Archaeology  /  British Archaeology
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.
Broken Pots, Mending Lives Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781789259384
Pub Date: 05 Jul 2023
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: Colour and B/W
Description:
For those that survive, the traumas of military conflict can be long lasting. It might seem astonishing that archaeology, with its uncovering of the traces of the long-dead, of battlefields, of skeletal remains, could provide solace, and yet there is something magical about the subject. In archaeology there is a job for everyone; from surveying and drawing, to examining the finds, to digging itself.
Ballynahatty Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781789259711
Pub Date: 15 Jun 2023
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: B&W and Color images
Description:
Just six miles from the center of Belfast, County Down, on the plateau of Ballynahatty above the River Lagan, is one of Ireland’s great Neolithic henge monuments: the 200 m wide Giant’s Ring. For over a thousand years, this area was the focus of intense funerary ritual seemingly designed to send the dead to their ancestors and secure the land for the living. Scattered through the fields to the north and west of the Ring are flat cemeteries, standing stones, tombs, cists, and ring barrows – ancient monuments that were leveled by the plough when the land was enclosed in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Community Archaeology on Hadrian’s Wall 2019–2022 Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9781789259599
Pub Date: 15 Jun 2023
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: Color images
Description:
The Hadrian’s Wall Community Archaeology Project (WallCAP) was funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund to promote the value of heritage – specifically of the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site – to local communities, and to provide opportunities for volunteers to engage with the archaeology and conservation of the Wall to better ensure the future of the monument.This short book provides a summary of the project, communicating the range of activities undertaken during the project and key results. It explores the structure and aims of the project, and creates an insightful overview of the many different people and communities that participated.
Road to the Manor Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9780904220919
Pub Date: 15 Jun 2023
Series: Oxford Archaeology Monograph
Illustrations: 88
Description:
Oxford Archaeology undertook a series of excavations in 2015–16 at Graven Hill on the former site of MoD Bicester, a large military storage and distribution centre built during the Second World War. The archaeological works revealed evidence of prehistoric, Roman, medieval and post-medieval activity, as well as finds relating to the use of the military site during the 1940s and 1950s. Ephemeral signs of early prehistoric activity were limited to stone tools, including an impressive Neolithic axe head, and a Bronze Age cremation burial.
The Battle of Pinkie, 1547 Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781789259735
Pub Date: 15 Jun 2023
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: B&W and Color images
Description:
The Battle of Pinkie, fought between the English and the Scots in 1547, was the last great clash between the two as independent nations. It is a well-documented battle with several eyewitness accounts and contemporary illustrations. There is also archaeological evidence of military activities.
The Archaeology of Wild Birds in Britain and Ireland Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781789259568
Pub Date: 15 May 2023
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: B/w
Description:
Renowned archaeologist, Dale Serjeantson, tells the story of human engagement with birds from the end of the last Ice Age to around AD 1650. In this book, she integrates the study of archaeological bird remains with ethnography and the history of birds and avian biology. It identifies changing patterns of wetland, water bird and game species through time, and in addition to their food value, examines our changing interactions with them.
The Drowning of a Cornish Prehistoric Landscape Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781789259230
Pub Date: 15 Apr 2023
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Series: Prehistoric Society Research Papers
Illustrations: B/W and colour
Description:
Between 2018 and 2019, Cornwall Archaeological Unit undertook two projects at Mount’s Bay, Penwith. The first involved the excavation of a Bronze Age barrow and the second, environmental augur core sampling in Marazion Marsh. Both sites lie within an area of coastal hinterland, which has been subject to incursions by rising sea levels.
The Marriage Bed of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 168
ISBN: 9781789257922
Pub Date: 15 Mar 2023
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: B/w and colour
Description:
The Henry VII and Elizabeth of York marriage bed, rediscovered in 2010, is an exceptional piece of late medieval English royal furniture: no other equivalent example of secular domestic furniture is known to have survived, and, indeed, precious little woodwork from this period remains outside of ecclesiastical settings. As a tour-de-force of medieval royal woodwork, the bed offers an unprecedented insight into elite domestic furniture from this period.Since its rediscovery, the bed has been subjected to a wide array of investigation by furniture specialists, medieval historians, design historians and scientists.
From Hunter-Gatherers to Early Christians Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781914427220
Pub Date: 31 Jan 2023
Imprint: Windgather Press
Illustrations: B/w and colour
Description:
Jutting out some thirty miles into the Irish Sea, from the western edge of Snowdonia, the Llŷn Peninsula, in north-west Wales, is renowned for its stunning beaches and countryside, with much of its landscape designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The peninsula is also home to a remarkable and abundant collection of archaeological sites and monuments, some of national importance, which bear witness to the ancient societies who once inhabited this narrow finger of land on the western fringe of Britain. This abundantly illustrated book examines this rich corpus of archaeological evidence, beginning with the faint but fascinating traces that Mesolithic hunter-gatherers have left in the landscape of the Llŷn Peninsula and ending in the early medieval period, with about 9,000 years of human habitation thus covered in its pages.
Chariots, Swords and Spears Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 312
ISBN: 9781789255423
Pub Date: 15 Nov 2022
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: b/w and colour
Description:
This volume brings together recent excavations at two sites in Pocklington, East Yorkshire. The main focus of the volume is examination of Iron Age burials, which included chariots, swords, and spears, along with inclusion of earlier Prehistoric and later Roman activity. The excavations have enabled further scientific evidence for migration and mobility in the Iron Age population and secure chronologies for artefacts.
The Emperor Nero's Pottery and Tilery at Little London, Pamber, by Silchester, Hampshire Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 216
ISBN: 9780907764502
Pub Date: 28 Oct 2022
Series: Britannia Monographs
Illustrations: 149
Description:
Previously suspected on the basis of a tile stamped with the name and titles of the emperor Nero found alongside other brick and tile in the ploughsoil, excavation of two tile kilns at Little London near Silchester, Hampshire confirmed production during the reign of Nero. In addition to the manufacture of standard bricks and roofing materials, the kilns produced the more specialist materials required for building bath-houses. Work on the fabrics and distinctive, roller-stamped flue-tiles shows that products reached a wide variety of destinations between Cirencester, some 100 km to the north-west, and Chichester, on the south coast, though Silchester appears to have been the main market and is the only location where Nero-stamped tile has so far been found.
The First Stones Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781789257397
Pub Date: 10 Oct 2022
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: Colour and b/w
Description:
The First Stones brings together the results of recent research on the Neolithic long cairns lying in the shadow of the Black Mountains in south-east Wales, focusing upon Penywyrlod and Gwernvale, the two best known tombs within the group, previously excavated in the 1970s. Important results lie in both new site detail and reassessment of the wider context. Small-scale excavation, geophysical survey and geological assessment at Penywyrlod – the largest of the Welsh long cairns – gave further information about the distinctive external and internal architecture of the monument.