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.
Oâ€™Connor, Anne (2007) Finding Time for the Old Stone Age. A History of Palaeolithic Archaeology and Quaternary Geology in Britain, 1860-1960. Oxford. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-921547-8. 423 pp, illustr. Â£ 75.00.
This thorough study of the beginnings of Palaeolithic Archaeology and Quaternary Geology in Britain is based on a Doctoral dissertation. From the blurb: â€œIn the mid nineteenth century curious stone implements were found alongside the bones of extinct animals. Humans were evidently more ancient than had been supposed â€“ but just how old were they? Conflicting timescales were drawn from the fields of geology, palaeontology, anthropology, and archaeology. Anne O’Connor draws on a wealth of lively, personal correspondence to explain the nature of these arguments. The trail leads from Britain to Continental Europe, Africa, and Asia, and extends beyond the world of professors, museum keepers, and officers of the Geological Survey: wine sellers, diamond merchants, papermakers, and clerks also proposed timescales for the Palaeolithic. This book brings their stories to light for the first time…â€
Davies, Wendy, Guy Halsall and Andrew Reynolds (2006) People and Space in the Middle Ages 300-1300. Studies in the Early Middle Ages, vol. 15. Turnhout: Brepols. ISBN 978-2-503-51526-7. Hbk. 369 pp., illustr., 1 colour plate. â‚¬ 75.00 plus tax.
An edited volume based on a conference and a research project. The blurb promises that â€œthis book compares community definition and change in the temperate zones of southern Britain and northern France with the starkly contrasting regions of the Spanish meseta and Iceland. Local communities were fundamental to human societies in the pre-industrial world, crucial in supporting their members and regulating their relationships, as well as in wider society. … The contributors to this book address what determined the size and shape of communities in the early historic past and the ways that communities delineated themselves in physical terms. The roles of the environment, labour patterns, the church and the physical proximity of residences in determining community identity are also examined.â€
Jameson, John H. Jr and Sheren Baugher Eds. (2007) Past Meets Present. Archaeologists Partnering with Museum Curators, Teachers,and Community Groups. New York: Springer. ISBN 978-0-387-47666-7. Hbk. 465 pp., illustr. US $ 139.00.
This edited volume is intended as a logical sequel to Jamesonâ€™s 1997 book Presenting Archaeology to the Public. The blurb says: â€œThe last decade has witnessed numerous applications of public interpretation and outreach models and an increased interest in establishing partnerships between professional practitioners in public interpretation and educational institutions such as museums and schools. These developments have occurred in the context of a realization that community-based partnerships are the most effective mechanism for long-term success. This volume addresses these latest trends and provides case studies of successful partnerships.â€ The emphasis is on the Americas.