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The Necropolis of Abila of the Decapolis 2019-2021

Abdulla Al-Shorman

This is the first comprehensive synthesis of burial types, practices, and evidence for societal collapse in the growing field of bioarchaeology of Jordan, focusing on Abila of the Decapolis, the largest Graeco-Roman city in Jordan with a tremendous wealth of funerary remains. READ MORE

Paperback: £48.00

Moving on from Ebla, I crossed the Euphrates: An Assyrian Day in Honour of Paolo Matthiae

ed. Davide Nadali et al.

Six articles by leading scholars on the culture of the Assyrian world pay homage to Paolo Matthiae, known internationally for the discovery of the site of ancient Ebla in Syria. The articles deal with different aspects of Assyrian culture, with innovative and sometimes unexpected points of view, including its reception in the modern world. READ MORE

Paperback: £35.00

Image and Identity in the Ancient Near East: Papers in memoriam Pierre Amiet

ed. Laura Battini

This volume, consisting of two parts, gathers papers in honour of Pierre Amiet. Part 1 analyses the body as a biological entity as well as a social, sexual and cultural identity (persona). Part 2 includes articles closely related to the specialisms of Amiet: glyptics, state formation, and the organisation of craftsmen and statuary. READ MORE

Paperback: £38.00 | eBook: £16.00

The Fertile Desert: A History of the Middle Euphrates Valley until the Arrival of Alexander

Anas Al Khabour

This book attempts to reconstruct the history of the Euphrates Valley between the mouths of the Balikh and the Khabour. Several surveys, archaeological expeditions, and interventions of the Syrian Directorate of Antiquities, have made a significant amount of data available which contribute to an improved overview of the region. READ MORE

Paperback: £55.00 | eBook: £16.00

Pottery Making and Communities During the 5th Millennium BCE in Fars Province, Southwestern Iran

Takehiro Miki

This book explores pottery making and communities during the Bakun period (c. 5000 – 4000 BCE) in the Kur River Basin, Fars province, southwestern Iran, through the analysis of ceramic materials collected at Tall-e Jari A, Tall-e Gap, and Tall-e Bakun A & B. READ MORE

Paperback: £65.00 | Open Access

The Neolithic Cemetery at Tell el-Kerkh

ed. Akira Tsuneki et al.

The Neolithic Cemetery at Tell el-Kerkh is the second volume of the final reports on the excavations at Tell el-Kerkh, northwest Syria, focusing on the discovery of a Pottery Neolithic cemetery dating between c. 6400 and 6100 BC, one of the oldest outdoor communal cemeteries in West Asia. READ MORE

Paperback: £65.00 | Open Access

Laying the Foundations: Manual of the British Museum Iraq Scheme Archaeological Training Programme

ed. John MacGinnis et al.

This book, which developed out of the British Museum’s ‘Iraq Scheme’ archaeological training programme, covers the core components for putting together and running an archaeological field programme. While the manual is oriented to the archaeology of Iraq, the approaches are no less applicable to the Middle East more widely. READ MORE

Paperback: £40.00 | Open Access

Bridging the Gap: Disciplines, Times, and Spaces in Dialogue – Volume 1

ed. Christian W. Hess et al.

Proceedings of the Broadening Horizons 6 conference (2019): Volume 1 presents 17 papers from Session 1: Entanglement. Material Culture and Written Sources in Dialogue; Session 2: Integrating Sciences in Historical and Archaeological Research; and Session 5: Which Continuity? Evaluating Stability, Transformation, and Change in Transitional Periods. READ MORE

Paperback: £48.00 | Open Access

Ash-sharq: Bulletin of the Ancient Near East No 5 1-2, 2021

ed. Laura Battini

Ash-sharq is a journal devoted to short articles on the archaeology, history and society of the Ancient Near East. READ MORE

Paperback: £50.00

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

The First Thousand Years of Glass-Making in the Ancient Near East

Wendy Reade

This volume explores glass composition and production from the mid-second to mid-first millennia BC, the first thousand years of glass-making. Multi-element analyses of 132 glasses from Pella in Jordan, and Nuzi and Nimrud in Iraq (ancient Mesopotamia) produce new and important data that provide insights into the earliest glass production. READ MORE

Paperback: £45.00 | eBook: £16.00

Taymāʾ II: Catalogue of the Inscriptions Discovered in the Saudi-German Excavations at Taymāʾ 2004–2015

ed. Michael C.A. Macdonald et al.

The Catalogue contains all inscriptions discovered during 24 seasons of Saudi-German excavations at Taymāʾ, 2004–15. The 113 objects carry inscriptions in different languages and scripts, including Babylonian cuneiform, Imperial Aramaic inscriptions, Arabic inscriptions and more, illustrating the linguistic diversity of the oasis through time. READ MORE

Hardback: £65.00 | Open Access

From Edessa to Urfa: The Fortification of the Citadel

Cristina Tonghini

This book presents results of an archaeological research project focused on a specific monumental area, the citadel, in the city of Urfa (Turkey), known in ancient times as Edessa. Three seasons of fieldwork were carried out (2014-2016) in order to identify the building sequence of the citadel and establish an absolute chronology of events. READ MORE

Paperback: £48.00 | eBook: £16.00

Présence et influence assyriennes dans le royaume de Hamat

Adonice-Ackad Baaklini

This volume assesses the importance and nature of the Assyrian presence in the kingdom of Hamat (northwest Syria) to determine whether there is a link between Assyrian control and the impact it exerted on the territories with which it came into contact. READ MORE

Paperback: £58.00 | eBook: £16.00

In Context: the Reade Festschrift

Irving Finkel et al.

'In Context: the Reade Festschrift' is a collection of invited and peer-reviewed essays by friends and colleagues of Julian Edgeworth Reade, sometime Mesopotamia curator at the British Museum from 1975 to 2000. Here is fresh work from which any reader can gain a new appreciation of the importance of the ancient Near East. READ MORE

Paperback: £60.00 | eBook: £16.00

New Agendas in Remote Sensing and Landscape Archaeology in the Near East

ed. Dan Lawrence et al.

This volume presents papers in honour of Tony James Wilkinson, who was Professor of Archaeology at Durham University from 2006 until his death in 2014. Though commemorative in concept, the volume is an assemblage of new research representing emerging agendas and innovative methods in remote sensing and their application in Near Eastern archaeology. READ MORE

Paperback: £50.00 | Open Access

Building between the Two Rivers: An Introduction to the Building Archaeology of Ancient Mesopotamia

Stefano Anastasio et al.

This volume introduces university students and scholars of Near Eastern archaeology to 'Building archaeology' methods as applied to the context of Ancient Mesopotamia. It helps the reader understand the principles underlying this discipline and to realise what knowledge and skills are needed, beyond those that are specific to archaeologists. READ MORE

Paperback: £34.00 | eBook: £16.00

Glazed Brick Decoration in the Ancient Near East

ed. Anja Fügert et al.

Glazed bricks applied as a new form of colourful and glossy architectural decor first started to appear in the early Iron Age on monumental buildings of the Ancient Near East. This volume provides an updated overview of the development of glazed bricks and scientific research on the topic. READ MORE

Paperback: £30.00 | Open Access

Working at Home in the Ancient Near East

ed. Juliette Mas et al.

This volume examines the organization, scale, and the socio-economic role played by institutional and non-institutional households, as well as the social use of domestic spaces in Bronze Age Mesopotamia. READ MORE

Paperback: £24.00 | eBook: £16.00

The Genesis of the Textile Industry from Adorned Nudity to Ritual Regalia: The Changing Role of Fibre Crafts and Their Evolving Techniques of Manufacture in the Ancient Near East from the Natufian to the Ghassulian

Janet Levy

This volume documents and evaluates the changing role of fibre crafts and their evolving techniques of manufacture and also their ever-increasing wider application in the lives of the inhabitants of the earliest villages of the Ancient Near East. READ MORE

Paperback: £52.00 | eBook: £16.00

Khirbat Faris: Rural Settlement, Continuity and Change in Southern Jordan. The Nabatean to Modern Periods (1st century BC – 20th century AD)

Alison McQuitty et al.

This volume is the first of three which chart the temporal and spatial occupational fluctuations at the site of Khirbat Faris in Southern Jordan and the stories of the communities that lived there. The excavation report follows the site and its environs throughout their many phases of use and occupation, from the 13th century BC to the present day. READ MORE

Paperback: £50.00 | eBook: £16.00

What Difference Does Time Make? Papers from the Ancient and Islamic Middle East and China in Honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Midwest Branch of the American Oriental Society

ed. JoAnn Scurlock et al.

Proceedings of a conference held at St. Mary’s University in Notre Dame, Indiana (2017), this volume presents a wide-ranging exploration of Time as experienced and contemplated. Included are offerings on ancient Mesopotamian archaeology, literature and religion, Biblical texts and archaeology, Chinese literature and philosophy, and Islamic law. READ MORE

Paperback: £38.00 | eBook: £16.00

Par la bêche et le stylet! Cultures et sociétés syro-mésopotamiennes

ed. Philippe Abrahami et al.

25 papers written by colleagues, friends and former students pay tribute to the career of Professor Olivier Rouault who has conducted extensive research in the fields of both Assyriology and Ancient Near Eastern archaeology. READ MORE

Paperback: £45.00 | eBook: £16.00

Glass and Glass Production in the Near East during the Iron Age

Katharina Schmidt

This book examines the history of glass in Iron Age Mesopotamia and neighbouring regions (1000–539 BCE). This is the first monograph to cover this region and period comprehensively and in detail and thus fills a significant gap in glass research. READ MORE

Paperback: £50.00 | Open Access

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

Egitto, Iraq ed Etruria nelle fotografie di John Alfred Spranger

Stefano Anastasio et al.

This volume presents the 1930s archaeological photo-albums of John Alfred Spranger (1889-1968). Spranger combined photography skills with true expertise in archaeology and topography. His photos make it possible to understand, after almost a century, how many Egyptian, Mesopotamian and Etruscan sites appeared at the time of their first excavations. READ MORE

Paperback: £35.00 | eBook: £16.00

The Politics of the Past: The Representation of the Ancient Empires by Iran’s Modern States

Maryam Dezhamkhooy et al.

This book examines the highly problematic politics of the past surrounding the archaeology of ancient empires in Iran. Discussing their personal and professional experiences, the authors exemplify the real, ethical dilemmas that archaeologists confront in the Middle East, calling for reflectivity and awareness among the archaeologists of the region 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

Sur les chemins d’Onagre: Histoire et archéologie orientales

ed. Claire Hardy-Guilbert et al.

This volume is in honour of Monik Kervran, a pioneer of the French Islamic archaeology in the Middle East. Through the nineteen international contributions found within, the editors and contributors wish to highlight the variety of Monik Kervran’s scientific interests. READ MORE

Paperback: £40.00 | eBook: £16.00

Iron Oxide Rock Artefacts in Mesopotamia c. 2600-1200 BC

Martine Marieke Melein

The flourishing civilisations of Mesopotamia imported all kinds of materials from the surrounding regions. Iron oxide rock was very popular for weight stones and cylinder seals around 2000 BC. This research aims to determine the region of origin for the raw material, what made people start using iron oxide rock, and what led them to stop using it. READ MORE

Paperback: £40.00 | eBook: £16.00

Hatra: Il territorio e l’urbanistica

Enrico Foietta

The main purpose of the research presented in this volume has been the study of the city and the surrounding landscape of Hatra. To achieve this result, a multilayer GIS was created. It will remain an important resource for future excavations, which themselves may expand its dataset and verify it with additional ground control points. READ MORE

Paperback: £88.00 | Free Download | eBook Institution: £10.00

The Geography of Trade: Landscapes of competition and long-distance contacts in Mesopotamia and Anatolia in the Old Assyrian Colony Period

Alessio Palmisano

A reassessment of the Old-Assyrian trade network in Upper Mesopotamia and Central Anatolia during the Middle Bronze Age, this volume examines exchange networks and economic strategies, continuity and discontinuity of specific trade circuits and routes, and the evolution of political landscapes throughout the Near East. READ MORE

Paperback: £35.00 | eBook: £16.00

Études Mésopotamiennes – Mesopotamian Studies: N°1 – 2018

ed. Vincent Déroche et al.

The first volume of the series EMMS, ‘Études Mésopotamiennes – Mesopotamian Studies’ presents a collection of articles, communications and preliminary reports representing the advancement, in recent years, of human sciences - archaeological, historical, philological and cultural researches –concerning ancient Mesopotamia area studies. READ MORE

Paperback: £52.00 | eBook: £16.00

Dosariyah: An Arabian Neolithic Coastal Community in the Central Gulf

ed. Philipp Drechsler

Describes the work carried out by the joint German-Saudi Dosariyah Archaeological Research Project (DARP) between 2010 and 2014 at Dosariyah, located in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. READ MORE

Paperback: £80.00 | eBook: £16.00

Archaeological Explorations in Syria 2000-2011

ed. Jeanine Abdul Massih et al.

Syria has been a major crossroads of civilizations in the ancient Near East since the dawn of human kind. This volume brings together scholars involved in archaeological activities in Syria and focusses on the scientific aspects of each explored site, allowing researchers to examine in detail each heritage site, its characteristics and identity. READ MORE

Paperback: £65.00 | Open Access

Commemorating Conflict: Greek Monuments of the Persian Wars

Xavier Duffy

A holistic study of how the Greek peoples (of primarily the classical period) collectively commemorated the Persian Wars. This work analyses commemorative objects, places, and groups for a complete representation of the commemorative tradition. READ MORE

Paperback: £26.00 | eBook: £16.00

Composite Artefacts in the Ancient Near East

ed. Silvana Di Paolo

This volume represents a first attempt to conceptualise the construction and use of composite artefacts in the Ancient Near East by looking at the complex relationships between environments, materials, societies and materiality. READ MORE

Paperback: £24.00 | eBook: £16.00

Palmyrena: Palmyra and the Surrounding Territory from the Roman to the Early Islamic period

Jørgen Christian Meyer

This book is the first investigation of the relationship between Palmyra and its surrounding territory from the Roman to the early Islamic period since the 1930s. It discusses the agricultural potential of the hinterland, its role in the food supply of the city, and the interaction with the nomadic networks on the Syrian dry steppe. READ MORE

Paperback: £44.00 | eBook: £16.00

For the Gods of Girsu (ARABIC EDITION)

Sébastien Rey

This book demonstrates Girsu is a primary locale for re-analyzing, through an interdisciplinary approach combining archaeological and textual evidence, the origins of the Sumerian city-state. READ MORE

Paperback: £25.00

Medieval Urban Landscape in Northeastern Mesopotamia

Karel Nováček et al.

Investigates the sites which formed an urban network from 6th to 19th centuries in the region of northeastern Mesopotamia, bounded by the rivers Great Zāb, Little Zāb and Tigris. READ MORE

Paperback: £38.00 | eBook: £16.00

Parcours d’Orient

ed. Bérengère Perello et al.

This volume contains 23 articles written by 26 authors in order to express the extent of their respect and friendship for Christine Kepinski. Several papers are directly connected to fieldwork she conducted in Iraq and in Turkey: Haradum and the Middle Euphrates area, Tilbeshar and Kunara. READ MORE

Paperback: £45.00 | eBook: £16.00

Managing Archaeological Collections in Middle Eastern Countries

Dianne Fitzpatrick

In this guide, archaeologist Dianne Fitzpatrick sees archaeological collections management as a means of integrating achievable good-practice strategies into research designs and site management plans from the outset. READ MORE

Paperback: £26.00 | eBook: £16.00

A History of Syria in One Hundred Sites

ed. Y. Kanjou et al.

This volume presents the long history of Syria through a jouney of the most important and recently-excavated archaeological sites. The sites cover over 1.8 million years and all regions in Syria; 110 academics have contributed information on 103 excavations for this volume READ MORE

Paperback: £80.00 | eBook: £16.00

For the Gods of Girsu: City-State Formation in Ancient Sumer

Sébastien Rey

This book demonstrates Girsu is a primary locale for re-analyzing, through an interdisciplinary approach combining archaeological and textual evidence, the origins of the Sumerian city-state. READ MORE

Paperback: £25.00 | eBook: £16.00

The Archaeology of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and Adjacent Regions

ed. Konstantinos Kopanias et al.

Conference proceedings presenting the first opportunity for leading figures in the burgeoning area of archaeological research in the Kurdish Autonomous Region of Iraq to gather and present all the key new projects which are revolutionising our understanding of the region. READ MORE

Paperback: £80.00 | eBook: £16.00

Palmyrena: City, Hinterland and Caravan Trade between Orient and Occident

ed. Jørgen Christian Meyer et al.

The contributions to this volume address the archaeology and history of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra. READ MORE

Paperback: £45.00 | eBook: £16.00

Medieval Rural Settlements in the Syrian Coastal Region (12th and 13th Centuries)

Balázs Major

This book is the result of more than a dozen years of research in the field of the hitherto unstudied medieval settlement pattern of the Syrian coastal region in the 12th and 13th centuries. READ MORE

Paperback: £52.00 | eBook: £16.00

Monumental Earthen Architecture in Early Societies: Technology and power display

ed. Annick Daneels

Proceedings from a session held as part of the XVII World UISPP Congress, Burgos, 2014. The theme of the symposium was the archaeology of earthen architecture in pre- and protohistoric cultures, with an emphasis on constructive techniques and systems, and diachronic changes in those aspects. READ MORE

Paperback: £20.00 | Open Access

Metallurgical Production in Northern Eurasia in the Bronze Age

Stanislav Grigoriev

Copper is the first metal to play a large part in human history. This work is devoted to the history of metallurgical production in Northern Eurasia during the Bronze Age, based on experiments carried out by the author and analyses of ancient slag, ore and metal. READ MORE

Paperback: £80.00 | Free Download | eBook Institution: £10.00

Bronze ‘Bathtub’ Coffins In the Context of 8th-6th Century BC Babylonian, Assyrian and Elamite Funerary Practices

Yasmina Wicks

This volume is dedicated to the examination of a small corpus of bronze U-shaped burial receptacles from ancient Mesopotamia and Elam, dubbed 'bathtub' coffins for their characteristic apsidal shape, reminiscent of a style of 19th and early 20th century bathtub. READ MORE

Paperback: £35.00 | eBook: £16.00