Prehistory & Ancient History  /  Ancient Near East
Obsidian Vessels in the Prehistoric and Early Historic Near East Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9798888570623
Pub Date: 15 Nov 2024
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: 360 b/w and color imgaes
Description:
Obsidian, a shiny volcanic glass, was first used to make vessels in the mid-sixth millennium BC in the Near East, although other stone had been exploited for vessel manufacture since the thirteenth millennium BC. Unlike the stone used to make the earliest vessels, which was acquired from local and regional sources, obsidian had to be obtained from volcanoes located hundreds of kilometers from where vessels were made and used. The obsidian from these sources had long been exploited for making tools and by the tenth millennium BC obsidian artifacts can be found in communities located far distant from the sources.
A tomb robbers' trail revealed Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 144
ISBN: 9789492940261
Pub Date: 31 Jul 2024
Imprint: Blikvelduitgevers Publishers
Illustrations: Full colour illustrations
Description:
This year, with the centennial of Howard Carter’s discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun, Martin Hense is presenting his meticulous research on the robberies that took place in the tomb of this Egyptian pharaoh, 3300 years ago. This book is the outcome of that research, presented like a true ‘cold case crime investigation’. Even though the tomb robberies took place more than 3300 years ago, the evidence for the way the robbers entered the tomb and the items they removed, could still be discerned when Howard Carter opened the tomb in 1922.

Literary Snippets

A Colophon Reader: Volume 2
Format: Hardback
Pages: 197
ISBN: 9781463244026
Pub Date: 03 Jun 2024
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Description:
This companion volume to Literary Snippets: Colophons Across Space and Time (Gorgias Press, 2023) gives examples of colophons (and their translations) from the Ancient Near East up to the pre-modern world, in Akkadian, Hebrew, Arabic, Syriac, and Persian.
People of Anatolia Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 231
ISBN: 9781912090105
Pub Date: 15 May 2024
Series: British Institute at Ankara Monograph
Illustrations: 26 photos, maps, and charts; 29 tables
Description:
People of Anatolia: Past, Current and Future Research in the Biological Anthropology of Türkiye brings together, in one complete volume, some of the current research foci and trends of biological anthropology in Türkiye. The papers within this edited volume cover a multitude of topics, many of which complement and enhance each other, helping to demonstrate the strength and variety of research currently being performed in Türkiye by both domestic and foreign researchers. Furthermore, several of these papers examine large scale diachronic changes and highlight the importance of such holistic approaches and methodological considerations, and new trends in modern research by considering large scale patterns through time and space and the ‘bigger’ picture.
Byblos Cover Byblos Cover
Format: 
Pages: 300
ISBN: 9789464262216
Pub Date: 30 Apr 2024
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 206fc / 41bw
Pages: 300
ISBN: 9789464262209
Pub Date: 30 Apr 2024
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 206fc / 41bw
Description:
Byblos has played an extraordinary role in the history of the Mediterranean. From c. 3200 BC, it developed into the preeminent port of the region due to its strategic location at the foothills of the cedar forests of Mount Lebanon and its unique ties with the pharaohs of Egypt.
From Midas to Cyrus and Other Stories Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 255
ISBN: 9781912090129
Pub Date: 10 Apr 2024
Series: British Institute at Ankara Monograph
Illustrations: 134 illus, 6 tables
Description:
The period of Anatolian history between the death of the semilegendary king Midas of Gordion ca 700 BC and the advent of the Achaemenid Persian Empire ca 550 BC is dominated by certain narratives: the rise of the Mermnad Lydian Kingdom, from Gyges to Croesus; the demise of the Urartian Kingdom and ‘NeoHittite’type culture and polities; and the invasion of shadowy forces from the Steppe: Cimmerians, Scythians and Medes. The discoveries of Geoffrey and Francoise Summers’s project at the massive walled city on Kerkenes Dağı have changed the cultural history and texture of Anatolia during this time period, opening up insights into the spread of Phrygian culture and language and inviting further discussion of how the period is framed. This book honours their accomplishments by presenting papers addressing the dynamics and events of that period from various angles, and in various regions and places, as well as other interventions on Iron Age Anatolia, from dating of kings to rare and potentially influential medical techniques.
A pencil will do, thank you’ Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 64
ISBN: 9789080774407
Pub Date: 15 Jan 2024
Imprint: Blikvelduitgevers Publishers
Illustrations: Full colour images
Description:
Martin Hense has been travelling to North Africa and West Asia to excavate and draw for more than 25 years. This book presents his reconstructions and archaeological drawings from various excavations with full colour illustrations. Reconstructing ancient ruins, with detailed knowledge of ancient architecture and building technology, he has become an expert over the years.
Style and Society in the Prehistory of West Asia Cover Style and Society in the Prehistory of West Asia Cover
Format: 
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9789464261806
Pub Date: 16 Nov 2023
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Series: Papers on Archaeology of the Leiden Museum of Antiquities
Illustrations: 83fc / 15bw
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9789464261790
Pub Date: 16 Nov 2023
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Series: Papers on Archaeology of the Leiden Museum of Antiquities
Illustrations: 83fc / 15bw
Description:
Olivier Nieuwenhuyse was a remarkable archaeologist whose work has transformed the study of later Neolithic societies in West Asia. He has inspired many colleagues and students in their own pursuit of archaeology. Through the analysis of material culture his aim was to reconstruct social meanings and practices of societies in the deep past.
From Households to Empires Cover From Households to Empires Cover
Format: 
Pages: 290
ISBN: 9789464261967
Pub Date: 18 Oct 2023
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 30fc / 45bw
Pages: 290
ISBN: 9789464261950
Pub Date: 18 Oct 2023
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 30fc / 45bw
Description:
Bradley J. Parker made numerous contributions to the field of archaeology and Assyriology on a broad array of topics spanning six millennia of archaeological history in both ancient Mesopotamia and the Andes. His varied research interests included the archaeology of empires and imperial dynamics, frontiers and borderlands, households and micro-archaeology, ethnoarchaeology, aerial drone mapping, and the politics of archaeology and nationalism.
What Does This Have to Do with Archaeology? Cover What Does This Have to Do with Archaeology? Cover
Format: 
Pages: 458
ISBN: 9789464261899
Pub Date: 14 Sep 2023
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 99fc / 59 bw
Pages: 458
ISBN: 9789464261882
Pub Date: 14 Sep 2023
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 99fc / 59 bw
Description:
“What Does This Have to Do with Archaeology?” is a collection of essays published on the occasion of Reinhard Bernbeck’s 65th birthday. The distinguished archaeologist Reinhard Bernbeck from the Institute of Near Eastern Archaeology at Freie Universität Berlin is an internationally highly esteemed colleague.
Death at the Dunnu Cover Death at the Dunnu Cover
Format: 
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9789464261837
Pub Date: 07 Sep 2023
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 97fc / 57bw
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9789464261820
Pub Date: 07 Sep 2023
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 97fc / 57bw
Description:
During the roughly hundred years (ca. 1225 – 1125 BCE) that the Middle Assyrian dunnu at Tell Sabi Abyad was in operation, some forty-nine individuals were interred in graves of a striking diversity. In this book their burial type, location, orientation, position, grave goods and osteological data are analysed in order to generate new insights on Middle Assyrian society.
Jebel Aruda: An Uruk period temple and settlement in Syria Cover Jebel Aruda: An Uruk period temple and settlement in Syria Cover
Format: 
Pages: 390
ISBN: 9789464261714
Pub Date: 17 Jul 2023
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Series: Papers on Archaeology of the Leiden Museum of Antiquities
Illustrations: 112fc / 385bw
Pages: 390
ISBN: 9789464261707
Pub Date: 17 Jul 2023
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Series: Papers on Archaeology of the Leiden Museum of Antiquities
Illustrations: 112fc / 385bw
Description:
Jebel Aruda, a prominent mountain ridge overlooking the Taqba Dam lake in northern Syria, was the location of a remarkable settlement that flourished between c. 3300 and 3100 BC during the so-called Uruk period. For the inhabitants the sacredness of this high place, evidenced by the discovery of a large temple complex, seems to have taken precedent over its impractical location far above the valley of the Euphrates River.
Jebel Aruda: An Uruk period temple and settlement in Syria Cover Jebel Aruda: An Uruk period temple and settlement in Syria Cover
Format: 
Pages: 452
ISBN: 9789464261745
Pub Date: 17 Jul 2023
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Series: Papers on Archaeology of the Leiden Museum of Antiquities
Illustrations: 10fc / 206bw
Pages: 452
ISBN: 9789464261738
Pub Date: 17 Jul 2023
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Series: Papers on Archaeology of the Leiden Museum of Antiquities
Illustrations: 10fc / 206bw
Description:
Jebel Aruda, a prominent mountain ridge overlooking the Taqba Dam lake in northern Syria, was the location of a remarkable settlement that flourished between c. 3300 and 3100 BC during the so-called Uruk period. For the inhabitants the sacredness of this high place, evidenced by the discovery of a large temple complex, seems to have taken precedent over its impractical location far above the valley of the Euphrates River.
Thirdspace in Assyrien und Urartu Cover Thirdspace in Assyrien und Urartu Cover
Format: 
Pages: 330
ISBN: 9789464280555
Pub Date: 25 May 2023
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 51fc / 78bw
Pages: 330
ISBN: 9789464280548
Pub Date: 25 May 2023
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 51fc / 78bw
Description:
Wie lässt sich Subalternität in der Vergangenheit untersuchen, wenn heute fast ausschließlich Hinterlassenschaften der Eliten erhalten sind? Warum lohnt sich eine solche Untersuchung und wo führt sie hin? Diesen Fragen wird in dem vorliegenden Buch über die Beziehung von Assyrien und Urartu im eisenzeitlichen Nordmesopotamien (ca.
Containers of Change Cover Containers of Change Cover
Format: 
Pages: 286
ISBN: 9789464270525
Pub Date: 24 May 2023
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 52fc / 45bw
Pages: 286
ISBN: 9789464270518
Pub Date: 24 May 2023
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 52fc / 45bw
Description:
Across Western Asia, the astonishing increase in the availability of durable ceramic containers in the seventh millennium BCE had significant societal repercussions – so much so that vital social, economic, and symbolic activities became dependent upon the availability of pottery containers. These early ceramic containers, however, established themselves alongside flourishing pre-existing container traditions, with vessels made in a wide range of materials including clay, bitumen, basketry, leather, wood, and stone. How did prehistoric people respond to the emergence of containers as a key factor in their lives?
Coming to Terms with the Future Cover Coming to Terms with the Future Cover
Format: 
Pages: 270
ISBN: 9789464261462
Pub Date: 22 Mar 2023
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Series: The Iranian Highlands. Early Societies between Resilience and Integration
Illustrations: 64fc / 19bw
Pages: 270
ISBN: 9789464261455
Pub Date: 22 Mar 2023
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Series: The Iranian Highlands. Early Societies between Resilience and Integration
Illustrations: 64fc / 19bw
Description:
The collection of essays in this book focuses on the highlands of Iran in pre-modern times, reaching from the Paleolithic to the medieval period. What holds the diverse contributions together is an issue that is closely related to debates in our own times: crises and how societies in the past dealt with them. We start from the premise that general circumstances in the fractured topographic structure of the Iranian highlands led to unique relations between ecological, social, economic and political conditions.