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Matriarchy in Bronze Age Crete

Joan M. Cichon

This book makes a compelling case for a matriarchal Bronze Age Crete. It is acknowledged that the preeminent deity was a Female Divine, and that women played a major role in Cretan society, but there is a lively, ongoing debate regarding the centrality of women in Bronze Age Crete. a gap in the scholarly literature which this book seeks to fill. READ MORE

Paperback: £45.00

Tomb of Kha-em-hat of the Eighteenth Dynasty in Western Thebes (TT 57)

Amani Hussein Ali Attia

This volume presents a study of the tomb of Kha-em-hat TT 57 at Qurna, West Luxor, which dates back to the 18th Dynasty⁠ – the reign of King Amenhotep III. It is considered one of the most important Egyptian tomb discoveries, containing rare scenes and revealing development of the religious rituals of the time. READ MORE

Paperback: £55.00 | eBook: £16.00

Light of Devotion: Oil Lamps of Kerala

Carol Radcliffe Bolon

This in-depth study of the medieval oil lamps of Kerala and beyond considers these art objects as primary sources for a broader discussion on the ritual use of Hindu oil lamps, their related and unique cultural history, their motifs, style and subject matter. From an understudied region, many of the pieces presented are previously unpublished. READ MORE

Paperback: £35.00 | eBook: £16.00

K'awiil: El dios maya del rayo, la abundancia y los gobernantes

Rogelio Valencia Rivera

This study of K'awiil analyses one of the most important deities of the Maya pantheon, and allows us to approach the religious thought of this people, since it is through the myths, rituals and other religious and cultural activities in which a deity participates, that we can try to understand how the Maya conceived their universe. READ MORE

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Orientation of Prehistoric Monuments in Britain: A Reassessment

Alistair Marshall

Reassesses major axial alignment at many megalithic ritual and funerary monuments (Neolithic to Bronze Age) in Britain and Ireland, not in terms of abstract astronomical concerns, but as an expression of repeated seasonal propitiation involving community, agrarian economy and ancestry in an attempt to mitigate variable environmental conditions. READ MORE

Paperback: £85.00 | eBook: £16.00

Banquets, Rations et Offrandes Alimentaires au Proche-Orient ancien

Daniel Bonneterre

This book investigates food consumption in the ancient Near East. Archaeological discoveries and abundant textual documentation help reconstruct food supply to the cities of Mesopotamia and provide a better idea of the variety of products available. Some aspects of everyday life are presented in a new light, notably the social role of the banquet. READ MORE

Paperback: £55.00 | eBook: £16.00

Human Transgression – Divine Retribution: A Study of Religious Transgressions and Punishments in Greek Cultic Regulation and Lydian-Phrygian Propitiatory Inscriptions (‘Confession Inscriptions’)

Aslak Rostad

This book analyses pagan concepts of religious transgressions as expressed in Greek cultic regulations from the 5th century BC-3rd century AD. Also considered are so-called propitiatory inscriptions from the 1st-3rd century AD Lydia and Phrygia, in light of ‘cultic morality’, intended to make places, occasions, and worshippers suitable for ritual. READ MORE

Paperback: £39.00 | eBook: £16.00

Listening to the Stones: Essays on Architecture and Function in Ancient Greek Sanctuaries in Honour of Richard Alan Tomlinson

ed. Elena C. Partida et al.

This book presents a range of topics, conveying the broad scope of Richard Tomlinson’s archaeological quests and echoing his own research methodologies; it is is a token of appreciation for a British professor of archaeology, who spread knowledge of the Greek civilization, manifesting the brilliant spirit of the versatile ancient Greek builders. READ MORE

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The Tekenu and Ancient Egyptian Funerary Ritual

Glennise West

Attested from the Fifth Dynasty until, and including, the Saite Period, the Tekenu is a puzzling icon depicted within funerary scenes in the tombs of some ancient Egyptian nobles. In this work four distinct types of Tekenu are identified and classified and then a Corpus Catalogue is formed. READ MORE

Paperback: £55.00 | eBook: £16.00

Taming the Great Desert: Adam in the Prehistory of Oman

Guillaume Gernez et al.

This is the first monograph to present research at the Adam oasis, located at the margins of the Rub Al-Khali desert, Oman. Major periods are described, with evidence of Palaeolithic occupation, Neolithic settlements, Early and Middle Bronze Age necropolises, and Iron Age ritual sites. An ethnographic study of traditional water sharing is included. READ MORE

Paperback: £30.00 | eBook: £16.00

Excavation of Later Prehistoric and Roman Sites along the Route of the Newquay Strategic Road Corridor, Cornwall

Andy M. Jones et al.

This volume presents the results of archaeological investigations on the Newquay Strategic Road and goes on to discuss the complexity of the archaeology, review the evidence for ‘special’ deposits and explore evidence for the deliberate closure of buildings especially in later prehistoric and Roman period Cornwall. READ MORE

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Macedonia – Alexandria: Monumental Funerary Complexes of the Late Classical and Hellenistic Age

Dorota Gorzelany

This book explores the influence of Macedonians and Greeks settling in Alexandria ad Aegyptum on the structural form of underground tombs, comparing in synthetic form the structural elements of the cist graves, chamber and rock-cut tombs of Macedonia with the Alexandrian hypogea, while taking into account geographical factors that conditioned them. READ MORE

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Cultural Interactions during the Zhou period (c. 1000-350 BC)

Beichen Chen

This volume concerns the cultural interactions during the Zhou period of China (c.a. 1000-350 BCE) between the Suizao corridor (near the present-day Yangtze River region) and its contemporaries within or outside the Zhou realm. It mainly, but not exclusively, concentrates on bronze ritual vessels from the Suizao corridor. READ MORE

Paperback: £28.00 | eBook: £16.00

Popular Religion and Ritual in Prehistoric and Ancient Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean

ed. Giorgos Vavouranakis et al.

This volume features a group of select peer-reviewed papers by an international group of authors, both younger and senior academics and researchers, on the frequently neglected popular cult and other ritual practices in prehistoric and ancient Greece and the eastern Mediterranean. READ MORE

Paperback: £32.00 | eBook: £16.00

Rural Cult Centres in the Hauran: Part of the broader network of the Near East (100 BC–AD 300)

Francesca Mazzilli

The first comprehensive multidisciplinary analysis of rural cult centres in the Hauran (southern Syria) from the pre-Roman to the Roman period (100 BC-AD 300). This volume re-evaluates the significance of contacts between the elite of the Hauran and other cultures of the Near East in shaping cult sites. READ MORE

Paperback: £32.00 | eBook: £16.00

Life on the Edge: The Neolithic and Bronze Age of Iain Crawford’s Udal, North Uist

ed. Beverley Ballin Smith

Excavations in North Uist dating from 1974-1984 identified two cists with human remains in kerbed cairns, many bowl pits dug into the blown sand, two late Neolithic structures and a ritual complex. READ MORE

Hardback: £25.00 | Open Access

Elements of Continuity

George Azzopardi

The stones dealt with in this study are non-figural (or aniconic) or, sometimes, semi-figural. They come from ritual contexts and, as such, act as a material representation of divine presence in their role as betyls. The Maltese islands are presented as a case study to demonstrate the phenomenon of continuity through a study of these stones. READ MORE

Paperback: £18.00 | eBook: £16.00

Archaeological excavations in Moneen Cave, the Burren, Co. Clare

Marion Dowd

In 2011, cavers exploring a little-known cave on Moneen Mountain in County Clare in the west of Ireland discovered part of a human skull, pottery and an antler implement. An archaeological excavation followed, leading to the discovery of large quantities of Bronze Age pottery, butchered animal bones and oyster shells. READ MORE

Paperback: £28.00 | eBook: £16.00