Prehistory & Ancient History  /  Ancient Near East
The Gilgamesh Epos in Pictures Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 124
ISBN: 9789492940155
Pub Date: 15 Jan 2023
Imprint: Blikvelduitgevers Publishers
Illustrations: Full colour images
Description:
Hugo de Reede (1929-2019), artist and archaeological illustrator has worked in Syria for many years. Gripped by the Gilgamesh Epos and the philosophy narrated in the epic, he created a pictorial book, re-telling the account of Gilgamesh and the eternal mystery of death. The style of drawing in the book suits the regional art in a remarkable manner and with a humorous touch that is fitting for the region’s storytelling tradition.
Tracking the Neolithic in the Near East Cover Tracking the Neolithic in the Near East Cover
Format: 
Pages: 600
ISBN: 9789464260816
Pub Date: 28 Jun 2022
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 109fc / 211bw
Pages: 600
ISBN: 9789464260809
Pub Date: 28 Jun 2022
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 109fc / 211bw
Description:
This volume combines the most up-to-date discoveries and perspectives of Near Eastern Neolithic lithics by leading international archaeologists. It presents the proceedings of the 9th International Conference of the Pre-Pottery Neolithic Chipped and Ground Stone Industries of the Near East, hosted at the University of Tokyo, Japan in 2019 (PPN9-Tokyo). The book places emphasis on regional perspectives to evaluate the Near Eastern Neolithic.
Tell Ahmar on the Syrian Euphrates Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 216
ISBN: 9781789258387
Pub Date: 05 Jun 2022
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: B/w and colour
Description:
Tell Ahmar – also known as Masuwari, Til Barsib and Kar-Shalmaneser in the first millennium BCE – was first inhabited in the sixth millennium during the Ubaid period, and progressively developed to become a regional centre, and in the eighth and seventh centuries, a provincial capital of the Assyrian empire. Remains from the third millennium (a temple and a funerary complex), the second millennium (an administrative complex and well-preserved houses) and the first millennium (an Assyrian palace and elite residences) are particularly impressive. The book offers an archaeological and historical synthesis of the results obtained by the excavations of François Thureau-Dangin (1929–1931) and by the more recent excavations of the universities of Melbourne (1988–1999) and Liège (2000–2010).
The Semantics of Word Division in Northwest Semitic Writing Systems Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781789256772
Pub Date: 15 Dec 2021
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Series: Contexts of and Relations Between Early Writing Systems
Illustrations: B/w
Description:
Much focus in research on alphabetic writing systems has been on correspondences between graphemes and phonemes. The present study sets out to complement these by examining the linguistic denotation of markers of word division in several ancient Northwest Semitic (NWS) writing systems, namely, Ugaritic, Phoenician, Moabite, and Hebrew, as well as alphabetic Greek. While in Modern European languages words on the page are separated on the basis of morphosyntax, I argue that in most NWS writing systems words are divided on the basis of prosody: ‘words’ are units which must be pronounced together with a single primary accent or stress, or as a single phrase.
Bathhouses in Iudaea/Syria-Palaestina and Provincia Arabia from Herod the Great to the Umayyads Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9781789256574
Pub Date: 05 Jun 2021
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: B/w and colour
Description:
Bathing culture was one of the pillars of Roman society and bathhouses are one of the largest categories of a particular type of construction excavated in the Roman world. The large number of surviving remains and their regional variety make bathhouses vital for the study of the local societies in the Roman-Byzantine period. This book presents the archaeological evidence of close to 200 Roman-style bathhouses from the region of Iudaea/Syria-Palaestina and Provincia Arabia, part of the provinces of the Roman East, constructed from the reign of Herod the Great (second half of the 1st century BCE) to the end of the Umayyad rule (mid-8th century CE).
Culture of Defeat Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 307
ISBN: 9781463239206
Pub Date: 27 Jan 2021
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Series: Gorgias Studies in the Ancient Near East
Description:
Culture of Defeat is based on a 2017 conference focusing on the impact on, and responses by, the defeated parties in conflicts in the ancient Near East. Shifting the focus of analysis from the conqueror to the vanquished, the (re-)examination of written sources and the archaeological record sheds new light on the consequences and reactions after often traumatic defeats and allows to gain a more nuanced and complete picture of such events.
Law and Trade in Ancient Mesopotamia and Anatolia Cover Law and Trade in Ancient Mesopotamia and Anatolia Cover
Format: 
Pages: 324
ISBN: 9789088909160
Pub Date: 28 Dec 2020
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 2fc/16bw
Pages: 324
ISBN: 9789088909153
Pub Date: 28 Dec 2020
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 2fc/16bw
Description:
This book contains a selection of nineteen articles published by K.R. Veenhof, focusing on his main field of study: law and trade in the Old Babylonian and Old Assyrian society of the early second millennium B.
Landscapes of Survival Cover Landscapes of Survival Cover
Format: 
Pages: 410
ISBN: 9789088909436
Pub Date: 21 Dec 2020
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 189fc/52bw
Pages: 410
ISBN: 9789088909429
Pub Date: 21 Dec 2020
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 189fc/52bw
Description:
The ‘Black Desert’ begins just south of Damascus and comprises some 40,000 km2 of dark and desolate basalt fields, which stretch from southern Syria across north-eastern Jordan and reach the sand sea of the Nefud in Saudi Arabia. The rough and highly arid terrain is often difficult to access and travel through. Despite these uninviting conditions, recent fieldwork has revealed the immense archaeological and epigraphic record of the Black Desert.
The Early Neolithic of the Eastern Fertile Crescent Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 720
ISBN: 9781789255263
Pub Date: 31 Jul 2020
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Series: Central Zagros Archaeological Project
Illustrations: b/w and colour
Description:
The Eastern Fertile Crescent region of western Iran and eastern Iraq hosted major developments in the transition from hunter-forager to farmer-herder lifestyles through the Early Neolithic period, 10,000-7000 BC. Within the scope of the Central Zagros Archaeological Project, excavations have been conducted since 2012 at two Early Neolithic sites in the Kurdistan region of Iraq: Bestansur and Shimshara. Bestansur represents an early stage in the transition to sedentary, farming life, where the inhabitants pursued a mixed strategy of hunting, foraging, herding and cultivating, maximising the new opportunities afforded by the warmer, wetter climate of the Early Holocene.
In the Footsteps of Honor Frost Cover In the Footsteps of Honor Frost Cover
Format: 
Pages: 300
ISBN: 9789088908316
Pub Date: 10 Dec 2019
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Series: Honor Frost Foundation General Publication
Illustrations: 148fc/48bw
Pages: 300
ISBN: 9789088908309
Pub Date: 10 Dec 2019
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Series: Honor Frost Foundation General Publication
Illustrations: 148fc/48bw
Description:
Maritime archaeologist Honor Frost (1917-2010) was a pioneer in her field. She left a rich legacy through her innovative research conducted in the eastern Mediterranean on the remains of ports and harbours, sea-level change, shipwrecks and ship construction, and ancient anchors. This volume provides an appreciation of Frost's work and gives a point-in-time assessment of current projects in the region that are in effect a continuity of Frost’s work.
Digging up the Bible? Cover Digging up the Bible? Cover
Format: 
Pages: 156
ISBN: 9789088908743
Pub Date: 05 Nov 2019
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 30fc/85bw
Pages: 156
ISBN: 9789088908736
Pub Date: 05 Nov 2019
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 30fc/85bw
Description:
This is the account of a remarkable excavation. It started with a modest dig on an unremarkable tell in Jordan. The name of the tell does not occur in the Bible, and no ancient town of any importance was to be expected under the rubble.
Nairi Lands Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9781789252781
Pub Date: 31 Oct 2019
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: b/w and colour
Description:
This study analyses the social and symbolic value of the material culture, in particular the pottery production and the architecture, and the social structure of the local communities of a broad area encompassing Eastern Anatolia, the South Caucasus and North-western Iran during the last phase of the Late Bronze Age and the Early Iron Age. This broad area is known from the Assyrian texts as ‘Nairi lands’. The second part of the study, furnishes a reassessment of pottery production characteristics and theories, as well as of the socio-economic structure and issues, tied to the sedentary and mobile local communities of the Nairi lands.
Rest in Mesopotamian and Israelite Literature Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 329
ISBN: 9781463207090
Pub Date: 29 Oct 2019
Imprint: Gorgias Press
Series: Perspectives on Hebrew Scriptures and its Contexts
Description:
Rest in Mesopotamian and Israelite Literature studies the concept of rest in the Hebrew Bible and ancient Near Eastern literature. Through close examination of Mesopotamian texts and selections from the Deuteronomistic History and Chronicles, Kim delineates a concept of rest for each body of literature, and employs a comparative approach to illuminate the rest motif in the Hebrew Bible in light of Mesopotamian literature.
Looking Closely Cover Looking Closely Cover
Format: 
Pages: 500
ISBN: 9789088907678
Pub Date: 10 Oct 2019
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 195fc/117bw
Pages: 500
ISBN: 9789088907654
Pub Date: 10 Oct 2019
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 195fc/117bw
Description:
Soviet archaeological research in southern Turkmenistan revealed a series of small Late Neolithic and Aeneolithic villages strung along the streams that emerge from the Kopet Dag and water the narrow foothill zone separating the mountains from the Kara Kum desert. A commonly accepted premise of their work was that these communities garnered their technological knowledge if not their populations from regions to the south and west in present-day Iran.Since 2010 we have reinvestigated one of these sites, the small Late Neolithic (ca.
Fashioned Selves Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781789252545
Pub Date: 15 May 2019
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: b/w and colour
Description:
The study of dress in antiquity has expanded in the last 20 years, evolving from investigations of costume and ethnicity in ancient art and texts and analyses of terms relating to textiles and their production, to broader studies of the social roles of dressed bodies in ancient contexts, texts, and images. This volume emerges from Approaches to Dress and the Body sessions at the Annual Meetings of the American Schools of Oriental Research in 2016 and 2017, as well as sessions relating to ancient dress and personal adornment at the Annual Meetings of the Archaeological Institute of America in 2018. Following the broad notion of dress first presented in Eicher and Roach-Higgins in 1992 as the “assemblage of modifications of the body and/or supplements to the body,” the contributions to this volume study varied materials, including physical markings on the body, durable goods related to dressed bodies in archaeological contexts, dress as represented in the visual arts as well as in texts, most bringing overlapping bodies of evidence into play.
Seafaring and Seafarers in the Bronze Age Eastern Mediterranean Cover Seafaring and Seafarers in the Bronze Age Eastern Mediterranean Cover
Format: 
Pages: 285
ISBN: 9789088905551
Pub Date: 20 Sep 2018
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 20fc/40bw
Pages: 285
ISBN: 9789088905544
Pub Date: 20 Sep 2018
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 20fc/40bw
Description:
Seafaring is a mode of travel, a way to traverse maritime space that enables not only the transport of goods and materials but also of people and ideas — communicating and sharing knowledge across the sea and between different lands. Seagoing ships under sail were operating between the Levant, Egypt, Cyprus and Anatolia by the mid-third millennium BC and within the Aegean by the end of that millennium. By the Late Bronze Age (after ca.