadside settlements. Black makes a detailed examination of particular examples of mansiones through the first to fourth centuries, and in an appendix gives a re-assessment of the Antonine Itinerary, a prime source for the names and locations of roadside settlements.
Romano-British Livestock Complex in Birmingham Excavations 2002-2004 and 2006-2007 at Longdales Road, King’s Norton, Birmingham by Alex Jones, Bob Burrows, C. Jane Evans, Annette Hancocks and Josh Williams. vi+107 pages; 50 figures, maps, plans, drawings and photographs, 3 in colour; 3 data Appendices. Pice includes VAT. BAR 470 2008 Birmingham Archaeology Monograph Series 3. Only available as e-version. ISBN 9781407303628. £24.00. Buy Now

Areas adjoining Ryknild Street, King’s Norton, Birmingham (England) were investigated between 2002 and 2007. The fieldwork was undertaken by Birmingham Archaeology on instruction from Birmingham City Council in advance of a new cemetery development. It comprised geophysical survey, trial-trenching, area excavation, watching brief and salvage recording. Contents: Chapter 1: Summary and Introduction (Alex Jones and John Halsted); Chapter 2: Area A, the Double-Ditched Enclosures (Alex Jones and Josh Williams, Small finds by Erica Macey-Bracken with Rob Ixer, Romano-British pottery by Annette Hancocks, Mortaria by Kay Hartley, Samian pottery by Steven Willis, Pottery discussion by Annette Hancocks); Chapter 3: Area B: the Livestock Herding Structures (Alex Jones and Josh Williams, Romano-British pottery by C Jane Evans, Mortaria by Kay Hartley, Samian Pottery by Steven Willis with Emily Bird, Charred plant remains by Pam Grinter), Chapter 4: Area C–D, the Roadside Plots (Bob Burrows and Alex Jones, Romano-British pottery by C Jane Evans, Introduction, Mortaria by Jane Timby, Samian Pottery by Felicity Wild, Charred plant remains by Val Fryer); Chapter 5: Other Investigations (Alex Jones and Paul Mason, Romano-British pottery by C Jane Evans, Trial-trenching outside areas excavated by Alex Jones); Chapter 6: Discussion and Conclusion.
Lines of Archaeological Investigation along the North Cornish Coast by Andy M Jones and Henrietta Quinnell. x+166 pages; 115 figures. BAR 594 2014. ISBN 9781407312484. £31.00. Book contents pageBuy Now

This monograph presents the results of archaeological recording along two South West Water pipelines, between Tintagel and Boscastle and between Harlyn Bay and Padstow. The sequence began with Mesolithic lithics and continued through pits with Early Neolithic ceramics, with Grooved Ware and with Beaker pottery. A Middle Bronze Age roundhouse of unusual character had been submerged by colluvium and produced a mould for a copper alloy racloir, an artefact more commonly found in Continental Europe. There were Bronze Age field walls, and a modified ‘natural’ stone, a focus for prehistoric activity. At Forrabury, uniquely in Cornwall, Early Iron Age cists were revealed, and, close to the well-known later Iron Age cemetery at Harlyn Bay, an Iron Age to Romano-British settlement was uncovered beneath blown sand. The terrain of each pipeline had its own distinctive character and a concluding discussion explores the archaeology of successive periods against this and against the background of Cornish prehistory.
Unearthing Late Medieval Children Health, status and burial practice in Southern England by Heidi Dawson. xiii+159 pages; illustrated throughout. BAR 593 2014. ISBN 9781407312477. £31.00. Book contents pageBuy Now

This study explores the status of children in the late medieval period (AD 1066-1539) based on two concepts of the child; biological and cultural. The biological evidence is explored by an osteoarchaeological analysis of sub-adult skeletal remains concentrating on markers related to status, such as, age, rates of growth, the presence of stress indicators, and rates of dental wear. The cultural aspect involves an analysis of the funerary context, such as, location of burial, position of the body, and grave inclusions, as well as reference to historical sources depicting the role of children.
Æthelbald and Offa Two Eighth Century Kings of Mercia. Papers from a Conference held in Manchester in 2000 Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies edited by David Hill and Margaret Worthington. Inc. VAT. Illustrated throughout with figures, maps, plans, drawings and photographs. BAR 383 2005. Only available as e-version. £24.00. Buy Now

This volume presents 16 papers from the conference entitled “Æthelbald and Offa: Two Eighth Century Kings of Mercia” held in Manchester in 2000 at the Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies. Contents: (1) The Kingdom of the Mercians in the Eighth Century (Simon Keynes); (2) Orchestrated Violence and the ‘Supremacy of the Mercian Kings’ (Damian J. Tyler); (3) Onuist son of Uurguist: tyrannus carnifex or a David for the Picts? (Alex Woolf); (4) Æthelbald, Offa and the Patronage of Nunneries (Barbara Yorke); (5) The Lives of the Offas: the Posthumous Reputation of Offa, King of the Mercians (Richard Martin); (6) Legends of Offa: the Journey to Rome (Stephen Matthews); (7) Æthelbert, King and Martyr: the Development of a Legend (Sheila Sharp); (8) Mentions of Offa in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, Beowulf and Widsith (Mark Atherton); (9) Felix’s Life of Guthlac: History or Hagiography? (Audrey Meaney); (10) Guthlac’s Vita, Mercia and East Anglia in the first half of the Eighth Century (N. J. Higham); (11) Offa’s Dyke (Margaret Worthington); (12) The Eighth-century Urban Landscape (David Hill); (13) Military Obligations and Mercian Supremacy in the Eighth Century (Gareth Williams); (14) The Coinage of Offa in the light of Recent Discoveries (Derek Chick); (15) Beonna and Alberht: Coinage and Historical Context (Marion M. Archibald); (16) Riches in Heaven and on Earth: Some Thoughts on the Iconography of Coinage at the time of Æthelbald (Anna Gannon).
The Early Neolithic Architecture of the South Downs by Miles Russell. inc. VAT. 176 pages, extensive bibliography, site gazetteer, maps, 50 site plans. BAR 321 2001. Only available as e-version. £18.00. Buy Now

The primary aim of this volume is to summarize and assess for the first time all available primary evidence for the earliest forms of monumental architecture built within a geographically discrete area of the British Isles – the chalk landscapes of Central South-eastern England. This extremely detailed study includes all the significant mounds, land cuts, flint workings, and monumental architecture (4500-1500 BC) of the South Downs in context, including Blackpatch, Cissbury, and Harrow Hill.
Excavations at the Law Ting Holm, Tingwall, Shetland. An Iron Age settlement and medieval assembly site by Joris Coolen and Natascha Mehler . iii+137 pages; illustrated throughout in colour and black and white. BAR 592 2014. ISBN 9781407312262. £31.00. Book contents pageBuy Now

In May 2011, a team of archaeologists from the Department of Prehistory and Historical Archaeology of the University of Vienna, assisted by colleagues from the Czech Republic and Norway, carried out a research excavation at the Law Ting Holm in Tingwall on Shetland’s Mainland. The site is believed to be the place of the main assembly of Shetland, which was in use most likely from the Norse period to the second half of the 16th century.
Report on the Excavation of a Romano-British Site in Wortley, South Gloucestershire by David Wilson, Alan Bagnall, Beryl Taylor . iv+222 pages; illustrated throughout in colour and black and white. BAR 591 2014. ISBN 9781407312255. £48.00. Book contents pageBuy Now

This is the report of the excavation of an enigmatic site in South Gloucestershire, which contained a decorated cellar with a cruciform setting of channels beneath its floor, almost certainly of ‘ritual’ significance, and a very large bath-house which included a swimming pool some fourteen metres long. Both the cellar and the bath-house had painted wall plaster and the bath-house contained a small area of tessellated floor. No other rooms were decorated in any way. The site dates from the late 1st Century AD and there was no evidence of any earlier activity apart from a number of randomly distributed flints, mainly Mesolithic.
The ‘Obese Medieval Monk’ A multidisciplinary study of a stereotype by Pip Patrick. ix+191 pages; illustrated throughout. BAR 590 2014. ISBN 9781407312248. £34.00. Book contents pageBuy Now

The purpose of this study is to explore, through a variety of approaches, the extent to which the stereotype of the ‘obese medieval monk’ is founded in truth. The work aims to determine the ‘antiquity’ of that stereotype, by exploring the image of the monk throughout the medieval period (defined as AD 1066-c.1540), and the contribution of the medieval accusations and criticisms of monks to the evolution of the modern stereotype. Chapters focus on archaeological and historical evidence pertaining to monastic diet, and an osteological study comparing the physique and the prevalence of obesity-related joint disease in medieval monks from London with their secular counterparts. Ultimately, the evidence presented in each chapter is drawn together and considered to give a holistic perspective on the ‘obese medieval monk’.
The Prehistoric Landscapes of the Eastern Black Mountains by Frank Olding. inc. VAT. 117 pages,51 line drawings.. BAR 297 2000. Only available as e-version. £18.00. Buy Now

This book examines the evidence for the land use, settlement, economy and ritual activities of the Black Mountains area during prehistory and identifies both the density and chronological depth of prehistoric human activity. It also attempts to identify distinct Mesolithic, Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Age territories.
The Place-Name Evidence for a Routeway Network in Early Medieval England by Ann Cole. viii+344 pages; illustrated throughout; with CD. BAR 589 2013. ISBN 9781407312095. £48.00. Book contents pageBuy Now

This study uses place-names to suggest the major routes in use in early medieval England. Many Roman roads existing by the fifth century are known. Some fourteenth century routes in existence can be deduced from the Gough map of c.1360, and seventeenth century routes from Ogilby's road atlas of 1675. Between the fifth and fourteenth centuries there is little information about routes except in scattered charter boundary references. Here it is suggested that this gap can be partially filled using place-name evidence. Certain names such as Stratton, Drayton and Compton occur consistently by Roman roads and a few other old routes but rarely elsewhere. A string of such names along a route suggests that it was in use. Hythe and Eaton indicate waterways in use. The needs of travellers, possible destinations and how such a naming system may have arisen is considered.
Contextual Archaeology of Burial Practice Case studies from Roman Britain by John Pearce. x+247 pages; illustrated. BAR 588 2013. ISBN 9781407311968. £39.00. Book contents pageBuy Now

This study explores the insights into provincial Roman societies that can be gained from the archaeological evidence for burial practice, focused on Britain, drawing on wider work in the archaeology of death. It evaluates the distribution of burial evidence and the factors that condition it, including, it is argued, archaeologically invisible burial continuing from the Iron Age. It reviews the archaeological evidence for cremation rituals and explores how social status was expressed through burial, primarily in case studies from south-east England. Funerary ritual was a dynamic arena for asserting social status throughout the Roman period, taking forms that can be read as both ‘traditional’ and ‘Roman’. The setting of burial is assessed to establish spatial relationships between living and dead in town and country and the distribution of funerary display across the landscape.
Pattern and Progress: Field Systems of the Second and Early First Millennia BC in Southern Britain by Judie English. vii+204 pages; illustrated in colour and black and white. BAR 587 2013. ISBN 9781407311951. £39.00. Book contents pageBuy Now

Analytical survey of visible evidence has been undertaken on twelve areas of prehistoric fields in southern Britain. In all cases at least two phases were noted, one directly overlying the other; in ten areas the earlier phase comprised an extensive rectilinear grid and the later, smaller areas of aggregated fields. It is suggested that the earliest of these fields date to the beginning of the 2nd millennium BC, on both sides of the Channel, and that they were symbolic of status within a period of visibly ostentatious possessions. The later fields represent a contraction of enclosed land; their design is suited to stock production.
Late Prehistoric and Early Historic Landscapes of the Yorkshire Chalk by Chris Fenton-Thomas. inc. BAT. 271 pages, 137 figures, including photographs, maps, plans, illustrations, and section drawings. BAR 350 2003. Only available as e-version. £18.00. Buy Now

This study looks at the changing landscape of the Yorkshire Wolds from the Late Bronze Age up until the period prior to the Norman Conquest. This is a very large area so only a small section of this is studied in depth, namely the central Wolds area to the west of Driffield, which today encompasses eight modern parishes. This area has several different types of landscape commonly present in the Wolds: rolling countryside, broad sweeping valleys, springhead streams, the high dissected western Wolds, the western margins of the Wolds, and the high central Wolds watershed. This area includes all general topographies found in the Wolds and and therefore acts as a sample zone for comparisons between these different landscapes. The study starts by looking at this area during the Late Bronze Age, and this was when large areas of land were enclosed by linear earthworks comprising ditches, banks and walls. Fenton-Thomas looks at the origins of these linear ditches, and outlines the roles that these earthworks played. The study then goes on to look at the early and middle Iron Age periods, which were contemporary with square barrow cemeteries, and this period had an open and mobile landscape. The later period of the Iron Age was more occupied and enclosed, and this period prior to the Roman conquest was one of change, when the Wolds were an area of mainly pastureland which was separate from the lowland areas. Fenton-Thomas looks at the historical evidence from the twenty towns from the detailed study area, with the aim of finding out what the landscape was like before parliamentary enclosure. He then goes on to give an overview of the Wolds landscape before the Norman Conquest, using both historical and archaeological evidence. The picture emerges of an open and unenclosed landscape criss-crossed by trackways, which helped to structure township boundaries. During the medieval and post-medieval periods the large common field systems that existed can be seen, especially from place-names. Enclosures became more and more common as the Anglo-Scandinavian period began. Fenton-Thomas sums up his study by taking an overall perspective of the whole period, stressing the pattern of continuity and change that occurred, with periods of relative stability being followed by those of ‘radical transformation’. The periodical isolation of the Wolds is also stressed, as is the importance of certain sites, but importantly the focus is on the influence of the past in patterns of continuity and change.
Preserving and Presenting the Past in Oxfordshire and Beyond: Essays in Memory of John Rhodes edited by Martin Henig and Crispin Paine. iv+230 pages; illustrated throughout including 16 colour pages. BAR 586 2013. ISBN 9781407311715. £37.00. Book contents pageBuy Now

This volume comprises a collection of essays in memory of the late John Rhodes by some of his many friends and colleagues. They salute a remarkable individual of wide tastes and interests. His achievements in the conservation, study and recording of the past from the Roman period to the present day, both in museums and in the field, were prodigious. The aim of the book is to follow the tradition of English antiquarian scholarship by taking three approaches: the study of individual monuments and objects, the investigation of the manner in which that study is reflected in their present-day care and interpretation, and the study of the wider implications of such approaches.

'Memorial volumes can be a bit hit and miss, but this one is all hits, partly because the papers are all iconoclastic in one way or another, offering an alternative view or a dissenting voice, which one senses is what John did in his own life to very good effect.' (The Society of Antiquaries of London Online Newsletter (Salon): Issue 309, 25 November 2013)
The South-Warwickshire Hoard of Roman Denarii A Catalogue by Stanley Ireland. ii+82 pages; 48 black and white plates. BAR 585 2013. ISBN 9781407311593. £22.00. Book contents pageBuy Now

One Sunday evening in the summer of 2008, while prospecting on commercial land in the vicinity of the village of Warmington, situated on the summit of Edge Hill (south Warwickshire, England), a metal-detectorist saw a small silver disk on the surface. This was followed by the registration of a further two coins by his equipment, then others as he began a methodical survey of the area. After he had alerted the local Warmington Heritage Group to his discovery, the decision was taken to locate and mark the nucleus of the soundings being made and to leave further work to the following day. This revealed a spread of coins, at times up to fifty metres away from the original finds, but it was not till Tuesday that the nucleus itself was excavated, revealing a pot full of unstratified coins. Following cleaning, photographing, and initial identification, the hoard was deposited in the Warwickshire Museum pending arrangement of the necessary inquest in accordance with the Treasure Act. During this period additional coins came to light, bringing the total to 1146 specimens. Chronologically the hoard covers the period from 194/190 BC to AD 64, and from analogies elsewhere clearly represents a cross-section of material in circulation at the time of deposition in view of the fact that, with the exception of some issues at times of military stress, denarii had largely remained stable in terms of both fineness and weight from their inception to the reform instituted by Nero. This volume presents a detailed and essential catalogue of this splendid hoard.
Royal Authority in Anglo-Saxon England edited by Gale R. Owen-Crocker and Brian W. Schneider. vi+102 pages; 12 figures. BAR 584 2013. ISBN 9781407311586. £24.00. Book contents pageBuy Now

Since its establishment in 1985 the Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies has regularly hosted international, interdisciplinary conferences, especially an annual Easter Conference. The 2006 MANCASS Easter conference titled ‘Royal Authority: Kingship and Power in Anglo-Saxon England’ focused on historical contributions analysing sources of knowledge about royal power; and others which pinpointed loss of power or insecure pretensions to the crown. There were also offerings which teased material relevant to the conference theme out of artefactual and literary sources.
Architecture, Regional Identity and Power in the Iron Age Landscapes of Mid Wales The Hillforts of North Ceredigion by Toby Driver. xi+181 pages; illustrated throughout. BAR 583 2013. ISBN 9781407311234. £33.00. Book contents pageBuy Now

This is a study of the Iron Age hillforts of north Ceredigion (Cardiganshire), mid Wales. Over one hundred diverse and unusual hillforts and defended enclosures are known in this topographically distinctive landscape, framed between the west coast of Cardigan Bay and the eastern high ground of the Cambrian Mountains. This new research sheds light on their architecture, chronology and the dynamic use of the regional terrain in later prehistory, reaching conclusions that have resonance for the wider study of British hillforts. The core of the study is a detailed analysis of the architecture of the later prehistoric hillforts of mid Wales, focusing on north Ceredigion. This shows them to have been sophisticated three dimensional spaces, built within a set of regional architectural traditions far more complex than has previously been acknowledged. In turn, these reflect the development of strong regional identities in later prehistory. This study also examines wider landscape themes including a model for overland ‘cultural contact’ linking mid Wales with other regions of the Severn and Wye valleys and western Britain, fossilised in the spread of distinctive shared ideas of hillfort design and construction.
A Cycle of Recession and Recovery AD 1200-1900: Archaeological Investigations at Much Park Street, Coventry 2007 to 2010 by Kevin Colls and William Mitchell. viii+337 pages; illustrated throughout in colour and black and white. Data Appendices and CD. BAR 582 2013. ISBN 9781407311227. £55.00. Book contents pageBuy Now

This report provides the integrated results of extensive archaeological investigations undertaken at the site of a former car park located between Much Park and St. John’s Street, Coventry (central England) between 2007 and 2010. The results have demonstrated that the site represents one of the most important investigations into medieval Coventry, and is of national significance. The features, deposits and structures can be divided into seven main phases beginning in the 12th century, through to the present day.
From Cairn to Cemetery An archaeological investigation of the chambered cairns and early Bronze Age mortuary deposits at Cairnderry and Bargrennan White Cairn, south-west Scotland by Vicki Cummings and Chris Fowler. inc. VAT. x+188 pages; 166 figures, maps, plans, tables, drawings and photographs; 13 data Appendices. BAR 434 2007. Only available as e-version. £24.00. Buy Now

This volume presents the methodology and results for the excavations at Cairnderry and Bargrennan, south-west Scotland. A comparative chapter compares the excavation results from both sites, and presents interpretations of these results, particularly in terms of the architecture and the early Bronze Age mortuary practices. Chapter 5 considers the architecture of Cairnderry and Bargrennan in terms of wider trends in the construction of chambered cairns throughout the British Isles and throughout the Neolithic and Bronze Ages. Chapter 6 places the early Bronze Age activity at Cairnderry and Bargrennan within a local context by examining mortuary practices across Dumfries and Galloway. It focuses on comparisons with other sites where cremated bones were deposited and cinerary urns used and/or sites where cairns were constructed or re-used in the early Bronze Age. Chapter 7 provides a summary of conclusions as to the finds and revisits the problem of dating Bargrennan chambered cairns, before suggesting avenues for future research in Galloway. The appendices draw together the specialists reports on finds from the excavations (including a substantial contextualisation of some of the early Bronze Age artefacts), context descriptions and radiocarbon dating results.
Early Anglo-Saxon Belt Buckles (Late 5th to Early 8th Centuries A.D.) Their classification and context by Sonja Marzinzik. inc. VAT. xxii+483 pages; 29 maps; 50 tables/graphs; 22 figures and drawings; 159 plates. BAR 357 2003. Only available as e-version. £18.00. Buy Now

Belt buckles have long been recognised as an integral part of the costume of early medieval men and women. As items of dress, buckles and belt suites were subject to regional diversity as well as changes in fashion. This makes them especially valuable for the investigation of typological and chronological variation, particularly as belt sets which were imported into Anglo-Saxon England from the Continent provide a strong link to the coin-based chronologies there. As coin-dated graves are largely absent from Anglo-Saxon England until the seventh century, belt buckles offer the potential to refine the chronology for Anglo-Saxon artefacts in general. This work investigates the classification and development as well as social significance of Anglo-Saxon belt buckles from the late fifth to the early eighth centuries. The book explores the non-utilitarian significance that objects can have in general and the way different classes of dress accessories were used in Anglo-Saxon society in particular, to create and maintain social relations. A chapter reviews the literature on belt buckles. This includes the most important articles on late Roman belt equipment and covers British as well as Continental publications. The core of this book is a typology for early Anglo-Saxon belt buckles. Buckles without plate and with plate are allocated to 40 Types and Typegroups, which have 37 sub-Type(group)s, some of which are further subdivided into variants. Each Type or Typegroup is examined with regard to its characteristics, chronology and comparative pieces. A consideration of costume follows, including the evidence for leather belts and clothing and introduces contemporary depictions of belts and buckles. Also included are analyses of the modes of production and distribution of early Anglo-Saxon buckles, assessing the cultural connections with Roman Britain, Merovingian France, Byzantium and the Mediterranean, and Scandinavia reflected in these buckles.
The Differential Use of Constructed Sacred Space in Southern Britain, from the Late Iron Age to the 4th Century AD by Alexander Smith. inc. VAT. 278 pages, 42 maps, 25 figures. BAR 318 2001. Only available as e-version. £18.00. Buy Now

The concept of Sacred Space is among the most prominent and enduring aspects of religious expression. The main aim of this work is to examine the development of constructed cult loci from the late Iron Age to the late Roman period in southern Britain, focusing on the differential use of internal space. At the core of the study is an analysis of the use of space within certain constructed sacred sites. Contains 98 site ‘databases’, giving significant information and plans.
Ritual and Rubbish in the Iron Age of Wessex A study on the formation of a specific archaeological record by J.D. Hill. inc. VAT.. BAR 242 1995. Only available as e-version. £18.00. Buy Now

The author has been a familiar speaker at Theoretical Archaeology Group meetings in Britain for a number of years and his general approach must now be familiar to many people. His specific argument that pit deposits usually interpreted as `rubbish' are in fact structured in a meaningful way is sure to be of interest to all archaeologists involved with the investigation of middens or faunal `rubbish' deposits, though taphonomists may remain sceptical. The wider implications for the study of the Iron Age in Britain (especially his historiographical critique of past `culture-historical' approaches) are also stimulating.