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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.

The Dean and Canons' Houses of St George's Chapel, Windsor Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9781789258653
Pub Date: 15 Nov 2022
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: Colour
Description:
The College of St George at Windsor Castle was founded by Edward III in 1348 to support the newly created Order of the Garter, and to this day fulfils the same primary purpose. The domestic buildings provided for the Warden, Canons and Priest-Vicars – now the Deanery and Canons Cloister – are an astonishing survival: despite enlargement and alteration over the centuries, a significant amount of the mid-fourteenth-century fabric survives, though often hidden from view. A recent programme of refurbishment and conservation revealed much hitherto unknown evidence for the way the buildings were constructed, their fittings and decoration and their subsequent evolution.
Parishioner and Pauper Burials from St James Westminster (1695–1790) Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 201
ISBN: 9781907586521
Pub Date: 10 Nov 2022
Series: MoLAS Monograph
Illustrations: 170
Description:
Additional burial areas for the parish of St James Westminster in the 17th to 18th century were excavated in 2008–9. As the northern part of the parish around Soho grew and its population increased from the mid 17th century, pressure mounted on burial space in the churchyard on Piccadilly and on existing support structures for the least fortunate members of society. In response, the lower ground (the early extramural burial ground, 1695–1733) and the upper ground (the later extramural burial ground, 1733–90) were opened in succession, along with the new workhouse complex (1725–1913) and the workhouse burial ground (1733–93).
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.
Ancient Olive Presses and Oil Production Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9781915808004
Pub Date: 25 Oct 2022
Imprint: British Institute for Libyan and Northen African Studies
Description:
This masterly study presents the first comprehensive overview of olive oil production in Cyrenaica, North-East Libya, during the mid to late Roman period. The evidence collected by the author overturns previous assumptions about the small-scale of this industry and convincingly demonstrates its economic importance in both urban and rural settings. The typology and characteristics of Cyrenaican pressing elements and gazetteer of sites confirm this work as an essential reference volume for studies of ancient production and open up questions about the Cyrenaica’s role in producing olive oil for local, regional and Mediterranean markets.
Defining Spaces in Iron Age Northumberland Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9781789258561
Pub Date: 15 Oct 2022
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: Colour
Description:
The Iron Age settlements excavated by Headland Archaeology (UK) Ltd at Morley Hill and Lower Callerton lie within the rich later prehistoric landscape of the Northumberland coastal plain. This monograph presents the results of the excavation, specialist analyses and provides a key dataset upon which to discuss regionally and nationally important later prehistoric research themes. The excavations at Morley Hill and Lower Callerton offer two large-scale new datasets to compare within the corpus of enclosed Iron Age settlement sites across the region, allowing for an increased understanding of settlement patterns, architectural forms and farming practices.
From House Societies to States Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 312
ISBN: 9781789258622
Pub Date: 15 Oct 2022
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Series: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Ancient Societies (MAtAS)
Illustrations: B/w
Description:
The organisation and characteristics of early and ancient states have become the focus of a renewed interest from archaeologists, ancient historians and anthropologists in recent years. On the one hand, neo-evolutionary schemas of political transformation find it difficult to define some of their most basic concepts, such as ‘chiefdom’, ‘complex chiefdom’ and ‘state’, not to mention the transition between them. On the other hand, teleological interpretations based on linear dynamics, from less to increasingly more complex political structures, in successive steps, impose biased and too rigid views on the available evidence.
Rome and the North-Western Mediterranean Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781789257175
Pub Date: 15 Oct 2022
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: B/w
Description:
To date, Rome’s intervention to the West from the mid-2nd century BC has not really been looked at with any sense of overview. Instead, there has been an unconnected series of micro-regional studies looking at particular areas, from the River Ebro in Spain round to Italy on the land front, and from the Balearic Islands to Corsica, Sardinia and even Sicily as regards the seaborne aspect. In contrast, this volume pushes the historical and archaeological debates about Rome’s expansion beyond these traditional geographical boundaries and the discipline-based previous research.
Scientific Dating in Archaeology Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781789255621
Pub Date: 15 Oct 2022
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Series: Studying Scientific Archaeology
Illustrations: B/W
Description:
A variety of techniques have been developed to provide scientific chronologies of archaeological sites and material culture. These chronologies underpin the narratives that are generated for prehistoric and other periods. The application of Bayesian statistical analysis to scientific chronologies has been hailed as ‘a revolution in understanding’, and has brought renewed emphasis onto how we generate scientific chronological data, how these data are applied into wider narratives, and the epistemological importance of these data.
The Kyrenia Ship Final Excavation Report, Volume I Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 424
ISBN: 9781785707520
Pub Date: 15 Oct 2022
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Series: The Kyrenia Ship Final Excavation Report
Illustrations: b/w and colour + additional folder of plans
Description:
The Kyrenia Ship, a Greek merchantman built around 315 BC, which sank off the north coast of Cyprus was excavated between 1968 and 1972 under the direction of Michael L. Katzev of the University of Pennsylvania and Oberlin College. The importance of this ship lies in the exceptionally well-preserved hull that provided new insights into ancient shipbuilding, as well as the cargo it carried.
Heritage, Landscape and Spatial Justice Cover Heritage, Landscape and Spatial Justice Cover
Format: 
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9789464280401
Pub Date: 10 Oct 2022
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9789464280395
Pub Date: 10 Oct 2022
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Description:
The Caribbean region faces particular environmental challenges as a result of colonial land use, pressures from tourism and globalisation, as well as climate change. No less affected are its heritage resources, which include natural and cultural elements crucial to economic survival and local identity. This research explores the relationship between land, law and heritage in order to better understand the regulatory failures that undermine heritage protection in the English-speaking Caribbean.
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.
Shaping Cultural Landscapes Cover Shaping Cultural Landscapes Cover
Format: 
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9789464260960
Pub Date: 29 Sep 2022
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 65fc / 78bw
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9789464260953
Pub Date: 29 Sep 2022
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 65fc / 78bw
Description:
Any activity requires the expenditure of energy, and the larger the scale of the undertakings, the more careful and strategic planning in advance is required. In focusing on labouring by humans and other animals, the papers in this volume investigate through a wide range of contexts how past people achieved their multiple daily tasks while remaining resilient in anticipation of adverse events and periods. Each paper investigates the resource requirements of combined activities, from conducting agriculture or trade, over many different crafts, constructing houses and monumental buildings, and how the available resources were employed successfully.
Ikat from Timor and its outer Islands Cover Ikat from Timor and its outer Islands Cover
Format: 
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9789464280135
Pub Date: 28 Sep 2022
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 350fc/5bw
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9789464280128
Pub Date: 28 Jul 2022
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 350fc/5bw
Description:
This is the first study to focus on ikat of the Timor region from a technical perspective, including microscopy and design analysis of asymmetry, an understudied subject. Paradoxically this technical perspective highlights the human factor. Focused on the last century of the colonial period, we see the weaver’s decisions in close-up, as if we are sitting next to her.
Secret Stories on the Silk Road Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 178
ISBN: 9788869773396
Pub Date: 28 Sep 2022
Description:
This volume offers a fascinating journey into the world of symbols, architecture and myths, both familiar and less well-known. The road it takes is sometimes the caravan trail, others a Roman road from the classical world, and includes junctions and overlapping influences between East and West. The first stop takes us from the steppe of the Goths through to the city of Ravenna, focusing on King Theodoric.
Stonehenge for the Ancestors Cover Stonehenge for the Ancestors Cover
Format: 
Pages: 380
ISBN: 9789088907067
Pub Date: 28 Sep 2022
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Series: The Stonehenge Riverside Project
Illustrations: 70fc/70bw
Pages: 380
ISBN: 9789088907050
Pub Date: 28 Sep 2022
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Series: The Stonehenge Riverside Project
Illustrations: 70fc/70bw
Description:
For many centuries, scholars and enthusiasts have been fascinated by Stonehenge, the world’s most famous stone circle. In 2003 a team of archaeologists commenced a long-term fieldwork project for the first time in decades. The Stonehenge Riverside Project (2003-2009) aimed to investigate the purpose of this unique prehistoric monument by considering it within its wider archaeological context.
Echoes from the Deep Cover Echoes from the Deep Cover
Format: 
Pages: 270
ISBN: 9789464261172
Pub Date: 27 Sep 2022
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 163fc / 7bw
Pages: 270
ISBN: 9789464261165
Pub Date: 27 Sep 2022
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 163fc / 7bw
Description:
In a process analogous with the impact of aerial photography on landscape archaeology, marine geophysics is locating the remains of thousands of shipwrecks across the seabed of the globe. This research project set out to establish whether all of the shipwrecks in a given geographic region could be identified by name through the mutual study of the 3D models of the shipwrecks, alongside the historic text of shipping losses in the same area.All of the 273 shipwrecks in a 7,500sqm study area in the Irish Sea were surveyed using multibeam echosounder.