Prehistory & Ancient History  /  Ancient Near East
Ancient Jordan from the Air Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 282
ISBN: 9780953910229
Pub Date: 01 Sep 2004
Illustrations: 4 maps and 219 colour pls
Description:
Jordan is part both of the Fertile Crescent and the Holy Land. Its archaeological remains extend in time from prehistory to the British Empire. The country is, of course, renowned for the magnificent ruins at Petra - a World Heritage Site - and the superb remains of the Roman city of Jerash.
From Handaxe to Khan Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 332
ISBN: 9788779341074
Pub Date: 31 Aug 2004
Illustrations: illus
Description:
From Handaxe to Khan - Essays Presented to Peder Mortensen on the Occasion of his 70th Birthday
The Published Ivories from Fort Shalmaneser, Nimrud Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 181
ISBN: 9780903472166
Pub Date: 18 Jul 2004
Illustrations: many illus, accompanying CD
Description:
Nimrud is an exceptionally generous site, and has richly rewarded those that work there. It was first famous for the Assyrian bas reliefs found by the 19th century archaeologist, Austen Henry Layard, but is also famous for the thousands of ivories found during the 19th and 20th centuries. The ivories were mostly imported from the Levantine kingdoms to the west, either as tribute or booty, although there were some in the distinctive local Assyrian style.
Excavations at Tell Brak 4 Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 512
ISBN: 9781902937168
Pub Date: 15 Jul 2003
Series: McDonald Institute Monographs
Illustrations: 326 b/w figs, 79 tbs
Description:
Tell Brak in Syria is one of the largest and most important multi-period sites in northern Mesopotamia. Excavations in 1994-1996 cast new light on everyday life at the settlement through several phases of occupation from the early 4th millennium BC to the 2nd millennium BC. Volume 4 in the Tell Brak Monograph series provides an account of the architecture, artefacts, and environmental evidence, supported by a program of radiocarbon dating.
Maussolleion at Halikarnassos Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9788788415155
Pub Date: 28 Feb 2003
Series: Jutland Archaeological Society Publications
Illustrations: illus
Description:
Raised to honour Maussolos, a Persian satrap of the 4th century BCE, the Maussolleion in Halikarnassos was renowned throughout the ancient world as one of its Seven Wonders. Pliny the Elder provided a useful description of it several centuries later, but another fourteen passed before the invention of moveable type made his observations available to a wider public. In Volume 5, Jeppesen tries to reconcile Pliny's account of the superstructure with recent archaeological finds.
Maussolleion at Halikarnassos, Volume 7 Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 331
ISBN: 9788788415179
Pub Date: 28 Feb 2003
Series: Jutland Archaeological Society Publications
Illustrations: illus
Description:
This volume is a study of selected ceramic finds from the Maussolleion site and the first major publication on Karian pottery since 1965. From a body of 120,000 items, the authors have emphasised in situ contexts related to the construction of the Maussolleion, and representative items from the large body of Hellenistic material.

Catalogue of the Collections of Sir Aurel Stein in the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Format: Hardback
Pages: 350
ISBN: 9780714124216
Pub Date: 31 Dec 2002
Illustrations: 26p of b/w pls
Description:
Sir Aurel Stein (1862-1943) is renowned for his archaeological expeditions to Central Asia, India, Iran, Iraq and Jordan. The mass of books and correspondence that he collected during his lifetime are distributed among collections in Britain and his homeland of Hungary. Within the collection bequeathed to the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences is a unique source of material including photographs, letters, documents, manuscripts, articles, offprints and reviews within the subjects of Indology, Iranian studies, Central Asian linguistics and archaeology and Oriental manuscripts.
Maussolleion at Halikarnassos, Volume 6 Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 295
ISBN: 9788788415162
Pub Date: 31 Dec 2002
Series: Jutland Archaeological Society Publications
Illustrations: illus
Description:
This volume details Jan Zahle's investigations of subterranean structures close to the Maussolleion. Successive spoilations -- including Newton's -- have greatly muddled the archaeological record, and the Danish excavations uncovered evidence of another complication: plans for the site appear to have changed during construction, so what was originally intended as a modest extension of the existing structures evolves into a huge tomb on an immense terrace. Zahle's thorough sifting of evidence resolves many contradictions, though uncertainties still remain.
Sha'ar Hagolan Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9781842170571
Pub Date: 01 Dec 2002
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: b/w figs and illus throughout
Description:
This monograph presents the revolutionary results of ten years of excavation and research in the Neolithic village of Sha'ar Hagolan, Jordan Valley, Israel. Sha'ar Hagolan is dated to the Pottery Neolithic period and is the type-site for the Yarmukian culture, which occupied large parts of the Mediterranean climatic zones of Israel, Jordan and Lebanon during the sixth millennium BC. Recent excavations at the site have far-reaching implications for the entire Neolithic period, as well as for the history of agriculture, art and cult and other aspects of material culture in the ancient Near East.
The Acheulian Site of Gesher Benot Ya'akov, Israel Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 137
ISBN: 9781842170724
Pub Date: 01 Jun 2002
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Series: Gesher Benot YaÆaqov Monograph Series
Illustrations: 27 b/w figs 37 photos, 21 pls, 21 tbs
Description:
Gesher Benot Ya'aqov, located in the Dead Sea Rift valley, is one of the oldest non-African sites to have yielded evidence for the activities of groups of hominin hunter-gatherers. The excavations recovered thousands of Acheulian period stone tools and animal bones that had accumulated in and around an ancient lake about 780, 000 years ago. The deposits have remained waterlogged virtually ever since, and this unusual circumstance resulted in the preservation of plant macrofossils, including pieces of wood and bark that can be identified to the level of individual plant species.
Artefacts of Complexity Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 264
ISBN: 9780856687365
Pub Date: 01 Mar 2002
Series: Iraq Archaeological Reports
Illustrations: many b/w illus and figs
Description:
The late 4th millennium in South Mesopotamia is universally known as the Uruk Period because it is at Uruk that the German excavations have exposed the most remarkable manifestations of this complex society. Although the Uruk period in Iraq itself remains little understood, in recent decades artefacts and entire settlements have been discovered in places as far apart as the Mahi Dasht in Iran and the Euphrates in South-eastern Turkey. This volume attempts to track the Uruk phenomenon in the Near East, bringing together research on some of the most significant individual sites within the Levant and Egypt, placing emphasis on the artefactual evidence.
Excavations at Tepe Guran in Luristan Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 155
ISBN: 9788788415070
Pub Date: 31 Dec 2001
Series: Jutland Archaeological Society Publications
Illustrations: 70 plates
Description:
Luristan in Western Iran was largely inaccessible to foreigners until the early 1960s when a new road linking the Great Khorasan Road with Susiana or Elam was built by the Danish engineering firm, Kampsax. This volume presents the settlement and tombs and graves of the centuries around 1000 BC, and includes identifications of animal and human remains, and teeth found there.
Islamic Remains in Bahrain Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 207
ISBN: 9788788415100
Pub Date: 31 Dec 2001
Series: Jutland Archaeological Society Publications
Description:
The initial aim of the Danish archaeological campaigns in Bahrain was to look for settlements contemporary with the "Hundred Thousand Gravemounds". After the first few campaigns it was evident, however, that the island was such a rich archaeological field that investigation of all periods from the earliest flint-using culture to the later Islamic world was called for. Among the Islamic remains was an exceptionally fine collection of Early Islamic pottery and glass recovered from the rubbish which filled up a well at the Barbar site where a temple from around 2000BC was excavated.
Excavations at Tell Brak Volume 2 Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 643
ISBN: 9780951942093
Pub Date: 01 Dec 2001
Series: McDonald Institute Monographs
Illustrations: 100s of b/w figs and illus
Description:
Tell Brak, ancient Nagar, was one of the most important cities in northern Mesopotamia in the third millennium BC and a focus of long-distance trade. It was also, for about a century, a provincial capital of the Akkadian Empire founded by Sargon of Agade. This is the second of four volumes on the 1976-93 excavations at Tell Brak.
Tell Kosak Shamali Vol I Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 233
ISBN: 9781842170526
Pub Date: 01 Dec 2001
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: b/w figs and pls
Description:
This first volume in a series of works on Tell Kosak Shamali focuses on the Chalcolithic deposits at the site, or the Ubaid period. Located on the east bank of the Euphrates the site held an important strategic position and one which had a diverse set of resources available. Investigated since the 1980s and most recently by the University of Tokyo, this volume reports on the results of the excavations, detailing the geographical and cultural setting of the site, the architecture and stratigraphy, the radiocarbon dates, the nature of the finds and the history of the site in the Palaeolithic, Neolithic and Chalcolithic.
The Nimrud Letters, 1952 Cover
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780903472203
Pub Date: 01 Dec 2001
Illustrations: 327 pages, plus 64 b/w plates
Description:
In 1952 in one wing of the North-West Palace at Nimrud, ancient Kalhu, Max Mallowan excavated an archive room containing royal correspondence from the reigns of Tiglath-pileser III and Sargon II of Assyria. Subjects include Assyrian military activity in Babylonia and on the northern frontier, royal building projects, events on the Phoenician seaboard, and relations with King Midas of Phrygia. Some texts were published in Iraq between 1955 and 1974; the majority have remained unpublished until now.