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.
Rice, Prudence (2006) Pottery Analysis. A Source Book [first published in hdb. 1987]. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press. ISBN 0-226-71116-1. Pbk. 584pp. 145 figs. Â£22.50.
A 20 year old sourcebook that is available again at a very affordable price. This book is about a wide range of concepts and issues in the scientific analysis of pottery. Given that one of the aims of the original edition from 1987 was to synthesize a variety of recent developmenys and new approaches, the question is how well this aim may be fulfilled by an unchanged book two decades later.
Moser, Stephanie (2006) Wondrous Curiosities. Ancient Egypt at the British Museum. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press. ISBN 978-0-226-54209-6. Hbk. 344 pp. many figs. Â£20.00.
A history of the Egyptian collection of the British Museum, 1759-1880. Although a popular topic, this is actually a scholarly analysis of how museum exhibitions of the 19th century ‘made’ knowledge. Moser argues that “if it seems natural that we continue to express awe at the wondrous curiosities, colossal monstrosities, monumental masterpieces, and accessible oddities, this is because we are expected to — the representations have instructed us to do so.”
Tyldesley, Joyce (2006) Chronicles of the Queens of Egypt. From Early Dynastic Times to the Death of Cleopatra. London: Thames and Hudson. ISBN 978-0-500-05145-0. Hbk. 224 pp. 273 figs, 173 in colour. Â£19.95
“The first book to recount the full history of the colourful queens of Egypt,” written by Joyce Tyldesley who “is an authority on Egyptian queens.” “This fascinating saga spans 3,000 years of Egyptian queenship…” (from the blurb).