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|BAR S2573 2013: Coins and Samian Ware A study of the dating of coin-loss and the deposition of samian ware (terra sigillata), with a discussion of the decline of samian ware manufacture in the NW provinces of the Roman Empire, late 2nd to mid 3rd centuries AD by Anthony C. King. ISBN 9781407311944. £46.00. vi+322 pages; illustrated. |
This book reviews Samian ware chronology, c. AD 150-275. A dating scheme is proposed, based upon the stratigraphic association of Samian ware with coins, and using the statistical strength of association between potters or styles with each other and with dated deposits. A new model is also presented for estimating time-lapses between minting and loss for coins of the period. The results extend Central Gaulish Samian ware later than hitherto supposed, and revise the relative sequence of potters. The average period of use of Samian vessels is often quite long, and therefore, close dating of Samian ware is questioned. A concluding discussion looks at the socio-economic significance of Samian ware decline.
|BAR S2572 2013: Die Privatgräber von Amarna – Zum Wandel des Grabgedankens in Zeiten eines religiösen Umbruchs by Marion Hesse. ISBN 9781407311937. £31.00. viii+137 pages; illustrated throughout in colour and black and white; in German with English summary. |
The necropolis of Amarna was used for only a very short period of time and therefore presents a unique opportunity for a ‘snapshot’ of private tomb architecture. In this study the archaeological material of the Amarna private tombs is processed, categorized and compared to the simultaneous and topical tombs at Thebes. The comparison (supported by the examination of the wall decoration) shows similarities as well as differences, making it possible to work out characteristics and development in the private tomb architecture at Amarna. The analysis shows clearly that in spite of the small time-frame tomb architecture did not remain entirely consistent, but was rich in variation and development and lived up to the new ideas of religion.
|BAR S2571 2013: Early Burial Customs in Northern Egypt Evidence from the Pre-, Proto-, and Early Dynastic Periods. ISBN 9781407311920. £24.00. 107 pages; 40 figures. |
The book presents issues relating to the oldest known examples of human mortuary practices from the area of Northern Egypt and dating to the end of the Early Dynastic period. The research surveys changes in sepulchral architecture, offerings, body positioning and other elements of generally understood burial customs. Space is also found for discussions on social stratification, political development of the early Egyptian state and the Lower Egyptian cultural legacy, which contributed to the rich Egyptian civilization. The story focuses on recent archaeological fieldworks with a special stress on the revealing necropolis of Tell el-Farkha.
|BAR S2570 2013: Anciens peuplements littoraux et relations Homme/Milieu sur les côtes de l’Europe Atlantique / Ancient Maritime Communities and the Relationship between People and Environment along the European Atlantic Coasts edited by Marie-Yvane Daire, Catherine Dupont, Anna Baudry, Cyrille Billard, Jean-Marc Large, Laurent Lespez, Eric Normand and Chris Scarre. ISBN 9781407311913. £83.00. 672 pages; illustrated throughout. Papers in English and French. |
The Proceedings of the International conference ‘HOMER 2011’ (Ancient maritime communities and the relationship between people and environment along the European Atlantic coasts) held at the Palais des Arts et des Congrès, Vannes (France) between 28 September and 1 October 2011. This event was the first international scientific meeting devoted to the archaeology of coastal populations and the interactions between people and the environment in the geographical domain of the English Channel and Atlantic Europe. Recent advances in the archaeology of coasts and islands in the interlinked Atlantic, English Channel and north Sea complex were explored during the seven sessions of the conference, both through syntheses and through presentations focusing on individual research projects, some of them completed, others still ongoing.
|BAR S2569 2013: Cambridge Monographs in African Archaeology 85 The Ancient Red Sea Port of Adulis and the Eritrean Coastal Region Previous investigations and museum collections by Chiara Zazzaro. ISBN 9781407311906. £33.00. viii+107 pages; illustrated throughout in colour and black and white. |
The book unveils documents and museum collections related to research and excavations conducted on the Red Sea coast and at Adulis in the 19th and 20th centuries. In examining these materials the author takes the opportunity to discuss the place of Adulis and of the Eritrean coast in the cultural, social and political background of the Northern Horn of Africa from the latest centuries BC to the 7th century AD, so as their place in the Red Sea maritime trade network linking the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean.
|BAR S2568 2013: Anuradhapura Volume III: The Hinterland by Robin Coningham and Prishanta Gunawardhana. ISBN 9781407311890. £81.00. xxv+617 pages; illustrated throughout in colour and black and white. |
The third volume of the Anuradhapura series documents the results of six years of settlement survey, excavation and geoarchaeology in the hinterland of the Citadel. Mapping the response of rural communities to the growth of Anuradhapura as Sri Lankan capital and Indian Ocean pilgrimage centre, this interdisciplinary study presents the establishment and consolidation of settlement within the island’s Dry Zone and the associated investment in hydraulic infrastructure from the first millennium BC onwards. It also traces the division of hinterland settlement into either Buddhist monastery or agricultural village with an absence of towns as well as the hinterland’s subsequent collapse in the eleventh Century AD. Conforming to a model of Tropical Forest ‘Low Density Urbanism’, this volume presents the most detailed archaeology study of the dynamic and contested nature of a South Asia urban hinterland. (See also BAR S1508 and BAR S824)
|BAR S2567 2013: The Making of the Tuoba Northern Wei Constructing material cultural expressions in the Northern Wei Pingcheng Period (398–494 CE) by Chin-Yin Tseng. ISBN 9781407311883. £27.00. iv+126 pages; illustrated throughout. |
The Tuoba’s success in the development of the Northern Wei as a conquest dynasty in fifth-century northern China is demonstrated as a result of their ability to cross between the traditions and practices of the Chinese sphere and those of the Eurasian steppe, through the construction of a ‘dual presence’ in the Pingcheng period (398-494 CE). A negotiation of material culture in this formative phase of state-building allowed for new notions of kingship, dynastic identity, and representations of daily life to be (re)created. This was manifested separately through the sculptures at the Yungang grottos, tomb repertoires, as well as the concept of Pingcheng as a capital city.
|BAR S2566 2013: La aparición de la tecnología cerámica en la región cantábrica by Miriam Cubas. ISBN 9781407311876. £31.00. xxv+152 pages; illustrated throughout; in Spanish with English summary. |
The objective of this book is to analyse ceramic technology within the geographical context of the Cantabrian region (N Spain) during the fifth millennium cal BC. It analyses ceramics, understood as manufacture, as the result of a technological fabrication process, in relation to the principle of a ceramic manufacturing sequence, which covers a set of operations that transform a raw material into a product with certain physicochemical properties which practically eliminate its original characteristics. Interest in the prehistoric ceramics of the Cantabrian region is a relatively recent phenomenon and is tied to its importance as a cultural marker of the Neolithic Period. The primary references to these types of materials were used to defend the cultural attribution of certain regional contexts to this period. The scarcity of recognisable morphological and decorative features among the first ceramic groups has resulted in their study being relegated in favour of other types of ceramics, such as the Bell Beaker ones, whose morpho-stylistic characteristics permit the establishment of cultural and chronological systems. This current research is focused on analysing the ceramic groups ascribed to the fifth millennium cal BC from the Los Canes (Asturias), Los Gitanos (Cantabria) and Kobaederra (Vizcaya) sites. These sites constitute important sequences for the study of the Neolithisation processes in the region’s western, central and eastern zones.
|BAR S2565 2013: Latium Vetus in the Bronze Age and Early Iron Age / Il Latium Vetus nell'età del Bronzo e nella prima età del Ferro by Luca Alessandri. ISBN 9781407311869. £77.00. xi+630 pages; illustrated throughout; in Italian with English introduction. |
The aim of this book is to present an in-depth analysis of the socio-economic dynamics that took place from the Bronze Age until the middle of the eighth century BC, in the Latium Vetus (Italy). To understand the archaeological record, knowledge of the transformations through time of the various landscape units is necessary. Such knowledge was obtained by studying historical, geological and pedological maps, and by using air photography, pollen diagrams and soil augering as well as observations in the field. The presentation of the evidences takes the form of a catalogue that lists 232 sites: settlements, tombs (both isolated and necropoleis), hoards and ritual loci. This is the first time that all available archaeological evidence of the study area is catalogued in a single format. Furthermore, a number of locational variables for each site were analysed, using GIS techniques and statistical analysis, in order to identify certain tendencies in the location of settlements. A functional analysis of the catalogued sites was also conducted considering the potential natural harbours along the coast and evaluating the agricultural potential of the sites’ territories. In the concluding chapter an up-to-date explanation of the emergence of social inequality and the warrior elite is proposed as well as a global (proto)history of the subsistence economy and settlement patterns in the Bronze Age and Iron Age. In addition, a new and simple method is suggested for reconstructing the territories of the ancient protohistoric polities.
|BAR S2564 2014: South American Archaeology Series 19 De la Puna a las Sierras Avances y Perspectivas en Zooarqueología Andina edited by Andrés D. Izeta and Guillermo L. Mengoni Goñalons. ISBN 9781407311852. £29.00. 156 pages; illustrated; in Spanish with English abstracts. |
A collection of recent papers on aspects of Andean zooarchaeology
|BAR S2563 2013: El IV milenio ANE en el Guadalquivir Medio Intensificadión agrícola y fragua de la comunidad doméstica aldeana by Rafael Ma Martínez Sánchez. ISBN 9781407311845. £55.00. 463 pages; 160 figures; in Spanish with English abstract. |
This study aims to represent an integrated approach of the historical process that took place in the Middle Guadalquivir lowlands (SW Spain) between the onset of agriculture in this area and the beginning of copper metallurgy. In particular, there is a focus on the IV millennium BC, period in which archaeological evidence suggests that the first agricultural occupation with remarkable density occurred by ca. 3500 BC in the
lowlands of the Guadalquivir Basin. In this period, some visible changes arise in material culture, such as the
emergence of carinated forms with low height and a large diameter (pottery), bifacial arrowheads and the
development of standardized long flint blades (lithic), as well as the proliferation of archaeological sites with silo-shaped pits both in the vicinity of the floodplain, and especially in the east of Cordovan Campiña.
|BAR S1540 2006: AVAILABLE AS PDF DOWNLOAD ONLY. Archaeology of the Russian Far East edited by Sarah M. Nelson, Anatoly P. Derevianko, Yaroslav V. Kuzmin and Richard L. Bland. ISBN 1841719722. £24.00. inc. VAT. ix+191 pages; 2 tables; 110 figures, maps, plans, drawings and photographs. |
The archaeology of the Russian Far East is rich in new and sometimes surprising discoveries. Very early pottery dates, in several locations, are perhaps the most important and interesting of these finds. Connections with other parts of the Far East are also established in these new studies. The chapters that follow in this regional synthesis elaborate these themes. Arranged in chronological order and by region, each is written by a specialist who has participated in some or all of the archaeological expeditions reported here. The chapters are replete with archaeological details, allowing the reader to judge the interpretations independently. Illustrations and maps add to the information provided. They show not just the unanticipated richness of the archaeology of the Russian Far East but, more important, the contributions these sites can make to the archaeology of the region and of the world. 1) Introduction (Sarah M. Nelson); 2) Palaeoenvironment and Chronology (Yaroslav V. Kuzmin); 3) Palaeolithic of the Primorye (Maritime) Province (Anatoly P. Derevianko and Andrei V. Tabarev); 4) Palaeolithic of the Priamurye (Amur River Basin) (Anatoly P. Derevianko, Vasily N. Zenin, and Igor Y. Shewkomud); 5) The Upper Palaeolithic of Sakhalin Island (Aleksander A. Vasilevsky); 6) Neolithic of the Primorye (Irina S. Zhushchikhovskaya); 7) Neolithic of the Nizhnee Priamurye (Lower Amur River Basin) (Anatoly P. Derevianko and Vitaly E. Medvedev); 8) Neolithic of the Sakhalin and Southern Kurile Islands (Aleksander A. Vasilevsky and Olga A. Shubina); 9) Palaeoeconomy of the Russian Far East (Stone Age Complexes) (Yaroslav V. Kuzmin); 10) Conclusion (Richard L. Bland).
|BAR S1411 2005: AVAILABLE AS PDF DOWNLOAD ONLY. Investigating Prehistoric Hunter-Gatherer Identities: Case Studies from Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Europe edited by H.L. Cobb, F. Coward, L. Grimshaw and S. Price. ISBN 1841718548. £24.00. inc. VAT. vi+105 pages; illustrated throughout with maps, plans, figures, tables, drawings. |
This volume stems from sessions at the 2004 Theoretical Archaeology Conference at Glasgow University, entitled “Hunter-Gatherers in Early Prehistory” and “Hunting for Meaning: Interpretive Approaches to the Mesolithic”. The sessions came about as a response to a continuing lack of appreciation of new developments in theoretical approaches to the archaeology of prehistoric hunter-gatherers both in the Pleistocene and Holocene. Contents: 1) Hunter-Gatherers in Early Prehistory (Fiona Coward & Lucy Grimshaw); 2) Upper Palaeolithic Social Colonisation and Lower Palaeolithic Biological Dispersal? A Consideration of the Nature of Movements into Europe During the Pleistocene (Lucy Grimshaw); 3) Transitions, Change and Prehistory: An Ecosystemic Approach to Change in the Archaeological Record (Fiona Coward); 4) Darwin Vs. Bourdieu – Celebrity Deathmatch or Postrocessual Myth? A Prolegomenon for the Reconciliation of Agentive-Interpretive and Ecological-Evolutionary Archaeology (Felix Riede); 5) We’re Not Waiting Any More – Or, Hunting for Meaning in the Mesolithic of North-West Europe (Hannah Cobb & Steven Price); 6) Midden, Meaning, Person, Place: Interpreting the Mesolithic of Western Scotland (Hannah Cobb); 7) Reconstructing the Social Topography of an Irish Mesolithic Lakescape (Aimée Little); 8) Can’t See the Trees for the Wood: The Social Life of Trees in the Mesolithic of Southern Scandinavia.
|BAR S1362 2005: Maison de l’Orient Méditerranéen 0 AVAILABLE AS PDF DOWNLOAD ONLY. Territories, Boundaries and Cultures in the Neolithic Near East by S. K. Kozlowski and O. Aurenche. Preface by F. Hole. ISBN 1841718076. £24.00. inc. VAT, 275 pages; illustrated throughout with maps, plans, plates, drawings and tables. Annex of sites and catalogue. |
This book presents a study of Neolithisation and the chronological sequence of Neolithic cultures in the Near East. Focusing on the years between 10,500 and 6200 BC, the authors start with empirical data in an attempt to reveal not only cultures, but the territorial limits of these cultures —their borders—and their possible interactions with time. The geographical zone covered comprises the two branches of the area known traditionally as the Fertile Crescent, as well as the steppe/desert zone which they encompass. A full Appendix presents a catalogue and find distribution sites.
|BAR S1294 2004: AVAILABLE AS PDF DOWNLOAD ONLY. The Spatial Analysis of Radiocarbon Databases The spread of the first farmers in Europe and of the fat-tailed sheep in Southern Africa by Thembi M. Russell. ISBN 1841716448. £24.00. inc. VAT. xiii+204+LXXVIII pages; 125 figures; 31 tables; 9 Appendices of sites and databases. |
This work analyses two spatially referenced radiocarbon databases for the spread of Europe’s first farmers and for the spread of the first sheep in southern Africa respectively. The methods for visualising large-scale diffusion processes are compared using the European database; these include chronology maps, isochron maps, and a new simulation using the probability distribution of calibrated dates. The patterns in the radiocarbon data are then quantified by using linear regression of both calibrated and uncalibrated dates to calculate rates of spread and possible departure points for the European data at two scales of analysis, continent-wide and by demic and cultural region. The new analytical technique, using the whole of a date’s calibrated range, is then applied to the database for the spread of the first sheep in present day South Africa. Two competing hypotheses for the route of the spread, a western coastal route from present day Namibia southwards, and an interior route are tested by analysing the spatial and temporal patterns in the radiocarbon data.
|BAR S1291 2004: AVAILABLE AS PDF DOWNLOAD ONLY. Housing in Medieval and Post-Medieval Greece by Eleftherios Sigalos. ISBN 1841716413. £24.00. inc. VAT. ix+357 pages; 242 figures, maps, plans, drawings and photographs. With accompanying CD. |
In this work the author examines the Medieval and Post-Medieval Greek house as a container of material culture, and of functional and social activity, within the context of a changing socio-economic environment. The first three introductory chapters review a series of previous vernacular studies mainly from the Late Ottoman and early Modern eras, covering a relatively broad methodological spectrum, and presented concisely socio-economic developments during Ottoman and Early Modern times. The study continues with an in-depth assessment of the methodologies and objectives of the authors in relation to contemporary developments and preconceptions. Most importantly, however, it became possible to attempt a quantitative and qualitative reinterpretation of the data provided by the previous studies in relation to the socio-economic changes briefly summarised. Five different levels of interpretation were chosen, that when interrelated provided a more complete picture of the processes that affected the housing patterns in Greece during the Middle and Late Ottoman, as well as the Early Modern eras. Chronological distributions and different settlement patterns were discussed in association with the general domestic types and internal arrangements. The stylistic considerations within the rural and urban context provided a further narrative closely related to social identities, fashions and nation-building processes. The houses were set into a dynamic chronological, settlement and social environment. Within this context the domestic structures were reclassified according to the use of space within them and their immediate surroundings.
|BAR S1183 2003: AVAILABLE AS PDF DOWNLOAD ONLY. Phoenician Amphora Production and Distribution in the Southern Coastal Levant A multi-disciplinary investigation into carinated-shoulder amphorae of the Persian period (539-332 BC) by Elizabeth A. Bettles. ISBN 1841715506. £18.00. inc. VAT. 336 pages; 123 figures, maps, tables, plans, drawings, photographs. With accompanying CD. |
The primary aim of this monograph is to use one commodity type, the carinated-shoulder amphora, to investigate the level of centralisation and modes of production and distribution in southern Phoenicia (i.e. the city-states of Tyre and Sidon) when the region was under Persian (Achaemenid) imperial hegemony (539-332 BC). The second is to set the research findings into a broader socio-cultural context, viewing the amphorae as containers of wine, and the impact on the production and distribution of these amphorae as Persian imperial attitudes towards, and patterns of consumption of, wine. To determine whether these amphorae may be of southern Phoenician manufacture the author analyses petrographically the fabric of 307 amphorae gathered from 21 sites in the coastal areas of southern Lebanon and Israel, and assesses to what extent the raw materials in the fabrics may be consistent with the geological formations in this region. She goes on to present a typology of carinated-shoulder amphorae of proposed southern Phoenician manufacture using an innovative technique, the ‘envelope’ method. This technique produces a typology which is repeatable and verifiable. An intra-regional analysis of the manufacture of these amphorae is conducted, assessing through the application of theoretical models to what extent production was centralised at this period. The study examines data which indicates the presence on a particularly significant amphora manufacturing centre in the region, and then attempts to identify the mechanism whereby amphorae were dispersed throughout the region, whether it was attached, independent, or whether both mechanisms could have existed simultaneously. Again, by applying theoretical models, the author attempts to determine to what degree amphora distribution was regionally integrated, and whether nodes of distribution existed which facilitated their dispersal. Finally, the work investigates from epigraphic and documentary sources, the role of wine in Persian culture, the quantities in which it was consumed and the wine preferences of the Persian elite, exploring what impact these factors may have had on the production and distribution of carinated-shoulder amphorae.
|BAR S1113 2003: AVAILABLE AS PDF DOWNLOAD ONLY. Germanic Equal Arm Brooches of the Migration Period A study of their style, chronology and distribution, including a full catalogue of finds and their contexts by Dorothee Bruns. ISBN 1841714917. £18.00. inc. VAT. vi+134 pages; 7 maps; 4 tables; 94 illustrations, drawings, photographs. |
This work is a study of the much neglected brooch type - the “equal arm brooch”, a highly distinctive form of personal ornament – and the particular execution of an ornamental style that has only so far been found on examples from north-western Germany. The emergence of these brooches spans only the 5th century AD, and while in the beginning they were limited to the region between the rivers Elbe and Weser in north western Germany, later they are also found spread throughout many areas of England. The equal arm brooches, as well as other items of Germanic origin, were probably introduced to England by a splinter group of the migrating Angles and Saxons (probably migrants from the region between the mouths of the Elbe and Weser). Few researchers have dealt with the equal arm brooches in detail and the author’s aim in this study is to explore why equal arm brooches and their unique style emerged, developed so quickly, and then came to an abrupt decline. The volume succeeds in presenting this brooch type in a focused and comprehensive way, illustrating the differences and similarities between the various types and discussing the motifs and decoration as well as exploring their origin and possible social implication. Future research and finds (from both England and Germany) will be able to use this present study as a setting to assist with increasing knowledge of regional craftsmanship and the ornament’s distribution on the Continent and in England.
|BAR S1098 2003: AVAILABLE AS PDF DOWNLOAD ONLY. Armes traditionnelles d’Afrique (dagues, poignards, glaives, épées, tranchets et couperets Approche régionale et classification technique, morphologique et esthétique by Tristan Arbousse Bastide. ISBN 1841714763. £18.00. inc. VAT. 203 pages; 233 illustrations, tables, maps, drawings. |
The author presents here a survey of over 500 examples, in 6 categories, of African traditional weapons including knives, daggers, long and short, swords, lances and throwing weapons. The items, from various contexts and regions, have full commentaries and are carefully drawn, including sheaths and scabbards where applicable. Examples from most of the leading collections are featured. Each chapter ends with a detailed typological and comparative analysis, and catalogue by weapon category.
|BAR S1066 2002: AVAILABLE AS PDF DOWNLOAD ONLY. Moche Burial Patterns An investigation into prehispanic social structure (Moche Culture of Northern Peru, c. AD 100-800) by Jean-François Millaire. ISBN 1841714488. £18.00. inc. VAT. xiv, 222 pages, 95 figures, drawings, plates, maps, and illustrations, 36 tables, 2 Appendices, including a corpus of burials selected for analysis. |
This work is an archaeological investigation of the Moche culture of northern Peru (ca. AD 100-800). It is a study of Moche burial patterns and social structure. One of the main objectives of this research was to bring together information available on Moche burials from different settlements and from contexts dating to the Early, Middle, and Late Moche periods as well as the Transitional period. General patterns regarding burial context and energy expenditure are identified. The nature of social status is explored and some general principles of social structure are detailed. Issues regarding funerary rites of passage, delayed burial, grave re-entry, and funerary specialists are also discussed with regard to Moche representation of death.
|BAR S1046 2002: AVAILABLE AS PDF DOWNLOAD ONLY. The Archaeology of Medicine Papers given at a session of the annual conference of the Theoretical Archaeology Group held at the University of Birmingham on 20 December 1998 edited by Robert Arnott. ISBN 1841714275. £18.00. inc. VAT. 129 pages, tables, photographs, drawings. |
CONTENTS: Foreword by Professor JOHN HUNTER (University of Birmingham); Introduction by ROBERT ARNOTT (University of Birmingham); Palaeopathology and archaeology: the current state of play by CHARLOTTE ROBERTS (University of Durham); Tooth worms and pelicans: dentistry in archaeology by CHRISSIE FREETH (University of Bradford); Ancient bodies, but modern techniques: the utilisation of CT scanning in the study of ancient Egyptian mummies by JOYCE M. FILER (The British Museum); Disease and medicine in Hittite Asia Minor by ROBERT ARNOTT (University of Birmingham); The Hippocratic patient: or an archaeology of the Greek medical mind by NIALL MCKEOWN (University of Birmingham); The Roman military Valetudinaria: fact or fiction? by PATRICIA BAKER (University of Kent at Canterbury); The interpretation of medicinal plants in the archaeological context: some case-studies from Pompeii by MARINA CIARALDI (University of Birmingham); Roman surgery: the evidence of the instruments by RALPH JACKSON (The British Museum); Investigating the Anglo-Saxon Materia Medica: archaeobotany, manuscript art, Latin and Old English by DEBBY BANHAM (University of Cambridge); Bald’s Leechbook and archaeology: two approaches to Anglo-Saxon health and healthcare by SALLY CRAWFORD (University of Birmingham) and TONY RANDALL (University of Oxford); The Mary Rose medical chest by BRENDAN DERHAM (Gloucester); Morbid Osteology by MOULI START (University of Sheffield); Recognition and understanding of age-related bone loss and osteoporosis-related fractures in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries by MEGAN BRICKLEY (University of Birmingham)
|BAR S2562 2013: Das ägyptische Investiturritual by Martin Bommas. ISBN 9781407311838. £41.00. xvi+244 pages; 20 black and white plates. In German. |
Based on a new edition of Moscow 314 Papyrus from the Middle Kingdom, this study identifies for the first time the ancient Egyptian ritual of investiture. Serving as a tool of re-attunement, the ritual speech act, pivotal for the creation of divine kingship in ancient Egypt, is now identified. The speech influenced the investiture of the dead uncovered in mortuary liturgies. An interdisciplinary approach based on theories relating to political theology, the natural and political body of the Pharaoh, as well as on rituals of investiture dated from the ancient world down to the 17th C AD is applied to the study of this important subject.
|BAR S2561 2013: Le bourg abbatial de Villemagne-l’Argentière (Hérault) Dynamique économique et commande monumentale XIe-XIVe siècles by Florence Journot. ISBN 9781407311821. £39.00. 251 pages; illustrated throughout. In French. |
The work represents a study of the village of Villemagne, located in the uplands of the Languedoc (southwest France): its past importance has often been underestimated. The power of the abbots and a section of the lay population depended partly on the possession of silver mines. Ecclesiastical power was also displayed through control of the relics of St Majan. The abbey first appears in written sources in 819 alongside other monasteries in Septimania. Several archaeological finds and objects scattered around the village are known from this period, although their origins are unclear. Early and high mediaeval period remains were found during the excavations of a small church extra muros, situated on a Gallo-Roman site with burial ground. The village steps out of the shadows in the 11th century and this work charts the constitution of the abbeys’ temporal possessions, including a series of dependant priories, over a period of two centuries, which are also marked by conflict with the episcopal authorities. Though the domain was small, limited by the plains and the uplands, the abbey became very rich.
|BAR S2560 2013: Ahlat 2008 Seconda campagna di indagini sulle strutture rupestri / Second campaign of surveys on the underground structures edited by Roberto Bixio, Andrea De Pascale, Nakış Karamağaralı. ISBN 9781407311814. £30.00. 164 pages; illustrated throughout. In English and Italian. |
Since 1991, the Centro Studi Sotterranei of Genoa has conducted the exploration, survey and documentation of rock-cut and underground structures located in different regions of Turkey. The Ka.Y.A. project was begun in 2007, with the goal of the identification and the study of rock-cut sites around Ahlat in eastern Turkey, as completion of major archaeological excavations in the ancient city located on the northern shores of Lake Van. It is a vast area, at an altitude between 1,700 and 2,500 m.a.s.l. and wedged between massive volcanic systems. During the four years of research the team documented 395 rock-cut sites most of which date back to medieval and post-medieval times and relating to different cultures and religions: Armenian, Seljuk, Ilkhanid, Kara Koyunlu, Ak Koyunlu, and Ottoman. The results of the first survey campaign were completed in 2007 and published as BAR S2293 (2011). That volume is now supplemented by the data obtained during the second season in 2008, with the hope to publish as soon as possible the results of the subsequent missions completed in 2009 and 2010.
|BAR S2559 2013: El Calcolítico en la Cuenca Media del Arlanzón (Burgos, España) Comunidades campesinas, procesos históricos y transformaciones by Eduardo Carmona Ballestero. ISBN 9781407311807. £49.00. 358 pages; illustrated throughout. Spanish with English abstract. |
This book is related to the study of historical processes and transformations within peasant societies that occurred during recent Prehistory in the Spanish Northern Plateau. The work is focused on the Chalcolithic (3000-1900 cal BC) which remains poorly understood in the area of the Arlanzón river valley because of its problematic archaeological record. The large amount of data collected over the last 30 years has led to new theoretical approach and research methodologies to explore the archaeological record. The recent finds have also generated discussion in historical terms of the material evidence.
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