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ArcheoTheWholeStory

Review: Archaeology – the whole story

Archaeology: the whole story Paul Bahn (ed.) Thames & Hudson, £24.95 ISBN 978-0500292761 Review by: Lucia Marchini Guiding the reader through 4 million years of archaeology, this new book covers major sites and discoveries across the world, offering a broad overview of different periods on a global scale. It could be described as an encyclopaedic […]

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Review: Roman Frontier Studies 2009

Roman Frontier Studies 2009 N Hodgson, P Bidwell, and J Schachtmann (eds) Archaeopress, £90.00 ISBN 978-1784915902 Review by: Matthew Symonds Every three years students and scholars of Roman frontiers gather to discuss the latest discoveries and thoughts. A lasting memento of these meetings is usually issued a few years later in the form of a […]

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Review: Houses of Ill Repute

Houses of Ill Repute: the archaeology of brothels, houses, and taverns in the Greek world Allison Glazebrook and Barbara Tsakirgis (eds) University of Pennsylvania Press, £58.00 ISBN 978-0812247565 Review by: Andrew Selkirk How can you recognise an ancient brothel? It is best to begin by identifying the andron, the room where the inhabitants of a […]

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Review: Cave Art

Cave Art Bruno David Thames & Hudson, £12.95 ISBN 978-0500204351 Reviewed by: George Nash In recent decades, research into Upper Palaeolithic rock art has firmly pushed the boundaries of science and interpretation to a new level of understanding. The early dating sequences from caves and rock shelters from around the globe have started to challenge […]

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Review: An Archaeological Guide to Nicopolis

An Archaeological Guide to Nicopolis: rambling through the historical, sacred, and civic landscape Konstantinos L Zachos Ministry of Culture & Sports ISBN 978-6188222502 Reviewed by: Oliver Gilkes On 2 September 31 BC, a young man stepped from his tent in northern Greece to meet a wet and blustery day. From his vantage point on a […]

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CWA 84: New Book Reviews

Mleiha: The Unwritten History
The Ancient State of Puyŏ in Northeast Asia
Age of Empires: Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties
A History of Syria in One Hundred Sites
The Church of the East: An Illustrated History of Assyrian Christianity

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CWA 83 – New Book Reviews

Mountains and Lowlands: Ancient Iran and Mesopotamia; Three Stones Make a Wall; Rock Art Studies: News of the World V; The Caribbean before Columbus; Human Mobility and Technological Transfer in the Prehistoric Mediterranean; Life and Death in the Mesolithic of Sweden

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Book Review: The Fifth Beginning

Brian Fagan reviews Robert L Kelly’s new book to discover ‘what six million years of human history can tell us about our future’. Robert Kelly is an eminent North American archaeologist and an accomplished author. He modestly calls himself a ‘dirt archaeologist’, but his learning is formidable and his perspective truly global. The Fifth Beginning is […]

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New Book Reviews in CWA 82

The Spartan Regime: Its Character, Origins, and Grand Strategy by Paul A Rahe Rahe is a distinguished history professor, and after a lifetime of studies has produced the first of three books to unravel the problems of Sparta. The trouble is, he is no archaeologist, and consequently he is far too kind in his analysis. The […]

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New Book Reviews in CWA 81

The Great Paleolithic War by David J Meltzer It all started with a simple, but extremely contentious, question: were humans present in the Americas during the Pleistocene? Before Ice Age people were confirmed in Europe during the 1850s, few scholars ventured such bold proclamations. But, with the location of a few stone tools and skeletal remains, […]

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Book Review: Persepolis from Glasgow

  If you aren’t already in the mood for an adventurous roadtrip, one quick flip through this fun and well-curated volume will certainly change that.  Through diary entries, captivating photography, and scraps of travel memorabilia, Orr transports the reader back to 1973, through the fields of central Europe, and into the heart of Persia in a Glasgow school bus. […]

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CWA 80 Book Reviews

Nicholas Bartos reviews some of the latest archaeological books. The Silk Roads: A New History of the World by Peter Frankopan Describing Peter Frankopan’s monumental 656-page work as ‘ambitious’ may be an understatement: he sets out, in no uncertain terms, to fundamentally reorient the axis of world history to the east, right along the crooked spine […]

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