The most important reason for commissioning a review in the European Journal of Archaeology is that the book is likely be of interest to a majority of archaeologists working in Europe. The following books have arrived on the Book Review Editor’s desk but will, for one reason or another, not be reviewed in the journal.
Khlobystin, Leonid P. (2006) Taymyr. The Archaeology of Northernmost Eurasia. (Translated from the Russian original 1998.) Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution. 264pp., pbk, ISBN 0-9673429-6-1 and 978-0-9673429-6-2. Available via the University of Alaska Press. USD 29.95
This volume published by the Arctic Studies Center of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, is the only work available in English to examine the rich prehistory of the Taymyr Peninsula, the norternmost portion of Siberia. Extending into the Arctic Ocean and covered by tundra, Taymyr has been home to humans for at least 6,000 years. Russian archaeologist Leonid P. Khlobystin worked in Taymyr for two decades; in this volume, he explores site structure, lithic technology, and ceramic style, developing the first cultural chronology of the region and outlining how humans adapted to this challenging environment.
Kock, Jan and Else Roesdahl Eds (2005) Boringholm. En Ã¸stjysk trÃ¦borg fra 1300-Ã¥rene. Danish with English summary. HÃ¸jbjerg: Jysk ArkÃ¦ologisk Selskab. 378pp., separate site plan, hbk, ISBN 87-88415-36-8. Available from Aarhus Universitetsforlag, although it does not seem to show up in their catalogue. Price unknown.
A very well produced monograph which presents the results of Christian Axel Jensen’s major excavations at the beginning of the 20th century on the remains of the timber castle of Borningholm in central Jutland. A remarkably detailed picture of a Danish castle of the late 14th century emerges. An extremely large and varied amount of finds was recovered, including much organic material and, consequently, of types rarely encountered. The finds comprise domestic goods, textiles, weapons, riding equipment, agricultural implements, and tools, among others. Also found were several unique artefacts including a wooden leg!