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The Dodecanese: Further Travels Among the Insular Greeks Selected Writings of J. Theodore & Mabel V.A. Bent, 1885-1888 edited by Gerald Brisch. xiv+194 pages; illustrated throughout in black & white. 143 2015 3rdGuides - Archaeopress Travel 8. ISBN 9781784910969. Book contents pageBuy Now

Forthcoming in Late March 2015: A sequel to The Cyclades, a compilation of late-19th-century travel writings (with an archaeological/ethnographical bias) centred on the Greek Dodecanese islands (including Rhodes, Nissiros, Tilos, Karpathos, Patmos, and Astypalea).

The authors are the British explorer J. Theodore Bent (1852-1887), devotedly supported by his wife Mabel Virginia Anna (1847-1929). Theodore met Mabel shortly after coming down from Oxford in 1875 and they married two years later. They were of independent character and means and spent the too few years until Theodore’s early death on a breathless sequence of annual travels to the Eastern Mediterranean, Africa, and Southern Arabia. Theodore’s publications are referenced still by archaeologists and scholars working on sites or regions such as ‘Great Zimbabwe’, Aksum, the Wadi Hadramaut, the Cilician littoral, and, of course, the Greek islands.

Bent’s first successful monograph was based on two winters spent in the Cycladic isles (1882/3 and 1883/4). From the start the couple kept notebooks from which all Theodore’s later lectures and literature sprang. His The Cyclades, or Life Among the Insular Greeks was published in 1885 and has been rarely out of print since. It remains one of the most delightful accounts in English of the region, and few serious travellers and tourists to these islands fail to discover it.

In the year The Cyclades was published the Bents moved a little east and explored the islands now commonly referred to as the Greek Dodecanese. Unforeseen circumstances obliged the explorers to curtail their activities before Theodore’s writings on the area could be edited into a monograph to complement his earlier bestseller. Theodore’s Dodecanesian output was channelled instead into a wide range of articles, while Mabel completed three volumes of her personal Chronicles on their daily travels and travails.

Bent never presented his Dodecanese researches to the public in a compendium, the way he had, so brilliantly, for the Cyclades. Now, 130 years later, his The Dodecanese can appear for the first time: a collection of reminiscences and studies on these sunny, blue-surrounded, and delightful islands.

Contents: ‘Preface’ by Marc Dubin; ‘Introduction’ by Gerald Brisch; ‘J.T. Bent: Selected Writings on the Dodecanese 1885-1888’; ‘M.V.A. Bent: Travel Chronicles for the years 1885-1888’. Fully illustrated with maps and photographs.

Mr. Bent’s book deserves all success, for it is the result of researches pursued in the most laudable manner…[and] a unique description of the life and ideas of a people, which renders it a very storehouse of facts for the student of customs and myths. And in this respect its value will be permanent. Other travellers may follow in Mr. Bent’s footsteps, and fill up what is wanting in his archaeological information; but in a few years’ time, if any traveller be found so enduring as to attempt once more the task which he has so well performed, it is highly probable that a great part of these interesting customs and ideas will have disappeared. (Henry Fanshawe Tozer (1885), on The Cyclades by J.T. Bent)

This book is due to be published March2015. To record your interest please email patrick@archaeopress.com
Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies Volume 43 2013 Papers from the forty-sixth meeting, London, 13–15 July 2012 edited by Lloyd Weeks and Janet Watson. 361 pages; illustrated in colour and black and white. PSAS43 2013. ISBN 9781905739653 . £65.00 (No VAT). Book contents pageBuy Now

Contents: 1) Abdullah al-Ghafri et al.: Timing water shares in Wādī Banī Kharūs, Sultanate of Oman; 2) Valentina Azzarà: Architecture and building techniques at the Early Bronze Age site of HD-6, Rā’s al-Hadd, Sultanate of Oman; 3) Soumyen Bandyopadhyay et al.: In times of war: typological and morphological characteristics of dwellings in Hārat al-Yemen in Izkī, Oman; 4) Anne Benoist: A green paradise. Economic strategies, collective practices, and local ancestors of the Iron Age community of Masāfī (Emirate of Fujairah, UAE); 5) Lucy Blue et al.: Developing an integrated policy for the maritime and coastal heritage of the UAE: a collaborative approach; 6) Manfred Böhme: The ‘petrographic-polychrome style’ and the symbolic meaning of white stones in Hafit grave architecture (poster); 7) Vincent Charpentier et al.: Conquering new territories: when the first black boats sailed to Masirah Island; 8) Richard Cuttler et al.: Typological and chronological variation of burial in Qatar: ‘Ubaid to late pre-Islamic (poster); 9) Hans Georg K. Gebel: Arabia’s fifth-millennium BCE pastoral well cultures: hypotheses on the origins of oasis life; 10) Julie Goy et al.: Archaeometallurgical survey in the area of Masafi (Fujairah, UAE): preliminary data from an integrated programme of survey, excavation, and physicochemical analyses; 11) Hanadi Ismail: Communities of healing practice on al-Batinah coast of Oman; 12) Carine Juvin: Calligraphy and writing activities in Mecca during the medieval period (twelfth–fifteenth centuries); 13) Moritz Kinzel et al.: Conserving Zubarah: towards a conservation strategy for Al Zubarah Archaeological Site, Qatar (poster); 14) Adelina Kutterer & Sabah A. Jasim: An infant burial from late pre-Islamic Mleiha (Sharjah, UAE) (poster); 15) Johannes Kutterer et al.: Second report on the copper smelting site HLO1 in Wādī al-Hilo (Sharjah, UAE); 16) Marion Lemée et al.: Jabal al-ΚAluya: an inland Neolithic settlement of the late fifth millennium BC in the Ādam area, Sultanate of Oman; 17) Romolo Loreto: New Neolithic evidence from the al-Jawf region: an outline of the historical development of Dūmat al-Jandal; 18) Gen Mitsuishi & Derek Kennet: Kiln sites of the fourteenth–twentieth-century Julfar ware pottery industry in Ras al-Khaimah, UAE; 19) Miranda J. Morris: The use of ‘veiled language’ in Soqotri poetry; 20) Andrew Petersen & Faisal al-Naimi: Qal‘at Ruwayda and the fortifications of Qatar; 21) Valeria Fiorani Piacentini: The eleventh–twelfth centuries: an ‘Umān–Kīj–Kirmān/Harmuz axis?; 22) Hannah Russ & Andrew D. Petersen: Fish and fishing during the late Islamic period at Rubayqa, northern Qatar: preliminary results (poster); 23) Jérémie Schiettecatte et al.: The oasis of al-Kharj through time: first results of archaeological fieldwork in the province of Riyadh (Saudi Arabia); 24) Julie Scott-Jackson & William Scott-Jackson: Route planning in the Palaeolithic? (poster); 25) Juan Manuel Tebes: Investigating the painted pottery traditions of first-millennium BC north-western Arabia and southern Levant; 26) Emma Tetlow et al.: Landscape visualization, sea-level change, and human occupation in Wādī Debayān, north-western Qatar (poster); 27) Yosef Tobi: The Jews of Yemen in light of the excavation of the Jewish synagogue in Qanī’.
Mosaici tardoantichi dell’isola di Cos Scavi italiani 1912–1945 by Lorella Maria De Matteis. iv+180 pages and 69 black and white and colour plates. In Italian. BAR S2515 2013. ISBN 9781407311333. £45.00 (No VAT). Book contents pageBuy Now

This monograph examines the mosaic floors of the Early Christian basilicas of Kos island brought to light by the Italian Archaeological School of Athens during the military occupation. The documentation consisted of mostly unpublished archive material – watercolours, blueprints, photographs of the mosaics taken at the time of the findings. Work on the synthesis of the mosaics’ different aspects was completed to better define the aspects of the Late Antiquity Koan decorative repertoire and its ties with the production of Imperial times; to understand the artisans working methodology and to distinguish the workshops; to find areas of diffusion of the decorative repertoire
NW Europe in Transition – The Early Neolithic in Britain and South Sweden edited by Mats Larsson and Jolene Debert. 88 pages; illustrated throughout. BAR S2475 2013. ISBN 9781407310879. £23.00 (No VAT). Book contents pageBuy Now

This book is concerned with the developments that followed on from the introduction of farming into Britain and Southern Scandinavia (Denmark and Southern Sweden), and the idiosyncratic social and cultural patterns that emerged as the revolutionary potential of the Neolithic was gradually realised. Fundamental to the contributors approach is a concern with the ways in which communities inhabit their landscapes. If the Neolithic involved the introduction of new species of plants and animals and new forms of material culture into indigenous contexts, the longer-term consequences of this development should be gauged through changing practices of dwelling: patterns of occupation and mobility, the organisation of space, the location of ritual activities, the dead, and the sacred; and degrees of impact in ecological conditions. The authors examine the implicit knowledge, habitual practice and material culture as forms of cultural inheritance which are passed between generations, and modified by innovation. Click on the blue button above for a contents PDF.
From Funeral Monuments to Household Pottery Current advances in Funnel Beaker Culture (TRB/TBK) research: Proceedings of the Borger Meetings 2009, The Netherlands edited by J. A. Bakker, S. B. C. Bloo and M. K. Dütting. 193 pages; illustrated throughout. BAR S2474 2013. ISBN 9781407310855. £35.00 (No VAT). Book contents pageBuy Now

In November 2009 an international conference on the Trichterbecher Kultur (Funnel Beaker culture; TRB) was held in Borger, the Netherlands. The conference was titled: From funeral monuments to household pottery – current advances in TRB research. The aim of this conference was to bring together TRB specialists from all over the world. In principle the entire TRB culture and all of its aspects were covered in the conference: from megalithic tombs, burials, ritual deposits and pottery, to settlements and recent megalithic excavations. Click on the blue button above for a contents PDF.
Ethnoarchaeology: Current Research and Field Methods Conference Proceedings, Rome, Italy, 13th-14th May 2010 edited by Francesca Lugli, Assunta Alessandra and Stoppiello Stefano Biagetti. 316 pages; illustrated throughout. BAR S2472 2013. ISBN 9781407310831. £47.00 (No VAT). Book contents pageBuy Now

This volume is a collection of the contributions to the Ethnoarchaeology Conference ‘Ethnoarchaeology: Current Research and Field Methods’ organized by the AIE-Onlus (Italian Society for Ethnoarchaeology) which was held in Rome in May 2010. Five different sessions were arranged: Ethnoarchaeology and Material Culture: Use, Function and Environmental Interaction; Ethnoarchaeology and Material Culture: Social Implications and Mental Patterns; Landscape Ethnoarchaeology: Interaction between Environment and Mechanisms of Choice; Ethnoarchaelogy and Pastoralism; Remote Sensing and Automatic Identification Techniques of the Archaeological Record; Ethnoarchaeology of Urban Environments. Different theoretical and methodological approaches were presented in the course of the Conference, testifying to the plurality of dimensions that traditionally characterize ethnoarchaeology. Click on the blue button above for a contents PDF.
Archaeological Heritage: Methods of Education and Popularization edited by Roksana Chowaniec and Wiesław Więckowski. iv+179 pages; illustrated throughout. BAR S2443 2012. ISBN 9781407310473. £32.00 (No VAT). Buy Now

This volume stems from an International Conference titled ‘Methods of Education and Popularization in Archaeological Heritage’, held in December 1-3, 2011, at the University of Warsaw, Institute of Archaeology, Poland, organized by Foundation of Friends of the Institute of Archaeology. Contents: 1) Painted tombs from Viminacium and their presentation to the public (Jelena Andelkovic); 2) Amateurs and archaeology. Experimental method or madness? How do we share it all? (Spyridon Bakas); 3) Goths’ Village in Maslomecz(Bartlomiej Bartecki); 4) Using virtual museums in education: tools for spreading Calabrian cultural heritage among today’s youth (Francesca Bertacchini, Assunta Tavernise); 5) Communicating archaeology outside of museum walls. Špica and Congress square – case study from Slovenia (Dijana Cerovski, Irena Sinkovec); 6) Archaeology on the Web. Educating children and youth though internet portals (Roksana Chowaniec); 7) Fostering education through virtual worlds: the learning and dissemination of ancient Biskupin (Roksana Chowaniec, Assunta Tavernise); 8) Discovering archaeology by residents of a small town, or on the promotion of archaeology in Mosina near Poznań (Anna Cicha, Joanna Struwe); 9) Using social media and new technologies in the popularization and promotion of archaeology (Karolina Ciejka); 10) The ‘SiciliAntica’ Association and its activities in archaeology education and popularization (Marta Fitula); 11) The Viminacium Archaeological Park and Scientific and Research Centre (Snezana Golubovic, Milica Tapavicki-Ilic); 12) Museum education. Exhibitions and outdoor events as forms of integrated presentation and popularisation of archaeological heritage in Biskupin (Anna Grossman, Pawel Hildebrandt); 13) Multifarious transmission of museum lessons in Biskupin in education and popularizing of archaeological heritage (Anna Grossman, Malgorzata Starak-Juchniewicz, Pawel Hildebrant); 14) Educational activities, workshops, events or how an archaeological museum can present the past (Sabina Hryniewiecka, Marta Kalisz); 15) Who’s to blame for the tabloidization of archaeology or how to sell science cheap in the Polish press (Katarzyna Jarosz); 16) Educational activities of the ‘Blue Lion’ archaeological education center, present and future (Monika Jodczyk); 17) Reflections on popularising Egyptology (Agnieszka Kowalska, Kamil Kuraszkiewicz); 18) Servizio Soprintendenza ai beni culturali ed ambientali – Siracusa. Education and activities in the promotion of archaeological heritage: selected examples (Rosa Lanteri); 19) Archery Tournament in Biskupin as an example of polygenic forms of implementing the promotion of archaeological heritage (Marek Lewandowski, Piotr Dmochowski); 20) Roman cultural heritage as a tourist and educational resource (Nemanja Mrdic); 21) Educational activities at the Archaeological Museum of the Middle Oder Region (Julia Orlicka-Jasnoch); 22) The archaeological fête in ludic space (Michal Pawleta); 23) Archaeological workshops to celebrate Children’s Day (Joanna Popielska-Grzybowska); 24) Per aspera ad astra... Children at the University (Monika Rekowska); 25) Virtual reconstruction as an archaeological didactic tool (Karolina Rosinska-Balik); 26) Archaeology as a tool for rehabilitation of people with special needs (and vice versa) (Dario Scarpati); 27) Education, not only archaeological, in the Museum of Archaeology and History in Elblag: should we be ashamed? (Grzegorz Stasielowicz); 28) Industriae Theatrum Ex Silesia: Showing the functioning of a medieval industry in a contemporary industrial conurbation (Joanna Tokaj, Dariusz Rozmus, Magdalena Cyankiewicz); 29) Heritage for the People. Archaeology at the City Museum of Ljubljana and Visitors to the Museum (Bernarda Zupanek, Tamara Bregar).
Navigated Spaces, Connected Places Proceedings of Red Sea Project V held at the University of Exeter September 2010 edited by Dionisius A. Agius, John P. Cooper, Athena Trakadas and Chiara Zazzaro. xviii+249 pages; illustrated throughout in colour and black and white. BAR S2346 2012 British Foundation for the Study of Arabia Monographs (formerly Society for Arabian Studies Monographs) 12. ISBN 9781407309293. £42.00 (No VAT). Buy Now

Proceedings of Red Sea Project V held at the University of Exeter September 2010. Contents: 1) Travels with Machell in the Red Sea and Indian Ocean: the voyages of Thomas Machell and Jenny Balfour Paul, 1848 and 2010 (Jenny Balfour Paul); 2) The last of the Aden dhows (Antonin Besse); 3) Sailing the Red Sea: Pharaonic voyages to Punt and Min of the Desert (Cheryl Ward); 4) A new Pharaonic Harbour in Ayn Sokhna (Gulf of Suez) (Pierre Tallet); 5) The southern Red Sea in the 3rd and 2nd millennia BC: an archaeological overview (Rodolfo Fattovich); 6) Nubians and the others on the Red Sea. An update on the exotic ceramic materials from the Middle Kingdom harbour of Mersa/Wadi Gawasis, Red Sea, Egypt (Andrea Manzo); 7) Ancient Egyptian and allied African navigators’ use of space on the Red Sea (K.A. Kitchen); 8) The semiticisation of the Arabian peninsula and the problem of its reflection in the archaeological record (Roger Blench); 9) Sacred places and beings of the Red Sea littoral societies (Oscar Nalesini); 10) Crossing the Red Sea: the Nabataeans in the Egyptian eastern desert (Caroline Durand); 11) New light on the nature of Indo-Roman trade: Roman period shipwrecks in the northern Red Sea (Lucy Blue, J.D. Hill & Ross Thomas); 12) The port of Bablyon in Egypt (Peter Sheehan); 13) The Liber Pontificalis and Red Sea trade of the early to mid 4th century AD (Eivind Heldaas Seland); 14) The Fatimids and the Red Sea (969-1171) (David Bramoullé); 15) Trade cycles and settlement paterns in the Red Sea region (ca. AD 1050-1250) (Timothy Power); 16) Sailing with the Mu’allim: the technical practice of Red Sea sailing during the medieval period (Julian Whitewright); 17) Suakin: paradigm of a port (Michael Mallinson); 18) Archaeology and the archaeological and historical evidence for the trade of Suakin, Sudan (L.M.V. Smith et al.) 19) Beit Khorshid Effendi: a ‘trader’s’ house at Suakin (Jacke Phillips); 20) (Dis)located spaces and mediated oppositions: monks and Bedouin in the deserts around the Red Sea (Janet C.M. Starkey); 21) The integration of the eastern desert into the Islamic world: Beja groups in medieval Islamic geography and archaeological records (Petra Weschenfelder); 22) The awareness level among students of King Abdulaziz University (Jeddah) of the institutions and issues related to the vitality, geography, and history of the Red Sea (Sadig A. Malki); 23) Arabic plant names and botany in Arabic civilisation. The contribution of Peter Forsskal (1732-1763) and others (Philippe Provençal).
Myos Hormos – Quseir al-Qadim Roman and Islamic Ports on the Red Sea Volume 2: Finds from the excavations 1999-2003 edited by David Peacock and Lucy Blue Assisted by Julian Whitewright. iv+379 pages; illustrated throughout in colour and black and white. BAR S2286 2011 University of Southampton Series in Archaeology 6. ISBN 9781407308630. £45.00 (No VAT). Buy Now

Between 1999 and 2003 the University of Southampton conducted excavations on the site of Quseir al-Qadim (western shores of the Red Sea), a place that had not been examined since the excavations by the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago ended in 1982. The new work was prompted by the discovery that the site of Quseir al-Qadim was, in all probability, not that of the minor port of Leucos Limen, as had been previously thought, but none other than Myos Hormos. This port, together with its sister harbour Berenike, articulated Rome’s trade with India and the East. This second volume concentrates on the finds made during the excavation period and the volume concludes with an overview of what we now know of the nature and function of the ports of Myos Hormos and Quseir al-Qadim and a discussion of outstanding problems which can only be resolved by further work.
A Multidisciplinary Approach to Alexandria’s Economic Past: The Lake Mareotis Research Project by Lucy Blue and Emad Khalil assisted by Athena Trakadas. xviii+313 pages; illustrated throughout. BAR S2285 2011 University of Southampton Series in Archaeology 5. ISBN 9781407308623. £40.00 (No VAT). Buy Now

Between 2004 and 2008 the Centre for Maritime Archaeology (CMA), University of Southampton and the Department of Underwater Antiquities of the Egyptian Supreme Council for Antiquities (SCA), in conjunction with the Centre for Maritime Archaeology and Underwater Cultural Heritage (CMAUCH), University of Alexandria, conducted five seasons of survey along the shores of the western arm of Lake Mareotis, Alexandria, Egypt. This was to be the first systematic, comprehensive survey of the region, the aim being to more fully appreciate the nature of Lake Mareotis and the role it played in the economy of ancient Alexandria. An initial visit to the region in 2002 alerted the co-directors of the subsequent project, Lucy Blue (CMA) and Sameh Ramses (SCA), to the huge potential of the area, as well as the immediate threats that the archaeology of the region faced. In collaboration with Emad Khalil (CMAUCH), it was decided that funding to support a project should be sought. During a pilot season in 2004 over 60 sites were identified along the shores of the western arm of the lake, the majority of which were new discoveries. This volume is divided into seven chapters. The first three chapters outline the context of the research and the methodology adopted by the LMRP. Chapter 4 comments on the results of the ceramic survey and presents an appendix to this chapter. The ceramic assemblage is critical for understanding both the chronological scope of the material recovered that broadly equates to the mid 4th century BC to the 7th century AD, and the nature of activities at the sites. Chapter 5 sets the physical context and is the partial product of doctoral research undertaken. The geomorphological survey has provided invaluable new insight into the environmental context in which the archaeological sites should be viewed. Chapter 6 is essentially the ‘meat’ of the volume. Extending to 177 pages in length, it outlines a catalogue of all the 73 sites recorded as part of the LMRP. Chapter 7 presents some concluding remarks and an attempt is made to reflect on and make sense of the mass of information collated.
St. Saviour's Church and Parsonage (1855-6), Mortimer West End, Hampshire-Berkshire Border Building on the Englefield Estate during the Victorian boom by J. R. L. Allen. vi+55 pages; illustrated throughout in colour and b/w. BAR 537 2011. ISBN 978 1 4073 0814 2. £30.00 (No VAT). Buy Now

The Anglican church of St. Saviour’s and its former parsonage, in the historic Hampshire parish of Mortimer West End, lie on the northern shoulder of the valley of the eastward-draining West End Brook that dissects an extensive plateau underlain by the Pleistocene Silchester Gravel and the Bagshot and London Clay Formations (early Tertiary). The sponsor (and effectively the builder) was Richard Fellowes Benyon of Englefield House, Englefield in Berkshire, who had in 1854 inherited the Englefield Estate on the death of his uncle. Designed by the London architect Richard Armstrong Snr, the church and parsonage were erected over a 20-month period in 1855-6, at a total cost of £3013, of which £473 represents various materials, goods and services provided directly by the Englefield Estate. There is seating for a mere 80 or so people, making it one of the most costly churches in the region. The church, lying outside its ‘geological zone’ of the Chalk Group, is a small building in the Gothic style, consisting of an aisleless nave, chancel, north porch and north vestry; another vestry was added in 1901-2 at the western end. Split flint faces the building externally and the dressings are of good quality Bathstone; internally the walls are plastered and painted, and there is wainscoting and a raftered wooden roof. The flooring is of wood and ceramic tiles (some in the chancel encaustic), with some Portland stone also in the chancel. Decoration is limited to carved heads on window hoodmould stops, the chancel arch and corbels. The window tracery, modeled on the Geometrical (early Decorated) style, but archaeologically incorrect, is very varied and represented by eight designs. The Parsonage and its offices are of red and blue-grey brick in Flemish bond with Bathstone dressings, and in the Picturesque style favoured by A.W.N. Pugin for houses and rectories.
Horus’ Eye and Osiris’ Efflux: The Egyptian Civilisation of Inundation c. 3000-2000 BCE by Terje Oestigaard. iv+232 pages; illustrated throughout. BAR S2228 2011. ISBN 9781407307909. £31.00 (No VAT). Buy Now

Death and the life-giving waters of the Nile were intimately interwoven in ancient Egyptian religion. The principal objective of this study is to develop a synthetic perspective for enhancing the understanding of the religious roles water had in the rise and constitution of the Egyptian civilisation during the Early Dynastic Period and the Old Kingdom. The author employs an archaeological, inter-disciplinary and comparative ‘water perspective’ in which water not only forms the analytical framework, but also provides empirical data that allow for new questions to be addressed. Thus, the Nile itself is used as the primary point of departure to analyse how, why and when religious changes took place, with a particular emphasis on the development of the Osiris cult. Use is made of contemporary written sources, in particular the Pyramid Texts, but also other mortuary texts as well as flood records. The evolution of the Osiris cult is then analysed in relation to the development of the mortuary monuments; the mastabas in the First and the Second Dynasties and the emergence of the pyramids from the Third Dynasty. Hence, by comparing the different funerary monuments and practices with the emergence of the Osiris cult in relation to climatic changes and fluctuations in the Nile’s yearly inundation, Ancient Egyptian religion and the rise of the civilisation is analyzed according to a water perspective. It is noted that the Blue Nile was not blue, but red-brownish during the flood. When the flood started, the White Nile was not white, but green. The author argues that these fundamental characteristics of the Nile water formed the basis for the Osiris mythology. The red floodwaters in particular represented the blood of the slain Osiris.
The Representation of Monkeys in the Art and Thought of Mediterranean Cultures A new perspective on ancient primates by Cybelle Greenlaw. v+89 pages; illustrated throughout. BAR S2192 2011. ISBN 9781407307473. £28.00 (No VAT). Buy Now

Inspired in part by the famous blue monkeys of Thera, in this original work, the author provides a survey of the diverse cultural attitudes toward monkeys through an examination of the iconographical, physical and textual evidence from several Mediterranean cultures. Contents: 1) Monkeys in Egypt: From the Old Kingdom to the Ptolemaic Period; 2) Monkeys in the Near East; 3) Monkeys in the Bronze Age Aegean; 4) Monkeys in the Greco-Roman World; 5) The Greco-Roman Legacy.
Pharmacy and Medicine in Ancient Egypt Proceedings of the conferences held in Cairo (2007) and Manchester (2008) edited by Jenefer Cockitt and Rosalie David. iv+147 pages; illustrated throughout with maps, plans, figures, drawings and photographs. BAR S2141 2010. ISBN 9781407306827. £34.00 (No VAT). Buy Now

This monograph comprises the Proceedings of The Pharmacy and Medicine in Ancient Egypt Conferences, jointly organised by The University of Manchester, Britain, and the National Research Centre, Cairo, Egypt, and held at The National Research Centre (March 19-21, 2007) and The University of Manchester (September 1-3, 2008). Contents; 1) The ‘Pharmacy in Ancient Egypt Project’ at the KNH centre for biomedical Egyptology (A.R. David); 2) Complementary medicine in ancient and modern Egypt (R. Baligh); 3) How the success of the ancient Egyptians depended on plants (J. Bellinger); 4) Do the formulations of ancient Egyptian prescriptions stand up to pharmaceutical scrutiny? (J.M. Campbell, J.R. Campbell and A.R. David); 5) The application of archaeobotany, phytogeography and pharmacognosy to confirm the pharmacopoeia of ancient Egypt 1850 -1200 BC) (J.M. Campbell and A.R. David); 6) A reassessment of Warren Dawson’s ‘Studies in Ancient Egyptian Medical Texts’ 1926-1934 in the light of archaeobotanical and pharmacological evidence (J.M. Campbell, E. El Saeed and A.R. David); 7) A grain of truth? determining the diet of the ancient Egyptians (J.A. Cockitt); 8) Supporting evidence: the potential role of stable isotope data in investigating the ancient Egyptian pharmaceutical tradition (J.A. Cockitt); 9) The x-ray plates of Tutankhamen: a reassessment of their meaning and significance (R.C. Connolly); 10) Blue lotus: ancient Egyptian narcotic and aphrodisiac? (D.J. Counsell); 11) Cocaine and nicotine in ancient Egypt? (D.J. Counsell); 12) Dead men tell tales: what we can learn from the courtier skeleton. A multidisciplinary study (B.L. Dement); 13) Histological examination of ancient pomegranate and wheat (J. Denton and S. Wassef); 14) Porotic hyperostosis in ancient Egyptians from the Bahriyah Oasis, Graeco-Roman period (M.Erfan Zaki, A. El-Sawaf, M. Al-Tohamy Soliman and A. Azab); 15) Were the dentists in ancient Egypt operative dental surgeons or were they pharmacists? (R.J. Forshaw); 16) Skull injuries discovered in the tomb of Djehutimes, Thebes (tt 32) (E. Fóthi and Z. Bernert); 17) Jdt rnpt or the ‘pestilence of the year’ (H. Győry); 18) Similarity of fracture treatment of workers and high officials of the pyramid Builders (F. Hussien, R. El Banna, W. Kandeel and A. Sarry El Din); 19) A study of punica granatum l. (pomegranates) (S.W.Y. Lee); 20) The man who knows bulls – veterinary practice in ancient Egypt (C. Lord); 21) A primacy in history: the doctors of the pharaohs (S. Malgora); 22) A cure for baldness: ancient Egyptian pharmacological remedies for the hair and scalp (N.N. McCreesh, A.P. Gize and A.R David); 23) Good for what ales you – a prospective study into the role of beer in ancient Egyptian medicine (R.J. Metcalfe); 24) Molecular methods for the study of ancient pharmacy (R.J. Metcalfe); 25) Palaeopathological - radiological evidence for cerebral palsy in an ancient Egyptian female mummy from a 13th dynasty tomb (A.G. Nerlich, S. Panzer, E. Hower-Tilmann and S. Lösch); 26) Surgery in ancient Egypt – palaeopathological evidence for successful medical treatment by surgery (A.G. Nerlich, S. Panzer and S. Lösch); 27) ‘Other than’ - Egyptology as science? A selective history (P.T. Nicholson); 28) Ancient Egyptian headaches: ichthyo - or electrotherapy? (R. Park); 29) Healing measures: dja and oipe in ancient egyptian pharmacy and medicine (T. Pommerening); 30) The historical treatment of mummies and the impact upon museums today. (G. Scott); 31) Stomatological investigation of Egyptian mummies from the Ptolemaic period in Hungary (I. Szikossy, H. Győry, B. Tolnai and I. Pap); 32) The Ebers Papyrus’ treatise on tumours 857-877 and the phyto-pharmacopoeia prescribed (P.A. Veiga).
Lake Mareotis: Reconstructing the Past Proceedings of the International Conference on the Archaeology of the Mareotic Region Held at Alexandria University, Egypt 5th-6th April 2008 edited by Lucy Blue assisted by Emad Khalil. ix+156 pages; illustrated throughout with maps, plans, and figures. BAR S2113 2010 University of Southampton Series in Archaeology 2. ISBN 9781407306544. £35.00 (No VAT). Buy Now

Papers representing the final synthesis of a conference entitled The International Conference onthe Archaeology of the Mareotic Region. Lake Mareotis: Reconstructing the Past hosted by the University of Alexandria, Egypt between 5th and 6th April 2008. Contents: 1) Fawzi el-Fakharani: Pioneer excavator at Mareotis (Mona Haggag); 2) The Mareotic region in ancient sources (Mohamed S. Abd-el-Ghani); 3) A note on Lake Mareotis in Byzantine times (Mostafa el Abbadi); 4) A study of the evolution of the Maryut Lake through maps (Ismaeel Awad); 5) Lake Mareotis Research Project (Lucy Blue); 6) The results of a preliminary survey at Mareotis Island (Dylan Hopkinson); 7) The city of Marea/Philoxenité (reflections on the Alexandria University excavations, 1977-1981 (Mona Haggag); 8) Marea Peninsula: occupation and workshop activities on the shores of Lake Mariout in the work of the Center d’études Alexandrines (cealex, cnrs usr 3134) (Valérie Pichot); 9) On interpretations of archaeological evidence concerning Marea and Philoxenite (Mieczyslaw D. Rodziewicz); 10) Marea or Philoxenite? Polish excavations in the Mareotic region 2000-2007 (Krzysztof Babraj & Hanna Szymańska); 11) The lake structures at Taposiris (Marie-Françoise Boussac & Mourad el Amouri); 12) Schedia, Alexandria’s harbour on the Canopic Nile. Interim report on the German Mission at Kom el Giza/Beheira (2003-2008) (Marianne Bergmann, Michael Heinzelmann & Archer Martin); 13) Recent survey work in the southern Mareotis area (Penelope Wilson); 14) Wineries of the Mareotic region (Dorota dzierzbicka); 15) Waterfront installations and maritime activities in the Mareotic region (Emad Khalil); 16) Lake Mareotis Research Project. Phases of outrage and destruction (Sameh Ramses & Ahmed Omar).
Connected Hinterlands: Proceedings of Red Sea Project IV held at the University of Southampton September 2008 edited by Lucy Blue, John Cooper, Ross Thomas and Julian Whitewright. x+232 pages; illustrated throughout with maps, plans, figures, tables, photographs. BAR S2052 2009 British Foundation for the Study of Arabia Monographs (formerly Society for Arabian Studies Monographs) 8. ISBN 9781407306315. £43.00 (No VAT). Buy Now

Papers from the conference Connected Hinterlands (Proceedings of Red Sea Project IV) held at the University of Southampton in September 2008. Contents: 1) Ancient polities and interrelations along the red sea and its western and eastern hinterlands (Kenneth Kitchen); 2) History and use of an ethnonym: ichthyophágoi (Oscar Nalesini); 3) The identification of the ancient pastoral nomads on the north-western Red Sea littoral (Hans Barnard); 4) Patterns of trade in the red sea during the age of the Periplus Maris Erythrae (Federico de Romanis); 5) Glass, glassworking and glass transportation in Aksum (Jacke Phillips); 6) Adulis and the Eritrean coast in museum collections and Italian and other European travelers’ accounts (Chiara Zazzaro); 7) The linguistic situation on the Dahlak Islands in Eritrea (Marie-Claude Simeone-Senelle); 8) Roman policy in the red sea between Anastasius and Justinian (Dario Nappo); 9) The roman port of Alia: economic connections with the Red Sea litoral (S. Thomas Parker); 10) A Palestinian Red Sea port on the Egyptian road to Arabia: Early Islamic Aqaba and its many hinterlands (Kristoffer Damgaard); 11) ‘Amr B. Al-‘ās’s refurbishment of Trajan’s canal: Red Sea contacts in the Aphrodito and Apollōnonas Anō papyri (Frank Trombley); 12) The expansion of Muslim commerce in the Red Sea basin, c. AD 833-969 (Tim Power); 13) Transcontinental trade and economic growth in the early Islamic Empire: the Red Sea corridor in the 8th-10th centuries (Maya Shatzmiller); 14) From the Tihamah plain to Thailand and beyond: preliminary analysis of selected ceramics from Quseir al-Qadim (Rebecca Bridgman); 15) Textiles with writing from Quseir al-Qadim – finds from the Southampton excavations 1999-2003 (Fiona Handley and Anne Regourd); 16) Thieves or sultans? Dahlak and the rulers and merchants of Indian Ocean port cities, 11th to 13th centuries AD (Roxani Margariti); 17) Jiddah: Port of Makkah, gateway of the India trade (William Facey); 18) Shipwreck, maroons and monsters: the hazards of ancient Red Sea navigation (Eivind Seland); 19. Early Christian pilgrimages, the Sinai Peninsula and the Red Sea (Walter Ward); 20) Egypt’s Nile/Red Sea canals: chronology, location, seasonality and function (John Cooper); 21) João de Castro’s Roteiro Do Mar Roxo (1541) (Paul Lunde); 22) Trans-national practices and sanitary risks in the red sea region: the case of the pilgrimage to Mecca (Sofiane Bouhdiba).
Megalithic Quarrying: Sourcing, extracting and manipulating the stones Proceedings of the XV UISPP World Congress (Lisbon, 4-9 September 2006), Vol 31, Session WS02 edited by Chris Scarre. iv+92 pages; illustrated throughout with figures, maps, plans, drawings and photographs. BAR S1923 2009 Proceedings of the XV World Congress UISPP (Lisbon, 4-9 September 2006) 31. ISBN 9781407304052. £28.00 (No VAT). Buy Now

Papers from the session entitled ‘Megalithic Quarrying’ presented at the XV UISPP World Congress (Lisbon, 4-9 September 2006). Contents: Preface (Chris Scarre); 1) Stony Ground: outcrops, rocks and quarries in the creation of megalithic monuments (Chris Scarre); 3) The Megalithic Building Site (Torben Dehn); 4) Hunebedden and Hünengräber: the construction of megalithic tombs west of the River Elbe (Jan Albert Bakker); 5) The Gallery Graves of Hesse and Westphalia, Germany: extracting and working the stones ( Kerstin Schierhold); 6) Beyond Stonehenge: seeking the start of the bluestone trail (Timothy Darvill); 7) Architectonique et esthétique des alignements de menhirs du sud de la Vendée (France) (Gérard Benéteau-Douillard); 8) Technologie des mégalithes dans l’Ouest de la France: la carrière du Rocher Mouton à Besné (Loire-Atlantique, France) (Emmanuel Mens); 9) Exploitation de la pierre et mise en œuvre des matériaux sur le site néolithique du Souc’h en Plouhinec (Finistère, France) (Michel Le Goffic); 10) Transforming Stone: ethnoarchaeological perspectives on megalith form in Eastern Indonesia (Ron L. Adams).
Okinawa; the Rise of an Island Kingdom Archaeological and Cultural Perspectives. Proceedings of a Symposium, Kingdom of the Coral Seas, November 17, 2007, at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London edited by Richard Pearson. vii+106 pages; illustrated throughout with maps, plans, figures, drawings and photographs, including 8 colour plates. BAR S1898 2009. ISBN 9781407303802. £29.00 (No VAT). Buy Now

Papers from the Symposium, Kingdom of the Coral Seas, November 17, 2007, at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. The symposium and lectures brought Okinawan archaeology to a wide audience, including many students, professionals and those with an interest in this fascinating part of the Japanese archipelago from across Europe and elsewhere. The current volume represents a full record of the proceedings of the symposium, hopefully bringing the Ryukyus to an even broader readership. Contents: Preface (Richard Pearson); 1) Archaeology of the Ryukyu Islands: Major Themes (Shijun Asato); 2) Okinawa’s Earliest Inhabitants and Life on the Coral Islands (Hiroto Takamiya); 3) Shell Exchange in the Ryukyu Islands and in East Asia (Naoko Kinoshita); 4) Kamuiyaki and Early Trade in the Ryukyu Islands (Akito Shinzato); 5) The Emergence of Ryukyu Royal Authority and Urasoe (Susumu Asato); 6) The Significance of Chinese Trade Ceramics from Ryukyu: Focusing on Yuan Dynasty Blue and White Porcelain (Meitoku Kamei); 7) The Architectural Landscape of the Kingdom of Ko Ryukyu (Takashi Uezato); 8) The Kingdom of Ryukyu: Culture, Politics, Mentality (Arne Rokkum); Appendix 1. Recent Discoveries on Kikai Island (Richard Pearson); Appendix 2. Archaeology of Sakishima (Richard Pearson); Appendix 3. Useful Reference Materials for Ryukyu Archaeology (Richard Pearson) Appendix 4. The Successive Rulers of Chuzan (Ryukyu) (Richard Pearson).
Conceptualization of ‘Xihuitl’: History, Environment and Cultural Dynamics in Postclassic Mexica Cognition by Mutsumi Izeki. viii+191 pages; 60 figures, maps, plans, drawings and photographs; 5 data Appendices and catalogues. BAR S1863 2008. ISBN 9781407303468. £35.00 (No VAT). Buy Now

This study is concerned with how the Postclassic Mexica people developed their unique perspective of history and environment in a dynamic cultural context. By focusing on the process of conceptualization of the Nahuatl word ‘xihuitl’, the author analyzes the way the Mexica expressed their cognition. Xihuitl covers a range of meanings: ‘turquoise’, ‘grass’, ‘solar year’, ‘comet’, ‘preciousness’, ‘blue-green’ and ‘fire’. The correlations of the meanings of xihuitl can be explained from a structural point of view. However, structural analysis does not reveal the dynamic experiential processes that produced such correlations in the minds of the Mexica. In order to account for this dynamic aspect of the concept, the author employs a theory drawn from cognitive science. This theory argues that the meanings and representations of a concept are metaphoric extensions that derive from the central sense of the concept. Applying this theory, the author examines the metaphoric extension of each xihuitl representation from the central sense. The author also analyzes the four media of expression—linguistic, iconographic, material and ritual—in which representations of xihuitl occur. The representations of xihuitl in each medium embody a particular aspect of the concept. At the same time, the concept as a whole was affected by the Mexica conceptual system—the way the Mexica saw their world—rooted in the connections they believed existed between themselves and those who established earlier Central Mexican civilizations.
Section 17: Préhistoire de l’Amérique / American Prehistory. C 17.1: Change in the Andes: Origins of Social Complexity, Pastoralism and Agriculture Acts of the XIVth UISPP Congress, University of Liège, Belgium, 2-8 September 2001 edited by Le Secrétariat du Congrès. iii+252 pages; illustrated throughout with maps, plans, figures, drawings and photographs. BAR S1524 2006 Acts of the XIVth UISPP Congress, University of Liège, Belgium, 2-8 September 2001 0. ISBN 1841719617. £37.00 (No VAT). Buy Now

28 papers from Sections 17 (American Prehistory) and 17.1 (Change in the Andes: Origins of Social Complexity, Pastoralism and Agriculture), Acts of the XIVth UISPP Congress, University of Liège, Belgium, 2-8 September 2001. Contents: 1) Social Complexity in South Andean Hunter-Gatherer Society (H.D. Yacobaccio); 2) Cultural and Environmental Evolution in the Meridional Sector of the Puna of Atacama during the Holocene (D. Olivera, P. Tchilinguirian, M.J. de Aguírre); 3) Towards Food Production at Inca Cueva (L.C. García); 4) Contributions to the Understanding of Early Prehistory in Santa María Valley, North-Western Argentina (A. Muñoz, N. Fasth); 5) The Changes and Continuities that the New Century Brought (West of La Rioka, Argentine Republic) (A.B. Callegari); 6) Political Power and Social Stratification in the Calchaqui Valley (Northwest Argentina) (V.I. Williams); 7) Representations and Metals in the Development of Complex Societies from North-Western Argentina (L.R. González); 8) Pre-Clovis Sites and their Implications for Human Occupation of the New World before the Last Glacial Maximum (J.M. Adovasio, D.R. Pedler); 9) Paleoindian Social Strategies and the Socio-Techno-Ideology of Fluting (M. Kornfeld); 10) Étude technologique des outils lithiques polis dorsétiens et thuléens au Nunavik (Arctique québécois) (P. Desrosiers, D. Gendron); 11) Prehistoric Economic Patterns on the Northeast Coast of the United States (D.J. Bernstein); 12) Documentary, Archaeological and Radiocarbon Evidence of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Petroleum Production in Pennsyslvania (J.E. Thomas, D.L. Kirner, R. Burky, K. Selsor, R.E. Taylor, J.R. Southon); 13) Cueva de los Portales: un site archaïque du Mexique (B. Faugère); 14) Pre-Hispanic Cultural History of the Río La Venta Region, Chiapas (Mexico) (D. Domenici); 15) Dos tradiciones técnicas líticas del norte de México (F. Berrojalbiz); 16) Découvertes de sites rupestres dans la Sierra del Nayar (Mission archéologique belge au Mexique) (F. Fauconnier); 17) Évolution et adaptation humaine autour de la région des plaines et lacs du fleuve Quequen Salado. Pcia. de Buenos Aires (Argentine): premiers pas d'une archéologie régionale programmé : la prospection (R.J. March, C. Rodriguez Loredo, P. Madrid, G. Politis, M. Bonomo, D. Joly, L. Laporte, S. Hinguant, D. Marguerie & C. Karlin); 18) Ancient Environment and Agriculture in Tropical Lowlands:Analysis of Two Archeological Sites in Central Veracruz, Mexico (A. Daneels, F. Flores, E. Ibarra, M. Zolá); 19) The Dresden Code. A Book of Mayan Astronomy (B. Böhm, V. Böhm); 20) Recent Research on the Precolumbian Archaeology of Jamaica (P. Allsworth-Jones); 21) Les premières occupations agricoles de la Martinique (B. Bérard, J.-P. Giraud); 22) Le gisement précéramique de la Baie orientale à Saint-Martin (Petites Antilles) (D. Bonnissent, P. Bertran, A. Chancerel, T. Romon, N. Serrand); El intermedio temprano en el valle de Chincha (Peru) : el sitio de Pampa del Gentil (L. Velarde); 23) Semillas sagradas: El Ishpingo (Nectandra sp.) en Pachacamac, Costa central del Peru (P. Eeckhout); 24) Identité culturelle et technologie lithique: les comportements techno-économiques des chasseurs maritimes et des chasseurs terrestres de Patagonie australe (V. Schidlowsky); 25) Linguistics as a Source to History: On the Use of Linguistic Data as a Tool to Prehistoric Research. A Brazilian Example (B. Correa da Silva); 26) Premières résultats du programme Ecos-Sud “Évolution et adaptation humaine autour de la région des plaines et lacs du fleuve Quequen Salado (Province de Buenos Aires)” (R.J. March, G. Politis, P. Madrid, L. Laporte, M. Bonomo, D. Joly, D. Marguerie, S. Hinguant, C. Karlin); 27) Prehistoric settlement of the Atlantic coast of Nicaragua. Absolute chronology of Pearl Lagoon & Bluefields shellmiddens (E. Gassiot Ballbè & B. Palomar Puebla); 28) Man in South America (M.C. Beltrão, A.R. Perez).
Australia’s Eastern Regional Sequence Revisited: Technology and change at Capertee 3 by Peter Hiscock and Val Attenbrow. xiv+151 pages; 98 figures, maps, plans, drawings and photographs; 94 tables. BAR S1397 2005. ISBN 184171836X. £30.00 (No VAT). Buy Now

This monograph represents a new step in Australian archaeology. It presents a detailed quantitative, technological analysis of flaked stone artefacts, of a kind not published previously in Australia. The detailed nature of the analysis reflects the measurement of a large number of variables on each specimen, as well as the use of those measurements in an extended study of the archaeological patterns. The detail of these analyses can be judged by the fact that the monograph deals with only one archaeological assemblage: the stone artefacts from Capertee 3, a site excavated in the Blue Mountains immediately west of Sydney. This volume develops and tests models of artefact variation and production to an extent not seen before in Australia. More importantly, the analysis of data involves the statistical interrogation of quantitative measurements and is designed to reveal the magnitude and direction of morphological variation within the assemblage. The technological approach adopted allows for the first time in Australian archaeology an evaluation of the nature of changes in the manufacture of retouched flakes in a sequence spanning the entire Holocene. This evaluation enhances current understanding of cultural change in Holocene eastern Australia by allowing the testing of a number of propositions about the rate and uniformity of change in archaeological assemblages. In particular these analyses initiate a review of models of the Eastern Regional Sequence by creating a record of the stoneworking processes in one of the key archaeological sites that define the purported Eastern Regional Sequence.
The Amber Lands in the Time of the Roman Empire by Vladimir I. Kulakov. 168 pages; 92 figures, maps, plans, drawings, tables. 3 Appendices of sites and finds. BAR S1356 2005. ISBN 1841718017. £29.00 (No VAT). Buy Now

This work is primarily devoted to the history of the Amber Lands in Roman times. It is based on archaeological data dating back to the beginning of the 1st millennium AD, and studies the local material and culture of this region. Geographically, the Amber Lands include the western outlying district of the southeast sector of the Baltic Sea littoral, or “Southeast Baltic”. This part of Central Europe, limited by the lower reaches of the River Vistula in the west, and the Neman in the east, has a complex landscape formed in the Late Glacial. Dating to this historical period are the amber-bearing layers of glauconit (“blue ground”), covered by a mass of sandy soils carried by the glacier sweeping in from east Europe approximately 2 million years ago.
Current Research in Egyptology III edited by Rachel Ives, Daniel Lines, Christopher Naunton and Nina Wahlberg. iv+75 pages; illustrated throughout with maps, plans, drawings, tables, and illustrations. BAR S1192 2003. ISBN 1841715581. £26.00 (No VAT). Buy Now

Following a successful inaugural event at the University of Oxford and an expanded second at the University of Liverpool, the Third Symposium for Current Research in Egyptology was held in December 2001, at the University of Birmingham. The symposium was again successful in bringing together UK-based graduate students of Egyptology to provide an opportunity to disseminate the results of their research. It also served to encourage communication between an otherwise disparate group of students spread across the various Egyptological institutions throughout the country. Indeed, speakers came from nine different institutions and the papers presented illustrated well the broad range of topics currently being studied throughout the United Kingdom. The topics of the 9 featured papers include: The Lotus Reborn: the creation and distribution of the Description de L’Égypte; The arrival of the horse in Egypt: new approaches and a hypothesis; Aspects of the Hyksos’ role in Egyptian society from the artistic evidence; Some thoughts on the social organisation of dockyards during the new kingdom; Egyptian blue: where, when, how?; The specialness of science: it’s all in the mind; Crossing the night: the depiction of mythological landscapes in the Am Duat of the New Kingdom Royal Necropolis; Trends in burial evidence: evaluating expectations for the regional and temporal distribution of mortuary behaviour in Predynastic Egypt; Representations of Hathor and Mut in the Hibis temple.
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