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.
Kyriakidis, Evangelos (2006) Ritual in the Bronze Age Aegean: The Minoan Peak Sanctuaries. London: Duckworth. 216 pp., hbk, ISBN 0-7156-3248-5. Â£45.
Kyriakidis’ book approaches Minoan peak sanctuaries from the perspective of ritual theory. He assesses the many different reconstructions of the rituals in Cretan sanctuaries that have been proposed. Rituals fascinate, and Kyriakidis argues that many archaeologists have let their imagination wander too far in reconstructions of ‘ritual’ activity.
Stead, I.M., Flouest, J.-L. & Rigby, V. (2006) Iron Age and Roman Burials in Champagne. Oxford: Oxbow Books. 345 pp., hbk, ISBN 1-84217-094-5. Â£50. (Available from Oxbow Books).
This volume presents thorough reports from the excavation of six burial sites in the Champagne region of France. It examines the cemeteries in their landscape settings as well as the grave-goods (with specialist reports on pottery, coins, glass, etc.) and the human and animal bones found during the excavations.