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Dorothea Bleek: A Life of Scholarship

by Jill Weintroub

Dorothea Bleek (1873-1948) devoted her life to completing the 'bushman researches' that her father and aunt had begun in the closing decades of the nineteenth century. This research was partly a labor of familial...


The Chora of Metaponto 6: A Greek Settlement at Sant'Angelo Vecchio

by Francesca Silvestrelli, Ingrid E. M. Edlund-Berry & Joseph Coleman Carter

The sixth volume in the Institute of Classical Archaeology's series on the rural countryside (chora) of Metaponto is a study of the Greek settlement at Sant'Angelo Vecchio. Located on a slope overlooking the...


Bones and Identity: Zooarchaeological Approaches to Reconstructing Social and Cultural Landscapes in Southwest Asia

by Nimrod Marom, Reuven Yeshuran & Lior Weissbrod

Seventeen papers demonstrate how zooarchaeologists engage with questions of identity through culinary references, livestock husbandry practices and land use. Contributions combine hitherto unpublished zooarchaeological...


Ritual Violence in the Ancient Andes: Reconstructing Sacrifice on the North Coast of Peru

by Haagen D. Klaus & J. Marla Toyne

Traditions of sacrifice exist in almost every human culture and often embody a society's most meaningful religious and symbolic acts. Ritual violence was particularly varied and enduring in the prehistoric South...


Unlocking the Past: How Archaeologists Are Rewriting Human History with Ancient DNA

by Martin Jones

In Unlocking the Past, Martin Jones, a leading expert at the forefront of bioarchaeology—the discipline that gave Michael Crichton the premise for Jurassic Park—explains how this pioneering science is rewriting...


The Archaeology of Human-Environment Interactions: Strategies for Investigating Anthropogenic Landscapes, Dynamic Environments, and Climate Change in

by Daniel Contreras

The impacts of climate change on human societies, and the roles those societies themselves play in altering their environments, appear in headlines more and more as concern over modern global climate change...


Mediterranean Connections: Maritime Transport Containers and Seaborne Trade in the Bronze and Early Iron Ages

by A. Bernard Knapp & Stella Demesticha

Mediterranean Connections focuses on the origin and development of maritime transport containers from the Early Bronze through early Iron Age periods (ca. 3200-700 BC). Analysis of this category of objects broadens...


The Tale of the Axe: How the Neolithic Revolution Transformed Britain

by David Miles

How the New Stone Age shaped our world Approximately 12,000 years ago, early humans in western Asia and Europe who had been itinerant foragers, subsisting on what food they could find, slowly began settling...


Buddhist Landscapes in Central India: Sanchi Hill and Archaeologies of Religious and Social Change, c. Third Century BC to Fifth Century AD

by Julia Shaw

The "monumental bias" of Buddhist archaeology has hampered our understanding of the socio-religious mechanisms that enabled early Buddhist monks to establish themselves in new areas. To articulate these relationships,...


Historical Archaeology

by Jr., Charles E. Orser

This book provides a short, readable introduction to historical archaeology, which focuses on modern history in all its fascinating regional, cultural, and ethnic diversity. Accessibly covering key methods and...


Ancient Egypt: The Basics

by Donald P. Ryan

Ancient Egypt: The Basics offers an accessible and comprehensive introduction to the history, archaeology and influence of this fascinating civilization. Coverage includes:

  • A survey of Egyptian history from...

A Material Culture

Thunder and Herds: Rock Art of the High Plains

by Lawrence L Loendorf

This volume is the first summary and synthesis of the rock art of the American High Plains, from Archaic times to the historic period. Even more, it presents an engaging combination of Plains archaeology, rock...


Sacrifice, Violence, and Ideology Among the Moche: The Rise of Social Complexity in Ancient Peru

by Steve Bourget

In a special precinct dedicated to ritual sacrifice at Huaca de la Luna on the north coast of Peru, about seventy-five men were killed and dismembered, their remains and body parts then carefully rearranged...


Creating Great Visitor Experiences: A Guide for Museums, Parks, Zoos, Gardens & Libraries

by Stephanie Weaver

Museum and other non-profit professionals have begun to realize that the complete visitor experience is the key to repeat attendance, successful fundraising, and building audience loyalty. Taking lessons learned...


Museums, Ethics and Cultural Heritage

by ICOM

This volume provides an unparalleled exploration of ethics and museum practice, considering the controversies and debates which surround key issues such as provenance, ownership, cultural identity, environmental...


Mediterranean Voyages: The Archaeology of Island Colonisation and Abandonment

by Helen Dawson

Islands are ideal case studies for exploring social connectivity, episodes of colonisation, abandonment, and alternating phases of cultural interaction and isolation. Their societies display different attitudes...


Museum Store: The Manager's Guide, Fourth Edition: Basic Guidelines for the New Museum Store Manager

by Museum Store Association

Museum Store: The Manager's Guide is a practical guide for any store manager who needs guidance about visual merchandising, measuring performance, managing volunteers and much more. This eight-chapter volume...


Peruvian Archaeology: A Critical History

by Henry Tantaleán

This book offers a unique, critical perspective on the history of Peruvian archaeology by a native scholar. Leading Peruvian archaeologist Henry Tantaleán illuminates the cultural legacy of colonialism beginning...


Plain Pottery Traditions of the Eastern Mediterranean and Near East: Production, Use, and Social Significance

by Claudia Glatz

The evolution and proliferation of plain and predominantly wheel-made pottery presents a characteristic feature of the societies of the Near East and Eastern Mediterranean since the fourth millennium B.C. This...