Books

History-of-Archaeology

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 […]

Roman-roads

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 […]

Medieval-London

REVIEW: Religion in Medieval London: archaeology and belief

Religion in Medieval  London: archaeology  and belief B Barber, C Thomas,  and B Watson MOLA, £10.00 ISBN 978-1907586071 Modern London is a diverse city,  yet for all its variety, traditional  religious practice is on the wane,  with congregations dwindling.  Conversely, in the Medieval  period, religion was central  to daily life, but London’s  religious landscape was […]

Time's-Anvil

REVIEW: Time’s Anvil: England, archaeology and the imagination

Time’s Anvil: England,  archaeology and  the imagination Richard Morris Phoenix, £9.99 ISBN 978-1780222448 The press release for this  remarkable book announces  that it ‘defies categorisation’.  It is not wrong. Longlisted for  the Samuel Johnson prize,  Time’s Anvil contemplates what  is now England over a span  of 750,000 years. Morris, a  former director of the Council […]

Metal Detecting & Archaeology

This is a book that reflects the uncomfortable truce that has been reached between pragmatism and ideology within the archaeological community in regard to metal detecting. Papers on metal detector use in Poland and South Africa describe regimes wherein freelance metal detecting is banned; detectors may only be used under licence within a controlled research […]

Metals And Metalworking: A Research Framework For Archaeometallurgy

This is another quietly evangelising publication, priced to ensure a wide circulation and written by the leading experts in their field, part of whose purpose is to alert non metallurgists (NMs) to the sorts of thing that get metallurgists (Ms) excited so that NMs across the archaeological community can help Ms identify sites and material […]

Hambledon Hill, Dorset, England – Excavation and Survey of a Neolithic Monument Complex

It is astonishing to think that this two-volume report, the definitive account of Roger Mercer’s excavations at Hambledon Hill between 1974 and 1986, has only just been published when the results of those excavations have in fact influenced the thinking of every archaeologist who has ever worked on a Neolithic causewayed enclosure over the last […]

Who Built Beverley Minster?

Nothing is as good as a question to establish the theme of a book. But in this case the question is not just answered by trawling through historical records to establish which wealthy patrons sought to bribe St Peter by sponsoring the construction of one of England’s finest churches: our authors are just as concerned […]

Human Remains In Archaeology: A Handbook

This is an excellent book about a subject so fundamental to archaeological field practice that nobody should be let loose on an excavation unless they have read it. Human remains are everywhere, and this book tells us what we need to know about the laws relating to finds of human remains, and how to excavate, […]

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