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Category: Far East

The Continuity of Pre-Islamic Motifs in Javanese Mosque Ornamentation, Indonesia

Hee Sook Lee-Niinioja

This book assesses the continuity and significance of Hindu-Buddhist design motifs in Islamic mosques in Java. The volume investigates four pre-Islamic motifs in Javanese mosque ornamentation from the 15th century to the present day: prehistoric tumpals, Hindu-Buddhist kala-makaras, lotus buds, and scrolls. READ MORE

Paperback: £52.00 | eBook: £16.00

Conjuring Up Prehistory: Landscape and the Archaic in Japanese Nationalism

Mark J. Hudson

This study considers the ways in which archaeology and landscapes of the archaic have been appropriated in Japanese nationalism since the early twentieth century, focusing on the writings of cultural historian Tetsurō Watsuji, philosopher Takeshi Umehara and environmental archaeologist Yoshinori Yasuda. READ MORE

Paperback: £24.00 | Free Download | eBook Institution: £9.99

Archaeology and History of Toraijin

Song-nai Rhee et al.

In light of the recently uncovered archaeological data and ancient historical records, this book offers an overview of the 14 centuries-long Toraijin story, from c. 800~600 BC to AD 600, exploring the fundamental role these immigrants, mainly from the Korean Peninsula, played in the history of the Japanese archipelago during this formative period. READ MORE

Paperback: £38.00 | Open Access

The Archaeology of Medieval Towns: Case Studies from Japan and Europe

ed. Simon Kaner et al.

In recent years, major new archaeological discoveries have redefined the development of towns and cities in Japan. This fully illustrated book provides a sampler of these findings for a western audience. The new discoveries from Japan are set in context of medieval archaeology beyond Japan by accompanying essays from leading European specialists. READ MORE

Paperback: £32.00 | eBook: £16.00

An Illustrated Companion to Japanese Archaeology

ed. Werner Steinhaus et al.

The Illustrated Companion to Japanese Archaeology provides, for the first time, a comprehensive visual introduction to a wide range of sites and finds from the earliest occupation of the Japanese archipelago prior to 35,000 years ago to the early historical periods. First published in 2016, the 2nd edition is revised and updated for 2020. READ MORE

Paperback: £45.00

Sources of Han Décor: Foreign Influence on the Han Dynasty Chinese Iconography of Paradise (206 BC-AD 220)

Sophia-Karin Psarras

Using archaeological data to examine the development of Han dynasty Chinese art (206 BC-AD 220), this book focusses on the iconography of paradise. Influence from the Chinese Bronze Age is discussed along with a surprisingly profound debt to Greece, the Near East and the steppe. READ MORE

Paperback: £30.00 | eBook: £16.00

The Cultures of Ancient Xinjiang, Western China: Crossroads of the Silk Roads

ed. Alison Betts et al.

One of the least known but culturally rich and complex regions located at the heart of Asia, Xinjiang was a hub for the Silk Roads, serving international links between cultures to the west, east, north and south. Trade, artefacts, foods, technologies, ideas, beliefs, animals and people traversed the glacier covered mountain and desert boundaries. READ MORE

Paperback: £38.00 | eBook: £16.00

TephroArchaeology in the North Pacific

ed. Gina L. Barnes et al.

‘TephroArchaeology’ (from the Japanese, kazanbai kōkogaku – lit. volcanic ash archaeology), refers to a sub-discipline of archaeology developed in Japan in the last few decades. This book brings into the English-speaking world tephroarchaeological investigations by archaeologists in Japan whose results are usually only accessible in Japanese. READ MORE

Paperback: £60.00 | Free Download | eBook Institution: £10.00

Tanbûr Long-Necked Lutes along the Silk Road and beyond

Hans de Zeeuw

This book is divided into two main parts: ‘The Tanbûr Tradition’ discusses the origin, history, construction and playing techniques of tanbûrs; ‘The Tanbûr Family’ focusses on long-necked lutes as a family of musical instruments. After a short introduction, the construction, playing technique, and musical traditions are discussed. READ MORE

Paperback: £40.00 | eBook: £16.00

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

Han Dynasty (206BC–AD220) Stone Carved Tombs in Central and Eastern China

Chen Li

Han Dynasty (206 BC–AD 220) stone carved tombs were constructed from carved stone slabs or a combination of moulded bricks and carved stones, and were distributed in Central and Eastern China. In this book, the origins, meanings and influences of these tombs are presented as a part of the history of interactions between different parts of Eurasia. READ MORE

Paperback: £58.00 | Free Download | eBook Institution: £10.00

Burial Mounds in Europe and Japan

ed. Thomas Knopf et al.

This book brings together specialists of the European Bronze and Iron Age and the Japanese Yayoi and Kofun periods for the first time to discuss burial mounds in a comparative context. The book aims to strengthen knowledge of Japanese archaeology in Europe and vice versa. READ MORE

Paperback: £38.00 | eBook: £16.00

Innovative Approaches and Explorations in Ceramic Studies

ed. Sandra L. López Varela

This book celebrates thirty years of Ceramic Ecology, an international symposium initiated at the 1986 American Anthropological Association. Contributions explore the application of instrumental techniques and experimental studies to analyze ceramics and follow innovative approaches to evaluate methods and theories. READ MORE

Paperback: £28.00 | eBook: £16.00

The Hunting Farmers: Understanding ancient human subsistence in the central part of the Korean peninsula during the Late Holocene

Seungki Kwak

The central hypothesis of this research is that there was a wide range of resource utilization along with rice farming around 3,400-2,600 BP. This hypothesis contrasts with prevailing rice-based models, where climatically driven intensive rice agriculture from 3,400 BP is thought to be the dominant subsistence strategy that drove social complexity. READ MORE

Paperback: £32.00 | Free Download | eBook Institution: £10.00

Portuguese Intervention in the Manila Galleon Trade

Etsuko Miyata

In this study of the Portuguese intervention in the Manila Galleon Trade, Etsuko Miyata explores its history through a new approach: the examination of Chinese ceramics. READ MORE

Paperback: £22.00 | eBook: £16.00

Suyanggae and Her Neighbours in Haifa, Israel

ed. Sharon Gonen et al.

This proceedings volume gathers papers, abstracts and posters from the 20th (1) symposium: Suyanggae and Her Neighbours, which took place from 21–28 June 2015 in Haifa, Israel. READ MORE

Paperback: £32.00 | eBook: £16.00

Rock Art Studies: News of the World V

ed. Paul Bahn et al.

This is the fifth volume in the series Rock Art Studies: News of the World. Like the previous editions, it covers rock art research and management across the globe over a five-year period, in this case the years 2010 to 2014 inclusive. READ MORE

Paperback: £70.00 | eBook: £16.00

Ōsaka Archaeology

Richard Pearson

This book summarizes results of decades of Japanese intensive archaeological study and introduces some local museums conserving and interpreting cultural heritage in the face of overwhelming urbanization. READ MORE

Paperback: £28.00 | eBook: £16.00

Samoan Archaeology and Cultural Heritage

Helene Martinsson-Wallin

The overall purpose of this book is to provide a foundation for Samoan students to become the custodians of the historical narrative based on Archaeological research. READ MORE

Paperback: £34.00 | eBook: £16.00

The Enigmatic World of Ancient Graffiti

Margarita Kir’yak et al.

This monograph is devoted to small forms of engraving on stone. It summarises the archaeological material obtained during the course of excavations at the Rauchuvagytgyn I site in northern Cukotka (dated to 2500 years ago). The book analyses the content and semantics of the pictorial resources and ethnic identification is made. READ MORE

Paperback: £32.00 | eBook: £16.00

Eastern Han (AD 25-220) Tombs in Sichuan

Xuan Chen

This work explores the many factors underlying the extended popularity of the cliff tomb, a local burial form in the Sichuan Basin in China during the Eastern Han dynasty (AD 25-220). READ MORE

Paperback: £26.00 | eBook: £16.00