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Tracing Early Agriculture in the Highlands of New Guinea: Plot, Mound and Ditch

Tracing Early Agriculture in the Highlands of New Guinea: Plot, Mound and Ditch

Forthcoming

Tim Denham
June 18, 2018

In this book, historical narratives chart how people created forms of agriculture in the highlands and how these practices were transformed through time. The intention is twofold: to clearly establish New Guinea as a region of early agricultural development and plant domestication; and, to develop...

Living Images: Egyptian Funerary Portraits in the Petrie Museum

Living Images: Egyptian Funerary Portraits in the Petrie Museum

Janet Picton, Stephen Quirke, Paul C Roberts
January 03, 2018

The haunting funerary paintings on wood coffins found in Roman Egypt still represent some of the most vivid images that come to us from the ancient world. These paintings were first discovered by Flinders Petrie, father of modern archaeology, in his excavations in the Egyptian Fayum during the...

The Origins and Spread of Domestic Plants in Southwest Asia and Europe

The Origins and Spread of Domestic Plants in Southwest Asia and Europe

Sue Colledge, James Conolly
December 18, 2017

In this major new volume, leading scholars demonstrate the importance of archaeobotanical evidence in the understanding of the spread of agriculture in southwest Asia and Europe. Whereas previous overviews have focused either on Europe or on southwest Asia, this volume considers the transition from...

Plain Pottery Traditions of the Eastern Mediterranean and Near East: Production, Use, and Social Significance

Plain Pottery Traditions of the Eastern Mediterranean and Near East: Production, Use, and Social Significance

Claudia Glatz
May 15, 2015

The evolution and proliferation of plain and predominantly wheel-made pottery presents a characteristic feature of the societies of the Near East and Eastern Mediterranean since the fourth millennium B.C. This plain pottery has received little detailed archaeological attention in comparison to...

Ethnic Ambiguity and the African Past: Materiality, History, and the Shaping of Cultural Identities

Ethnic Ambiguity and the African Past: Materiality, History, and the Shaping of Cultural Identities

Francois G Richard, Kevin C MacDonald
April 01, 2015

The collective inquiries in this volume address ethnicity in ancient Africa as social fact and political artifact along numerous dimensions. Is ethnicity a useful analytic? What can archaeology say about the kinds of deeper time questions which scholars have asked of identities in Africa? Eleven...

Reanimating Industrial Spaces: Conducting Memory Work in Post-industrial Societies

Reanimating Industrial Spaces: Conducting Memory Work in Post-industrial Societies

Hilary Orange
December 01, 2014

Reanimating Industrial Spaces explores the relationships between people and the places of former industry through approaches that incorporate and critique memory-work. The chapters in this volume consider four broad questions: What is the relationship between industrial heritage and memory? How is...

Living in a Landscape of Scarcity: Materiality and Cosmology in West Africa

Living in a Landscape of Scarcity: Materiality and Cosmology in West Africa

Laurence Douny
October 15, 2014

In her close ethnography of a Dogon village of Mali, Laurence Douny shows how a microcosmology develops from people's embodied daily and ritual practice in a landscape of scarcity. Viewed through the lens of containment practice, she describes how they cope with the shortage of material items...

Wrapping and Unwrapping Material Culture: Archaeological and Anthropological Perspectives

Wrapping and Unwrapping Material Culture: Archaeological and Anthropological Perspectives

Susanna Harris, Laurence Douny
September 01, 2014

This innovative volume challenges contemporary views on material culture by exploring the relationship between wrapping materials and practices and the objects, bodies, and places that define them. Using examples as diverse as baby swaddling, Egyptian mummies, Celtic tombs, lace underwear, textile...

Archaeology of African Plant Use

Archaeology of African Plant Use

Chris J Stevens, Sam Nixon, Mary Anne Murray, Dorian Q Fuller
December 31, 2013

The first major synthesis of African archaeobotany in decades, this book focuses on Paleolithic archaeobotany and the relationship between agriculture and social complexity. It explores the effects that plant life has had on humans as they evolved from primates through the complex societies of...

Mediterranean Voyages: The Archaeology of Island Colonisation and Abandonment

Mediterranean Voyages: The Archaeology of Island Colonisation and Abandonment

Helen Dawson
December 15, 2013

Islands are ideal case studies for exploring social connectivity, episodes of colonisation, abandonment, and alternating phases of cultural interaction and isolation. Their societies display different attitudes toward the land and the sea, which in turn cast light on group identities. This volume...

Becoming Roman?: Diverging Identities and Experiences in Ancient Northwest Italy

Becoming Roman?: Diverging Identities and Experiences in Ancient Northwest Italy

Ralph Haeussler
August 31, 2013

Few empires had such an impact on the conquered peoples as did the Roman empire, creating social, economic, and cultural changes that erased long-standing differences in material culture, languages, cults, rituals and identities. But even Rome could not create a single unified culture. Individual...

Buddhist Landscapes in Central India: Sanchi Hill and Archaeologies of Religious and Social Change, c. Third Century BC to Fifth Century AD

Buddhist Landscapes in Central India: Sanchi Hill and Archaeologies of Religious and Social Change, c. Third Century BC to Fifth Century AD

Julia Shaw
August 31, 2013

The “monumental bias” of Buddhist archaeology has hampered our understanding of the socio-religious mechanisms that enabled early Buddhist monks to establish themselves in new areas. To articulate these relationships, Shaw presents here the first integrated study of settlement archaeology and...

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