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Review – The Birth of Industrial Glasgow: the archaeology of the M74

Michael Nevell Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, £25 ISBN 978-190833210 Review LM The M74 Completion Project saw the construction of a new section of road linking the M74 and M8, which cut through southern Glasgow. Fieldwork carried out by archaeologists along the way investigated the changing landscape of what was one of the world’s key […]

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Review – The Oxford Handbook of Roman Britain

Martin Millett, Louise Revell, and Alison Moore (eds) OUP, £110 ISBN 978-0199697731 Review MS How are we to get a handle on Roman Britain? Traditionally, the answer has been to construct a skeleton chronology using surviving snippets of information in the ancient literature, and then flesh it out with archaeological evidence. This tried-and-tested technique has […]

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Review – St Paul’s Cathedral: archaeology and history

John Schofield Oxbow, £65 ISBN 978-1785702754 Review Tim Tatton-Brown Five years ago, John Schofield produced a splendid book, St Paul’s Cathedral before Wren (English Heritage, 2011), which was well described and reviewed by Chris Catling in this magazine (CA 266). This excellent survey of the archaeology and history of one of the greatest of England’s […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]