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Allotment and Garden Guide Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9780955272356
Pub Date: 01 Dec 2009
Illustrations: colour throughout
Description:
Produced by the Ministry of Agriculture, the "Allotment and Garden Guides" were issued monthly throughout 1945. Aimed at the amateur gardener, they were to be the final rallying call in the wartime campaign to Dig for Victory. Concentrating on the productive garden, the guides were designed to take the amateur gardener through the basic tasks of each month.
Tree-Rings, Kings and Old World Archaeology and Environment Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9781842173862
Pub Date: 13 Nov 2009
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Description:
The study of tree-rings (dendrochronology) provides a key resource for determining dates for archaeological and other contexts where wood/charcoal is present (and so cultural chronology), and for investigating past climate and environment. In the central and east Mediterranean region Peter Ian Kuniholm is synonymous with dendrochronology and dendroarchaeology. He led the creation of numerous tree-ring chronologies for the region (from forests, buildings, archaeological sites), and demonstrated the enormous potential and power of dendrochronology to a range of topics.
Challenging Climate Change Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9789088900310
Pub Date: 11 Nov 2009
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Description:
Throughout history, climate change has been an important driving force behind human behaviour. This archaeological study seeks to understand the complex interrelations between that behaviour and climatic fluctuations, focussing on how climate affected the social relations between neighbouring communities of occasionally differing nature. It is argued that developments in these relations will fall within a continuum between competition on one end and cooperation on the other.
Scientific Understanding Cover Scientific Understanding Cover
Format: 
Pages: 380
ISBN: 9780822943785
Pub Date: 08 Nov 2009
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9780822962793
Pub Date: 25 Sep 2013
Description:
To most scientists, and to those interested in the sciences, understanding is the ultimate aim of scientific endeavor. In spite of this, understanding, and how it is achieved, has received little attention in recent philosophy of science. Scientific Understanding seeks to reverse this trend by providing original and in-depth accounts of the concept of understanding and its essential role in the scientific process.
From Foragers to Farmers Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 298
ISBN: 9781842173541
Pub Date: 01 Aug 2009
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: b/w illus & tbls throughout
Description:
This volume celebrates the career of archaebotanist Professor Gordon C. Hillman. Twenty-eight papers cover a wide range of topics reflecting the great influence that Hillman has had in the field of archaeobotany.
Poisonous Plants Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 216
ISBN: 9781905119219
Pub Date: 01 Aug 2009
Imprint: Windgather Press
Description:
The botanical history of Britain and North West Europe has a dark and a light side. Plants have been used as weapons to harm people, taken deliberately as addictive drugs and also employed as tools in witchcraft and used as magical amulets. Yet many of these same plants have been medicinally vital to numerous European communities; as the author notes, frequently the onl difference between a benevolent medicine and a poison is dosage.
From the Farm to the Table Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9780813192260
Pub Date: 01 Feb 2009
Series: Culture of the Land
Illustrations: photos
Description:
As with other areas of human industry, it has been assumed that technological progress would improve all aspects of agriculture. Technology would increase both efficiency and yield, or so we thought. The directions taken by technology may have worked for a while, but the same technologies that give us an advantage also create disadvantages.
Environment and Aggregate-Related Archaeology Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 232
ISBN: 9781905223022
Pub Date: 15 Jan 2009
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: b/w & col illus
Description:
This volume provides a synthetic review of the background and archaeology that has emerged through archaeological interventions associated with the quarrying of sand, gravel, and rock for aggregates. The book covers all periods from the Lower Palaeolithic to Medieval, and is organized on a regional basis. The review, which also contains as yet unpublished data, shows how the variety and preservation of archaeology can greatly expand our understanding of the relationships of humans to their changing environments.
A Revolution Down on the Farm Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9780813125190
Pub Date: 01 Sep 2008
Illustrations: 12 Photographs
Description:
Agriculture is the most fundamental of all human activities. Today, those who till the soil or tend livestock feed a world population of approximately 6.5 billion.
Deviant Burial in the Archaeological Record Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 244
ISBN: 9781842173381
Pub Date: 19 Aug 2008
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Series: Studies in Funerary Archaeology
Illustrations: illus
Description:
This edited volume contains twelve papers that present evidence on non-normative burial practices from the Neolithic through to Post-Medieval periods and includes case studies from some ten countries. It has long been recognised by archaeologists that certain individuals in a variety of archaeological cultures from diverse periods and locations have been accorded differential treatment in burial relative to other members of their society. These individuals can include criminals, women who died during childbirth, unbaptised infants, people with disabilities, and supposed revenants, to name but a few.

Rivers in History

Perspectives on Waterways in Europe and North America
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780822959885
Pub Date: 22 Jul 2008
Series: History of the Urban Environment
Description:
Throughout history, rivers have run a wide course through human temporal and spiritual experience. They have demarcated mythological worlds, framed the cradle of Western civilization, and served as physical and psychological boundaries among nations. Rivers have become a crux of transportation, industry, and commerce.
The Virtues of Ignorance Cover The Virtues of Ignorance Cover
Format: 
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9780813124773
Pub Date: 01 May 2008
Series: Culture of the Land
Illustrations: 9 line drawings
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9780813192581
Pub Date: 01 May 2010
Series: Culture of the Land
Illustrations: 9 line drawings
Description:
Human dependence on technology has increased exponentially over the past several centuries, along with the notion that environmental problems can be solved with scientific applications. The Virtues of Ignorance: Complexity, Sustainability, and the Limits of Knowledge proposes an alternative to this hubristic, shortsighted, and dangerous worldview. The contributors offer profound arguments for the advantages of an ignorance-based worldview.

Ending the Mendel-Fisher Controversy

Format: Paperback
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9780822959861
Pub Date: 31 Mar 2008
Description:
In 1865, Gregor Mendel presented \u201cExperiments in Plant-Hybridization,\u201d the results of his eight-year study of the principles of inheritance through experimentation with pea plants. Overlooked in its day, Mendel's work would later become the foundation of modern genetics. Did his pioneering research follow the rigors of real scientific inquiry, or was Mendel's data too good to be true-the product of doctored statistics?
Hedgerow History Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 152
ISBN: 9781905119042
Pub Date: 01 Jan 2008
Imprint: Windgather Press
Illustrations: col pls, b/w figs
Description:
Oxbow says: For many years hedges have been the most common field boundary in rural Britain, providing a stock-proof barrier, a field boundary and a haven for wildlife. Despite this, they are rarely studied in any detail in landscape archaeology. The authors of Hedgerow History rightly argue that hedges, as an essential feature of the landscape, their origins and development, are as worthy of study as any other part of the landscape.
Prehistoric Landscape Development and Human Impact in the Upper Allen Valley, Cranborne Chase, Dorset Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9781902937472
Pub Date: 20 Dec 2007
Series: McDonald Institute Monographs
Description:
This volume concerns the palaeo-environmental and archaeological investigations of the upper Allen Valley of Cranborne Chase, Dorset, between 1998 and 2003, which revealed sequences of landscape development which contrast with those previously put forward for the region. A programme of valley-wide geoarchaeological survey and palynological analyses of the relict palaeo-channel system was conducted, along with sample investigations and open area excavations of a variety of prehistoric sites in the area. Among the many excellent illustrations, GIS modelling techniques have been used to interrogate and visualise some of this new data which has provided possible independent corroboration.
Farmers, Monks and Aristocrats Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 306
ISBN: 9781842172902
Pub Date: 12 Dec 2007
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Series: Excavations at Flixborough
Description:
The environmental archaeological evidence from the site of Flixborough (in particular the animal bone assemblage) provides a series of unique insights into Anglo-Saxon life in England during the 8th to 10th centuries. The research reveals detailed evidence for the local and regional environment, many aspects of the local and regional agricultural economy, changing resource exploitation strategies and the extent of possible trade and exchange networks. Perhaps the most important conclusions have been gleaned from the synthesis of these various lines of evidence, viewed in a broader archaeological context.