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Wrapping and Unwrapping Material Culture: Archaeological and Anthropological Perspectives

WRAPPING AND UNWRAPPING OF MATERIAL CULTURE

Susanna Harris & Laurence Douny (eds)
2014 245pp
978-1-61132-887-5 Hardback
978-1-61132-890-5 eBook
This innovative volume challenges contemporary views on material culture by exploring the relationship between wrapping materials and practices and the objects, bodies, and places that define them. Using diverse examples and employing methods of artifact analysis, microscopy, and participant observation, the contributors provide a new lens on material culture and its relationship to cultural meaning.

Archaeology of African Plant Use

ARCHAEOLOGY OF AFRICAN PLANT USE

Chris Stevens, Sam Nixon, Mary Anne Murray & Dorian Fuller (eds)
2014 293pp
978-1-61132-974-2 Hardback
978-1-61132-756-4 eBook
The first major synthesis of African archaeobotany in decades, this book brings together papers presented at the 5th meeting of the International Workshop for African Archaeobotany (IWAA 5), as well as invited authors, and represents an important contribution to this growing focus of research. The themes of the papers cover such diverse topics as primate plant use, diet and evolution, palaeoenvironmental change, domestication, agriculture, iron production and historical linguistics.

Mediterranean Voyages

MEDITERRANEAN VOYAGES

The Archaeology of Island Colonisation and Abandonment

Helen Dawson
2013 400pp
978-1-61132-994-0 Hardback
978-1-61132-746-5 eBook
This volume advances theoretical discussions of island archaeology by offering a comparative study of the archaeology of colonisation, abandonment, and resettlement of the Mediterranean islands in prehistory. This comparative and thematic study encourages anthropological reflections on the archaeology of the islands, ultimately focusing on people rather than geographical units, and specifically on the relations between islanders, mainlanders, and the creation of islander identities.

Computational Approaches to Archaeological Spaces

COMPUTATIONAL APPROACHES TO ARCHAEOLOGICAL SPACES

Andrew Bevan & Mark Lake (eds)
2013 336pp
978-1-61132-346-7 Hardback
978-1-61132-727-4 eBook
The volume of original chapters written by experts in the field reflects the changes in computational technology over the past decade and offers a snapshot of how historical built spaces, past cultural landscapes, and archaeological distributions are currently being explored through computational social science. Examples from historic and prehistoric sites in Europe, Asia, and the Americas demonstrate the variety of applications available to the contemporary researcher.

Origins and Spread of Domestic Animals in Southwest Asia and Europe

ORIGINS AND SPREAD OF DOMESTIC ANIMALS IN SOUTHWEST ASIA AND EUROPE

Sue Colledge, James Conolly, Keith Dobney, Katie Manning & Stephen Shennan (eds)
2013 354pp
978-1-61132-322-1 Hardback
978-1-61132-717-5 eBook
This new comprehensive volume of original work by more than 30 leading international researchers tackles the fundamental and broad-scale questions concerning the spread of early animal herding from its origins in the Near East into Europe beginning in the mid-10th millennium BC using a wealth of comparative information gathered as a result of research funded at the Institute by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and European Research Council.


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