Prehistory & Ancient History  /  Prehistory
Knossos, Mycenae, Troy Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9781789259476
Pub Date: 15 Jan 2023
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: B/w
Description:
This book charts the rise of and interplay between the first Mediterranean civilisations – with particular reference to the Minoan, Cycladic, Mycenaean and Trojan – and on the causes of their decline, which are identified in a jumble of natural and human causes, and in a slow, but irreversible crisis. It takes into account that the Mediterranean Dimension of the Bronze Age is a garden in which many legends flourished, clearly distinguishing between myth and history. Using written sources and archaeological evidence, it charts these civilisations' fortunes and crises, and the wars and natural disasters that led to their decline.
Temple People Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 512
ISBN: 9781913344078
Pub Date: 15 Jan 2023
Series: Fragility and Sustainability - Studies on Early Malta, the ERC-funded FRAGSUS Project
Description:
The ERC-funded FRAGSUS Project (Fragility and sustainability in small island environments: adaptation, culture change and collapse in prehistory, 2013–18) led by Caroline Malone has focused on the unique Temple Culture of Neolithic Malta and its antecedents. This third volume builds on the achievements of Mortuary customs in prehistoric Malta, published by the McDonald Institute in 2009. It seeks to answer many questions posed, but left unanswered, of the more than 200,000 fragments of mainly commingled human remains from the Xagħra Brochtorff Circle on Gozo.
Ancient DNA and the European Neolithic Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9781789259100
Pub Date: 15 Dec 2022
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Series: Neolithic Studies Group Seminar Papers
Illustrations: B/W
Description:
The current paradigm-changing ancient DNA revolution is offering unparalleled insights into central problems within archaeology relating to the movement of populations and individuals, patterns of descent, relationships and aspects of identity – at many scales and of many different kinds. The impact of recent ancient DNA results can be seen particularly clearly in studies of the European Neolithic, the subject of contributions presented in this volume. We now have new evidence for the movement and mixture of people at the start of the Neolithic, as farming spread from the east, and at its end, when the first metals as well as novel styles of pottery and burial practices arrived in the Chalcolithic.
Settlement in the Irish Neolithic Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9781789258820
Pub Date: 15 Dec 2022
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Series: Prehistoric Society Research Papers
Illustrations: B/w
Description:
The Irish Neolithic has been dominated by the study of megalithic tombs, but the defining element of Irish settlement evidence is the rectangular timber Early Neolithic house, the numbers of which have more than quadrupled in the last ten years. The substantial Early Neolithic timber house was a short-lived architectural phenomenon of as little as 90 years, perhaps like short-lived Early Neolithic long barrows and causewayed enclosures. This book explores the wealth of evidence for settlement and houses throughout the Irish Neolithic, in relation to Britain and continental Europe.
Keramik jenseits von 'Kulturen' Cover Keramik jenseits von 'Kulturen' Cover
Format: 
Pages: 504
ISBN: 9789464280463
Pub Date: 23 Nov 2022
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Series: Open Series in Prehistoric Archaeology
Illustrations: 156fc / 56bw
Pages: 4220
ISBN: 9789464280456
Pub Date: 23 Nov 2022
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Series: Open Series in Prehistoric Archaeology
Illustrations: 156fc / 56bw
Description:
Mobilität ist für Formen des sozialen Zusammenlebens grundlegend. Doch welche Rolle spielte räumliche Mobilität in der Vergangenheit? Aus prähistorischen Zeitabschnitten wie etwa dem Neolithikum ist dazu noch immer wenig bekannt.
Classical Controversies Cover Classical Controversies Cover
Format: 
Pages: 210
ISBN: 9789464270372
Pub Date: 16 Nov 2022
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 7fc
Pages: 210
ISBN: 9789464270365
Pub Date: 16 Nov 2022
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 7fc
Description:
Modern receptions of Graeco-Roman Antiquity are important ideological markers of the ways we envisage our own twenty-first-century societies. An urgent topic of study is: what kinds of narratives – sometimes controversial – about Antiquity do people create for themselves at this moment in time, and for what reasons? This volume aims to showcase a number of illustrative examples, and thus to provide a deeper understanding of twenty-first-century reception of Antiquity.
An Introduction to Peatland Archaeology and Palaeoenvironments Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9781789257557
Pub Date: 15 Nov 2022
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Series: Studying Scientific Archaeology
Illustrations: B/w and colour
Description:
Peatlands are regarded as having exceptional archaeological value, due to the fact the waterlogged conditions of these wetlands can preserve organic remains that are almost entirely lost from the majority of dryland contexts. This is certainly true, although the remarkable preservation of sites and artefacts is just one aspect of their archaeological importance. This book provides an accessible introduction to the ecology and formation processes of peatlands, and to the different archaeological and palaeoenvironmental techniques that have been developed and adapted for the study of these environments.
The Baltic in the Bronze Age Cover The Baltic in the Bronze Age Cover
Format: 
Pages: 430
ISBN: 9789464270198
Pub Date: 15 Nov 2022
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 94fc / 48bw
Pages: 430
ISBN: 9789464270181
Pub Date: 15 Nov 2022
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 94fc / 48bw
Description:
The Bronze Age is a time of increasing interaction with large-scale connections that cover vast parts of Europe. Some parts and regions of the Bronze Age are very well explored and for some very strong narratives of hierarchisation and differentiation, dependence on external raw material supplies and specialisation have been proposed. In other regions, however, only some of these aspects appear, even though networks of contact would at least have been possible.
The Life and Journey of Neolithic Copper Objects Cover The Life and Journey of Neolithic Copper Objects Cover
Format: 
Pages: 190
ISBN: 9789464270310
Pub Date: 08 Nov 2022
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Series: Scales of Transformation
Illustrations: 37fc / 50bw
Pages: 190
ISBN: 9789464270303
Pub Date: 08 Nov 2022
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Series: Scales of Transformation
Illustrations: 37fc / 50bw
Description:
This work is an intensive study of the Neolithic deposition of copper objects from Neuenkirchen in North-East Germany. This unique ensemble represents one of the very rare hoard finds from the early Early Neolithic, and is the first of its kind for nearly 100 years, matched only by the famous younger hoard find from Bygholm (Denmark).The beginning of neolithization at the end of the fifth millennium is not only characterised by a change in the subsistence strategy, but also by the development of far-reaching networks of the Neolithic Funnel Beaker societies in Northern Germany.
Hidden dimensions Cover Hidden dimensions Cover
Format: 
Pages: 312
ISBN: 9789464261264
Pub Date: 03 Nov 2022
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 62fc / 22bw
Pages: 312
ISBN: 9789464261257
Pub Date: 03 Nov 2022
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 62fc / 22bw
Description:
The modelling and representation of prehistoric hunter-gatherer behaviours is largely influenced by the investigation of sites with high archaeological visibility, due to the presence of large amounts of knapped lithics, which generally survive the ravages of time. As a consequence, behaviours which were not, or to a limited extent, associated with stone tools are underrepresented in archaeological narratives about hunter-gatherer lifestyles, which, however, have characterised most of the human past. Occasionally, at sites where preservation conditions are good, archaeological finds point to the importance of organic resources for tools and the manufacturing of a broad range of use items, such as clothing, footwear, containers, as well as tent covers and mats.
Burgäschisee 5000-3000 v. Chr. Cover Burgäschisee 5000-3000 v. Chr. Cover
Format: 
Pages: 524
ISBN: 9789464270228
Pub Date: 25 Oct 2022
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Series: Open Series in Prehistoric Archaeology
Illustrations: 200fc / 108bw
Pages: 524
ISBN: 9789464270211
Pub Date: 25 Oct 2022
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Series: Open Series in Prehistoric Archaeology
Illustrations: 200fc / 108bw
Description:
Seeufersiedlungen mit Feuchtbodenerhaltung sind für die Erforschung des Neolithikums des Alpenvorlandes von herausragender Bedeutung. Die ausserordentlich gute Erhaltung der Siedlungsschichten lässt weitgehende Einblicke in die Lebensweise der prähistorischen Menschen zu. Das Hinterland der grossen Seen ist im Gegensatz dazu weniger gut untersucht.
Defining Spaces in Iron Age Northumberland Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9781789258561
Pub Date: 15 Oct 2022
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: Colour
Description:
The Iron Age settlements excavated by Headland Archaeology (UK) Ltd at Morley Hill and Lower Callerton lie within the rich later prehistoric landscape of the Northumberland coastal plain. This monograph presents the results of the excavation, specialist analyses and provides a key dataset upon which to discuss regionally and nationally important later prehistoric research themes. The excavations at Morley Hill and Lower Callerton offer two large-scale new datasets to compare within the corpus of enclosed Iron Age settlement sites across the region, allowing for an increased understanding of settlement patterns, architectural forms and farming practices.
The First Stones Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781789257397
Pub Date: 10 Oct 2022
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: Colour and b/w
Description:
The First Stones brings together the results of recent research on the Neolithic long cairns lying in the shadow of the Black Mountains in south-east Wales, focusing upon Penywyrlod and Gwernvale, the two best known tombs within the group, previously excavated in the 1970s. Important results lie in both new site detail and reassessment of the wider context. Small-scale excavation, geophysical survey and geological assessment at Penywyrlod – the largest of the Welsh long cairns – gave further information about the distinctive external and internal architecture of the monument.
Settling Waterscapes in Europe Cover Settling Waterscapes in Europe Cover
Format: 
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9789464270259
Pub Date: 28 Sep 2022
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 104fc / 29bw
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9789464270242
Pub Date: 28 Sep 2022
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 104fc / 29bw
Description:
Pile dwellings have been explored over a vast region for a number of decades now. This has led to the development of different ways, methods, and even schools of under-water and peat-bog excavation practices and data analysis techniques under the influence of different research traditions in individual countries. On the one hand, these and other factors can limit our understanding of the past, whilst on the other hand they can also open up further avenues of interpretation.
Stonehenge for the Ancestors Cover Stonehenge for the Ancestors Cover
Format: 
Pages: 380
ISBN: 9789088907067
Pub Date: 28 Sep 2022
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Series: The Stonehenge Riverside Project
Illustrations: 70fc/70bw
Pages: 380
ISBN: 9789088907050
Pub Date: 28 Sep 2022
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Series: The Stonehenge Riverside Project
Illustrations: 70fc/70bw
Description:
For many centuries, scholars and enthusiasts have been fascinated by Stonehenge, the world’s most famous stone circle. In 2003 a team of archaeologists commenced a long-term fieldwork project for the first time in decades. The Stonehenge Riverside Project (2003-2009) aimed to investigate the purpose of this unique prehistoric monument by considering it within its wider archaeological context.
A Call to Arms Cover A Call to Arms Cover
Format: 
Pages: 226
ISBN: 9789464261059
Pub Date: 22 Sep 2022
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Pages: 226
ISBN: 9789464261042
Pub Date: 22 Sep 2022
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Description:
One day, sometime around 1700 BC, a bronzesmith made the first sword. This marked a technological turning point, giving rise to an arms race that has never since ceased. Soon, over a vast area between the Baltic Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, thousands of weapons were manufactured.