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.
Creighton, John (2006) Britannia. The creation of a Roman province. London: Routledge. 192pp, hbk, ISBN 0-415-33313-X and 978-0-415-33313-9. Â£ 55.
This Routledge book starts like this: “Yet another book on Roman Britain…” John Creighton then goes on to explain that a work was needed to cross the divide between prehistory and Roman archaeology. He knows that “sometimes this division is encapsulated in some Iron Age specialists saying that they ‘hate the Romans’”. This book on the other hand seeks to bridge the two specialisations. It “comes firmly from the conviction that Early Roman Britain cannot possibly be understood without a thorough grounding in what was happening in Britain in the century before.”
King, Thomas F (2005) Doing Archaeology. A Cultural Resource Management Perspective. Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press. Available in Europe from Berg. 168pp., pbk, ISBN 1-59874-003-2, Â£ 14.99.
A basic introduction to American-style Cultural Resource Management. As an attached pr-sheet explains, “Tom King, arguably the best-known heritage management consultant in the United States, answers the basic question of every introductory student from the unique perspective of one who actively uses archaeology for cultural resource management.” King mentions that he came to archaeology after his mother had explained to him that archaeologists had dug up the data upon which Walt Disney’s portrayal of dinosaurs in the (then) just-released film Fantasia was based.