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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.

EAA 85: Towards a Landscape History of Walsham le Willows, Suffolk Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 112
ISBN: 9780860552475
Pub Date: 31 Dec 1998
Series: East Anglian Archaeology Monograph
Illustrations: numerous maps and plans, figs
Description:
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EAA 86: Excavations at the Orsett 'Cock' Enclosure, Essex, 1976 Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 184
ISBN: 9781852811631
Pub Date: 31 Dec 1998
Series: East Anglian Archaeology Monograph
Illustrations: 106 b/w figs, 2 b/w pls, 2 tbls, microfiche
Description:
The initial occupation of the site dates from the Middle Iron Age, represented by pottery and a single building. In the Late Iron Age an enclosure containing a small building was constructed. During the Conquest period a larger triple-ditched defensive enclosure with a central roundhouse was constructed to the south-east of the initial enclosure.
The Big Dig Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 44
ISBN: 9781901992052
Pub Date: 01 Dec 1998
Illustrations: many colour photos and illus
Description:
The Jubilee Line extension runs through Westminster and north Southwark, traversing some of the most archaeologically sensitive areas of London. The tunnels themselves are so deep that they pass well below any archaeological remains, but there have to be a myriad of holes connecting the tunnels with the surface. This booklet accompanied by colour photographs gives a basic outline of the archaeological remains uncovered during the construction work, from prehistoric tools to a medieval abbey.

Crafts and Technologies

Some Traditional Craftsmen of the Western Grasslands of Cameroon
Format: Paperback
Pages: 108
ISBN: 9780861591077
Pub Date: 01 Dec 1997
Series: British Museum Press Occasional Paper
Illustrations: 62 b/w plates
Description:
Since time immemorial, inhabitants of the Western Grasslands of Cameroon in west Africa have been evolving an educational system devoid of literacy. Teaching focused on traditional crafts, including weaving, stitching of traditional dress, carving, sculpture, pottery, smelting of materials and smithing. The skills the people learned served them well, as many of them followed trades, vocations and professions that helped in improving the social and economic life of the area.

EAA Occ. Paper 2

a Moritarium Kiln at Ellingham, Norfolk
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780905594224
Pub Date: 01 Dec 1997
Farming the Desert: The UNESCO Libyan Valleys Archaeological Survey Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 417
ISBN: 9780950836393
Pub Date: 31 Dec 1996
Imprint: Society for Libyan Studies
Description:
"The desert margins of North Africa are extremely rich in archaeological ruins of the Roman period, evidence of dense settlement 2,000 years ago in what are now arid and hostile environments. Historians, geographers and archaeologists have long debated the significance of these sites, explaining the 'Greening of the Desert' variously in terms of environmental change, colonization, external market forces or combinations of factors. The debate so far has been characterized by the lack of scientific data from any one region concerning, on the one hand, the nature of settlement, society and land-use and, on the other, the contemporary climate and environment; this has made it impossible to compare rigorously the strengths and weaknesses of the alternative theories.
Oxford Goldsmiths Before 1800 Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 162
ISBN: 9780961349134
Pub Date: 31 Dec 1996
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: with illus .
Description:
This is the first study of goldsmiths who were apprenticed and/or worked in the City of Oxford. Manuscripts in both Oxford and London reveal an enormous amount of information regarding not only their work, but also their personal lives, relationships and politics.
Delight in Diversity Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 64
ISBN: 9780861591183
Pub Date: 01 Dec 1996
Series: British Museum Press Occasional Paper
Illustrations: 8 plates
Description:
A transcription of a day-long seminar held at the British Museum in 1995 to discuss aspects of display at the museum. Invited guests examined specific displays and were joined by many of the staff and other curators. A stimulating discussion ensued which makes fascinating reading for all involved with heritage management.
Guernsey Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 129
ISBN: 9780947816445
Pub Date: 01 Dec 1996
Illustrations: num figs
Description:
This volume is largely composed of a report of excavations in St. Peter Port in 1980-83, which revealed a later Iron Age settlement with a smithy and stone covered graves. Not only Iron Age material was discovered, Bronze Age pottery also appeared, as well as later finds from Medieval and Roman times.
Viking-Age Ships and Shipbuilding in Hedeby Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 322
ISBN: 9788785180308
Pub Date: 01 Dec 1996
Series: Ships & Boats of the North
Illustrations: 328 illus
Description:
Ships and shipbuilding were important elements of Viking culture and a precondition for trade, warfare and conquest. The important excavations at the Viking towns of Hedeby and Schleswig-Holstein revealed a rich body of finds of wrecks and parts of ships. This is a report on this material and also examines the role of the towns as ports and the role of trading in their development.
On the Track of a Prehistoric Economy Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 315
ISBN: 9788772884394
Pub Date: 31 Jan 1996
Illustrations: b/w illlus
Description:
Basing this study of South Scandinavia's Maglemosian economy on a selection of the faunal assemblages of the period, this book uses spatial analysis and multivariate correspondence analysis to draw together theories on human movements of the time.
EAA 73: The Anglo-Saxon Cemetery at Spong Hill, Part 7 Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 168
ISBN: 9780905594163
Pub Date: 31 Dec 1995
Series: East Anglian Archaeology Monograph
Illustrations: with illus, 4 fiche and site-plan
Description:
Sparse Iron Age occupation was followed by extensive rural occupation, building up over three phases in the Roman period to a large 2nd-4th AD farmstead. In the late 4th century AD this was abandoned for no archaeologically discernible reason to lay the ground for the famous Anglo-Saxon cemetery. Ecofactual evidence for crop-processing (including flax) and artefactual evidence for many craft activities are presented.
EAA 75: North Shoebury Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 196
ISBN: 9781852811303
Pub Date: 31 Dec 1995
Series: East Anglian Archaeology Monograph
Illustrations: 25 pl 122figs, fiche
Description:
The North Shoebury Project was mounted in response to the accumulating evidence for settlement in the Southend Peninsula during virtually all periods from the prehistoric to the present day, especially widespread and possibly continuous from the Neolithic. The site itself lay on a brickearth covered gravel terrace, whose calcareous nature resulted in the preservation of bone and shell. This excavation report includes discussion of the evidence for occupation in each period, and a gazetteer of antiquities of the region.
Excavations at Tawilan in Southern Jordan Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 300
ISBN: 9780197270073
Pub Date: 01 Dec 1995
Illustrations: with halftones and line-drawings
Description:
This is the first report to be published on the Biblical kingdom of Eden, the Iron Age site of Tawilan. Particular attention is paid to the cuneiform tablet and gold jewellery hoard, the first to be discovered in Jordan. The stratigraphy, ceramics and other finds are also comprehensively analysed by Piotr Bienkowski and other specialists, and an overview of the development and nature of the site is provided.

Some Challenges in Contemporary Archaeology

Format: Paperback
Pages: 12
ISBN: 9780946897988
Pub Date: 01 Dec 1995
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Description:
Archaeology is a diverse discipline, it operates through a number of institutional arrangements, each of which has a particular agenda and set of agreed working practices. Diversity might be regarded as a strength, reflecting the dynamism with which archaeological concerns have become a widely used currency in our modern world. But if we accept that diversity exists in a single discipline we might also wonder what defines the common ground; what is it that, at the end of the day, continues to make us all archaeologists?
EAA 68: Excavations at Fishergate, Norwich 1985 Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 94
ISBN: 9780905594132
Pub Date: 31 Dec 1994
Series: East Anglian Archaeology Monograph
Illustrations: with 37 figs, 7 plates, 32 tables & microfiche.
Description:
^Aby Brian S. Ayers ^DReport on excavations undertaken off Norwich's Fishergate to the north of the River Wensum, the first to reach Saxon deposits in this important southern end of the city. The site produced the largest single assemblage of Ipswich-type ware from Norwich, imported pottery of Middle Saxon and Saxo-Norman date, a range of 8th-century finds, as well as quantities of later Saxon and Saxo-Norman material.