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Prehistory & Ancient History
Limits of Empire Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9781636240763
Pub Date: 28 Dec 2021
Illustrations: 350 photographs
Description:
The borders of the Roman Empire were frontiers that were often wild and dangerous. The expansion of the empire after the Punic Wars saw the Roman Republic become the dominant force in the Mediterranean as it first took Carthaginian territories in Gaul, Spain and north Africa and then moved into Greece with purpose, subjugating the area and creating two provinces, Achaea and Macedonia. The growth of the territories under Roman control continued through the rise of Julius Caesar - who conquered the rest of Gaul - and the establishment of the empire: each of the emperors could point to territories annexed and lands won.
Mythical Ireland Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 350
ISBN: 9781838359331
Pub Date: 28 Dec 2021
Imprint: Liffey Press
Illustrations: 160 colour photographs
Description:
Mythical Ireland embodies the search for a soul among Ireland's ancient ruins, and is an attempt to retrieve something of deeper import from 5,000-year-old megalithic monuments and their associated myths. The book represents a fascinating and engaging journey through time, landscape and the human spirit. Dealing with archaeology, interpretive mythography, cosmology and cosmogony, the book attempts to grapple with a core meaning, something beyond the functional interpretations of academia.
Resurfacing the Submerged Past Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 310
ISBN: 9789464260397
Pub Date: 28 Dec 2021
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 150fc/30bw
Description:
The Netherlands are internationally renowned for the archaeology of its wetland environments. The reclamation of the Flevoland Polders in the early half of the 20th century not only exposed hundreds of shipwrecks, but also remnants of prehistoric landscapes and traces of human occupation dating to Mesolithic and Neolithic times. Ultimately, this led to the 'discovery' of the Swifterbant Culture in the 1960s-1970s, and which was initially seen as a Dutch equivalent of the Ertebølle Culture.
Settling with the norm? Cover Settling with the norm? Cover
Format: 
Pages: 286
ISBN: 9789464280227
Pub Date: 28 Dec 2021
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 58fc / 96bw
Pages: 286
ISBN: 9789464280210
Pub Date: 28 Dec 2021
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 58fc / 96bw
Description:
When studying later prehistoric societies, it is evident that shared practices, as well as variations, exist in the settlement record. Traditionally, the emphasis has mainly been on the elements shared on large scales, the widely shared norms. Variations in material culture have received little attention.
Tomb 26 on Sai Island Cover Tomb 26 on Sai Island Cover
Format: 
Pages: 380
ISBN: 9789464260168
Pub Date: 28 Dec 2021
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 275fc/75bw
Pages: 380
ISBN: 9789464260151
Pub Date: 28 Dec 2021
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 275fc/75bw
Description:
New Kingdom burial customs in Nubia (northern Sudan) are well traceable by means of large cemeteries, in particular Egyptian style rock-cut shaft tombs with pyramidal superstructures. These tombs and their contents have lately been discussed as important data sets offering insights into the diverse population, material culture, funerary and social practices in New Kingdom Nubia.A new rock-cut shaft tomb, potentially with pyramidal superstructure (Tomb 26), was discovered by the AcrossBorders project on Sai Island in 2015.
Barrows at the Core of Bronze Age Communities Cover Barrows at the Core of Bronze Age Communities Cover
Format: 
Pages: 680
ISBN: 9789464260441
Pub Date: 15 Dec 2021
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 300fc / 280bw
Pages: 680
ISBN: 9789464260434
Pub Date: 15 Dec 2021
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 300fc / 280bw
Description:
Barrows at the Core of Bronze Age Communities argues exactly that. Round barrows do not just represent the death side of Early Bronze Age communities placed in set-a-side ritual landscapes, but were instead central to existence in many ways. This study of the Rother Region, where the Weald meets the Wessex massif, reports the results of the People of the Heath project, 2014–18.
Barrows at the Core of Bronze Age Communities Cover Barrows at the Core of Bronze Age Communities Cover
Format: 
Pages: 258
ISBN: 9789464260472
Pub Date: 15 Dec 2021
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 59fc / 85bw
Pages: 258
ISBN: 9789464260465
Pub Date: 28 Feb 2022
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Illustrations: 59fc / 85bw
Description:
Barrows at the Core of Bronze Age Communities argues exactly that. Round barrows do not just represent the death side of Early Bronze Age communities placed in set-a-side ritual landscapes, but were instead central to existence in many ways. This study of the Rother Region, where the Weald meets the Wessex massif, reports the results of the People of the Heath project, 2014-18.
Fragments of the Bronze Age Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9781789256970
Pub Date: 15 Dec 2021
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Series: Prehistoric Society Research Papers
Illustrations: B/w and colour
Description:
The destruction and deposition of metalwork is a widely recognised phenomenon across Bronze Age Europe. Weapons were decommissioned and thrown into rivers; axes were fragmented and piled in hoards; and ornaments were crushed, contorted and placed in certain landscapes. Interpretation of this material is often considered in terms of whether such acts should be considered ritual offerings, or functional acts for storing, scrapping and recycling the metal.
Hunter-Gatherer Ireland Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9781789256819
Pub Date: 15 Dec 2021
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: B/w
Description:
Explores the Irish Mesolithic - the period after the end of the last Ice Age when Ireland was home to hunter-gatherer communities, mostly from about 10,000-6,000 years ago. At this time, Ireland was an island world, with striking similarities and differences to its European neighbours - not least in terms of the terrestrial ecology created by its island status. To understand the communities of hunter-gatherers who lived there, it is essential that we consider the connections established between people and the other beings and materials with which they shared the world and through which they grew into it.
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.
Woven Threads Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 264
ISBN: 9781789257342
Pub Date: 15 Dec 2021
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Series: Ancient Textiles
Description:
Woven textiles are produced by nearly all human societies. This volume investigates evidence for patterned textiles (that is, textiles woven with elaborate designs) that were produced by two early Mediterranean civilisations: the Minoans of Crete and the Mycenaeans of mainland Greece, that prospered during the Aegean Bronze Age, c. 3000-1200 BC, contemporary with pharaonic Egypt.
Archaeology of the Ionian Sea Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 232
ISBN: 9781789256734
Pub Date: 10 Dec 2021
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: B/w
Description:
Presents a thematic collection of papers dealing with the Stone Age and Bronze Age archaeology of the Ionian Sea, situated off the south western Balkan peninsula. It is based on an international conference held in Athens, Greece in January 2020. The eastern Ionian occupies a geographically complex area, which since the Pleistocene has undergone significant alterations due to tectonic activity and sea-level fluctuations.
Grave Goods Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781789257472
Pub Date: 10 Dec 2021
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Illustrations: B/w and colour
Description:
Britain is internationally renowned for the high quality and exquisite crafting of its later prehistoric grave goods (c. 4000 BC to AD 43). Many of prehistoric Britain's most impressive artefacts have come from graves.
Marking Place Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781789257090
Pub Date: 10 Dec 2021
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Series: Neolithic Studies Group Seminar Papers
Illustrations: B/w
Description:
Much archaeological work is concerned with identifying gaps in our knowledge and developing strategies for addressing them; we perhaps spend less time thinking about how research should proceed when we already know, relatively speaking, quite a lot. ­The programme of dating causewayed enclosures in southern Britain that was published in 2011 as Gathering Time (Oxbow Books) gave us a new, more precise chronology for many individual sites as well as for enclosures as a whole, and as a consequence a far better sense of their significance and place in the story of the British Early Neolithic. Arguably, causewayed enclosures are now the best understood type of Neolithic monument.
Hair and Death in Ancient Egypt Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 144
ISBN: 9789492940087
Pub Date: 30 Nov 2021
Imprint: Blikvelduitgevers Publishers
Illustrations: full colour images
Description:
Mourners shake and pull their hair on reliefs and paintings from ancient Egypt. They took part in funerary ceremonies in ancient Egypt, contributing to the dead’s resurrection in the afterlife. Hair played a clear role in these rites.
Ireland's First Settlers Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 408
ISBN: 9781789256888
Pub Date: 28 Nov 2021
Imprint: Oxbow Books
Description:
Ireland's First Settlers tells the story of the archaeology and history of the first continuous phase of Ireland’s human settlement. It combines centuries of search and speculation about human antiquity in Ireland with a review of what is known today about the Irish Mesolithic. This is, in part, provided in the context of the author's 50 years of personal experience searching to make sense of what initially appeared to be little more than a collection of beach rolled and battered flint tools.