New Books (unreviewed)

Osgood, Richard (2005) The Unknown Warrior. An Archaeology of the Common Soldier. Phoenix Mill: Sutton.

Scarre, Chris (2005) Monuments mégalithiques de Grande-Bretagne et d’Irlande. Paris: Éditions Errance.

Vroom, Joanita (2005) Byzantine to Modern Pottery in the Aegean. An Introduction and Field Guide. Bijleveld: Parnassus.

Breuer, Eric (2005) Byzanz an der Donau. Eine Einführung in Chronologie und Fundmaterial zur Archäologie im Frühmittelalter im mittleren Donauraum. Tettnang: Lorenz Senn.

Planck, Dieter Ed. (2005) Die Römer in Baden-Württemberg. Römerstätten und Museen von Aalen bis Zwiefalten. Stuttgart: Theiss.

Aldhouse-Green, Miranda and Stephen (2005) The Quest for the Shaman. Shape-shifters, Sorcerers and Spirit Healers in Ancient Europe. London: Thames and Hudson.

Stoepker, Henk (2005) Archaeological Heritage Management in riverine landscapes. Papers held at a session at the 10th Annual Meeting of the EAA, Lyon (France). Amersfoort: Rijksdienst voor het Oudheidkundig Bodemonderzoek.

O’Sullivan, Jerry and Michael Stanley (2005) Recent Archaeological Discoveries on National Road Schemes 2004. Proceedings of a seminar for the public, Dublin, September 2004. Dublin: National Roads Authority.

Bass, George F. (2005) Beneath the Seven Seas. Adventures with the Institute of Nautical Archaeology. London: Thames and Hudson.

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Osgood, Richard (2005) The Unknown Warrior. An Archaeology of the Common Soldier. Phoenix Mill: Sutton. ISBN 0 7509 3810 2. Hardback, 238 pp. £ 20.00.

Richard Osgood is an archaeologists working for the British Ministry of Defence, and a specialist in the archaeology of war. This is his account of the common soldier, from prehistory through to the First World War.

Scarre, Chris (2005) Monuments mégalithiques de Grande-Bretagne et d’Irlande. Paris: Éditions Errance. ISBN 2 87772 303 8. Paperback, 144 pp. 24.00 €.

This is a well-illustrated introduction (though not a guide) to megalithic monuments in Britain and Ireland by Chris Scarre. After a thorough general introduction on monuments, society and the landscape (20 pp.), the book is divided into chapters dealing with Scotland (37 pp.), England and Wales (27 pp.), Avebury and Stonehenge (18 pp.), and Ireland (27 pp.) respectively. Translated into French by Rolande and Rgoer Joussaume.

Vroom, Joanita (2005) Byzantine to Modern Pottery in the Aegean. An Introduction and Field Guide. Bijleveld: Parnassus. ISBN 90 6131 441 0. Paperback, 224 pp. 59,50 €.

This book is the first general introduction and reference guide for Medieval and Post-Medieval pottery in the Aegean, from the 7th until the mid 20th century. After an introduction, each ware is presented on one double page containing a detailed description, drawings and colour illustrations. Publishers website: www.bijleveldbooks.nl

Breuer, Eric (2005) Byzanz an der Donau. Eine Einführung in Chronologie und Fundmaterial zur Archäologie im Frühmittelalter im mittleren Donauraum. Tettnang: Lorenz Senn. ISBN 3 88812 198 1. Hardback, 149 pp. + 19 tables. Price unknown.

This book contains chronological studies of early-medieval finds (6-9th centuries AD) from the middle Danube region. The author stated in a covering letter that he “worked out a new chronology for Awarian belts, copying Mediterranean military belts that were developed under Sasanian influence in early-medieval times”. The book contains short summaries in German, French, Italian, English, Spanish, Swedish, Greek, Hungarian, Turkish, Hebrew, and Arabic.

Planck, Dieter Ed. (2005) Die Römer in Baden-Württemberg. Römerstätten und Museen von Aalen bis Zwiefalten. Stuttgart: Theiss. ISBN 3 8062 1555 3. Hardback. 400 pp. € 39.90.

This is an up-to-date and lavishly illustrated guide to the numerous Roman site in the southern German state of Baden-Württemberg. Each of the approximately 200 entries, written by 57 authors, contains not only a description of the significance of the site but also practical information for the car-equipped visitor, a map reference and some references to other literature. Like classic travel guides, sites are classified as “worth a visit”, “worth a detour”, or even “worth a daytrip”. We also learn that “at sites without any star there is nothing to be seen because they have been built over, they have not yet been excavated, or they have been excavated and subsequently covered up again.” (p. 8, my translation).

Aldhouse-Green, Miranda and Stephen (2005) The Quest for the Shaman. Shape-shifters, Sorcerers and Spirit Healers in Ancient Europe. London: Thames and Hudson. ISBN 0 500 051348. 240pp. Hardback. £ 19.95.

A well presented collection of all things shaman, from the Upper Palaeolithic until the medieval period. The authors discuss very competently a great deal of specific archaeological evidence from all parts of Europe and engage with the relevant academic literature. The dust jacket reveals however that this archaeological book is being marketed not only to an academic audience. Readers are promised “an exciting and compelling quest for the shamanic origins of religious belief which casts the world of our ancestors in a new light”…

Stoepker, Henk (2005) Archaeological Heritage Management in riverine landscapes. Papers held at the session ‘Archaeological Heritage Management in riverine landscapes’, 9 September 2004, 10th Annual Meeting of the EAA, Lyon (France). Rapportage Archeologische Monumentenzorg 126. Amersfoort: Rijksdienst voor het Oudheidkundig Bodemonderzoek. ISBN 90 5799 067 9. Copy-shop binding. 109 pp. Price not known.

This is a report resulting from an EAA conference session in Lyon 2004. It contains seven papers with case-studies from the Netherlands, Ireland, Belgium, France, and Germany, plus a short introduction by the editor. As he explains (p. 7): “The subject [of the session] was not only archaeological heritage management in the scope of flood prevention. It also included post-flood archaeological investigations and more generally all archaeology performed in riverine landscapes.”

O’Sullivan, Jerry and Michael Stanley (2005) Recent Archaeological Discoveries on National Road Schemes 2004. Proceedings of a seminar for the public, Dublin, September 2004. Archaeology and the National Roads Authority Monograph Series, no. 2. ISBN 0 9545955 1 3. Paperback. 170 pp. Dublin: National Roads Authority. Price not known.

A well illustrated of – as the title suggests – recent archaeological discoveries on national road schemes in Ireland since 2001. The sites presented range from Neolithic houses to medieval defensive settlements. The national road building programme is due to continue with a number of major projects due to start in 2006. The book also contains a glossary of archaeological terms and a directory of archaeologists involved in the project, both within the National Roads Authority and in the local councils.

Bass, George F. (2005) Beneath the Seven Seas. Adventures with the Institute of Nautical Archaeology. London: Thames and Hudson. ISBN 0 500 015364. Hardback, 256pp. £ 24.95.

A beautiful coffee-table archaeology book with many pretty colour photographs showing wrecks, finds from wrecks, and archaeologists diving looking for wrecks. As the dust jacket claims, the book contains “first hand accounts written by the discoverers themselves of some of the greatest shipwreck and sunken-city projects ever undertaken”. The case studies cover ships from antiquity through to World War II, from many parts of the world.

 

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