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The Evolution of Neolithic and Bronze Age Landscapes: from Danubian Longhouses to the Stone Rows of Dartmoor and Northern Scotland by Alex Carnes. ix+165 pages; illustrated throughout in black and white. 103 2014. Available both in printed and e-versions. Printed ISBN 9781784910006. £31.00. Epublication ISBN 9781784910013. £26.35. Book contents pageBuy Now

At the heart of this book is a comparative study of the stone rows of Dartmoor and northern Scotland, a rare, putatively Bronze Age megalithic typology that has mystified archaeologists for over a century. It is argued that these are ‘symbols’ of Neolithic long mounds, a circumstance that accounts for the interregional similarities; other aspects of their semantic structures are also analysed using rigorous semiotic theory. The research presented here takes an evolutionary approach, drawing on biological theory to explain the active role of these monuments in social evolution and to investigate the processes at work in the development of prehistoric landscapes. New theory is developed for analysing such archaeological sequences, and for understanding and explaining material culture more generally. The local sequences are contextualised by examining European megalithic origins, tracing the long mound concept back to the LBK longhouses. It is argued that all of these related forms — longhouses, long mounds, and stone rows — are implicated in a process of competitively asserting ancestral affinities, which explains the constraint on cultural variation, and thus the formation of remarkably stable monument traditions, that led to the convergence between Dartmoor and northern Scotland in the Early Bronze Age.
L’incoronazione celeste nel mondo Bizantino Politica, cerimoniale, numismatica e arti figurative by Andrea Torno Ginnasi. vi+251 pages; illustrated throughout in black and white. Italian text with English Abstract. 102 2014. Available both in printed and e-versions. Printed ISBN 9781905739974. £40.00. Epublication ISBN 9781905739981. £34.00. Book contents pageBuy Now

This study deals with the iconographic theme of imperial Byzantine ‘heavenly coronation’, or André Grabar’s couronnement symbolique, with particular attention to fine arts and numismatics. This theme, along with the rituals of imperial investiture, represents the concept of divine kingship in figurative terms, a significant ideological premise for Byzantine theocracy. The book is structured in seven chapters, investigating both the origination and conclusion of the iconographical subject and its political derivations. It attempts to assemble all the known images of the ‘heavenly coronation’ theme and to explain its political and iconographical roots.
Travelling Objects: Changing Values The role of northern Alpine lake-dwelling communities in exchange and communication networks during the Late Bronze Age by Benjamin Jennings. x+219 pages; illustrated throughout in black and white. With CD. 101 2014. Available both in printed and e-versions. Printed ISBN 9781905739936. £37.00. Epublication ISBN 9781905739943. £31.45. Book contents pageBuy Now

Since their initial discovery in the nineteenth century, the enigmatic prehistoric lake-dwellings of the Circum-Alpine region have captured the imagination of the public and archaeologists alike. Over 150 years of research have identified hundreds of lacustrine settlements spanning from the Neolithic to the Late Bronze Age, when apparently, they ceased to be built. Studies of Bronze Age material across Europe have often superficially identified bronze objects as being of ‘Alpine lake-dwelling origin’ or ‘lake-dwelling style’. Through a combination of material culture studies, multiple correspondence analysis, and the principle of object biographies, the role of the Late Bronze Age lake-dwelling communities in Central European exchange networks is addressed. Were the lake-dwellers production specialists? Did they control material flow across the Alps? Did their participation in exchange routes result in cultural assimilation and the ultimate decline of their settlement tradition? Travelling Objects: Changing Values offers insights and answers to such questions.
Landscapes and Artefacts: Studies in East Anglian Archaeology Presented to Andrew Rogerson edited by Steven Ashley and Adrian Marsden. xiv+250 pages; illustrated throughout in colour & black and white. 100 2014. Available both in printed and e-versions. Printed ISBN 9781905739752. £40.00. Epublication ISBN 9781905739998. £34.00. Book contents pageBuy Now

Andrew Rogerson is one of the most important and influential archaeologists currently working in East Anglia. The various essays in this volume, presented to him by friends and colleagues from both the university sector and public archaeology, closely reflect his diverse interests and his activities in the region over many decades. They include studies of ‘small finds’ from many periods; of landscapes, both urban and rural; and of many aspects of medieval archaeology and history. This important collection will be essential reading for all those interested in the history and archaeology of Norfolk and Suffolk, in the interpretation of artefacts within their landscape contexts, and in the material culture of the Middle Ages.
Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies Volume 44 2014 Papers from the forty-seventh meeting, London, 26–28 July 2013 edited by Robert Hoyland and Sarah Morris. 357 pages; illustrated in colour and black and white.. PSAS44 2014. ISBN 9781905739806. £65.00. Book contents pageBuy Now

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Languages of Southern Arabia Supplement to the Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies Volume 44 2014 edited by Orhan Elmaz and Janet C.E. Watson. 153 pages.. PSAS. ISBN 9781905739813. £30.00. Book contents pageBuy Now

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Beyond Ibn Hawqal’s Bahr al-Fārs 10th -13th Centuries AD: Sindh and the Kīj-u-Makrān Region, Hinge of an International Network of Religious, Political, Institutional and Economic Affairs edited by Valeria Piacentini Fiorani. xii+196 pages; illustrated throughout in colour & black and white. BAR S2651 2014 Studies in the Archaeology and History of Baluchistan 2. ISBN 9781407312927. £37.00. Book contents pageBuy Now

The first section of the present volume is a report of the Italian involvement in Southern Makrān and Kharān, its aims and objects, modus operandi. It is essentially restricted to the Islamic era and represents a discourse preliminary to the second section. The methodological approach of combining historical sources (written and manuscript, Persian and Arabic) with archaeological evidence and geo-morphological study has allowed for a re-reading of the traditional literature and the role played by Makrān and, in particular, the Kīj-u-Makrān region during the 10th-13th Centuries AD. Many questions put by this mystifying region still stand only partly answered, if not completely un-answered. After three seasons of archaeological field-work and research – complemented with accurate geo-morphological surveys and studying – we are still confronted with an elusive region and some crucial queries. ‘Part Two’ of this study is the follow up of the archaeological and geo-morphological research-work: a historical study, which focuses on the 10th-13th Centuries AD.
The West Bank Survey from Faras to Gemai 1 Sites of Early Nubian, Middle Nubian and Pharaonic Age by Hans-Åke Nordström. xviii+215 pages; illustrated throughout in black and white. BAR S2650 2014. ISBN 9781407312897. £36.00. Book contents pageBuy Now

This volume is the last to be printed in a series describing in detail the results of the so-called West Bank Survey, an archaeological survey in the northernmost part of Sudanese Nubia, undertaken on the West Bank between the villages of Faras in the north and Gemai in the south during the period 1960-64. This project was carried out in anticipation of the flooding of the Aswan High Dam. The whole series has been divided into three volumes, no. 2 including sites from the Meroitic and Ballana periods (BAR S1335: Adams 2004), no. 3 including sites of the Christian age (BAR S1421: Adams 2005), while the present volume, no. 1, consists of detailed descriptions of sites and finds of the Early Nubian, Middle Nubian and Pharaonic New Kingdom periods.
An Intergration of the Use-Wear and Residue Analysis for the Identification of the Function of Archaeological Stone Tools Proceedings of the International Workshop, Rome, March 5th-7th, 2012 edited by Cristina Lemorini and Stella Nunziante Cesaro. 123 pages; illustrated throughout in black and white. BAR S2649 2014. ISBN 9781407312880. £25.00. Book contents pageBuy Now

The book publishes the proceedings of the workshop held in Rome in March 2012 that was intended to bring together archaeologists, scientists and students involved in the study of use-wear traces on prehistoric stone tools and/or in the identification of micro residues that might be present in them in order to hypothesize their function. Use-wear analysis carried out with microscopic analysis at low or high magnification is, at present, a settled procedure. The individuation and identification of residues is attempted using morphological and chemical techniques, these latter divided between invasive and non-invasive. Each employed technique has its own advantages and limitations. Both traces and residues analysis require a comparison to useful replicas. Even with regard to the making of replicas, no shared protocol exists. The workshop underlined the necessity to outline the basis for developing a common protocol concerning both analysis procedures and replicas realization. The adoption of consistent methods will make it possible for data obtained by multiple researchers to become interchangeable.
Rendering Death: Ideological and Archaeological Narratives from Recent Prehistory (Iberia) edited by Ana Cruz, Enrique Cerrill-Cuenca, Primitiva Beuena Ramirez, Joao Carlos Caninas and Carlos Batata. vi+138 pages; illustrated throughout in black and white. BAR S2648 2014. ISBN 9781407312873. £28.00. Book contents pageBuy Now

This book offers a perspective on death and memory in recent Prehistory on the western Iberian Peninsula (Portugal, Spanish Extremadura and Andalusia). Within this territory the contributors to this volume record the variability of architectonic forms indicative of lengthy period changes in funerary contexts and transformations in the ideological-symbolic substrate of pre-writing communities. The Portuguese karstic region explored in this study lacks megalithic monuments despite the abundant raw material. The contributors attempt to answer questions such as whether this signifies a break with our understanding of ‘Megalithism’ as a result of identity ideologies. Other regions exhibit an expansion of Megalithism, often with exuberant forms, reflecting territorial expansion, while in others we encounter cists, pits and tumuli – all indicators of a new funerary order. The examples investigated in this collection of papers include – for the Neolithic: Oleiros, Castelo Branco, Alto Alentejo and Mondego; for the Neo-Chalcolithic/Early Bronze Age: Tomar, Abrantes, Santarém; for the Bronze Age: Pampilhosa da Serra, Alcoutim, Abrantes, Santarém, Viseu, Vila Nova de Paiva, Castro Daire. Included in this study are the necropolis caves of Spanish Extremadura, representing as they do a chronological continuum from the Early Neolithic to the Bronze Age, and other related sites such as the Canaleja Gorge karstic complex and a range of other megalithic phenomena (menhirs, stelae, cromlechs, dolmens) in the southern Iberian Peninsula (Alentejo and Andalusia).
Early Medieval Agriculture, Livestock and Cereal Production in Ireland, AD 400-1100 by Finbar McCormick, Thomas R. Kerr, Meriel McClatchie and Aidan O'Sullivan. x+688 pages; illustrated throughout in black and white. BAR S2647 2014. ISBN 9781407312866. £83.00. Book contents pageBuy Now

This book describes, collates and analyses the archaeological, zooarchaeological and palaeobotanical evidence for agriculture, livestock and cereal production in early medieval Ireland, AD 400-1100, particularly as revealed through archaeological excavations in Ireland since 1930. It is based on the research of the Heritage Council-funded Early Medieval Archaeology Project (EMAP), a collaborative research project between University College Dublin and Queens University Belfast, supported by the Irish government Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Providing a range of insights into farmsteads and field enclosures, livestock management (particularly of cattle) and crop cultivation, along with a series of datasets presented in tables and gazetteer descriptions, it is arguably amongst the most detailed, focused and comprehensive analyses of early agricultural practice in its social and economic contexts in Europe, and the wider world.
El Neolítico en el Bajo Vinalopó (Alicante, España) edited by Francisco Javier Jover Maestre, Palmira Torregrosa Giménez and Gabriel García Atiénzar. 312 pages; illustrated throughout in black and white. In Spanish. BAR S2646 2014. ISBN 9781407312859. £44.00. Book contents pageBuy Now

This volume focuses on the beginning and development of the Neolithic in the territories near the final section of the Vinalopó river, and deals with the following matters through several chapters. The book presents in detail new information generated in the final section of the Vinalopó river. It studies the Neolithic materials from La Alcudia (Elche), their location, and makes a comparative analysis about the catchment area. This study shows that, both in this case and in Limoneros II and Cova de les Aranyes, the location was chosen according to the way of life of these first farmers. Regarding Limoneros II, it presents an initial preview of the urgent excavation carried out by the company Alebus Patrimonio Histórico S.L., which has allowed the documentation of a new settlement from the Early Neolithic. The book also presents the results of the excavation carried out in Cova de les Aranyes by M.S. Hernández Pérez and A. Guilabert Mas in the first years of the 21st century, and the study of the documented materials in this excavation and some previous ones. Next, it presentd the information collected from El Alterón, a site that was discovered as the result of an urgent excavation, made of different negative structures that suggest a settlement in the 5th millennium cal BC at the foot of the sierra of Crevillente. On the other hand, the surveys carried out in the sierra of Santa Pola discovered several sites and excavated activity areas located near the coastline, linked to the use of marine resources. Finally, also as the result of an urgent excavation campaign, it was possible to document in Galanet a wide amount of negative structures. The palynological and carpological studies, the datings, and the analysis of the materiality of artefacts, suggest a site similar to a field of silos dating from the beginning of the 3rd millennium cal BC, located in the Barranco of San Antón, which runs parallel to the Vinalopó river.
Constructing ‘Commoner’ Identity in an Ancient Maya Village Class, Status, and Ritual at the Northeast Group, Chan Belize by Chelsea Blackmore. viii+120 pages; illustrated throughout in black and white. BAR S2645 2014. ISBN 9781407312842. £26.00. Book contents pageBuy Now

Research at the Northeast Group explores how the malleability of commoner identity is crucial to interpretations of ancient Maya society. This volume has two main aims: first to demonstrate how residents of the Northeast Group used materials and architecture to distinguish themselves from others in the neighborhood, and second to examine the implications of commoners as agents of history. Fundamental to this is the deconstruction of what archaeologists mean by commoner and the theoretical and methodological assumptions built into these definitions. Regardless of extensive research in settlement and household studies, interpretations of ancient Maya society continued to be framed with reference to elites. As elites are defined as the motor of change within civilization, commoners, in contrast, are characterized as static and passive. This books seeks to demonstrate that these models do not accurately reflect who commoners were and their impact in the construction of ancient Maya society as a whole.
La fortificazione della piazza di Messina e le Martello Tower. Il piano difensivo anglo siciliano nel 1810 edited by Armando Donato and Antonio Teramo. vi+76 pages; illustrated throughout in black and white. In Italian. BAR S2644 2014 Notebooks on Military Archaeology and Architecture 9. ISBN 9781407312835. £22.00. Book contents pageBuy Now

The presence of the British Army in Sicily during the years of the Napoleonic Wars has deeply marked the history of the island. There are many fortifications still visible, testifying to the British effort to defend Sicily against any possible military aggression. The present work is the result of various studies and research, with the specific objective of documenting and cataloguing the large fortified heritage of the city of Messina, currently undervalued and usable. In particular, the focus is on 1810, an important year for the central project of building fortifications around the Piazza of Messina, as well as the vain attempt to make an amphibious landing on the coast of Sicily, organised by Joachim Murat. The Martello Towers still exist, perhaps the most visible evidence of the work done in that time from the body of the Royal Engineers. A series of surveys on the territory, in conjunction with documentary evidence, have identified other military structures from that period, as well as tracing the precise location of those fortifications that no longer exist. This research therefore sets the stage for a more in-depth study about the interventions of the British for the fortification of the square of Messina.
Traceology Today: Methodological Issues in the Old World and the Americas edited by Maria Estela Mansur, Marcio Alonso Lima and Yolaine Maigrot. xii+84 pages; illustrated throughout in black and white. BAR S2643 2014 Proceedings of the XVI World Congress of the International Union of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences (Florianopolis, Brazil, 4-10 September 2011) 6. ISBN 9781407312828. £34.00. Book contents pageBuy Now

Since it was established as a formal discipline, use-wear analysis has become routine practice in archaeological research, under the general heading of ‘Traceology’, ‘Wear Trace Analysis’, ‘Functional Analysis’, etc. Until recently, most of the scientific meetings relating to these themes have taken place in Europe or in North America. This volume, however, represents work from South America, covering a selection of papers from the first session organized within the scope of Commission 33 of the UISPP ‘Functional Studies of Prehistoric artifacts and their Socio-economic inferences on past societies’, realized in Brazil during the XVI World Congress of the UISPP (Florianópolis, 4-10 September 2011). During the session, researchers sought to explore and discuss particular approaches to use-wear analysis and its application to different raw materials. The papers also cover the current state of the discipline, the delineation of basic directions of investigation, new technologies and their correct application, modelling technological processes, and paleo-economic reconstructions. As a corollary, the work also explores the differences between European and recently developed Latin American lines of research.
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.
L’introduction et la diffusion de la technologie du bronze en Syrie-Mésopotamie Genèse d’un artisanat by Virginia Verardi. Appendices and Glossary. In French. BAR S1740 2008. Only available as e-version. ISBN 9781407301822. £24.00. Buy Now

This study looks at the introduction of bronze technology in Syria/Mesopotamia and its subsequent diffusion and social consequences for the history of the region in the second millennium BC.
Complexity and Diversity in the Late Iron Age Southern Levant The Investigation of ‘Edomite’ Archaeology and Scholarly Discourse by Charlotte M Whiting. xi+238 pages; 74 figures, maps, plans, drawings and photographs; site Appendix. BAR S1672 0. Only available as e-version. ISBN 9781407301075. £24.00. Buy Now

This study highlights a range of theoretical problems concerning Levantine Iron Age archaeology. Following the introduction, Chapter 2 provides the background for the study as a whole, tracing the archaeological study of the Iron Age southern Levant from the early nineteenth century to the present day. This highlights how and why archaeologists have changed their ideas about the narrative in question through time whilst also retaining a number of key ideas. Chapter 3 traces the archaeological study of ‘Edomite’ archaeology in the southern Levant in particular. Chapter 4 begins the critique of the key ideas and assumptions that underpin ‘Edomite’ archaeology by demonstrating that the individual historical sources used as evidence when discussing the ‘Edomites’ are not simply sources of factual information about the Iron Age. Chapter 5 takes a similarly critical approach to the methods of archaeological excavation, interpretation, and analysis used in south Levantine Iron Age archaeology. Chapter 6 completes the critique of the central ideas that form the basis of ‘Edomite’ archaeology by discussing the central tenets of archaeological theory concerning the relationship between material culture and identity that are required to support this idea. Chapter 7 outlines the methodology used in this study, which was designed to test whether specific ceramic types do in fact support the present interpretation of the late Iron Age southern Levant. The results of the analysis using this methodology are presented in Chapter 8. In Chapter 9 the implications of the preceding chapters are discussed and an interpretation of the evidence which does not rely on traditional problematic assumptions will be presented. Final conclusions are drawn in Chapter 10.
Identifying Domestic Space in the Neolithic Eastern Mediterranean Method and theory in spatial studies by Demetra Papaconstantinou. x+280 pages; 68 tables; 58 figures, maps, plans and photographs. BAR S1480 2006. Only available as e-version. £24.00. Buy Now

This work examines spatial variability within and between structures in the Neolithic Eastern Mediterranean and goes on to explore a number of equally significant theoretical issues that play an important role in the understanding of the particular topic. These were matters related to the way spatial information is approached by archaeology and the degree to which the archaeological record is sufficient to provide information about activity areas and changes in the use of domestic space. The work therefore sets information about structures and their furnishing in a wider methodological and theoretical context. Included are extensive analyses tables of data on sites and finds.
El teatro y el anfiteatro de Augusta Emerita Contribución al conocimiento histórico de la capital de Lusitania by Rosalía-María Durán Cabello. 273 pages; 3 fold-out plans; 1 table; 105 b/w photographs. (In Spanish). BAR S1207 2004. Only available as e-version. ISBN 1841715700. £18.00. Buy Now

Merida was founded in the years immediately preceding the birth of Christ on the Roman crossroads linking Toledo and Lisbon, with Salamanca and Seville. Known at its peak as a miniature Rome, its monuments, temples, and public works make it the site of some of the most celebrated Roman remains in Spain. In this work, the author studies the theatre and amphitheatre from the point of view of construction and, in particular, the phases of wall building. The result is a detailed, course-by-course, picture of these two famous structures and their wider contexts, offering a new archaeological basis for the history of the city of Merida.
From the Ground Up: Beyond Gender Theory in Archaeology Proceedings of the Fifth Gender and Archaeology Conference, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, October 1998 edited by Nancy L. Wicker and Bettina Arnold. 154 pages, numerous illustrations and photographs. BAR S812 1999. Only available as e-version. ISBN 1841710253. £18.00. Buy Now

This book is based on a selection of papers presented at the Fifth Gender and Archaeology Conference held at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in October 1998. The central theme was the practical application of the theoretical introspection that has characterized much of the emphasis on gender in archaeological studies. Explored is engendered archaeology by presenting concrete examples of how gender theory can be applied in archaeological praxis. Papers include: MARY ANN EAVERLY: Color and Gender in Ancient Painting: A Pan-Mediterranean Approach; PAUL REHAK: The Aegean Landscape and the Body: A New Interpretation of the Thera Frescoes; SUSAN LANGDON: Figurines and Social Change: Visualizing Gender in Dark Age Greece; ELKA WEINSTEIN: Images of Women in Ancient Chorrera Ceramics: Cultural Continuity across Two Millennia in the Tropical Forests of South America; JOEL W. PALKA: Classic Maya Elite Parentage and Social Structure with Insights on Ancient Gender Ideology; MONICA l. BELLAS: Women in the Mixtec Codices: Ceremonial and Ritual Roles of Lady 3 Flint; WILLIAM GRIFFIN: Gendered Graffiti from Madagascar to Michigan; GINA MARUCCI: Women’s Ritual Sites in the Interior of British Columbia: An Archaeological Model; HELENA VICTOR: The House and the Woman: Re-reading Scandinavian Bronze Age Society; SUSANNE AXELSSON: ‘Peopling’ the Farm – Engendering Life at a Swedish Iron Age Farm; LILLIAN RAHTJE: Husbandry and Seal Hunting in Northern Coastal Sweden: The Amazon and the Hunter; ROBERT JARVENPA and HETTY JO BRUMBACH: The Gendered Nature of Living and Storage Space in the Canadian Subarctic; JILLIAN E. GALLE: Haute Couture: Cotton, Class and Culture Change in the American Southwest; HOLLY MARTELLE: Redefining Craft Specialization: Women’s Labor and Pottery Production – An Iroquoian Example; MICHAEL J. KLEIN: Shell Midden Archaeology: Gender, Labor, and Stone Arfifacts.
Piedra a Piedra Historia de la construcción del Paleolítico en la Península Ibérica by Jordi Estévez. 355 pages, 150 illustrations, English abstract. BAR S805 1999. Only available as e-version. £18.00. Buy Now

The authors endeavoured to interpret the evolution and development of thought about the Palaeolithic of Iberian Peninsula. A line of argument and a broad, generalized chronology are given. For each period examined a brief review of socio-political context is given, and the specialist literature is analyzed. The discussion shows how archaeologists generated knowledge, how they selected from it and how they transmitted it.
The Adriatic Islands Project Volume 2: The Archaeological Heritage of the Island of Brac. 247 pages, 30 maps, 10 figures, numerous site drawings. BAR S803 1999 Adriatic Islands Project 0. Only available as e-version. ISBN 1841710164. £18.00. Buy Now

This is the second volume of the Adriatic Island Project. It lists the results of extensive archaeological survey of the island of Brac in the Croatian Adriatic. The fieldwork resulted in a database which includes all archaeological sites on the island, from prehistory, Greek and Roman periods to the Medieval time. Each site entry gives a precise location, description and bibliography.
Taille et conformation crânienne chez les Hominidés de la fin du Pléistocène Contributions de la morphométrie géométrique au débat sur l'origine de l'Homme moderne by Martin Frieß. 241 pages, numerous figures, tables, charts. BAR S799 1999. Only available as e-version. ISBN 1841710156. £18.00. Buy Now

Within the background of modern human origins debate, this book tempts to improve the knowledge of variation in cranial shape and size among later Pleistocene hominids from Europe, The Near East and Africa. The main fossil sample includes crania assigned to archaic Homo sapiens, 'classic' Neandertals and Preneandertals as well as anatomically modern Homo sapiens from the Middle and Upper Palaeolithic. Also included were two Asian Homo erectus. A basic photogrammetric setup has been used to ascertain raw data acquisition. The results reveal that size varies both with regard to sex and geographic origin.
Rural Settlements on Mount Carmel in Antiquity by Shimon Dar. 198 pages; illustrated throughout in colour & black and white. 99 2014. Available both in printed and e-versions. Printed ISBN 9781905739875. £39.00. Epublication ISBN 9781905739929. £33.15. Book contents pageBuy Now

In the years 1983-2013, an archaeological expedition under the auspices of the Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology of Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, was active on Mount Carmel, Israel. The expedition comprised archaeologists, team members, students and other professionals, as well as pupils from schools in the Sharon and Daliyat el-Carmel. This book describes ten rural mountain sites through which it seeks to reconstruct the character of all the settlements on the mountain and at its foot, from the Persian through the Byzantine periods.
Copper Shaft-Hole Axes and Early Metallurgy in South-Eastern Europe: An Integrated Approach by Julia Heeb. viii+167 pages; illustrated throughout in black and white with some colour. With CD. 97 2014. Available both in printed and e-versions. Printed ISBN 9781905739837. £32.00. Epublication ISBN 9781905739905. £27.20. Book contents pageBuy Now

Although the copper axes with central shaft-hole from south-eastern Europe have a long history of research, they have not been studied on a transnational basis since the 1960s. What has also been missing, is trying to use as many methods as possible to better understand their production, use and context. A database was compiled to find answers to questions regarding patterns of distribution, context, fragmentation and deformation. Aspects of production were considered through experimental archaeology, metallographic analysis and a re-discovered axe blank with missing shaft-hole. The typology was re-evaluated and modified to ensure comparability across modern national boundaries. The integration of these approaches yielded some interesting results. The great variability in shape clearly shows that a variety of production techniques were used, but it is difficult to relate these to specific geographic areas. In fact the typology as well as the practice of marking the axes indicate that traditional archaeological ‘cultures’ rarely correspond to axe types and marking practices. Instead there were different spheres of influence, some more localised and others much larger than specific ceramic traditions. These different levels of belonging show that it was a period of complex cultural patterns and interactions. The axes were part of these networks of daily life on many different levels from the utilitarian to the ritualised placement in burial contexts.
Building the Bronze Age: Architectural and Social Change on the Greek Mainland during Early Helladic III, Middle Helladic and Late Helladic I by Corien Wiersma. xxii+561 pages; illustrated throughout in black and white with some colour. 98 2014. Available both in printed and e-versions. Printed ISBN 9781905739868. £60.00. Epublication ISBN 9781905739899. £51.00. Book contents pageBuy Now

Communities living on the Greek Mainland during the end of the Early Bronze Age (EBA. ca. 2200-2000 BC) and the earlier Middle Bronze Age (MBA, ca. 2000-1800 BC) were thought to be relatively simple and egalitarian, while during the later MBA and early Late Bronze Age (LBA, ca. 1700-1600 BC), monumental and rich graves were suddenly constructed.

The systematic analysis of domestic architecture, which was long overdue, shows indeed that houses were relatively simple. However, subtle differences between houses and settlements did exist and change through did take place, especially during the later MBA and early LBA. The architectural patterns could with some certainty, be ascribed to changes in social relations, as well to internal developments and external influence.

During the late EBA, the household seems to have been the most important social unit. It was self-sufficient, though to some extent dependent on the wider community. This is reflected in the freestanding but homogenous appearance of houses. During the earlier MBA, the first subtle changes take place: more rectangular instead of apsidal houses are constructed, house size and the number of rooms increase and slightly more architectural variation is seen. These developments intensify during the later MBA and early LBA. It is suggested that some households started to cooperate and that some households expanded in size. These changes may have led to less dependency of the household on the wider community, which subsequently enabled the development of more architectural variation.
Dating the Tombs of the Egyptian Old Kingdom by Joyce Swinton. vii+191 pages; illustrated throughout in black and white. 96 2014 Archaeopress Egyptology 2. Available both in printed and e-versions. Printed ISBN 9781905739820. £34.00. Epublication ISBN 9781905739882. £28.90. Book contents pageBuy Now

The decorated tombs of the Egyptian Old Kingdom offer detailed knowledge of a society that in all probability was the first nation state in history. Yet scholars continue to find it difficult to access the full potential of this great body of data because so few of the tombs can be dated with sufficient precision to provide a relative chronology for the evidence they offer. The system of dating these monuments presented here builds on the work of previous scholars.

In this volume the author explains how the dating method was devised. This required establishing ‘life-spans’ for 104 criteria, features drawn from tomb iconography. The system is then applied to Memphite and provincial monuments spanning the Fourth to the Sixth Dynasties. The findings are that the more criteria a monument contains, the closer the system can narrow its date, certainly to a particular reign and within a generation in some cases. The final chapter analyses and discusses the strengths and weaknesses of the system.
Cultural Expression in the Old Kingdom Elite Tomb by Sasha Verma. vi+288 pages; illustrated throughout in black and white. 95 2014 Archaeopress Egyptology 1. Available both in printed and e-versions. Printed ISBN 9781905739783. £40.00. Epublication ISBN 9781905739790. £34.00. Book contents pageBuy Now

Cultural Expression in the Old Kingdom Elite Tomb considers the material and immaterial culture left behind by the ancient Egyptian elite in their tombs starting some 5000 years ago. The book intends to understand this culture reflecting the ‘intention’ of the ancient Egyptians. All these ‘intentions’ are now inaccessible to us, a paradox indeed.

The author starts by examining the ways in which other Egyptologists have understood tomb culture over the past century. Two main clusters of thought dominate the history of this topic, the literal and/or the symbolic meaning. The literal is a popular approach for the modern world; the symbolic encompasses the ancient Egyptians’ ideas about the meaning of life in this and the next world, and metaphysical perfection. The author uses a third mid-way course between the literal and the symbolic; i.e. an attempt to study the evidence in its reality and to search for common, universal factors which may be present and which may aid understanding.

The result is an inventory, analysis and synthesis of the core components of Egyptian cultural dynamics as reflected in the iconographic evolution of Old Kingdom elite tombs. New horizons are opened up for describing and interpreting cultural data of many different levels (identity, ideology as social layers, and static versus dynamic as cultural mechanisms). The work goes beyond mainstream Egyptology, because the findings, apart from a specific Egyptian core, also have universal implications since comparison with other cultures shows comparable phenomena.