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.
Archer, Steven and Bartoy, Kevin Eds. (2006) Between Dirt and Discussion. Methods, Methodology and Interpretation in Historical Archaeology. New York: Springer. ISBN 978-0387342184. 249 pp. Hbk. Â£59.
An edited volume of twelve relatively short papers, based on a session at the 2004 Society for Historical Archaeology conference in St. Louis. The editors want that archaeologists re-focus on â€œthe materiality of archaeologyâ€ because they have heard â€œmore than a few talks that begin with lofty theory and degenerate into a cartoonish picture of the archaeologist desperately trying to fill hefty philosophical footprints with potsherds and graphs that seem to bear little pragmatic relation to their initial stated themesâ€ (p. 226-7).
Duco, Don H. (2006) Merken en merkenrecht. Van de pijpenmakers in Gouda. Amsterdam: Pijpenkabinett. (Marks and Ordinances of the Gouda Pipe Makers). ISBN 90-70849-21-6. 260 pages, 29 x 29 cm, hardcover, English summary. â‚¬55. Order here.
A very heavy contribution to the history of clay tobacco pipes in Dutch. Don Duco has for over three decades been the Director of the Pijpenkabinet in Amsterdam. This is the result of his research and arguably â€œthe new bible for determination of pipe findsâ€, and â€œthe Rosetta Stone for clay pipesâ€. It contains a full list of Gouda pipe marks and their makers, thus helping date many archaeological sites since 1600.
Oâ€™Sullivan, Jerry and Stanley, Michael Eds (2006) Settlement, Industry and Ritual. Proceedings of a public seminar on archaeological discoveries on national road schemes, September 2005. Dublin: National Roads Authority. ISBN 0954595521. 153 pp. Pbk. â‚¬25. More information and order information here.
A volume about new archaeological excavations of sites from different periods, published by the Irish National Roads Authority. The high paper quality and the many colour illustrations will reveal to archaeologists of the future that this volume did not originate at a University or academic publisher but in commercial archaeology.