New Books (not to be reviewed)

The following books have been sent to the European Journal of Archaeology but will, for one reason or another, not be reviewed in the journal.

Oliver Davis, Niall Sharples and Kate Waddington (eds., 2007) Changing Perspectives on the First Millennium BC: Proceedings of the Iron Age Research Student Seminar 2006. Oxford. Oxbow Books. ISBN 978-1-84217-326-8. 248 pp., b/w illus. £35.

Oxbow writes: “These fifteen papers came out of the eighth annual meeting of the Iron Age Research Student Seminar (IARSS) and are loosely grouped into three topics: settlement studies, deposition and material culture, and experimental archaeology. Most of the studies are re-examinings of well known data sets, such as hillforts, small enclosures and bone assemblages, both human and animal. They are mainly focused on the British Iron Age – one of the most heterogeneous and regionally distinctive periods in British prehistory. Material culture is highly variable, as are settlement patterns, and even chronology is of an entirely local character, being reliant on typological sequences from each region’s specific archaeological record. The book ends with the recounting of a trip to the Iron Age village at St. Fagan’s, Cardiff – a practical foray into the Iron Age day-to-day.”

Murphy, E.M. & N.J. Whitehouse (eds., 2007) Environmental Archaeology in Ireland. Oxford. Oxbow Books. ISBN 978-1-84217-274-2. 306 pp., illus. and tables. £40.

Oxbow writes: “This edited volume of 16 papers provides an introduction to the techniques and methodologies, approaches and potential of environmental archaeology within Ireland. Each of the 16 invited contributions focuses on a particular aspect of environmental archaeology and include such specialist areas as radiocarbon dating, dendrochronology, palaeoentomology, human osteoarchaeology, palynology and geoarchaeology, thereby providing a comprehensive overview of environmental archaeology within an Irish context. The inclusion of pertinent case studies within each chapter will heighten awareness of the profusion of high standard environmental archaeological research that is currently being undertaken on Irish material. The book will provide a key text for students and practitioners of archaeology, archaeological science and palaeoecology.”

Erkut, Gülden & Stephen Mitchell (eds., 2007) The Black Sea. Past, Present and Future. London. British Institute at Ankara. ISBN 978-1-898249-21-4. 172p, 94 b/w illus, 6 col illus. £30.

Oxbow writes: “The papers in this book result from a conference held in Istanbul in 2004, and are the product of collaboration between the British Academy Black Sea Initiative (BABSI) and the City and Regional Planning Department of Istanbul Technical University. They cover a period from the first appearance of human settlers in the Black Sea region to the present day, and all emphasize the significance of the Black Sea itself as a source of unity, linking communities and histories in a wider regional context, extending westward along the Danube basin, northward into the Ukraine and south Russia, east into the Caucasus and southward over the Anatolian hinterland. A major introductory paper re-examines the evidence for the Black Sea flood hypothesis. A group of four papers evaluate new evidence for the economic and cultural relationships between Greeks and native populations in the Black Sea region from the seventh to the fourth centuries BC. The next group of studies is concerned with the interconnectedness of the Black Sea between medieval and modern times, highlighting Seljuk and Ottoman trade, and the roles of the ports of Odessa and Trabzon. Four papers deal with the economic and social development of the Turkish Black Sea region in recent times. The final section places Black Sea history in a long perspective both from a cultural and a political viewpoint.”

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