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In September 2022 Oxbow's bookshop and distribution business merged with Pen & Sword Books, a family run independent publisher of history books. As Casemate UK, this new distribution business will continue to bring you the best books in the field of archaeology and related disciplines from our partner publishers. The Oxbow Books publishing imprint remains as a separate entity, still sold and distributed exclusively by us. Browse the archaeology subjects below, or visit our Ancient History and Medieval History books landing pages in the menus above.

British Pottery: The First 3000 Years Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9798888570715
Pub Date: 31 Oct 2024
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: 70 B/W Illustrations
Description:
Pottery was at the heart of the ‘Neolithic package’ appearing in Britain with the first farmers around 4000 BC. It arrived as a mature technology and was essential to the new, largely sedentary, lifestyle and economy. It transformed storage and cooking practices, and the earliest ceramics seem to have been essential equipment in the new practice of dairying.
The Rother Valley Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781914427275
Pub Date: 15 Sep 2024
Imprint: Windgather Press
Illustrations: 60 color and B/W illustrations
Description:
The valley of the western Rother lies within the South Downs National Park but has a special character based on its Cretaceous geology of sandstones and clays. These give rise to soils that are ideal for agriculture but are extremely erodible. Over the centuries the area has been exploited by humans and partially cleared of forest.
A Date with the Two Cerne Giants Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781914427374
Pub Date: 15 Aug 2024
Imprint: Windgather Press
Illustrations: 75 B/W and color illustrations
Description:
The date of the Cerne Giant has long been a matter for debate, as exemplified by a public and televised debate of March 1996, published as The Cerne Giant: An Antiquity on Trial (1999, Oxbow Books). Excavations were conducted in 2020 by the National Trust in the centenary year of its ownership of the Giant. The excavations were limited and targeted in extent and scope, the aim was to date the actual construction of the iconic figure by absolute dating methods (OSL).
Forsaken Relics Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9798888571149
Pub Date: 15 Aug 2024
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Series: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Ancient Societies (MAtAS)
Illustrations: 100 B/W illustrations
Description:
Forsaken Relics examines the intricate mechanisms of ritualistic appropriation of ruined and/or abandoned assets and artifacts. It explores how this process occurs in situations where there is legislation to regulate the appropriation of ownerless property, as well as in cases where such rules are either absent or contested, leading to disputes and conflicts.Every society has developed its unique ways of managing the re-appropriation of ‘ownerless things’, such as places and houses abandoned after conflicts, crises, or natural disasters, forsaken cemeteries, tombs, and forgotten goods.
The Bronze Age Collective Graves of Qarn al-Harf, Ras al-Khaimah (UAE) Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 544
ISBN: 9781789257953
Pub Date: 15 Aug 2024
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: B/w and colour
Description:
The end of the 3rd millennium was a time of significant transformation in south-east Arabia (the United Arab Emirates and northern Oman). The cultural homogeneity of the preceding Early Bronze Age, Umm an-Nar period (c. 2700–2000 BC) came to an end and gave way to the Middle Bronze Age, Wadi Suq period (2000–1600 BC).
Northwold Manor Reborn Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9798888571347
Pub Date: 15 Jun 2024
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: 400 color and B/W illustrations
Description:
Northwold Manor is a multi-period listed building (grade II*), about which almost nothing was known. Uninhabited since 1955, it had fallen into a state of extreme dereliction, and was beyond economic repair when the author purchased the property in 2014. He and his wife, Diane Gibbs, embarked on a major restoration that ran for nine years.
Community, Technology and Tradition Cover Community, Technology and Tradition Cover
Format: 
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9789464270914
Pub Date: 23 May 2024
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 23fc / 34bw
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9789464270907
Pub Date: 23 May 2024
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 23fc / 34bw
Description:
In the second millennium BC, mining for copper ore on the Great Orme, Wales, created one of Europe’s largest surviving prehistoric copper mines. The ore from the mine was smelted into metal that was cast and worked into the rich variety of copper and bronze objects synonymous with the Bronze Age in Britain and Europe.This book presents an original synthesis and reinterpretation of the complex prehistoric archaeology of the Great Orme mine.
EAA 182: The Anglo-Saxon Cemeteries at RAF Lakenheath, Eriswell, Suffolk Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 1100
ISBN: 9780956874788
Pub Date: 30 Apr 2024
Series: East Anglian Archaeology Monograph
Illustrations: 700
Description:
In 1979, a pipe trench at the military airbase RAF Lakenheath in the historic parish of Eriswell, Suffolk, revealed the presence of possible inhumation graves of the Early Anglo-Saxon period not far from the group of 33 burials excavated in the 1950s and published as the cemetery of Little Eriswell. Extensive redevelopment starting in the late 1990s led to the excavation of what appears to be a remarkable group of three discrete but contemporary burial grounds in close proximity, here labelled the West, Central and East sites — the latter including the Little Eriswell graves. While it is not certain that the Central and East burial grounds are fully separate, these two areas do differ markedly in layout and focus and in aspects of grave furnishing.
Pilgrims in Place, Pilgrims in Motion Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 448
ISBN: 9788771845433
Pub Date: 30 Apr 2024
Illustrations: Illustrations, color
Description:
Pilgrims in Place, Pilgrims in Motion: Sacred Travel in the Ancient Mediterranean brings together exciting interdisciplinary scholarship on the connected poles of pilgrimage: the sanctuaries being visited, and the journeys to get there. Contributions investigate different concepts of place, community, social tensions and expectations of pilgrim behaviour; long-term meanings of place as embodied in memory and topography; mobility, migration and place-making; connectivity and its relationship to pilgrimage. Individual chapters discuss shrines, sanctuaries and sacred places as well as journeys and mobility across Greek, Roman and late antique contexts, framed as part of a key debate within the study of pilgrimage, the central tension between place and motion.
Hayonim Cave Cover Hayonim Cave Cover
Format: 
Pages: 306
ISBN: 9789464261868
Pub Date: 15 Apr 2024
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 82fc / 51bw
Pages: 306
ISBN: 9789464261851
Pub Date: 15 Apr 2024
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 82fc / 51bw
Description:
The research presented in this book results from an international interdisciplinary research program in Hayonim cave (Israel) from 1992 to 2000, directed by Prof O. Bar-Yosef (Harvard University) and L. Meignen (CNRS, France), and focusing on a long archaeological sequence dated to circa 300-140 000 years ago.
Silchester Insula IX Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 566
ISBN: 9780907764519
Pub Date: 10 Apr 2024
Series: Britannia Monographs
Illustrations: 260 figs (colour)
Description:
Silchester (Calleva) experienced major disruption in the late first century A.D. as the Iron Age oppidum was transformed into the Roman city responsible for the administration of the civitas of the Atrebates.
Jewelry and adornment of Libya Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 180
ISBN: 9789492940278
Pub Date: 31 Mar 2024
Imprint: Blikvelduitgevers Publishers
Illustrations: Full colour illustrations
Description:
Hala Ghellali was eighteen years old when her father first took her to the market to buy her first silver bracelets. They visited traditional jewelers in the madina al-qadima, the old walled city of Tripoli. This single event in 1975, ignited her lifelong passion for traditional jewelry and costume items and she has been collecting objects and stories ever since.
Bold and Lucky Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 156
ISBN: 9781922669612
Pub Date: 27 Mar 2024
Imprint: Australian Scholarly Publishing
Description:
A prequel to his ‘World’s end’: British military outposts in the ‘ring fence’ around Australia 1824–1849, this book by prize-winning historian and keen sailor Alan Powell celebrates the small ships of Australia’s colonial navy. Brigs, cutters, schooners and sloops were pressed into service in a rag-tag assembly of ‘seagoing maids of all work’, cramped and overloaded with provisions, building materials, livestock and even convicts. The crews of these ‘doughty little craft’ sailed with courage and often blind faith in their ultimate survival as they toiled through some of the world’s most treacherous seas to deliver life-preserving supplies to the military outposts that ringed Australia in the early nineteenth century.
The Beaker People Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 616
ISBN: 9798888571545
Pub Date: 10 Mar 2024
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Series: Prehistoric Society Research Papers
Illustrations: b/w and color
Description:
The Beaker People: isotopes, mobility and diet in prehistoric Britain presents the results of a major project that sought to address a century-old question about the people who were buried with Beakers a – the distinctive pottery of Continental origin that was current, predominantly in equally distinctive burials, in Britain from around 2450 BC. Who were these people? Were they immigrants and how far did they move around?
Excavations Along Hadrian’s Wall 2019–2021 Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781789259445
Pub Date: 06 Mar 2024
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: B/w and colour
Description:
The Hadrian’s Wall Community Archaeology Project (WallCAP) conducted a series of fieldwork projects along the Hadrian’s Wall corridor between 2019 and 2021. The work focused on sites that were poorly understood or under particular threat and aimed to improve understanding of them so they could be better managed in future. At several sites excavation was followed by conservation and consolidation work.
Excavations at Tlachtga, Hill of Ward, Co. Meath, Ireland Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9798888570449
Pub Date: 06 Mar 2024
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: Colour & B/W images
Description:
Initial remote sensing survey at Tlachtga, Co. Meath in 2011–12 highlighted the presence of multiple, partially overlapping phases of enclosure at the site. Three subsequent seasons of excavation provided critical interpretive evidence, with over 15,000 fragments of animal bone, human remains, charred plant material, evidence of metalworking, and a hoard of Anglo-Saxon silver coins dating to the late 10th century AD.