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The Hydraulic State: Science and Society in the Ancient World

The Hydraulic State: Science and Society in the Ancient World

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Charles R. Ortloff
August 10, 2020

The Hydraulic State explores the hydraulic engineering technology underlying water system constructions of many of the ancient World Heritage sites in South America, the Middle East and Asia as used in their urban and agricultural water supply systems. Using a range of methods and techniques, some...

Archaeological Networks and Social Interaction

Archaeological Networks and Social Interaction

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Lieve Donnellan
April 21, 2020

Archaeological Networks and Social Interaction focuses on conceptualisations of human interaction, human-thing entanglement, material affordances and agency. Network concepts in the archaeological discipline are ubiquitous these days. They range from loose concepts, used as metaphors to address a...

Cognitive Archaeology: Mind, Ethnography, and the Past in South Africa and Beyond

Cognitive Archaeology: Mind, Ethnography, and the Past in South Africa and Beyond

1st Edition

David S. Whitley, Johannes H.N. Loubser, Gavin Whitelaw
December 19, 2019

Cognitive Archaeology: Mind, Ethnography, and the Past in South Africa and Beyond aims to interpret the social and cultural lives of the past, in part by using ethnography to build informed models of past cultural and social systems and partly by using natural models to understand...

Researching the Archaeological Past through Imagined Narratives: A Necessary Fiction

Researching the Archaeological Past through Imagined Narratives: A Necessary Fiction

1st Edition

Daniël van Helden, Robert Witcher
December 13, 2019

Archaeological interpretation is an imaginative act. Stratigraphy and artefacts do not tell us what the past was like; that is the task of the archaeologist. The diverse group of contributors to this volume address the relationship between archaeology and imagination through the medium of...

Making Sense of Monuments: Narratives of Time, Movement, and Scale

Making Sense of Monuments: Narratives of Time, Movement, and Scale

1st Edition

Michael J. Kolb
November 27, 2019

Stonehenge, Machu Picchu, Confederate statues, Egyptian pyramids, and medieval cathedrals: these are some of the places that are the subject of Making Sense of Monuments, an analysis of how the built environment molds human experiences and perceptions via bodily comparison. Drawing from recent...

Alternative Iron Ages: Social Theory from Archaeological Analysis

Alternative Iron Ages: Social Theory from Archaeological Analysis

1st Edition

Brais X. Currás, Inés Sastre
September 16, 2019

Alternative Iron Ages examines Iron Age social formations that sit outside traditional paradigms, developing methods for archaeological characterisation of alternative models of society. In so doing it contributes to the debates concerning the construction and resistance of inequality taking place...

Visualising Skyscapes: Material Forms of Cultural Engagement with the Heavens

Visualising Skyscapes: Material Forms of Cultural Engagement with the Heavens

1st Edition

Liz Henty, Daniel Brown
August 19, 2019

Above the land and its horizon lies the celestial sphere, that great dome of the sky which governs light and darkness, critical to life itself, yet its influence is often neglected in the archaeological narrative. Visualising Skyscapes captures a growing interest in the emerging field of skyscape...

An Archaeology of Skill: Metalworking Skill and Material Specialization in Early Bronze Age Central Europe

An Archaeology of Skill: Metalworking Skill and Material Specialization in Early Bronze Age Central Europe

1st Edition

Maikel H.G. Kuijpers
March 28, 2019

Material is the mother of innovation and it is through skill that innovations are brought about. This core thesis that is developed in this book identifies skill as the linchpin of – and missing link between – studies on craft, creativity, innovation, and material culture. Through a detailed study...

The Archaeology of Roman Britain: Biography and Identity

The Archaeology of Roman Britain: Biography and Identity

1st Edition

Adam Rogers
September 18, 2018

Within the colonial history of the British Empire there are difficulties in reconstructing the lives of people that came from very different traditions of experience. The Archaeology of Roman Britain argues that a similar critical approach to the lives of people in Roman Britain needs to be...

An Archaeology of Land Ownership

An Archaeology of Land Ownership

1st Edition

Maria Relaki, Despina Catapoti
August 23, 2018

Within archaeological studies, land tenure has been mainly studied from the viewpoint of ownership. A host of studies has argued about land ownership on the basis of the simple co-existence of artefacts on the landscape; other studies have tended to extrapolate land ownership from more indirect...

Space and Time in Mediterranean Prehistory

Space and Time in Mediterranean Prehistory

1st Edition

Stella Souvatzi, Athena Hadji
August 23, 2018

Space and Time in Mediterranean Prehistory addresses these two concepts as interrelated, rather than as separate categories, and as a means for understanding past social relations at different scales. The need for this volume was realised through four main observations: the ever growing interest in...

Travellers in Time: Imagining Movement in the Ancient Aegean World

Travellers in Time: Imagining Movement in the Ancient Aegean World

1st Edition

Saro Wallace
March 20, 2018

Travellers in Time re-evaluates the extent to which the earliest Mediterranean civilizations were affected by population movement. It critiques both traditional culture-history-grounded notions of movement in the region as straightforwardly transformative, and the processual, systemic models that...

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