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Recent titles in the General Series
The Archaeology of Island Colonisation and Abandonment
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
Andrew Bevan & Mark Lake (eds)
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
Sue Colledge, James Conolly, Keith Dobney, Katie Manning & Stephen Shennan (eds)
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.
CERAMICS BEFORE FARMING
The Dispersal of Pottery Among Prehistoric Eurasian Hunter-Gatherers
Edited by Peter Jordan & Merek Zvelebil
A long-overdue advancement in ceramic studies, this volume sheds light on the adoption and dispersal of pottery by non-agricultural societies of prehistoric Eurasia. This is a truly international work that brings together different theories and material for the first time.
CULTURES OF COMMODITY BRANDING
Edited by Andrew Bevan & David Wengrow
This volume demonstrates that commodity branding did not begin with global capitalism, but is found in many different places and cultural contexts. It challenges contemporary business thinkers to reassess the linkage between branding and capitalism as well as adding an important new concept to the work of economic anthropologists and archaeologists.
EVOLUTIONARY AND INTERPRETIVE ARCHAEOLOGIES
Edited by Ethan Cochrane & Andrew Gardner
2010 288 pp
This original volume compares key archaeological topics from evolutionary and interpretive perspectives – the two strands representing the major current theoretical poles in the discipline. The book will advance debate and contribute to a better understanding of the research strategies that comprise these distinct research traditions.
LANDSCAPE AND CULTURE IN NORTHERN EURASIA
Edited by Peter Jordan
This unique interdisciplinary collection of articles examines the life-ways and beliefs of the Indigenous peoples of northern Eurasia through ethnographic, ethnohistoric and archaeological case-studies, opening new directions for archaeological investigation of spirituality and northern landscape traditions and more effective integration of the study of northern Eurasian hunting and herding societies.
ARCHAEOLOGY, HISTORY AND SCIENCE
Integrating Approaches to Ancient Materials
Edited by Marcos Martinon-Torres & Thilo Rehren
A critical consideration of how historical, archaeological, and scientific techniques are interrelated in archaeological interpretation.
DAME KATHLEEN KENYON
Digging Up the Holy Land
Recounts Kenyon’s many achievements in the field of archaeology and reveals a personal side unknown to most of her contemporaries.
THE POWER OF TOUCH
Handling Objects in Museum and Heritage Context
Edited by Elizabeth Pye
This volume explores how the sense of touch can be utilised in cultural institutions to facilitate understanding and learning.
THE ROTH FAMILY, ANTHROPOLOGY, AND COLONIAL ADMINISTRATION
Edited by Iain Davidson & Russell McDougall
This volume assesses the roles and contributions of the Roths as government servants and anthropologists.
Narrative and Reflexivity in Landscape Archaeology
Barbara Bender, Sue Hamilton & Christopher Tilley
This book represents an innovative experiment in presenting the results of a large-scale, multidisciplinary archaeological project on Bodmin Moor, Cornwall. A multivocal telling of the stories of Bodmin Moor – both ancient and modern – using a large number of literary genres and academic disciplines, it will be of interest to a wide range of people as well as providing a seminal text in post-processual archaeology.
ARCHAEOLOGY AND THE MEDIA
Edited by Timothy Clack & Marcus Brittain
A group of archaeologists, many with media backgrounds, address a range of questions pertinent to present day archaeological practice. An array of media forms including television, film, photography, the popular press, art, video games, radio and digital media are discussed in a volume that makes an important contribution in the field of public archaeology.
AN ARCHAEOLOGY OF IDENTITY
Soldiers and Society in Late Roman Britain
Focuses on the central role of practice in the creation and maintenance of nationalist, gendered, class, and ethnic identities, using the example of Roman soldiers in Britain during the decline of the empire in the 4th and 5th centuries.
A FUTURE FOR THE PAST
Petrie's Palestinian Collection
Edited by Rachael Thyrza Sparks, Peter J. Ucko & Stuart Laidlaw
Offers an analysis of Flinders Petrie's contributions to the archaeology of Palestine and the part played by his collection of artefacts in modern studies of the ancient Near East. It also includes a full colour catalogue of 270 objects, dating from Chalcolithic to Ottoman times, excavated by Petrie.
Egyptian Funerary Portraits in the Petrie Museum
Edited by Paul C. Roberts, Janet Picton & Stephen Quirke
An authoritative presentation of the restored collection of funerary paintings on wood coffins found in Roman Egypt, with a complete catalogue of the mummy portraits uncovered by Flinders Petrie, including full colour illustrations.
Ethnoarchaeology of an Endangered Amazonian People
A study of Nukak, an 'undiscovered' people of the Amazon, representing one of the last opportunitiesto conduct research with hunger-gatherers using contemporary methodological and the theoretical tools. Through an ethno-archaeological portrait of material culture, methodological and conceptual advances are made in the interpretation of hunter-gather societies.
THE ORIGINS AND SPREAD OF DOMESTIC PLANTS IN SOUTHWEST ASIA AND EUROPE
Edited by Sue Colledge & James Conolly
Foreword by Stephen Shennan
A demonstration of the importance of archaeobotanical evidence in understanding the spread of agriculture in southwest Asia and Europe.
The Measure of Disease in the Human Past
An outline of the key methods of palaeoepidemiology, this book examines the problems of assessing illness and mortality in archaeological populations, in the absence of soft tissue. This book serves both as an introduction to epidemiology for archaeologists, and as a primer on archaeological analysis for epidemiologists.
SILVER ECONOMY IN THE VIKING AGE
Edited by Gareth Wiliams & James Graham-Campbell
Papers by archaeologists and numismatists showing how silver was used in Scandinavia and the wider Viking world during the 8th to 11th centuries AD ,contributing to a better understanding of the broader socioeconomic conditions of the Viking world.
TREES AND WOODLANDS OF SOUTH INDIA
Eleni Asouti & Dorian Q. Fuller
This volume introduces the ecological history of woodland vegetation in South India, detailing the History of long-term changes in the tree and shrub vegetation of the Indian peninsula that have resulted from climate change and the impact of human activities on the landscape.
ARCHAEOLOGY AND WOMEN
Ancient and Modern Issues
Edited by Ruth Whitehouse, Katherine I. Wright & Sue Hamilton
A collection of articles written within a contemporary framework on women in archaeology, this volume addresses the historical and contemporary roles of women in the discipline and links contemporary archaeological theory and practice to work on women and gender in other fields.
CERAMICS OF THE MERV OASIS
Recycling the City
Provides insights into the social and economic dimensions of the Sasanian world through analysis of the ceramics from Merv; includes a catalogue of typical shapes and wares.
A FUTURE FOR ARCHAEOLOGY
Edited by Robert Layton, Stephen Shennan & Peter Stone
This book is dedicated to Peter Ucko and reflects his unparalleled contribution to making archaeology relevant to the present day world. It looks back on important events where a role for an archaeology concerned with the past first emerged and looks forward to the practical and theoretical issues central to shaping a socially engaged discipline in the future.
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE FOR NEAR EASTERN GRASS SEEDS
This book provides expert guidance for the identification and interpretation of grass seeds, focusing on those species that occur in the Near East and Europe. It is extensively illustrated by drawings of grains and graphs of morphometric data, covering 122 genera of grasses.
THE SILENCE OF GREAT ZIMBABWE
Contested Landscapes and the Power of Heritage
Examines the politics of landscape and heritage by focusing on the Great Zimbabwe National Monument in southern Zimbabwe.
EGYPTOLOGY, THE MISSING MILLENNIUM
Ancient Egypt in Medieval Arabic Writings
Examines a neglected period in the history of Egyptology, from the Moslem annexation of Egypt in the 7th century CE until the Ottoman conquest in the 16th century. This book brings together for the first time the disciplines of Egyptology and Islamic Studies, seeking to overturn the conventional opinion of Western scholars that Moslems/ Arabs had no interest in pre-Islamic cultures.
THE EVOLUTION OF CULTURAL DIVERSITY
A Phylogenetic Approach
Edited by Ruth Mace, Clare J. Holden & Stephen Shennan
Using a Darwinian approach, archaeologists, anthropologists, evolutionary biologists and linguists seek to explain cultural variation through a range of case studies from Africa, the Pacific, Europe, Asia and America.
PLACING ANIMALS IN THE NEOLITHIC
Social Zooarchaeology of Prehistoric Farming Communities
This book offers a new perspective on the social milieu of the Early and Middle Neolithic in Central Europe. Based on study of animal bone assemblages from a wide range of sites, it examines relations between humans and animals, food acquisition and consumption, and refuse disposal practices.
Archaeological Perspectives on Social Agency, Power, and Being Human
Edited by Andrew Gardner
An examination of the importance of 'agency' theory to archaeological interpretation, this book addresses the political and ethical implications of a debate about the definition of human nature.