Prehistory & Ancient History  /  Ancient Near East
An Examination of Late Assyrian Metalwork Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 330
ISBN: 9781842175071
Pub Date: 31 Dec 2012
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Description:
Although the Assyrian kingdom that dominated the Ancient Near East between the ninth and seventh centuries BC had a rich material culture, attested particularly by the distinctive stone wall reliefs and colossal gateway figures, practically nothing is known about Assyrian metalwork. There has been no previous survey of this subject, largely because most of the material was not accessible. This volume makes available for the first time a vast amount of previously unpublished metalwork, much of it from the Assyrian capital city of Nimrud, excavated first by Sir Henry Layard between 1845 and 1851 and then by the British School of Archaeology in Iraq between 1949 and 1963.
Living the Lunar Calendar Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 350
ISBN: 9781842174814
Pub Date: 30 Apr 2012
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Description:
Lunar calendars suffer from an inherent uncertainty in the length of each month and the number of months in the year. Variable atmospheric conditions, weather and the acuity of the eye of an observer mean that the first sighting of the new moon crescent can never be known in advance. Calendars which rely on such observations to define the beginning of a new month therefore suffer from this lack of certainty as to whether a month will begin on a given day or the next.
Interweaving Worlds Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 308
ISBN: 9781842179987
Pub Date: 31 Dec 2011
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: col & b/w illus.
Description:
How do we understand the systemic interactions that took place in and between different regions of prehistoric Eurasia and their consequences for individuals, groups and regions on both a theoretical and empirical basis? Such interactions helped create economic and cultural spheres that were mutually dependent yet distinct. This volume, emerging from a conference hosted in memory of Professor Andrew Sherratt in Sheffield in April 2008 and in honour of his contributions to large-scale economic history, presents some diverse archaeological responses to this problem.
Pilgrimage in Early Christian Jordan Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 264
ISBN: 9780977409495
Pub Date: 30 Nov 2011
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Description:
An interest in places of pilgrimage is very much a part of the life of many people in the modern world. For Christians, it is the Holy Land that holds specific interest - the area where the events described in the Bible, in both the Old and the New Testament, are located. This volume focuses on early Christian pilgrimage in Jordan, the region east of the Jordan River which has so far been little explored by pilgrims and tourists to the Holy Land.
Egypt and the Near East - the Crossroads Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 345
ISBN: 9788073083625
Pub Date: 15 Sep 2011
Description:
The present volume presents the proceedings from the international workshop entitled Egypt and the Near East - the Crossroads, dedicated to the study of the relations between the two regions. The symposium took place from September 1-3, 2010 at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague. The main objective of the workshop was to enhance our understanding of the historical processes and the development of the abundant and complex relations between Egypt and the Near East during the period defined by the end of the Chalcolithic Period and the dawn of the Iron Age.
Umm al-Biyara Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9781842174395
Pub Date: 26 Aug 2011
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Series: Levant Supplementary Series
Illustrations: 183 b/w illus
Description:
Umm al-Biyara, the highest mountain in Petra, southern Jordan, was the first Iron Age Edomite site to be extensively excavated. It was a domestic, unwalled site of stone-built longhouses dating to the 7th-6th centuries BCE. The stratigraphy, pottery, small finds and inscribed material, including the important bulla of Qos-Gabr, King of Edom are described, supplemented by chapters on the use of space and a landscape study of mountain-top sites in the Petra region.
Knowledge is Light Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9781842174487
Pub Date: 15 Jul 2011
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Series: ASTENE Publications
Illustrations: 23 col & b/w illus
Description:
For thousands of years travellers wandered to, and spread out through, Egypt and the Near East, seeking trade, adventure and knowledge. For centuries travellers to - and from - the Near East carried knowledge with them and then carried home the new knowledge acquired in the region. And knowledge, as the Arabic proverb states, is light.
Culture, Chronology and the Chalcolithic Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9781842179932
Pub Date: 31 Mar 2011
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Series: Levant Supplementary Series
Illustrations: 87 b/w & col illus
Description:
To some, the Chalcolithic (4700/4500-3700/3600 BC cal.), as the first period with metallurgy, large sprawling villages, rich mortuary offerings, and cult centres, represents a developmental stage on the road to the urban Bronze Age, the "dawn of history". Others have called it 'the end of prehistory'.
Canhasan Sites 3 Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 210
ISBN: 9781898249245
Pub Date: 15 Nov 2010
Description:
This volume, the third in the series of reports on the excavations carried out at the Canhasan I mound in south-central Anatolia in the years 1961-1968, follows the publication of the stratification and structures (Canhasan Sites 1) and of the pottery (Canhasan Sites 2). Here, the primary aim is to present a descriptive account and catalogue of the registered small-finds. The small-finds have been grouped, described and then illustrated according to material, e.
The Herodian Dynasty Cover The Herodian Dynasty Cover
Format: 
Pages: 530
ISBN: 9781907427015
Pub Date: 31 Oct 2010
Imprint: Spink Books
Pages: 530
ISBN: 9781907427039
Pub Date: 31 Oct 2010
Imprint: Spink Books
Description:
The remarkable Herodian dynasty flourished from the second century BCE to the second century CE. This book examines its origins, measures its impact on Jewish society, and discusses the influence it had beyond Judaea. It argues that the Herodian dynasty played a central part in the workings of the Eastern Roman Empire.
South-Eastern Mediterranean Peoples Between 130,000 and 10,000 Years Ago Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781842174036
Pub Date: 30 Jun 2010
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: 86 b/w illus, 8 tables
Description:
The Upper Pleistocene era encompassed a period of dramatic cultural developments in the south-eastern Mediterranean basin. This book highlights and synthesizes the latest research and current scientific debate on the archaeology of this time period in North Africa and the Near East. Recent archaeological research in North Africa has meant this region now plays a decisive role in scientific debate.
Your Praise is Sweet Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 472
ISBN: 9780903472289
Pub Date: 25 Jun 2010
Description:
This volume is intended as a tribute to the memory of the Sumerologist Jeremy Black, who died in 2004. The Sumerian phrase zà-mí-zu dug-ga-àm 'Your praise is sweet' is commonly addressed to a deity at the close of a work of Sumerian literature. The scope of the thirty contributions, from Sumerology to the nineteenth-century rediscovery of Mesopotamia, is testament to Jeremy's own wide-ranging interests and to his ability to forge scholarly connections and friendships among all who shared his interest in ancient Iraq.
The Development of Pre-State Communities in the Ancient Near East Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781842174074
Pub Date: 30 Apr 2010
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Series: BANEA monograph Series
Illustrations: 79 b/w illus, 19 tables
Description:
This book explores the dynamics of small-scale societies in the ancient Near East by examining the ways in which particular communities functioned and interacted and by moving beyond the broad neo-evolutionary models of social change which have characterised many earlier approaches. By focusing on issues of diversity, scale, and context, it considers the ways in which economy, crafts, technology, and ritual were organised; the roles played by mortuary practices and households in the structure and development of ancient societies; and the importance of agency, identity, ethnicity, gender, community and cultural interaction for the rise of socio-economic complexity. The contributors to this volume are well-known archaeologists in the field of Near Eastern studies; all are currently engaged in fieldwork or research in Cyprus, the Levant, or Turkey.
Landscapes in Transition Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 248
ISBN: 9781842174166
Pub Date: 20 Apr 2010
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Series: Levant Supplementary Series
Description:
This volume presents a collection of papers focusing on archaeological approaches to landscape in the context of the adoption of agriculture in Southwest Asia and Northwest Europe. Case studies are presented from these contrasting regions, one where the transition to farming is indigenous, and the other where the transformation is initiated externally. This allows us to consider to what extent hunter-gatherer and farmer landscapes may be different, or the degree to which apparent differences have been constructed by our expectations and traditions of interpretation.
Gilgal Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 300
ISBN: 9781842174135
Pub Date: 28 Feb 2010
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Series: American School of Prehistoric Research Monograph
Description:
The Gilgal Neolithic sites are among the first sites where cultivation emerged in the Levant. This book provides the full report of the late Tamar Noy's excavations including stratigraphy, architecture, artifacts, art objects, faunal, and botanical collections.
Once There Was a Place Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 428
ISBN: 9780903472272
Pub Date: 05 Feb 2010
Description:
This volume presents the research of the British team within the modern excavations at the northern Mesopotamian site of Chagar Bazar, resumed in 1999 after a 62-year hiatus since the excavations of Max Mallowan. It incorporates settlement archaeology approaches and theoretical ideas of "place" in exploring the site and its internal and external landscapes. The primary focus is the settlement during the early 2nd millennium BC (Old Babylonian Period, post-Samsi-Addu), its final ancient occupation.