Archaeology  /  British Archaeology
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).
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.
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.
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.
The A120 Bypass and Flood Alleviation Scheme Little Hadham, Hertfordshire Archaeological Investigations 2019–2020 Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 250
ISBN: 9781999822231
Pub Date: 28 Feb 2024
Series: Cotswold Archaeology Monograph
Illustrations: 157 Black and white and colour line drawings and photographs
Description:
A few scatters of Mesolithic and Neolithic flint were found across the development area. Slightly more extensive evidence for Neolithic occupation was represented by a small number of pits from which flint-tempered Neolithic pottery, worked flint, charred plant remains and animal bone were recovered. During the later Bronze Age and Iron Age the first permanent settlements were established.
Monumental Times Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9798888570388
Pub Date: 15 Nov 2023
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Description:
This book is concerned with the origins, uses and subsequent histories of monuments. It emphasises the time scales illustrated by these structures, and their implications for archaeological research. It is concerned with the archaeology of Western and Northern Europe, with an emphasis on structures in Britain and Ireland, and the period between the Mesolithic and the Viking Age.
Revisiting Grooved Ware Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9798888570326
Pub Date: 31 Oct 2023
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Series: Neolithic Studies Group Seminar Papers
Description:
Following its appearance, arguably in Orkney in the 32nd century cal BC, Grooved Ware soon became widespread across Britain and Ireland, seemingly replacing earlier pottery styles and being deposited in contexts as varied as simple pits, passage tombs, ceremonial timber circles and henge monuments. As a result, Grooved Ware lies at the heart of many ongoing debates concerning social and economic developments at the end of the 4th and during the first half of the 3rd millennia cal BC.Stemming from the 2022 Neolithic Studies Group autumn conference, and following on from Cleal and MacSween’s 1999 NSG volume on Grooved Ware, this book presents a series of papers from researchers specializing in Grooved Ware pottery and the British and Irish Neolithic, offering both regional and thematic perspectives on this important ceramic tradition.
Eilean Donan Castle Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9798888570548
Pub Date: 15 Sep 2023
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: 70 illustrations predominantly in color
Description:
Now hard to believe, Eilean Donan Castle was once one of the largest castles in the west Highlands, known to have featured seven towers, the remains of which lie buried on the island. This book provides a refreshed view of the lost medieval guise of the castle, of its 13th-century origins and form, and of who was responsible for building it, allowing the castle to be positioned accurately in the complex dynamics of powerholding and display of the earls of Ross and associated militarised kindreds of the west Highlands during six centuries of change up to the castle’s destruction in 1719. A new history and the details of the below-ground archaeology allow us to see the lost medieval castle in our mind’s eye 500 years after it vanished.
Evolution of a Romano-British Courtyard Villa Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781999822217
Pub Date: 04 Sep 2023
Series: Cotswold Archaeology Monograph
Illustrations: 92 B&W and col figs and photos
Description:
Excavations between 2016–2018 revealed a series of structures that were re-organised and rebuilt over time, which culminated in a stone-built winged corridor villa in the mid to late 4th century AD. Wings were added to the buildings and a portico at the front opened out onto a courtyard. The outer courtyard was flanked by ancillary buildings, one of which contained a hypocaust and another a small bath suite.
EAA 179: Aspects of 7th- to 11th-century Norwich Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 138
ISBN: 9781907588150
Pub Date: 01 Sep 2023
Series: East Anglian Archaeology Monograph
Illustrations: 60
Description:
Despite extensive archaeological investigations in Norwich over many decades, its Middle Saxon origins as Norvic/Northwic remain obscure and elusive, and its Anglo-Scandinavian aspects have seen relatively little recognition until recently. This report focuses on five excavations in the historic core of the settlement. Lying on either side of the River Wensum, linked by a crossing, they revealed archaeological remains of the 7th to 11th centuries.
EAA 178: Hinxton, Cambridgeshire: Part I Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 198
ISBN: 9781907588136
Pub Date: 27 Jul 2023
Series: East Anglian Archaeology Monograph
Illustrations: 72
Description:
Extensive archaeological investigations were undertaken over two decades in Hinxton, south Cambridgeshire by OA East on behalf of the Wellcome Trust. The excavated areas lay in the Cam valley, a ‘borderland zone’ crossed by Icknield Way; the ridgeway route and the River Cam providing natural corridors of movement and communication. Hinxton’s post-glacial valley landscape of indigenous woodland, streams and seasonally flooded pools attracted Palaeolithic and Mesolithic communities to the area.