Oxbow Books
Oxbow Books is a leading publisher in the fields of archaeology, ancient history and medieval studies, with an international reputation for quality and affordability. Oxbow's archaeology publishing covers all periods from earliest prehistory through classical archaeology, the ancient Near East, Egyptology, the Middle Ages and post-medieval archaeology. They publish a wide variety of books including scholarly monographs, edited collections of papers, and excavation and research reports in related fields such as archaeological practice and theory, archaeozoology, and environmental, landscape and maritime archaeology.

Founded in Oxford in 1983 by academic and museum archaeologist, David Brown, Oxbow Books has evolved and expanded significantly over the years. Now celebrating their 40th anniversary, Oxbow remains dedicated to the quality of their publishing for readers, and the contribution their books bring to the scholarly and professional communities more broadly.
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.
Islands and Communities Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9798888571514
Pub Date: 30 Sep 2024
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: 15 B/W illustrations and 20 colour illustrations
Description:
Water may separate islands and the mainland, but the sea also offers a vital link. This volume is one of three major outputs of the research and public engagement project ‘Being an Islander’: Art and Identity of the Large Mediterranean Islands, implemented between 2019 and 2024 at the University of Cambridge. This project aimed to elucidate what defines island identity in the Mediterranean.
Colonisation and Christianity Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781789259674
Pub Date: 15 Sep 2024
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: B&W and Color images
Description:
A joint Icelandic–US archaeological project in North Iceland examined the development of the farmstead settlement pattern from the initial Norse settlement of Iceland in c. AD 870–1300. The results were compared with the distribution of early Christian household cemeteries following the conversion in AD 1000 and the later institutionalization of the Catholic church in the 12th century.
Egyptian Stelae, Reliefs and Paintings from the Petrie Collection Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 110
ISBN: 9798888571286
Pub Date: 15 Aug 2024
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Series: Oxbow Classics in Egyptology
Description:
This is a facsimile reissue of part III of H.M Stewart’s three part complete catalogue of the inscribed stelae, reliefs and paintings acquired by Flinders Petrie from his many Egyptian excavations and intended as a teaching collection. Over 140 monuments, primarily of the Late Period are described, translated and illustrated with comments on techniques and materials, and details of provenance, date and bibliographical references.
Forsaken Relics Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9798888571149
Pub Date: 15 Aug 2024
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Series: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Ancient Societies (MAtAS)
Illustrations: 100 B/W illustrations
Description:
Forsaken Relics examines the intricate mechanisms of ritualistic appropriation of ruined and/or abandoned assets and artifacts. It explores how this process occurs in situations where there is legislation to regulate the appropriation of ownerless property, as well as in cases where such rules are either absent or contested, leading to disputes and conflicts.Every society has developed its unique ways of managing the re-appropriation of ‘ownerless things’, such as places and houses abandoned after conflicts, crises, or natural disasters, forsaken cemeteries, tombs, and forgotten goods.
The Bronze Age Collective Graves of Qarn al-Harf, Ras al-Khaimah (UAE) Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 544
ISBN: 9781789257953
Pub Date: 15 Aug 2024
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: B/w and colour
Description:
The end of the 3rd millennium was a time of significant transformation in south-east Arabia (the United Arab Emirates and northern Oman). The cultural homogeneity of the preceding Early Bronze Age, Umm an-Nar period (c. 2700–2000 BC) came to an end and gave way to the Middle Bronze Age, Wadi Suq period (2000–1600 BC).
Ancient Effigy Mound Landscapes of Upper Midwestern North America Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781785700873
Pub Date: 31 Jul 2024
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Series: American Landscapes
Illustrations: black/white and colour illustrations
Description:
Between c. AD 700 and 1100, Late Woodland people of the Upper Midwest used the topography and other features of the natural landscape to create vast ceremonial landscapes consisting of thousands of earthen mounds sculpted into animals and animal spirits that mirrored their belief and clan-based social structure and that served an important role in mortuary ritual. In so doing, the Late Woodland people created quite visible three-dimensional maps of ancient cosmology and social structures that are similar to the beliefs and social systems of more recent Indian people.
Canon and Proportion in Egyptian Art Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 134
ISBN: 9798888571224
Pub Date: 15 Jul 2024
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Series: Oxbow Classics in Egyptology
Description:
This facsimile reissue of the 1975 second edition of Iversen’s Canon and Proportion brings back into print a seminal work originally published in 1955. Iversen describes a canon – that is, a set of rules of proportions – advanced and used by the artists of Egypt. In order to interpret the stylistic message of the Egyptian system of proportion he undertakes a study of the principles of its construction, an analysis of its modules and presents an unambiguous numerical definition of the ratios governing its units and parts, demonstrating its use with illustrated examples.
Egyptian Sculpture Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 134
ISBN: 9798888571200
Pub Date: 15 Jul 2024
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Series: Oxbow Classics in Egyptology
Description:
This facsimile reissue of Anthea Page’s catalog of the stone and wooden statuary in the Petrie Museum makes available again a major corpus of material. The bulk of statuary in the museum was purchased since the finest sculpture from Petrie’s own excavations rightly went to Cairo and other museums. While the sculpture in his own collection covers the whole length of Egyptian dynastic history illustrating many different schools and qualities of workmanship, it does not provide a comprehensive view of the art of the Egyptian sculptor.
Egyptian Stelae, Reliefs and Paintings from the Petrie Collection Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 138
ISBN: 9798888571248
Pub Date: 15 Jul 2024
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Series: Oxbow Classics in Egyptology
Description:
This is a facsimile reissue of part I of H.M. Stewart’s three part complete catalogue of the inscribed stelae, reliefs and paintings acquired by Flinders Petrie from his many Egyptian excavations and intended as a teaching collection.
New Voices in Iranian Archaeology Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9798888571453
Pub Date: 15 Jul 2024
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: 110 B/W illustrations
Description:
This volume highlights the excellent, wide-ranging work of a diverse collection of Iranian archaeologists, the new voices in Iranian archaeology. Archaeology in Iran has developed in lockstep with the discipline of archaeology itself, in part due to the colonial endeavors that provided impetus for Europeans to travel to distant lands and extract antiquities and other commodities. But centuries before western archaeologists broke ground on excavations in the lands that would in 1935 be called Iran, a deep and meaningful engagement with and reverence for the past was a thread running through Iranian culture since antiquity.
The Tomb of Amenemhab Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 134
ISBN: 9798888570852
Pub Date: 15 Jun 2024
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Series: Oxbow Classics in Egyptology
Description:
This volume is a facsimile reissue of the full publication of the tomb identified as that of Amenemhab, a middle ranking priest of Amon. The tomb lies within the lower enclosure of the major cemetery of Elwet Sheikh-Abdel Qurnah in Thebes. It is cut into a perpendicular cliff of limestone and shale and is one of the private, so-called house-like chapel tombs of local dignitaries, mainly dating to the Ramesside Period.
Tutankhamun and Carter Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9798888570678
Pub Date: 15 Jun 2024
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: 200 b/w and color images
Description:
One hundred years after its discovery, this book revisits Tutankhamun’s tomb with a view to reassess the circumstances in which it was excavated by Carter and to estimate how it has impacted both scientific and popular representations of Egypt at large. In short, this book examines the find of Tutankhamun as a multidimension cultural phenomenon involving aspects concerning the historical circumstances of the find, how it was studied over the years, how it impacted our knowledge on Tutankhamun’s reign and our own perception of Egyptian civilization. The studies are presented along four sections, addressing different, yet complementary aspects of Tutankhamun’s 'phenomenon'.
The Tomb of the Vizier Rē‘-wer at Saqqara Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 88
ISBN: 9798888570890
Pub Date: 15 Jun 2024
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Series: Oxbow Classics in Egyptology
Description:
The tomb of Rē‘-wer lies in the south-eastern corner of the mortuary temple of King Teti, first King of the 6th Dynasty, beside the pyramid of Teti, in the Old Kingdom necropolis at Saqqara. Excavations in 1906–7 and in the early 1920s were not published and the tomb was re-excavated and partly restored in 1975–7. It comprised a paved courtyard within a temenos containing the rectangular chapel tomb, with surviving structure built of fine quality limestone blocks in inner and outer walls.
The Tomb and Beyond Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 144
ISBN: 9798888570876
Pub Date: 15 Jun 2024
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Series: Oxbow Classics in Egyptology
Description:
The tombs, with their scenes, inscriptions, objects and human remains, represent our richest source of information for the understanding of Egyptian beliefs and practices, art and architecture and of many aspects of daily life. Detailed, scholarly reports on individual cemeteries and tombs are abundant but in this fully illustrated, more general work Kanawati, reproduced in this facsimile edition, provides an invaluable introduction to, and overview of, the key elements of Egyptian tombs from Predynastic to the Late Period. The Egyptian dead enjoyed a continued existence in both the Netherworld and the land of the living – the individual possessing multiple entities which experienced different destinies after death.
Rocks in Motion Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9781789259759
Pub Date: 15 Jun 2024
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Series: Explorations in Western Desert Rock
Description:
Rock art in Dakhleh was produced for perhaps as long as 10 millennia, resulting in the formation of hundreds of sites displaying thousands of images. In some places, petroglyphs form a true melting pot of iconographic creations, elsewhere only isolated depictions appear on rock surfaces. Various rock art traditions, from prehistoric, through pharaonic, Graeco-Roman, and mediaeval, have all added to a tremendous variety of petroglyphs, their formal traits and subject matter.