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|BAR S2505 2013: The Creation, Composition, Service and Settlement of Roman Auxiliary Units Raised on the Iberian Peninsula by Alexander Meyer. ISBN 9781407311210. £29.00. xi+142 pages; 2 tables. |
This monograph is an epigraphic study of the Roman auxiliary units raised on the Iberian Peninsula based on a corpus of over 750 inscriptions. It presents the literary and epigraphic evidence for late Republican allied and auxiliary forces and for the structure of imperial auxiliary units. It then examines the recruiting practices of the auxilia, the settlement of veterans, and the evidence for the personal relationships of the soldiers enlisted in these units as they are recorded in the epigraphic record, including inscriptions on stone and military diplomas.
|BAR S2504 2013: Reading the Landscapes of the Rural Peloponnese Landscape change and regional variation in an early ‘provincial’ setting by Daniel R. Stewart. ISBN 9781407311203. £31.00. vii+163 pages; 58 figures and tables; data Appendices. |
The extent, nature and causes of settlement change in the rural Peloponnese (Greece) in the last centuries of the Hellenistic period and the early centuries of Roman rule (c.200 BC to c.AD 200) are the focus of this study. Understanding the rural landscape has implications for our readings of certain aspects of cultural change and land use, and can help bridge the gap between necessarily elite-driven historiographical studies and related stratified deposits. This study is not meant to be either an historical narrative on the ‘decline and depopulation’ of Greece or a treatise on survey archaeology. Rather, it is meant to elucidate the complex nature of the rural landscape of the Peloponnese in these periods, and to identify some of the behaviours of the inhabitants of that landscape.
|BAR S2503 2013: Los altares de las iglesias hispanas tardoantiguas y altomedievales Estudio arqueológico by Isaac Sastre de Diego. ISBN 9781407311197. £75.00. 650 pages; illustrated throughout. In Spanish with English abstract. |
In this work the author focuses on early Hispanic churches built before the arrival of the Roman Liturgy and the Romanesque techniques by examining liturgical sculptural evidence. This material record provides a detailed understanding of both the functional and constructive features of the churches and leads to a definition of an archaeological methodology for surveying Late Antique and Early Medieval Hispanic churches, a methodology that enables a revision of the traditional historical model based on general stylistic elements that pay little or no attention to spatial context. To illustrate this, the author also makes use of a wide body of research obtained over the last fifteen years undertaken at several Hispanic churches that provides insights into building technology, the most important historical conclusion of which has been the re-dating of the most famous churches of the period. Examples are provided from the churches of San Pedro de la Nave (Zamora), Santa María de Quintanilla de las Viñas (Burgos), San Juan de Baños (Palencia), Santa Comba de Bande (Orense), Santa María de Melque (Toledo), and Santa Lucía del Trampal (Cáceres).
|BAR S2502 2013: Metalurgia y Sociedad en el Nordeste de la Península Ibérica (finales del IV – II milenio cal ANE) by Ignacio Soriano. ISBN 9781407311180. £46.00. ii+317 pages; illustrated throughout, 2 colour plates, data Appendices. In Spanish with English abstract. |
This research focuses on prehistoric metallurgy and the key role it played for the human communities of the north-eastern Iberian Peninsula (the present-day area of the Autonomous Region of Catalonia and the Principality of Andorra). The study covers the period from the first use of gold and copper during the Late Neolithic to the structured production of the Bronze Age. The role played by metallurgy in each prehistoric community and its relationship with the other elements involved in social life is explained. Questions such as the origin of this technology, its social value in relation to the other productions or the importance traditionally given to it in the development and consolidation of social asymmetries are dealt with in depth in the context of each archaeological group.
|BAR S2501 2013: The Topography and the Landscape of Roman Dacia by Florin Fodorean. ISBN 9781407311173. £30.00. vii+147 pages; 53 plates, 1 in colour. |
In this volume the author presents a full study of the topography and landscape of Roman Dacia (roughly present-day north-central and western Romania). The work begins with investigations of the Roman road network and a discussion of the Roman geographical perception of Dacia before and after the conquest, which entailed the construction of the first roads. The author then examines the ancient sources concerning the roads of Roman Dacia, using the ‘Tabula Peutingeriana’, itineraries and other literary sources, the archaeological remains, and the ‘Tabula Traiana’, to reconstruct the main roads of Roman Dacia. Further chapters widen the topic by discussing roads and rural settlements, focussing on Potaissa and its surroundings, and on Napoca and beyond, with an excursus on Roman bridges. These detailed studies enable the author to suggest a recreation of the landscape of Roman Dacia, using a combination of historical 19th-century cartography, digital data and GIS.
|BAR S2500 2013: Animals and Otherness in the Middle Ages Perspectives across disciplines edited by Francisco de Asís García García, Mónica Ann Walker Vadillo and María Victoria Chico Picaza. ISBN 9781407311166. £29.00. 153 pages; illustrated throughout. |
This publication has its origin in the colloquium Animals and Otherness in the Middle Ages held at the Faculty of Geography and History at Complutense University in Madrid in February 2011. This publication aims to bring together scholars from a range of disciplines to consider the diverse use of animals in constructions of ‘otherness’. It encompasses not only conceptualized difference, but also physical societal differences expressed in the varied treatment of real and imagined animals. The contributions also discuss the use of animals to emphasize contrast more broadly, such as the juxtaposition between good and evil, or positive and negative features.
|BAR S2499 2013: Anneaux et cultures du Néolithique ancien Production, circulation et utilisation entre massifs ardennais et armoricain by Nicolas Fromont. ISBN 9781407311159. £85.00. xxxvi+682 pages; 591 figures; 408 tables; 61 Appendices. In French with English summary . |
In this extensive research, the author’s petrographical, technological, typological and use-wear studies of arm rings/bands from the early Neolithic of northern France and Belgium provide many insights into the Paris Basin Bandkeramik and the Villeneuve-Saint-Germain/Blicquy cultures by reconstructing chaînes opératoires and through the analyses of over 10,000 objects from 45 domestic, acquisition, and production sites. The rings examined include examples of the iconic spondylus ring of the Paris Basin Bandkeramik, a powerful symbol that occurs throughout the Bandkeramik culture. Emphasis is also directed to clay rings that indicate relations with Alsace and assert regional styles, and the varieties of limestone artefacts that were probably linked to the origins of the first Danubian productions.
|BAR S2498 2013: Exploring the Hospitable Sea Proceedings of the International Workshop on the Black Sea in Antiquity held in Thessaloniki, 21-23 September 2012 edited by Manolis Manoledakis. ISBN 9781407311142. £35.00. iv+212 pages; illustrated throughout . |
This volume presents the proceedings of an international workshop hosted by the School of Humanities of the International Hellenic University, Thessaloniki (September 2012) on the theme of ‘The Black Sea in Antiquity’, aiming at bringing together young scholars from all over the world who specialize in research in this field. The contributions cover the whole Black Sea region and provide insights into several aspects of its historical periods (Antiquity, Late Antiquity, Byzantine): colonisation, religion, local tribes and their relations with the Greeks, geography, written sources, inscriptions, and archaeological research generally.
|BAR S2497 2013: South American Archaeology Series 18 El uso de Sistemas de Información Geográfica (SIG) en arqueología sudamericana edited by María José Figuerero Torres and Andrés D. Izeta. ISBN 9781407311135. £36.00. 224 pages; illustrated throughout. Papers in Spanish with English abstracts. |
A collection of recent studies on GIS applications in South America. For example, one contribution reports the location of archaeological materials from northwestern Andean Patagonia, Argentina, modelled using GIS and image processing techniques. The model was tested against the spatial distribution of known archaeological rock art sites and proved to be good indicator.
|BAR S2496 2013: Expressions esthétiques et comportements techniques au Paléolithique / Aesthetic Expressions and Technical Behaviours in the Palaeolithic Age Actes des sessions thématiques 36 et 37 du 16e Congrès mondial de l’UISPP. Proceedings of thematic sessions 36 and 37 of the 16th World Congress of the IUPPS (Florianópolis, Brazil, 4-10 September 2011). edited by Marc Groenen. ISBN 9781407311128. £30.00. 143 pages; illustrated throughout. In French. |
This book is the result of two symposia from the 16th World Congress of the IUPPS (Florianópolis, Brazil, 4-10 September 2011): ‘The image in portable art and cave art in the European Palaeolithic Age’, and the ‘Analysis of human behaviour in relation to fire in prehistory. From laboratory results to palethnographic interpretation’.
|BAR S2495 2013: The Pagan Image of Greco-Roman Palestine and Surrounding Lands by Pau Figueras. ISBN 9781407311098. £39.00. ii+252 pages; illustrated throughout; Gazetteer, Glossary. |
The present collection refers not only to the remains of the pagan religion of Greeks and Romans, but also to those of Edomites, Nabataeans and Itureans in the Hellenistic and Roman period. Furthermore, it also includes motifs which are found in Jewish archaeological contexts with a pagan content or a mythological origin (such as the Beth She’arim sarcophagi and the synagogue lintels and mosaics), as well as motifs of an obviously mythological origin (such as the widespread use of the vine and the wine motifs) which appear in the mosaic floors of Jewish synagogues and Christian churches. Each subject is dealt with on the basis of archaeological evidence provided by scientific and reliable publications and photographs. This work, therefore, documents the archaeological evidence of the pagan legacy in the Land of Israel and surrounding countries (parts of Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the Golan Heights, North Sinai). The first part follows a geographical sequence in alphabetical order. Explanations of motifs and mythological subjects are systematically offered in the second in the form of an index. This index includes not only the names of gods and goddesses, beliefs and superstitions, but also such non-archaeological subjects as conversion and syncretism, as well as a record of cultic objects and structures, with appropriate references to the places and the illustrations recorded in the first part.
|BAR S2494 2013: CAA 2010 Fusion of Cultures. Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference on Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology, Granada, Spain, April 2010 edited by F. Contreras, M. Farjas and F.J. Melero. ISBN 9781407311081. £47.00. 600 pages; illustrated throughout. |
This volume contains the proceedings of the 38th Computer Applications and Quantitative Methods in Archaeology (CAA) Conference, held April 6th-9th 2010, in Granada, Spain. The theme of the conference was ‘Fusion of Cultures’, aiming to reflect both the scope of the conference and the spirit of the host city – a celebrated venue for such disciplinary interplay between archaeologists, computer scientists, and mathematicians.
|BAR S2493 2013: The Theodosian Age (A.D. 379-455) Power, place, belief and learning at the end of the Western Empire edited by Rosa García-Gasco, Sergio González and David Hernández de la Fuente. ISBN 9781407311074. £47.00. viii+261 pages; illustrated throughout in colour and black and white; papers in English and Spanish. |
Papers presented at the conference on the age of the eastern Roman emperor Theodosius (Segovia 2009).
|BAR S2492 2013: Zeus in Early Greek Mythology and Religion From prehistoric times to the Early Archaic period by Olga A. Zolotnikova. ISBN 9781407311067. £36.00. x+218 pages; illustrated throughout. |
This monograph examines the religious and mythological concepts of Zeus from prehistoric times until the Early Archaic period. The research was performed as an interdisciplinary study involving the evidence of the Homeric poems, archaeology, linguistics, as well as comparative Indo-European material. It is argued that Greek Zeus, as a god with certainly established Indo-European origins, was essentially a god of the open sky and the supposed progenitor of everything, a supreme, but not ruling deity; initially, he must have been distinct from the god of storms, who, for unknown reasons, completely disappeared from Greek religion and mythology by as early as the Late Bronze Age. From the time of Homer, Zeus-Father appeared as a storm-god, the autocratic ruler of the universe, and an offspring of elder deities, on the level of mythology. Such a concept does not correspond to the traditional Indo-European patterns and seems to have been formed under the influence of Near-Eastern concepts of the supreme almighty god, on the one hand, and the Cretan-Minoan concept of a young god/divine child, on the other. However, the Homeric concept of Zeus was adopted by his practising cults much later, only from the Late Archaic period.
|BAR S2491 2013: La cerámica importada de Tell el-Ghaba, norte de Sinaí Interacciones locales y regionales durante la época saíta (siglos VII-VI a.C.) by Susana Teresa Basílico. ISBN 9781407311050. £46.00. ix+312 pages; illustrated; catalogue; in Spanish with English abstract. |
In this work the author analyzes the imported pottery at Tell el -Ghaba (N. Sinai) in its contextual relationship, focusing on the different styles, morphology and pastes, to further conduct a comparative study with pottery coming from other archaeological contexts from settlements in the Delta, North Sinai and the Eastern Mediterranean regions during the Saite period, with the aim of knowing about the interrelations existing between Tell el-Ghaba and the mentioned areas.
|BAR S2490 2013: Céramique et occupation égyptienne en Canaan au 13e siècle av. J.C. Etudes de cas de Hazor, Megiddo et Lachish by Katia Charbit Nataf. ISBN 9781407311043. £38.00. 228 pages; illustrated; in French with English abstract. With CD . |
This work addresses the question of the Egyptian Hegemony during the 13th century BCE: its nature and its cultural processes, and the analysis of the Egyptian-style pottery in three Canaanite City-States is used to provide the proofs of the Egyptian presence there. The author has chosen the archaeological sites of Hazor, Megiddo and Lachish for a case study. Situated in three different regions of Southern Canaan, these three cities are known to be powerful and rich during the 13th century BCE. The Egyptian pottery of these sites has been identified and classified in a typology with numerous parallels to the Egyptian contemporaneous sites. A fabric analysis has been made from description of a fresh break section taken from each sample studied and, in a few cases completed by a petrographic analysis. All the data are gathered in an electronic database and can be consulted for further studies about this corpus. From the interpretation of the corpus, the author presents a spatial analysis of the Egyptian-Style pottery for each identified building in each site in order to shed light on an Egyptian presence at these cities and to qualify this presence.
|BAR S2489 2013: Merry and Jovial: Reconsidering the Effigies Immortalis and the Commemoration of Roman Boys by Crispin Corrado. ISBN 9781407311036. £21.00. ix+66 pages; illustrated. |
This book undertakes to answer questions relating to the creation of deity assimilation statues for young boys, a common mode of commemoration for the Romans. In addition, it demonstrates that many statues traditionally understood to represent youthful divinities actually possess portraits, even and especially if the faces appear joyful. It also proposes that these deity assimilation statues were commissioned primarily as posthumous commemorations. As such, the sculptural examples should be recognized as belonging to and constituting an important class of funerary sculpture; a class which has been, to this point, overlooked. It is also suggested that despite the fact that they were posthumous commemorations, deity assimilation statues of young boys were not necessarily placed in a sepulchral context, rather, it is maintained that images of children assimilated to
divinities primarily served a sentimental purpose, and that, in that capacity, they may have been intended for and regularly kept in a domestic context, close to the surviving family.
|BAR S2488 : Paris Monographs in American Archaeology 30 The Olmeca-Xicallanca of Teotihuacan, Cacaxtla, and Cholula An archaeological, ethnohistorical, and linguistic synthesis by Robert E. L. Chadwick. With a contribution by Angel García Cook. ISBN 9781407311029. £24.00. ix+97 pages; illustrated; contributions in Spanish and English. |
Olmeca-Xicallanca, ‘People from the Land of Rubber, People from the Land of Canoes’ – the Nahuatl name of these ethnic groups invokes the hot, alluvial coastal plains of Veracruz, Tabasco, and Campeche (Mexico). For almost a century studying the ethnohistoric records on the Olmeca-Xicallanca, scholars have sought answers to the questions of ‘who?’, ‘what?’, ‘why?’, ‘when?’, and ‘where?’ These questions have been by no means easy to answer – this present volume of contributions puts forward a series of answers and possible solutions.
|BAR S2487 2013: El mundo en movimiento: Circulación de bienes, recursos e ideas en el valle Calchaquí, Salta (Noroeste Argentino) Una visión desde La Paya by Marina Sprovieri. ISBN 9781407311012. £40.00. v+256 pages; illustrated throughout; in Spanish with English summary. |
This book presents the results of the study concerning the circulation of goods, raw material and ideas in the Calchaquí Valley (Salta, Northwestern Argentina) during the Regional Development (900-1430/70 AD) and Inka Periods (1430/70-1536 AD).
Through stylistic and provenance analyses of various materials from museums’ archaeological collections, it was possible to establish the diversity of goods and material that circulated to and from the valley in different moments of its occupational history.
This new data, together with the already existing information about interregional connections for Calchaquí societies, allowed for the postulation of several interaction circuits with different ecological and cultural areas like Northern Chile, Southern Bolivia, Quebrada de Humahuaca, the Puna region or the Yungas, as well as their modifications since the Inka arrival to the Calchaquí Valley.
|BAR S2486 2013: Proceedings of the Fourth International Meeting of Anthracology Brussels, 8–13 September 2008, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences edited by Freddy Damblon. ISBN 9781407311005. £42.00. xviii+258 pages; illustrated throughout. |
Twenty-five papers presented to the fourth International Meeting of Anthracology held in Brussels at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS) between the 8 and 13 September 2008.
|BAR S2485 2013: Discurso de Fragmentos Arqueometría aplicada al entendimiento sobre la práctica de la alfarería Procedencia de materia prima y caracterización de cerámica del Preclásico de Cuicuilco “C” by Alejandra Badillo Sánchez . ISBN 9781407310978. £24.00. 101 pages; illustrated. In Spanish. |
Focussing on archeometry, specifically ceramic analysis, this research looks at the Mexican site of Cuicuilco, an important pre-Classic (700-400 B.C.) location considered as one of the earliest and largest sites on the central high plateau, previous to the development of Teotihuacan.
|BAR S2484 2013: Lexique animalier égyptien Les caprins, les ovins et les bovins by Sara Mastropaolo . ISBN 9781407310961. £28.00. 135 pages; 75-page illustrated lexicography. In French with English summary. |
Because of their significance in everyday life in ancient Egypt, this works provides a specific lexicography of terms with textual and bibliographical references to cattle, sheep and goats. In ancient Egypt there were many words to indicate cattle, sheep and goats, and the same term can often represent different meanings. These variations depend on the genre and the dating of the texts and where the term appears. To classify and analyse the different writings and the etymology of the words for these domesticated animals, the author of this research examines Egyptian documents from the Old Kingdom to the Greek-Roman Period and then considers the specific and derived meanings. The work concludes with a general synthesis of current studies on cattle, sheep and goats.
|BAR S2483 2013: British Foundation for the Study of Arabia Monographs (formerly Society for Arabian Studies Monographs) 13 Settlement Patterns, Development and Cultural Change in Northern Oman Peninsula A multi-tiered approach to the analysis of long-term settlement trends by Nasser Said Ali Al-Jahwari. ISBN 9781407310954. £47.00. xvi+318 pages; illustrated throughout. |
The aim idea of this study is to examine, quantify and critically assess the settlement history of
the northern Oman Peninsula from the Hafit period (late 4th - early 3rd millennium BC) to recent
|BAR S2482 2013: The Prehistoric Multicultural Settlement of Hajná Nová Ves (Slovakia) Cultural-historical, settlement-archaeological and archaeo-environmental contexts in Western Carpathia at the end of the early prehistoric and in the late prehistoric periods by Egon Wiedermann. ISBN 9781407310947. £30.00. 162 pages; illustrated throughout. |
The extensive archaeological excavations of multicultural sites in western Slovakia offer a remarkable amount of material that mostly consists of entirely new and unpublished finds. This monograph presents a multilateral synthesis of the information obtained and processed over the last two decades, presenting a fascinating picture of evolution of the western inner Carpathian world and its neighbourhood in prehistoric times and beyond.
|BAR S2481 2013: Les coquillages marins en Gaule romaine Approche socio-économique et socio-culturelle by Anne Bardot-Cambot. ISBN 9781407310930. £41.00. 270 pages; illustrated throughout; In French. Gazetteer. |
An extensive archaeological study based on analyses of over 20,000 marine shells from Roman Gaul (2nd century BC - 6th century AD).
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