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Dynamics of Settlement Patterns in the Shekhawati Region of Rajasthan Prehistoric to early historic periods with special reference to ancient mining and metal processing activities by Kishore Raghubans. x+194 pages; illustrated throughout in black and white with one colour plate. BAR S2671 2014. ISBN 9781407313139. £35.00. Book contents pageBuy Now

This study enunciates the position of prehistoric to early historic settlement-patterns in the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan. It brings forth structure-inference concerning settlement location, function, distribution and trend in settlement density at a regional scale with a view to understanding ecological adaptation and cultural changes through prehistoric to early historic periods. The method of regional analysis has developed models for explaining economic and functional relations between settlements. Economic development is understood through analysing variations in style and technologies used for certain artefacts like ceramics, lithics and metals. Functional differences in terms of raw material resources, smelting sites, processing sites and possible interactions between these are adequately looked into.
Archaeomalacology: Shells in the Archaeological Record edited by Katherine Szabó, Catherine Dupont, Vesna Dimitrijević, Luis Gómez Gastélum and Nathalie Serrand. 256 pages; illustrated throughout in black & white. BAR S2666 2014. ISBN 9781407313085. £39.00. Book contents pageBuy Now

This publication is the volume is the proceedings of the ICAZ Archaeomalacology Working Group which took place at the 11th International Conference of the International Council for Archaeozoology (ICAZ), held in Paris, France 23rd-28th August 2010. Twenty-three papers are published with evidences of human collection and modification of shells from all over the world and over a large scale of chronology (from Prehistory to Antiquity). The papers are organized in three sub-sessions. The section “Acquisition and use of shell raw materials in prehistory” focuses on patterns of acquisition and use of shell raw materials as well as on the production sequences of shell items in time and space. Specific themes of interest include the exploitation of shells as raw materials in relation to their dietary functions, or choices made to use particular shells along with or as opposed to other raw materials.

The section “Shell middens and shells as a food resource” provides a venue to explore the relationships between human groups and molluscan resources and especially encourages the combination of information derived from multiple disciplines, as well as studies that seek to contextualise shell-gathering in a wider socio-economic context. The section “Shells as indicators of palaeoenvironment, site formation and transformation” aims to investigate the potential of the archaeological shell to answer questions not directly related to subsistence or material culture and especially welcomes contributions which mobilise the study of the archaeological shell in relation to modern resource management and environmental change.
Guam’s Hidden Gem Archaeological and Historical Studies at Ritidian edited by Mike T. Carson. 112 pages; illustrated throughout in black and white. BAR S2663 2014. ISBN 9781407313054. £26.00. Book contents pageBuy Now

The Ritidian Site is located in the United States island territory of Guam, the largest and southernmost of the Mariana Islands in the western Pacific Ocean. The site holds a data-rich 3500-year record of natural and cultural history of the islands, now uniquely preserved and open for public access in the Ritidian Unit of Guam National Wildlife Refuge. The place means many things for people in different perspectives, together speaking volumes of Ritidan’s powerful effects as a heritage landscape. Today, Ritidian is known as an archaeological site, as a place where important historical events occurred, as a home of preserved forest habitat, as a spiritual retreat, as an example of land-ownership struggles in Guam, and as much more. While research is ongoing, this book offers a summary update of findings by scholars who have studied different aspects of the profundity and complexity of Ritidian's integrated natural-cultural landscape history.
The Prehistoric Burial Sites of Northern Ireland by Harry and June Welsh. xi+478 pages; illustrated throughout in black and white. 106 2014. Available both in printed and e-versions. Printed ISBN 9781784910068. £63.00. Epublication ISBN 9781784910075. £53.00. Book contents pageBuy Now

Much has been written about the history of Northern Ireland, but less well-known is its wealth of prehistoric sites, particularly burial sites, from which most of our knowledge of the early inhabitants of this country has been obtained. This work brings together information on all the known sites in Northern Ireland that are in some way associated with burial. It has been compiled from a number of sources and includes many sites that have only recently been discovered. A total of 3332 monuments are recorded in the inventory, ranging from megalithic tombs to simple pit burials. In addition to providing an inventory of all known sites, along with a selection of photographs and plans, the work also includes an introduction to the prehistory of Northern Ireland, an explanation of terms and a full bibliography. The aim is to provide a foundation for more specific research projects, based on a standardised information format of this largely untapped resource. For example, the work highlights several large and previously unrecognised clusters of prehistoric burial monuments, some located at unusual landscape features. Hopefully, further analysis will lead to a greater understanding of why this should be and stimulate a renewed interest in the prehistory of Northern Ireland. Enhanced awareness of this should complement knowledge of the historical period to provide a more balanced picture of human activity here.
Mobility and Transitions in the Holocene edited by Luiz Oosterbeek and Cláudia Fidalgo. viii+184 pages; illustrated throughout in black and white.. BAR S2658 2014 Proceedings of the XVI World Congress of the International Union of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences (Florianopolis, Brazil, 4-10 September 2011) 9. ISBN 9781407313009. £23.00. Book contents pageBuy Now

The organization of the UISPP XVI world congress in Florianópolis was the occasion to focus a certain number of themes that are preferably dealt with at a transcontinental scale. Several sessions discussed the issue of transition mechanism (technological, social, economic, and their climatic and environmental contexts).

Marcel Otte opens the volume, focusing on the specific role of straits, a topic that is also at the foundation of Judith Carlin’s et al. paper.

Contributions by Fabio Parenti et al., Gustavo Wagner and Mercedes Okumura et al., discuss the human adaptations in different contexts in Brazil, during the early and middle Holocene.

First farming societies in Southern America and in Europe are approached in the papers by Marcel Otte and Jorge Oliveira et al., while the transition into more complex societies, bearing metallurgical knowledge, is the focus of papers by Leonor Rocha et al., Cătălin Lazăr.

Finally, classic contexts on both sides of the Atlantic are revisited by Erika Gómez and by Carolina Dias.
Technology and Experimentation in Archaeology edited by Sara Cura, Jedson Cerezer, Maria Gurova, Boris Santander, Luiz Oosterbeek and Jorge Cristóvão. viii+96 pages; illustrated throughout in black and white. Papers in English, one paper in French.. BAR S2657 2014 Proceedings of the XVI World Congress of the International Union of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences (Florianopolis, Brazil, 4-10 September 2011) 10. ISBN 9781407312996. £24.00. Book contents pageBuy Now

Experimental Archaeology as an hypothesis contrast method, focusing on technological studies, is not new in archaeological research procedures. Since the early 1970s, as a consequence of the application of châine-operatoire/reduction sequence concepts within the framework of Palaeoethnological investigation, or within the actualistics studies highly developed in the framework of Processual Archaeology, the experimentation and utilization of artefact replicas have been used in the search for answers regarding technological procedures and their functional aspects.

However, since the 1990s the research interface between technology and experimentation, worldwide, has increased, resulting in a renewal of procedures and interest in the incorporation of such studies particularly in the field of techno-functional analysis of prehistoric artefacts.

Nevertheless the criticisms on experimental procedures are abundant, questioning its theoretical fundamentals and explanation validity. These remarks result both from the morphotypological approaches to artefact assemblages, but also from a lack of understanding on the range and goals of such studies.

Stefano Grimaldi discusses the epistemological implications of experimental approaches. Experimentation on lithics are discussed in the papers of S. Cura, P. Cura, S. Grimaldi and E. Cristiani; G. N. de Souza and Â. P. Lima; B. de S. Barreto and M. P. Cabral; M. J. Rodet, A. Prous, J. Machado and L. F. Bass; G. N. Poplevko). Other papers discuss experimentation in the production of beads (M. Gurova, C. Bonsall, B. Bradley, E. Anastassova and P. Cura), new protocols on ceramics experimentation (J. F. Cerezer), ethnographic ceramic technology (R. T. Bortolin and V. Fróis), bone industry (B. Santander; C. Costa, N. Almeida, H. Gomes, S. Cura and P. Cura) and rock art engravings (N. S. da Rosa, S. Cura, S. Garcês and P. Cura).
Lithic Raw Material Resources and Procurement in Pre- and Protohistoric Times Proceedings of the 5th International Conference of the UISPP Commission on Flint Mining in Pre- and Protohistoric Times (Paris, 10-11 September 2012) edited by Françoise Bostyn and François Giligny. 131 pages; illustrated throughout in black and white. Papers in English, one paper in French.. BAR S2656 2014. ISBN 9781407312989. £28.00. Book contents pageBuy Now

The Union Internationale des Sciences Pré- et Protohistoriques (UISPP) commission on “Flint Mining in Pre- and Protohistoric Times” was created at the 12th meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists (Cracow, Poland, 19th-24th September 2006). The aim was to perpetuate the tradition of organizing international symposia on flint, established by the Limburg Branch of the Dutch Geological Society in 1969 at Maastricht. The commission intends to maintain cooperation in archaeological research on siliceous rock mining (flint, chert, hornstone, radiolarite, jasper and obsidian), by presenting and discussing methods and results. Major fields of interest include the different stages of chaînes opératoires of manufacture, specialisation of labour and circulation of raw materials, as well as the study of flint mining sites in relation to pre- and protohistoric settlement patterns. The objective of the commission is to promote these lines of research into flint mining and its methods, thus enabling a better understanding of the various phenomena and processes taking place in pre- and protohistoric times.

This volume contains the papers of the Paris conference held on 10th-11th September 2012, together with some additional papers presented at Vienna 2010 and Florianópolis 2011.

A first set of contributions concerns the main topic of the conference, which was lithothèques and reference collections. A further group of papers concerns the second conference theme: workshops, from excavation to chaînes opératoires reconstruction.
Archaeology, Societies and Environments in Africa edited by Luis Oosterbeek, Abdoulaye Camara and Cristina Martins. iv+65 pages; illustrated throughout in black and white. Papers in English and French. BAR S2655 2014 Proceedings of the XVI World Congress of the International Union of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences (Florianopolis, Brazil, 4-10 September 2011) 7. ISBN 9781407312972. £21.00. Book contents pageBuy Now

African Prehistory is at the core of UISPP concerns, namely due to its crucial role to understand the origins and evolution of humans, but also for the complexity of its cultural diversity, in all major issues that are focused by the Union: cultures, economy and environments; specific environmental contexts like deserts or coastal areas, artistic expressions, prehistoric technologies, related methods and theories, history of research or the interaction between archaeology and current society.

This volume presents eight papers that cover some of the major debates in African contexts: the lower Palaeolithic of Western Africa (A. Camara), the interaction between human cultures and environment in the late Holocene (S. Ozainne), the rock art in western central and austral Africa (C. Martins, L. Oosterbeek and G. Heimlich), metallurgy (H. Kienon Kaboret and K.S. Kouassi), pottery (M. Sall) and archaeological knowledge socialization (S. Fonseca and E. Gil).
An Integration of the Use-Wear and Residue Analysis for the Identification of the Function of Archaeological Stone Tools Proceedings of the International Workshop, Rome, March 5th-7th, 2012 edited by Cristina Lemorini and Stella Nunziante Cesaro. 123 pages; illustrated throughout in black and white. BAR S2649 2014. ISBN 9781407312880. £25.00. Book contents pageBuy Now

The book publishes the proceedings of the workshop held in Rome in March 2012 that was intended to bring together archaeologists, scientists and students involved in the study of use-wear traces on prehistoric stone tools and/or in the identification of micro residues that might be present in them in order to hypothesize their function. Use-wear analysis carried out with microscopic analysis at low or high magnification is, at present, a settled procedure. The individuation and identification of residues is attempted using morphological and chemical techniques, these latter divided between invasive and non-invasive. Each employed technique has its own advantages and limitations. Both traces and residues analysis require a comparison to useful replicas. Even with regard to the making of replicas, no shared protocol exists. The workshop underlined the necessity to outline the basis for developing a common protocol concerning both analysis procedures and replicas realization. The adoption of consistent methods will make it possible for data obtained by multiple researchers to become interchangeable.
Copper Shaft-Hole Axes and Early Metallurgy in South-Eastern Europe: An Integrated Approach by Julia Heeb. viii+167 pages; illustrated throughout in black and white with some colour. With CD. 97 2014. Available both in printed and e-versions. Printed ISBN 9781905739837. £32.00. Epublication ISBN 9781905739905. £27.20. Book contents pageBuy Now

Although the copper axes with central shaft-hole from south-eastern Europe have a long history of research, they have not been studied on a transnational basis since the 1960s. What has also been missing, is trying to use as many methods as possible to better understand their production, use and context. A database was compiled to find answers to questions regarding patterns of distribution, context, fragmentation and deformation. Aspects of production were considered through experimental archaeology, metallographic analysis and a re-discovered axe blank with missing shaft-hole. The typology was re-evaluated and modified to ensure comparability across modern national boundaries. The integration of these approaches yielded some interesting results. The great variability in shape clearly shows that a variety of production techniques were used, but it is difficult to relate these to specific geographic areas. In fact the typology as well as the practice of marking the axes indicate that traditional archaeological ‘cultures’ rarely correspond to axe types and marking practices. Instead there were different spheres of influence, some more localised and others much larger than specific ceramic traditions. These different levels of belonging show that it was a period of complex cultural patterns and interactions. The axes were part of these networks of daily life on many different levels from the utilitarian to the ritualised placement in burial contexts.
A Cretan Landscape through Time: Priniatikos Pyrgos and Environs edited by Barry P. C. Molloy and Chloë N. Duckworth. vi + 164 pages; illustrated throughout in colour & black and white. BAR S2634 2014. ISBN 9781407312712. £34.00. Book contents pageBuy Now

This book presents aspects of research on the archaeological investigations at the multi-period site of Priniatikos Pyrgos and surrounding area. Incorporating the Vrokastro Survey Project, the Istron Geoarchaeological Project, the Priniatikos Pyrgos Excavation Project and other researches, this volume presents interdisciplinary case-studies that deal with domestic, technological and mortuary practices at the site and how these relate to settlement and resource exploitation in the surrounding landscape. This is set within its environmental context at the local and regional levels, assessing both long term processes and shorter term events. The visual representation of materials and settlement complexity are approached using a combination of established and novel digital methods.
Underwater Archaeology, Coastal and Lakeside Proceedings of the XVI IUPPS World Congress (Florianopolis, 4–10 September 2011) / Actes du XVI Congrès Mondial UISPP (Florianópolis, 4–10 Septembre 2011), Volume 5 edited by Alexandra Figueiredo, Flavio Calippo and Gilson Rambelli. v + 60 pages. Illustrated throughout in black and white. BAR S2631 2014 Proceedings of the XVI World Congress of the International Union of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences (Florianopolis, Brazil, 4-10 September 2011) 5. ISBN 9781407312682 . £20.00. Book contents pageBuy Now

This book presents a collection of peer-reviewed papers from the sixteenth UISPP / SAB, session VII, titled Underwater Archaeology, Coastal and Lakeside, held in the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), Campus Trindade, Florianópolis / SC – Brazil, in September 2011. Papers are brought under two main headings: Archaeology Pre and Proto-Historic and Legislation, Methodologies and Applied Sciences.
Artefactos Líticos, Movilidad y Funcionalidad de Sitios: Problemas y Perspectivas Lithic Artefacts, Mobility and Site Functionality: Problems and Perspectives edited by Patricia Susana Escola and Salomón Hocsman. vi + 127 pages; illustrated throughout in black and white. Spanish text with one paper in English. BAR S2628 2014 South American Archaeology Series 20. ISBN 9781407312651. £26.00. Book contents pageBuy Now

This book discusses the relationship between mobility and / or archaeological sites functionality and lithic artifacts. The problems encountered when dealing with such issues are presented from different theoretical and / or methodological perspectives and from different spatial and temporal scales. There is a consensus that, from techno-typological analysis, it is possible to infer differential mobility strategies and site functionality. In this regard, the various case studies that are included in the book allow a tour of different ways to approach these issues from lithic artifacts in Argentina, so this book is a reference contribution for both specialists and general public.
Methodological Issues for Characterisation and Provenance Studies of Obsidian in Northeast Asia edited by Akira Ono, Michael D. Glascock, Yaroslav V. Kuzmin and Yoshimitsu Suda with a foreword by Colin Renfrew. xvii + 183 pages. Illustrated throughout in black and white. BAR S2620 2014. ISBN 9781407312552. £34.00. Book contents pageBuy Now

This volume is a collection of papers related to different aspects of obsidian studies (mainly geology, geochemistry, and archaeology) in Northeast Asia. Special focus is on methodological aspects of acquisition and comparison of geochemical data for obsidian sources generated by different analytical methods (NAA, XRF, ICP–MS, and EPMA) and laboratories, conducted in this region for the first time. The updated situation with obsidian source studies in Japan, Russian Far East, and Korean Peninsula is presented. Particular attention is given to the Paektusan Volcano where one of the most important (and still under-studied) sources of obsidian is known.
Understanding Landscapes, from Land Discovery to their Spatial Organization / Le franchissement des détroits et des bras de mer aux périodes pré- et protohistoriques edited by François Djindjian and Sandrine Robert. ix+136 pages; illustrated throughout. BAR S2541 2013 Proceedings of the XVI World Congress of the International Union of Prehistoric and Protohistoric Sciences (Florianopolis, Brazil, 4-10 September 2011) 4. ISBN 9781407311616. £28.00. Book contents pageBuy Now

Papers from the session ‘Understanding Landscapes, from Land Discovery to their Spatial Organization’ from the 16th IUPPS Congress in Florianopolis, September 2011.
Making Pots: el modelado de la cerámica a mano y su potencial interpretativo by Jaume Garcia Rosselló and Manuel Calvo Trias. 477 pages; illustrated throughout. In Spanish with English abstract. BAR S2540 2013. ISBN 9781407311609. £63.00. Book contents pageBuy Now

This book analyses the technological process of ceramic moulding. To this end, the work is organised into four sections: The first section discusses the concepts on which the analyses are based. The second section analyses the theoretical-methodological background. This section is based on a social view of the operational chain and on a specific design adapted to the technological interpretation of the macro-traces created by the ceramic moulding process. The third section discusses the entire protocol for the technological identification of macro-traces created by the ceramic moulding process. The final section deepens the interpretative strategies offered by the ceramic moulding analysis and the volume concludes with a reflection on the limits and possibilities of the proposed methodology.
Mobility, Transition and Change in Prehistory and Classical Antiquity Proceedings of the Graduate Archaeology Organisation Conference on the Fourth and Fifth of April 2008 at Hertford College, Oxford, UK edited by Paul R Preston, assistant editor Katia Schörle. ix+165 pages; illustrated throughout. BAR S2534 2013. ISBN 9781407311524. £31.00. Book contents pageBuy Now

This volume stems from the proceedings of the third conference of the Graduate Archaeology Organisation at Oxford (GAO) held 4-5 April, 2008 at Hertford College, Oxford. The conference title was Challenging Frontiers: Mobility, Transition and Change, and aimed to address the question of mobility in the archaeological record from an inter-disciplinary perspective, and hence to encourage dialogue between the more artistic and scientific subdisciplines of archaeology.
Counterpoint: Essays in Archaeology and Heritage Studies in Honour of Professor Kristian Kristiansen edited by Sophie Bergerbrant and Serena Sabatini. xxvi+769 pages, illustrated in colour throughout. BAR S2508 2013. ISBN 9781407311265. £90.00. Book contents pageBuy Now

The book celebrates Professor Kristiansens's life and achievements with 88 papers by colleagues and friends from all over the world; they are divided into following sections: Beyond Academia; Landscape, Demography and Subsistence Economy; Rituals, Hoards and Wetlands; Rock Art; Graves and Burial Monuments; Materiality and Social Concerns; Technology and Craftsmanship; Travel and Transmission; Problemizing the Past; Practices of Archaeology and Heritage Studies.
Prehistory in Practice: A Multi-Stranded Analysis of British Archaeology, 1975-2010 by Anwen Cooper. vi+166 pages; illustrated throughout. BAR 577 2013. ISBN 9781407310862. £31.00. Book contents pageBuy Now

This study examines developments in British archaeology over the last 30 years or so (between 1975-2010), focusing in particular on transformations in prehistoric research. Ultimately it seeks to foreground the extent to which recent historical developments (at all levels of the discipline and in various working contexts) are implicated in contemporary research practices. Advocating the need for taking a multi-stranded and interdisciplinary approach, the author consulted a range of sources – digital archives, documentary and oral material – and draws on ideas from archaeology, sociology, anthropology and oral history. Through a detailed analysis of a leading disciplinary newsletter, key concerns are highlighted which have shaped archaeological practice over this period, and how particular roles and relationships have been defined and developed. By examining records and primary research outcomes of British prehistoric fieldwork, the writer develops a thorough understanding of how both data production and accounts of British prehistory have transformed. Based on evidence from ‘life-history’ interviews undertaken with prehistorians across the discipline, themes are explored that connect the diverse experiences of these practitioners: the notions that archaeology has undergone a process of ‘professionalisation’ over this period, and that it is chronically (and indeed increasingly) ‘fragmented’ socially. The author considers not only the varied ways in which British prehistorians have understood these issues, but also how such beliefs actually operate to shape research practices.
South Asian Archaeology 2007: Volume I – Prehistoric Periods Proceedings of the 19th International Conference of the European Association of South Asian Archaeology Ravenna, Italy, 2-6 July 2007 edited by Dennys Frenez and Maurizio Tosi. 321 pages; illustrated throughout. BAR S2454 2013. ISBN 9781407310626. £46.00. Book contents pageBuy Now

Contents: 1) Let not the 19th Century Paradigms Continue to haunt us! (B.B. Lal); 2) Reflections on “Dots on a Map” (C. Lamberg-Karlovsky); 3) T-Shaped Pillars and Mesolithic “Chiefdoms” in the Prehistory of Southern Eurasia: A Preliminary Note (M. VidaleI); 4) Protohistoric Terracotta Figurines: Continuity and Change in Form and Style (circa 2000-3000 BC) (A. Banerji); 5) Assessing Anthropogenic Soil Erosion with Multi-Spectral Satellite Imagery: an Archaeological Case Study of Long-Term Land Use (A.M. Bauer and K.D. Morrison); 6) Rejecting the State: Reflections on Ancient Indian Thought and the Organization of Harappan Society (P. A. Eltsov); 7) Nomadic Settlement and Economy of Western Himalaya (Upper Indus) (R. S. Fonia); 8) Exploring Inner Asia’s High Alpine Frontier: High Alpine Transhumant Pastoralism, Vertical Cultivation and Environmental Archaeology in the Lower Vakhsh-Panj Confluence and Gorno-Badakhshan Regions, Southern Tajikistan (I. Good); 9) A view to the North: Biological Interactions across the Inter-Montane Borderlands during the Last Two Millennia BC (B.E. Hemphill); 10) Are the kho an Indigenous Population of the Hindu Kush? A Dental Morphometric Approach (B.E. Hemphill et al); 11) The UNESCO International Safeguarding Campaigns for Mohenjo-Daro, Pakistan. A Retrospective (M. Jansen); 12) A New Late Bronze Age Site in Southern Uzbekistan (K. Kaniuth); 13) Excavation at Kammer, a Harappan Site in Gujarat: Some Observations (J. S. Kharakwal et al); 14) Transport at Altyn-Depe in the 3rd Millennium BC (the Evidence of Vehicle Models) (L.B. Kircho); 15) INAA of Agate Sources and Artifacts from the Indus, Helmand, and Thailand Regions (R. Law et al); 16) Is it possible to speak about Middle Bronze Age in Southern Tajikistan ? (G. Lombardo); 17) The Lithic Industry from Hazar Sum (Samangan, Afghanistan): New Perspectives and Old Data (R. Micheli); 18) Harappan Archaeology in the Ghaggar Basin with Special Reference to the Sites of Girawad and Farmana (V. Shinde et al); 19) Autochthonous Late Bronze Aged cultures in Central Asia: Where are they ? (T. S. Shirinov and S.R. Baratov); 20) Exploring Ceramic Variability in Iron Age South India: Social and Political Implications (C.M. Sinopoli); 21) Ilgynly-Depe: New Discoveries (N.F. Solovyova); 22) Early Farming Cultures at Lahuradewa: Recent Evidence in the Middle Ganga Plain (R. Tewari); 23) Three seasons at Kasr al-Khafaji (Tower 1146) at Bat, Oman (C. P. Thornton et al); 24) The So-Called Stupa at Mohenjo Daro and its Relationship with the Ancient Citadel (G. Verardi and F. Barba); 25) Will the Monuments of the Middle Bronze Age be Discovered on the Territory of Southern Tadjikistan ? (N. M. Vinogradova); 26) Integration by price in the Bronze Age (D. A. Warburton); 27) Defining the Indus Sign List (B. Wells); 28) Satellite Remote Sensing Imagery: New Evidence for Site Distributions and Ecologies in the Upper Indus (R. Wright and C. Hritz).
A Distant Prospect of Wessex: Archaeology and the Past in the Life and Works of Thomas Hardy. by Martin J. P. Davies. Viii+218 pages; illustrated throughout, paperback. 62 2011. ISBN 9781905739417. £15.99. Book contents pageBuy Now

'If the real Wessex, with its counties, towns, villages and topography, was no mere readily available template upon which Hardy could carve a fictional pattern, Dorchester provided a very different model, though at the level of local colour and detail, Casterbridge really is Dorchester 'by any other name.'' In this study, Martin Davies examines the role which Thomas Hardy’s involvement with the past plays in his life and literary work. Hardy’s life encompasses the transformation of archaeology out of mere antiquarianism into a fully scientific discipline. Hardy – once described as ‘a born archaeologist’ – observed this process at first hand, and its impact on his aesthetic and philosophical scheme was profound. Dr Davies’ study offers a different route to a fuller understanding of Hardy’s novels, poems, and short stories. How much was Hardy concerned with archaeology per se amongst his plethora of interests? How much did he actually know about it? Did his Classical education, architectural training, and visit to Italy impinge on his perception of the mysterious traces of British prehistory and the Roman occupation with which he had grown up? How does reference to archaeology fit in with his overall narrative, aesthetic, and philosophical scheme? These are the questions posed by Martin Davies in his study of the role played by archaeology and the past in the life and works of Thomas Hardy. The answers are far reaching and profound.
Miscellania: Proceedings of the XV UISPP World Congress (Lisbon, 4-9 September 2006) / Actes du XV Congrès Mondial (Lisbonne, 4-9 Septembre 2006), Vol 47 edited by Luiz Oosterbeek and Cláudia Fidalgo. 239 pages; illustrated throughout. Papers in English, French, Italian and Spanish. BAR S2224 2011 Proceedings of the XV World Congress UISPP (Lisbon, 4-9 September 2006) 47. ISBN 978 1 4073 0782 4. £55.00. Buy Now

Additional papers representing miscellaneous papers from the XV UISPP World Congress (Lisbon, 4-9 September 2006). Contents: Foreword (L. Oosterbeek); 1) Symbolism in Rock Art: from comparative studies on designs & forms (Nobuhiro Yoshida); 2) Las representaciones iconográficas del Bronce Final sobre soportes rupestres en Campanario (Badajoz, España). Un nuevo concepto de Estela de Guerrero y Estela-guijarro diademada (A. Domínguez García & Mª A. Aldecoa Quintana); 3) Nuovi monoliti istoriati dello stile III A in Valtellina (Stefania Casini, Angelo Fossati & Mario G. Simonelli); 4) Análise intra e inter-locais: Os sistemas de informação geográfica na análise de sítios arqueológicos – o caso do Complexo Megalítico de Rego da Murta (Alvaiázere) (Alexandra Figueiredo); 5) Iron Age Statue-Stelae at Gazzo, Colombara (Verona), Italy (Angelo Fossati); 6) Rite et Rituel Du Néolithique Précéramique dans le Cadre de la Necropole de Dridu (Roumanie) (Viorica Enăchiuc); 7) The Graphics of Bilzingsleben: Sophistication and Subtlety in the Mind of Homo erectus (John Feliks); 8) Proyecto la Puntilla: investigaciones sobre sociología de la centralización comunitaria en el valle de Nasca (1er milenio antes de nuestra era) (Giannina Bardales et al); 9) Complexo de Sítios de Pinturas Rupestres da Pedra Grande na Região dos Inselbergues de Itatim, Bahia, Brasil: Estado Atual e Perspectivas de Preservação de uma Área Arqueológica em Alto Risco de Degradação (Claudia Cunha et al); 10) Neanderthal and carnivore occupations in Pinilla del Valle sites (community of Madrid, Spain) (J.L. Arsuaga, E. Baquedano & A. Pérez-González); 11) Animal exploitation in the ancient Gravettian of Grotta Paglicci (Foggia – Italy). Taphonomy, experimentation and use-wear analysis (Valentina Borgia & Jacopo Crezzini); 12) As aves do plistocénio de Portugal (Silvério Figueiredo); 13) Quality in Cultural Heritage Management of Prehistoric sites (Maurizio Quagliuolo & Luiz Oosterbeek); 14) A virtual visit to the ancient Sabine princes (Paola Moscati); 15) Vegetation Management in Archaeological Areas and Properties of Cultural Interest (Jesús F. Jordá Pardo); 16) Education as part of cultural preservation (Inguelore Scheunemann); 17) University and professional training (John Collis); 18) Problemes de L’etude Scientifique de L’ “Hominisation” (Roberto Flores Guevara); 19) The Middle – Upper Pleistocene Open-air Site of Ribeira da Ponte da Pedra (Middle Tagus Basin, Central Portugal) (Pierluigi Rosina et al); 20) Tools and the classification of housekeeping of earliest settlements in Azerbaijan (D. Roza Arazova); 21) The arqueologia do Cabo Espichel (Silvério Figueiredo); 22) The pleistocene site of Cova del Rinoceront (Barcelona, Spain) (Joan Daura Luján & Montserrat Sanz Borràs); 23) The Quinson point: new approach following the recent excavations in the eponymous site, La Baume Bonne Cave (Quinson, South-eastern France) (J. Gagnepain †, C. Gaillard & O. Notter); 24) Analysis of lithic microdebris from a mousterian level (20c) at Cueva de El Castillo (Puente Viesgo, Cantabria) (Jesús Barba Rey & Alberto Mingo Álvarez); 25) The mesolithic of Trou Al’Wesse cave (Belgium) in regional context (Rebecca Miller et al) 26) An insight into the integral analysis of Formative pottery in Southern Argentine Puna (Aixa S. Vidal).
Papers from the European Association of Archaeologists Third Annual Meeting at Ravenna 1997 Volume I: Pre- and Protohistory edited by Mark Pearce and Maurizio Tosi. inc. VAT. 308 pages, numerous illustrations and photographs. BAR S717 1998. Only available as e-version. £18.00. Buy Now

Papers in this volume are grouped under following headings: Oases and other forms of agricultural intensification; The visibility of nomads and herders across the archaeological record; The rise and decline of complex societies in Mediterranean Europe during the Middle and Late Bronze Age; Political and cultural frontiers; Archaeology and ethnicity. Sixty-nine authors come from all over Europe and the USA.
Conceptualising Space and Place On the role of agency, memory and identity in the construction of space from the Upper Palaeolithic to the Iron Age in Europe edited by Ana M. S. Bettencourt, M. Jesus Sanches, Lara B. Alves and Ramon Fábregas Valcarce. vii+167 pages; illustrated throughout with figures, maps, plans, drawings and photographs. BAR S2058 2010 Proceedings of the XV World Congress UISPP (Lisbon, 4-9 September 2006) 41. ISBN 9781407305479. £36.00. Buy Now

Papers from Sessions C41: ‘The creation of “significant places” and “landscapes” in the Northwestern half of the Iberia, during Pre and Proto-historic times and C72: ‘Space, Memory and Identity in the European Bronze Age’ from the XV UISPP World Congress (Lisbon, 4-9 September 2006). Contents: INTRODUCTION: Conceptualizing space and place. On the role of agency, memory and identity in the construction of space from the Upper Palaeolithic to the Iron Age in Europe: an introduction (Ana M. S. Bettencourt et al) PART 1 (Sceneries for death and the social role of the dead): 1) The inner scenography of the decorated Neolithic dolmens of North-western Iberia: an interplay between broader communitarian genealogies and more localized histories (Maria de Jesus Sanches); 2) Engendering burial place and the formation of individual identity - an aspect on social change from the Late Neolithic to the Early Bronze Age in South Germany (Jong-Il Kim); 3) Burials, corpses and offerings in the Bronze Age of NW Iberia as agents of social identity and memory (Ana M. S. Bettencourt); 4) The princely grave and cultic monument from Hüsby (Northern Germany): a place of memory and identity (Mechtild Freudenberg); 5) Inventory of oblong and keyhole-shaped burial ditches of Bronze Age between the rivers Aller (Northern Germany) and Dordogne (Southern France): preliminary report of the state of the project (Otto Mathias Wilbertz) PART 2 (The creations of places through the depositions of signs and metalwork) 6) Confronting two sceneries on the same stage: from Gravettian-Solutrean to Magdalenian in Penascosa/Quinta da Barca (Vila Nova de Foz Côa, Portugal) (António Martinho Baptista & André Tomás Santos); 7) Metal and the symbols of ancestors in Northern Iberia (Primitiva Bueno Ramirez et al.); 8) Space of memory and representation: Bouça da Cova da Moura (Ardegães, Maia, NW of Portugal): a case study (André Tomé Ribeiro et al.); 9) Space and memory at the mouth of Ulla River (Galicia, Spain) (Beatriz Comendador Rey); 10) “Melting the Power”. The foundry area of Fraga dos Corvos- Hut 4 (Macedo de Cavaleiros, NE Portugal) (João C. Senna-Martinez et al.); 11) Bronze Age spaces and symbols. The Paramuna settlement and rock engravings (Penalva do Castelo): a case study from Central Portugal (João M. Perpétuo & Filipe J. C. Santos); 12) Between the engraving and the sculpture: a phenomenological approach to the prehistoric rock place of Lampaça (Valpaços - NW Iberian Peninsula) (Joana C. Teixeira); 13) New approaches to the configuration and the spatial distribution of prehistoric rock art in the North of the Barbanza Peninsula (Galicia, NW of Spain) (Ramón Fábregas Valcarce et al.) PART 3 (Architectures for the living) 14) Unlike communities: domestic architectural duality in Late Prehistory of the western Mediterranean (Pedro V. Castro Martínez et al.); 15) The place of Cividade. An approach to Late Bronze Age/IronAge Transition in the Arouca valley (NW Portugal) (António Silva & Joana Leite); 16) Ceremonial spaces from Late Bronze Age to Roman Period in Western Cantabrian hillforts (Angel Villa Valdez).
Archaeologists without Boundaries: Towards a History of International Archaeological Congresses (1866-2006) / Archéologues sans frontières : Pour une histoire des Congrès archéologiques internationaux (1866-2006) edited by Mircea Babes and Marc-Antoine Kaeser. iii+51 pages; illustrated throughout with maps, plans, figures, tables, photographs and colour plates. Papers in English and French. BAR S2046 2009 Proceedings of the XV World Congress UISPP (Lisbon, 4-9 September 2006) 46. ISBN 9781407306223. £24.00. Buy Now

Papers from session C75, Archaeologists without Boundaries: Towards a History of International Archaeological Congresses (1866-2006) presented at the XV UISPP World Congress (Lisbon, 4-9 September 2006) / Actes du XV Congrès Mondial (Lisbonne, 4-9 Septembre 2006). Contents : 1) Establishing Prehistory. The Foundation of the International Congress (1865/1866) (Marc-Antoine Kaeser); 2) The 15th Congrès international d'Anthropologie et d'Archéologie préhistorique (Portugal, 1930) (Ana Cristina Martins); 3) A Portrait of Flóris Rómer in the frame of Budapest-Lisbon CIAAPs 1876 – 1880 Congresses (Erzsébet Marton); 4) The International Congress of Prehistoric Anthropology and Archaeology and German Archaeology (Ulrike Sommer); 5) Les congrès internationaux d’anthropologie et d’archéologie préhistoriques (1866-1912) et la question de l’éveil d’une conscience patrimoniale collective (fouilles, gisements, collections) (Arnaud Hurel, Amélie Vialet); 6) A Scandinavian view of the beginning of congress times (Jarl Nordbladh); Le début de la culture de cucuteni dans l’archéologie européenne (Nicolae Ursulescu, Mădălin-Cornel Văleanu).
Defining a Methodological Approach to Interpret Structural Evidence edited by Fabio Cavulli. Archaeometry edited by Maria Isabel Prudêncio and Maria Isabel Dias Proceedings of the XV UISPP World Congress (Lisbon, 4-9 September 2006) / Actes du XV Congrès Mondial (Lisbonne, 4-9 Septembre 2006, Vol 32, Sessions WS28, C69, C70 and C71. vii+148 pages; 131 pages; illustrated throughout with maps, plans, figures, tables, photographs. BAR S2045 2009 Proceedings of the XV World Congress UISPP (Lisbon, 4-9 September 2006) 32. ISBN 9781407306216. £34.00. Buy Now

Papers from Session WS28 'Defining a Methodological Approach to Interpret Structural Evidence', AND papers from Sessions C69, C70 and C71 'Archaeometry', presented at the XV UISPP World Congress (Lisbon, 4-9 September 2006). Contents: 1) Defining a methodological approach to interpret structural evidence: an introduction (Fabio Cavulli); 2) Scant Structural Evidences of Mesolithic Sites in High Alpine Regions (Walter Leitner); 3) U-Shaped Scatters: Struggling between Theoretical Models and Archaeological Facts (Matteo Pilati); 4) Unearthing the hearths. Preliminary results on the Takarkori rockshelter fireplaces (Acacus Mts, Libya) (S. Biagetti, G. Poggi, S. di Lernia); 5) Structures d’habitat nord-africaines : la fouille de la rammadiya côtière holocène de SHM-1 (Hergla, Tunisie) (S. Mulazzani et al.); 6) Infilling processes of large pit features at Catignano – Neolithic (Italy) (Giovanni Boschian, Marta Colombo); 7) Experimental Archaeology as a Methodology to Understand the Formative Processes of ‘Pits’ (Fabio Cavulli); 8) Invisible Features and the Uses of Indirect Evidence (Dragos Gheorghiu); 9) Sleeping, eating, meeting, working: problems and methods in the study of structures in southern Italy settlements during the Bronze Age (A. Cazzella, G. Recchia); 10) Luminescence dating applied to stratigraphic definition of pre-historic occupations in urban contexts (Lisbon, Portugal) (M. I. Dias et al); 11) Luminescence dating of a fluvial deposit sequence: Ribeira da Ponte da Pedra – Middle Tagus Valley, Portugal (M. I. Dias et al.); 12) Luminescence date and archaeological ages: An epistemology of the luminescence dating (Antoine Zink); 13) Funerary Pottery in the Late Neolithic: Los Churuletes, Purchena Almería (Aixa Vidal and Ruth Maicas); 14) Phase and Chemical Composition Analysis on Cucuteni Neolithic Painted Ceramics Sherds Using SR-XRD – A Promising Tool in Ancient Pottery Research (R. Bugoi et al); 15) Pottery production during the Late Iberian Chalcolithic period: insights from the mineralogical and chemical analyses of Spanish Middle Guadiana River Basin (Badajoz, Spain) Bell Beaker pottery (Carlos Odriozola).
A Connecting Sea: Maritime Interaction in Adriatic Prehistory edited by Staso Forenbaher. v+155 pages; illustrated throughout with maps, plans, figures, tables, drawings and photographs. BAR S2037 2009. ISBN 9781407306148. £35.00. Buy Now

Papers stemming from a session at the EAA conference held in Zadar in September 2007. Contents: 1) The Relationship Between the Middle Palaeolithic Sites in the Zadar Hinterland and the Zadar Islands 1 (Dario Vujević); 2) The Beginnings of Trans-Adriatic Navigation: A View from Vela Spila Cave (Korcula Island) 13 (Dinko Radić); 3) Sources of Chert in Middle Dalmatia: Supplying Raw Material to Prehistoric Lithic Industries (Zlatko Perhoc); 4) Prehistoric Cultural Connections in Northeastern Adriatic Regions Identified by Archaeometric Analyses of Stone Axes (Federico Bernardini, Emanuela Montagnari Kokelj and Anton Veluscek); 5) The First Specialised Potters of the Adriatic Region: The Makers of Neolithic Figulina Ware (Michela Spataro); 6) Adriatic Offshore Islands and Long-Distance Interaction in Prehistory (Stašo Forenbaher); 7) Seafarers and Land-Travellers in the Bronze Age of the Northern Adriatic (Elisabetta Borgna and Paola Càssola Guida); 8) Albanian Coastal Settlement from Prehistory to the Iron Age (Ols Lafe and Michael L. Galaty); 9) An Overview of Prehistoric and Early Historic Settlement, Topography, and Maritime Connections on Lastovo Island, Croatia (Philippe Della Casa, Bryon Bass, Tea Katunarić, Branko Kirigin and Dinko Radić); 10) Palagruza - The Island of Diomedes - and Notes on Ancient Greek Navigation in the Adriatic (Branko Kirigin, Alan Johnston, Marko Vucetić and Zvonimir Lusić).
Prehistoric Art: Signs, Symbols, Myth, Ideology Proceedings of the XV UISPP World Congress (Lisbon, 4-9 September 2006) / Actes du XV Congrès Mondial (Lisbonne, 4-9 Septembre 2006), Vol. 27, Session C26 edited by Dario Seglie, Marcel Otte, Luiz Oosterbeek and Laurence Remacle. viii+156 pages; illustrated throughout with maps, plans, figures, tables, drawings and photographs. Papers in English, French and Spanish. BAR S2028 2009 Proceedings of the XV World Congress UISPP (Lisbon, 4-9 September 2006) 27. ISBN 9781407306056. £35.00. Buy Now

Papers from Session C26, ‘Prehistoric Art: Signs, Symbols, Myth, Ideology’, from the XV UISPP World Congress (Lisbon, 4-9 September 2006). Contents: 1) Un nuevo conjunto de arte rupestre esquemático en el tramo final del río Ibor (Cáceres, España) (Mª A. Aldecoa Quintana, A. Domínguez García); 2) Towards a Pastoral Neolithic Society: Khanguet- El-Hadjar, Constantinois, Algeria (Idir Amara, Colette Roubet) ; 3) Les figures humaines sexuées segmentées et isolées : pérennité et ruptures (Raphaëlle Bourrillon) ; 3) Les Manifestations Esthétiques du Mésolithique (Florence Bouvry); 4) Death and Transfiguration of a sign. The cruciform on the Neolithic steles of western France (Serge Cassen) ; 5) Una aproximación interpretativa: Variabilidad y funcionalidad en los abrigos con arte rupestre. Su reflejo en el Parque Natural de Monfragüe (Cáceres) (Hipólito Collado Giraldo); 6) Complexo de Sítios de Pinturas Rupestres da Pedra Grande na Região dos Inselbergues de Itatim, Bahia, Brasil – Estado Atual e Perspectivas de Preservação de uma Área Arqueológica em Alto Risco de Degradação (Claudia Cunha, Flávio França, Efigênia de Melo, Jacqueline Miranda Gonçalves); 7) Sonajeros hechos con pupas de insectos entre cazadores recolectores andinos y sudafricanos. Su representación en Arte Rupestre (Alicia Ana Fernández Distel); 8) Palaeoart and Selection (Arsen Faradzhev); 9) Interpreting Visual Narrative – from North European Rock Art to Shamanic Drums of Northern Peoples (Liliana Janik); 10) Iconography and optical 3D measurements techniques: a modern view on the megalithic art of the gallery-grave at Züschen/Lohne (Germany) (Dieter Dirksen, Albrecht Jockenhövel, Lena Loerper); 11) Carved Rocks, Functional and Symbolic (Lemnos island, Greece) (Christina Marangou); 12) Schematic panel with palaeolithic punctuation and other questions of Paleoastronomy and Philosophy of Antiquity (José Fernández Quintano); 13) Rock-art from Houmian Valley, Lorestan Province, Iran (Laurence Remacle, Jalal Adeli, Marylise Lejeune, Sirvan Mohammadi, Marcel Otte); 14) Rock Art: From Prehistoric Time to Contemporary Man : Hypostasis, Metaphor, Meta-language ; From Reality to Virtual Museum (Dario Seglie); 15) Prehistoric Scandinavian rock art: iconography and interactions (Marie Vourc’h) ; 16) Remarques sur le symbolisme des stèles préhistoriques alpines (Adolfo Zavaroni); 17) Girls’ initiation rock art in south-central Africa : women’s voices (Leslie Zubieta).
Symbolic Spaces in Prehistoric Art Territories, travels and site locations edited by François Djindjian and Luiz Oosterbeek. vi+118 pages; illustrated throughout with figures, maps, plans, drawings and photographs; papers in French and English. BAR S1999 2009 Proceedings of the XV World Congress UISPP (Lisbon, 4-9 September 2006) 40. ISBN 9781407305332. £31.00. Buy Now

Papers from the session (Vol. 40, Session C28) ‘Symbolic Spaces in Prehistoric Art’, presented at the XV UISPP World Congress (Lisbon, 4-9 September 2006). Contents : Introduction (François Djindjian, Luiz Oosterbeek) ; 1) L’art pariétal et l’art mobilier pour l’identification des territoires de peuplement dans le Paléolithique supérieur européen: l’approche par les bestiaires (François Djindjian) ; 2) De l’art mobilier au système socio-symbolique dans le Paléolithique supérieur ancien et moyen d’Europe Orientale (Lioudmila Iakovleva) ; 3) Les grottes à mammouths et tectiformes de la vallée de la Vézère : vers la perception d'une province préhistorique (Frédéric Plassard) ; 4) Les Magdaléniens des Pyrénées occidentales. Réflexions sur l’exploitation d’un territoire (Morgane Dachary) ; 5) Un gisement jurassien du Magdalénien moyen, la grotte Grappin à Arlay (Jura, France): chronologie, environnement et espaces symboliques (Christophe Cupillard, Anne-Catherine Welté ) ; 6) L’Art mobilier magdalénien en Suisse (Ingmar Braun) ; 7) The role of art in Magdalenian life – The engraved stones from the site of La Marche (Nicolas Mélard) ; 8) Methodological approaches to the study of Rock Art in the landscape (Sara Fairén-Jiménez); 9) When open air carved rocks became sanctuaries: Methodological criteria for a classification (Fernando Augusto Coimbra); 10) Water and Symbols in Western Iberia Late Prehistory (Luiz Oosterbeek) ; 11) The symbolic construction and representation of the dwelt space in the lower Danube Chalcolithic (6th millennium BC) (Dragos Gheorghiu).
War and Rumors of War. The Evidential Base for the Recognition of Warfare in Prehistory by Julie Wileman. iv+171 pages; illustrated throughout with maps, plans, drawings and photographs. BAR S1984 2009. ISBN 9781407305165. £36.00. Buy Now

The goal of this study is to examine the potential for the understanding and recognition of the processes and occurrence of prehistoric warfare through the development of a series of correlates, resulting in testable models that can be applied to the archaeological record. Such models need to be flexible and applicable across different periods and in a variety of geographical areas. To this purpose, examples of evidence are included from a wide spectrum of sources. After offering definitions of warfare and considering the nature of its archaeological evidence, the correlates and models will, for comparative purposes, be applied to a number of case studies which are located in later prehistoric societies. This study, therefore, provides models (from the UK, France and the US), for investigation, suggests some areas for research and data-gathering, and highlight potentials and problems for the interpretation of evidence, providing some frameworks for future appreciations of the concept of prehistoric war. If evidence can be sought and recognised for warfare on more extended scales, it may be possible to approach the questions of the prevalence, scale and influence of conflict on the development of societies with a little more certainty. The aim is to encourage further debate on the range of potential evidence and its value in this sphere of archaeological research.