The following books have arrived on the Book Review Editorâ€™s desk but will, for one reason or another, not be reviewed in the journal.
Spawforth, Tony (2006) The Complete Greek Temples. London: Thames & Hudson. 240 pp., more than 400 illustrations, 121 in colour, hbk, ISBN 0-500-051429. Â£24.95.
Spawforth’s book is a nice introductory text on Greek temples – covering many aspects from architecture to function. It covers a very large part of the Greek world and includes an almost encyclopedic overview of temples from Segesta on Sicily to Seleukeia in Pieria in the east. The book is wonderfully illustrated with many colour photos and reconstruction drawings. It will be especially useful as an undergraduate textbook in courses on Greek archaeology and religion although it is also suitable for the general reader.
Hall, Martin and Stephen W. Silliman (eds) (2006) Historical Archaeology. Oxford: Blackwell, Blackwell Studies in Global Archaeology 9. xviii + 341 pages, 36 figures, US$ 89.95 (cloth), US$ 39.95 (paper). ISBN 1-4051-0750-2 (cloth), 1-4051-0751-0 (paper).
This addition to the Blackwell Studies in Global Archaeology series discusses the current state and practice of historical archaeology from a worldwide perspective. It comprises three main parts: Dimensions of practice, Themes in interpretation, and World systems and local living.
Reid, Andrew M. and Paul J. Lane (eds) (2004) African Historical Archaeologies. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum, Contributions to Global Historical Archaeology. 408 pages, 82 figures, 23 tables, US$165.00 (cloth), $77.00 (paper). ISBN 0-306-47995-8 (cloth), 0-306-47996-6 (paper).
This book includes fourteen contributions on historical archaeology in Nubia, the Kenyan coast, Kilwa, Pemba in Tanzania, Nigeria, the West African coast, south-central Zimbabwe and Tswana. It discusses themes such as colonialism, industrialisation, and the creation of identity in modern Africa.