Category: Books

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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Review – Segedunum: Excavations by Charles Daniels in the Roman Fort at Wallsend (1975-1984)

Alan Rushworth and Alexandra Croom Oxbow Books, £55.00 ISBN 978-1785700262 Review Rob Collins The Roman fort of Segedunum is better known by its modern English place-name, Wallsend, which conveniently holds the subtle clue to the fort’s position – at the eastern terminus of Hadrian’s monumental structure. The late Charles Daniels was provided with the opportunity […]

Agriculture and Industry

Review – Agriculture and Industry in South-Eastern Roman Britain

Edited by David Bird Oxbow Books, £40.00 ISBN 978-1785703195 Review John Manley This book of 17 papers provides a significant overview of our current understanding of agriculture and industry in south-eastern Roman Britain. It opens with a summarising chapter drawn from the New Visions of the Countryside of Roman Britain project, followed by a scene-setting […]

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Book Review: Bearsden – A Roman Fort on the Antonine Wall

Bearsden: A Roman fort on the Antonine Wall David J Breeze Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, £30.00 ISBN 978-1908332080 Bearsden presents a challenge to anyone who believes that Roman forts are much of a muchness. This military base once formed part of a cordon of forts strung out along the length of the Antonine Wall, a frontier system […]

50 Finds Cheshire

REVIEW: 50 Finds from Cheshire

50 Finds from Cheshire: Objects from the Portable Antiquities Scheme Vanessa Oakden Amberley, £14.99 ISBN 978-1445646909 This new work celebrating finds reported to the Portable Antiquities Scheme in Cheshire provides an illustrated insight into the county’s archaeology, and challenges previous views on ancient life. Its chronological layout clearly charts key finds from the area, spanning […]

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Babylon

Recently I had the good fortune to spend a week in France doing babysitting duties with my grandchildren at my son’s house near Toulouse. It gave me the opportunity to read, so I so took with me a book on Babylon by Michael Seymour which we had been sent for review. Here are my thoughts. […]

Home

REVIEW: Home: A Time Traveller’s Tales from Britain’s Prehistory

Home: A Time  Traveller’s Tales from  Britain’s Prehistory Francis Pryor Allen Lane, £20.00 ISBN 978-1846144875 ‘Archaeology is about the past  as experienced by ordinary  people,’ writes Francis Pryor.  Arguing that the past is too  often approached from the top  down, focusing on monarchs  and political events, he makes  the case for a greater emphasis  on […]

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REVIEW: The History of Archaeology

The History of  Archaeology Paul Bahn (ed.) Routledge, £24.99 ISBN 978-0415841726 This welcome book is essential  reading for archaeology  students, with 13 contributors exploring the discipline’s development  in different countries.  Bahn opens with a chapter on  pre-modern views of the past,  while Colin Renfrew concludes  with comments on the future  of archaeology. For those with […]

Great-Archaeologists

REVIEW: The Great Archaeologists

The Great  Archaeologists Brian Fagan (ed) Thames & Hudson, £24.95 ISBN 978-0500051818 Archaeology can lay claim to its  fair share of colourful practitioners.  Among the 70 lives spanning  over 300 years chronicled  here are eccentrics, adventurers,  and visionaries. Unsurprisingly,  not all of them were ‘great’ in  the sense that their approaches  would be endorsed by […]

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REVIEW: The Secret History of the Roman Roads of Britain

The Secret History  of the Roman  Roads of Britain M.C. Bishop Pen and Sword, £19.99 ISBN 978-1848846159 The title of this book is rather  modest about its true scope.  While this volume has plenty  of interest to say about Roman  roads, at its heart this is an alternative  history of Britain. Laying  out what could […]

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