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Representations Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9781789256413
Pub Date: 15 May 2021
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Series: Sheffield Studies in Aegean Archaeology
Illustrations: B/w and colour
Description:
This volume presents a series of reflections on modes of communication in the Bronze Age Aegean, drawing on papers presented at two round table workshops of the Sheffield Centre for Aegean Archaeology on 'Technologies of Representation' and 'Writing and Non-Writing in the Bronze Age Aegean'. Each was designed to capture current developments in these interrelated research areas and also to help elide boundaries between 'science-based' and 'humanities-based' approaches, and between those focused on written communication (especially its content) and those interested in broader modes of communication. Contributions are arranged thematically in three groups: the first concerns primarily non-written communication, the third mainly written communication, while the second blurs this somewhat arbitrary distinction.
Temporary Palaces Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781789256611
Pub Date: 15 May 2021
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Series: Oxbow Insights in Archaeology
Illustrations: B/w
Description:
The Great Houses of the prehistoric and early medieval periods were enormous structures whose forms were modelled on those of domestic dwellings. Most were built of wood rather than stone; they were used over comparatively short periods; they were frequently replaced in the same positions; and some were associated with exceptional groups of artefacts. Their construction made considerable demands on human labour and approached the limits of what was possible at the time.
The Sacred Body Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9781789255188
Pub Date: 15 May 2021
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Series: Material Religion in Antiquity
Illustrations: b/w
Description:
The human body serves as a symbolic bridge between communities of the living and the divine. This is clearly evident in mythological stories that recount the creation of humans by deities within ancient and contemporaneous societies across a very broad geographical environment. In certain circumstances, parts of selected humans can become an ideal proxy for connecting with the supernatural, as demonstrated by the cult of human skulls in Near Eastern Neolithic communities, as well as the cult of relics of Christian saints from the early Christian era.
Interrogating Networks Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 144
ISBN: 9781789256277
Pub Date: 06 May 2021
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: B/w
Description:
Network theory and methodologies have become central to exploring and explaining social, economic and political relationships and connections in past societies. However, in archaeology, the deployment of networks has sometimes been more descriptive than analytical. Methodologies have often depended upon underlying assumptions which inevitably simplify relationships that were complex and multi-faceted.
Towards a Social Bioarchaeology of the Mycenaean Period Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 328
ISBN: 9781789254822
Pub Date: 06 May 2021
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: b/w and colour
Description:
This book investigates the complex relationship between funerary treatment and wider social dynamics through a contextual analysis of human skeletal remains and associated mortuary data from Voudeni, an important Mycenaean (1450-1050 BC) chamber tomb cemetery in Achaea, Greece. Voudeni is one of the most significant sites of Achaea, thoroughly investigated under the direction of the Honorary General Director of Antiquities, Dr Lazaros Kolonas. Over 60 chamber tombs, spanning the entire Late Helladic III period, have been excavated, yielding an unprecedented wealth of biocultural information.
An Engraved Landscape Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 310
ISBN: 9781900971492
Pub Date: 30 Apr 2021
Imprint: Society for Libyan Studies
Description:
An Engraved Landscape is a contextual analysis of a substantial new corpus of engravings from the Wadi al-Ajal, situated in the Central Saharan region of south west Libya. The wadi is renowned as the heartland of the Garamantian civilization, which emerged from local mobile Pastoral communities in the 1st millennium BC, and dominated trans-Saharan trade and politics for over a thousand years. Extensive archaeological and palaeoenvironmental investigations in recent years have provided detailed insight into the later prehistory and protohistory of the wadi and surrounding areas.
An Engraved Landscape Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 582
ISBN: 9781900971508
Pub Date: 30 Apr 2021
Imprint: Society for Libyan Studies
Description:
An Engraved Landscape is a contextual analysis of a substantial new corpus of engravings from the Wadi al-Ajal, situated in the Central Saharan region of south west Libya. The wadi is renowned as the heartland of the Garamantian civilization, which emerged from local mobile Pastoral communities in the 1st millennium BC, and dominated trans-Saharan trade and politics for over a thousand years. Extensive archaeological and palaeoenvironmental investigations in recent years have provided detailed insight into the later prehistory and protohistory of the wadi and surrounding areas.
Growing Up in the Ice Age Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9781789252941
Pub Date: 30 Apr 2021
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: b/w
Description:
In prehistoric societies children comprised 40-65% of the population, yet by default, our ancestral landscapes are peopled by adults who hunt, gather, fish, knap tools and make art. But these adults were also parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles who had to make space physically, emotionally, intellectually and cognitively for the infants, children and adolescents around them. Growing Up in the Ice Age is a timely and evidence-based look at the lived lives of Paleolithic children and the communities of which they were a part.
Trinacria, 'An Island Outside Time' Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781789255911
Pub Date: 28 Apr 2021
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: B/w
Description:
Trinacria, the ancient name for Sicily extending back to Homeric Greek, has understandably been the focus of decades of archaeological research. Recognising Sicily’s rich prehistory and pivotal role in the history of the Mediterranean, Sebastiano Tusa - professor, head of heritage agencies and councillor for Cultural Heritage for the Sicilian Region - promoted the exploration of the island’s heritage through international collaboration. His decades of fostering research initiatives not only produced rich archaeological results spanning the Palaeolithic to the modern era but brought scholars from a range of schools and disciplines to work together in Sicily.
Beyond Use-Wear Traces Cover Beyond Use-Wear Traces Cover
Format: 
Pages: 350
ISBN: 9789464260014
Pub Date: 23 Apr 2021
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Pages: 350
ISBN: 9789464260007
Pub Date: 23 Apr 2021
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Description:
This book brings together 30 papers by leading scholars in the field of usewear and residue analysis. This publication aims to revive the debate on the role of traceology (use-wear and residues) in multidisciplinary approaches that address archaeological questions. Many studies on technological aspects of material culture deal with specific material categories (e.
Weapons and Tools in Rock Art Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9781789254907
Pub Date: 15 Jan 2021
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: b/w and colour
Description:
Weapons and tools are frequently found depicted in rock art in many parts of the globe and different periods and in varying social contexts. This collection of papers by leading rock art specialists examines the subjective and metaphorical value of weapons and tools in art, the actions that created them, and their contexts. It also takes into account that such representations incorporate and transmit some kind of understanding about the world and the relationship between objects and humans.
EAA 173: Prehistoric Burial Mounds in Orton Meadows, Peterborough Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 174
ISBN: 9780952810537
Pub Date: 05 Jan 2021
Series: East Anglian Archaeology Monograph
Illustrations: 93
Description:
Construction of the Peterborough Eastern Bypass led to the excavation of a burial mound and the discovery of a complex burial and ritual site, which lay in the Nene valley on the north bank of an old course of the river. The site was effectively sealed under alluvial deposits accumulating over the last thousand years, and almost untouched by any post-medieval disturbance. A round barrow, found by David Hall in the 1970s, was a slight bump in the flood meadows, scarcely 0.
Making Journeys Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781785709302
Pub Date: 01 Jan 2021
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: b/w
Description:
Despite notable explorations of past dynamics, much of the archaeological literature on mobility remains dominated by accounts of earlier prehistoric gatherer-hunters, or the long-distance exchange of materials. Refinements of scientific dating techniques, isotope, trace element and aDNA analyses, in conjunction with phenomenological investigation, computer-aided landscape modelling and GIS-style approaches to large data sets, allow us to follow the movement of people, animals and objects in the past with greater precision and conviction. One route into exploring mobility in the past may be through exploring the movements and biographies of artefacts.
Temple Landscapes Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 484
ISBN: 9781902937984
Pub Date: 31 Dec 2020
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, cultural change and collapse in prehistory, 2013-18), led by Caroline Malone (Queens University Belfast) has explored issues of environmental fragility and Neolithic social resilience and sustainability during the Holocene period in the Maltese Islands. This, the first volume of three, presents the palaeo-environmental story of early Maltese landscapes. The project employed a programme of high-resolution chronological and stratigraphic investigations of the valley systems on Malta and Gozo.
Temple Places Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 552
ISBN: 9781913344023
Pub Date: 31 Dec 2020
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 (Queen’s University Belfast) has focused on the unique Temple Culture of Neolithic Malta, and its antecedents and successors through investigation of archaeological sites and monuments. This, the second volume of three, presents the results of excavations at four temple sites and two settlements, together with analysis of chronology, economy and material culture. The project focused on the integration of three key strands of Malta's early human history (environmental change, human settlement and population) set against a series of questions that interrogated how human activity impacted on the changing natural environment and resources, which in turn impacted on the Neolithic populations.
Archaeology in the Žitava Valley I Cover Archaeology in the Žitava Valley I Cover
Format: 
Pages: 546
ISBN: 9789088908989
Pub Date: 28 Dec 2020
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Series: Scales of Transformation
Illustrations: 157fc/50bw
Pages: 546
ISBN: 9789088908972
Pub Date: 28 Dec 2020
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Series: Scales of Transformation
Illustrations: 157fc/50bw
Description:
The early Neolithic site of Vráble (5250-4950 cal BCE) is among the largest LBK settlement agglomerations in Central Europe, and exceptional within the southwest Slovakian area. Geophysical surveys revealed more than 300 houses, grouped into three contemporary neighbourhoods, one of which is delineated by a complex ditched enclosure system. This enclosure is associated with a large number of human remains, which reveal new patterns of burial and deposition practices.