Category: Books

We die like brothers

Review – We Die Like Brothers: The Sinking of the SS Mendi

John Gribble and Graham Scott Historic England, £17.99 ISBN 978-1848023697 Review Antony Firth Most seagoing voyages are lost to time, leaving hardly a trace on the ever-moving oceans. Even the documentary records of a successful voyage will barely raise a ripple among the archives. This would also have been true of the steamship Mendi – […]

The place name kingston

Review – The Place-name Kingston and Royal Power in Middle Anglo-Saxon England

Jill Bourne BAR Publishing, £44.00 ISBN 978-140731568 Review Duncan W Wright In 925, Æthelstan – often styled as first ruler of all England – was consecrated in a ceremony where, for the first time, the king wore a crown rather than a helmet. The unprecedented service took place at a site recorded as Cinges tun(e), […]

Ancient oaks

Review – Ancient Oaks in the English Landscape

Aljos Farjon Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, £30.00 ISBN 978-1842466407 Review Spencer Gavin Smith This is a big book in more ways than one: a thick tome, at 400 pages, and one that addresses what is synonymous with England and the English way of life – Quercus robur, the English oak tree. Drawing together information from […]

Iron Age Roman and Anglo-Saxon cover

Review – Iron Age, Roman and Anglo-Saxon Settlement along the Empingham to Hannington Pipeline in Northamptonshire and Rutland

S Carlyle, J Clarke, and A Chapman Archaeopress, £26.00 ISBN 978-1784915346 Review Edward Biddulph A mixed blessing for archaeologists, pipelines slice through the countryside, offering the chance to investigate and compare the use through time of different landscapes, but, constrained by the width of the pipeline trench, the slice is invariably too narrow to gain […]

Viking Britain

Review – Viking Britain: an exploration

Thomas Williams William Collins, £25 ISBN 978-0008171933 Review CH The image of Vikings as marauding barbarians is one that we have all encountered in popular culture. Indeed, even Thomas Williams, author of this absorbing new account of their interactions with Britain (and the British Museum’s Curator of Early Medieval Coins, who spearheaded their blockbuster exhibition […]

Making of Prehistoric Wiltshire

Review – The Making of Prehistoric Wiltshire

David Field and David McOmish, with photographs by Steve Speller Amberley Publishing, £16.99 ISBN 978-1445648415 Review David Roberts This brisk and fluent volume provides, as promised, an up-to-date account of the prehistory of Wiltshire. It is greatly aided by its authors’ involvement in so many of the key prehistoric research projects in the region over […]

The Pilum

Review – The Pilum: The Roman Heavy Javelin

M C Bishop Osprey Publishing, £12.99 ISBN 978-1472815880 Review Kate Gilliver Mike Bishop’s beautifully produced volume on the Roman pilum collects a vast amount of evidence – archaeological, sculptural, and literary. The author does an excellent job covering the development, use, and impact of this iconic javelin, leaving us in no doubt of the seriousness […]

Excavations at the British Museum

Review – Excavations at the British Museum

Rebecca Haslam and Victoria Ridgeway The British Museum Press, £40.00 ISBN 978-0861592036 Review LM The British Museum is home to archaeological riches from all over the world, but what can its own archaeology tell us about Bloomsbury through the ages? Investigations carried out by Pre-Construct Archaeology in the 1990s and 2000s in advance of the […]

Gatherings

Review – Gatherings: Past and Present

Edited by Fiona Beglane British Archaeological Reports, £28.00 ISBN 978-1407314587 Review Rena Maguire In 2013, Fáilte Ireland, the national tourism authority, hosted a year-long Gathering, a series of island-wide events aimed at bringing the Irish diaspora back to the Oul’ Sod. A complementary international conference, The Archaeology of Gatherings, was held in October 2013 in […]

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