Issue 26


Shadow of the Silk Road

Shadow of the Silk Road Colin Thubron Chatto and Windus, £8.99 Chosen by Roger Matthews, Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology UCL. Roger has worked in Iraq, Syria, Turkey, and Iran, and is interested in the sorts of long-range connections and exchanges of commodities and products that lie at the heart of […]


Kaupang in Skiringssal

Kaupang in Skiringssal (Kaupang Excavation Project Publication Series, Volume 1 – Norske Oldfunn XXII) edited by Dagfinn Skre Aarhus University Press, £39.95 (hb) Chosen by Prof. Richard Hodges, Williams Director, University of Pennsylvania Archaeology & Anthropology Museum. The greatest compliment that can be paid to this volume is that it bears comparison with Holger Arbman’s […]


Review: The Mind in the Cave

The Mind in the Cave: Consciousness and the Origins of Art J. David Lewis-Williams Thames & Hudson, £10.72 Chosen by John Herbert, an award-winning film director whose work includes a series of documentaries on the archaeology of Arabia. How did people think as they fashioned rock art at Lascaux and Altamira? Were they as intelligent as us? ‘Yes’ says this intriguing book, but the artists […]


Books on Fire

Books on Fire: The Tumultuous Story of the World’s Great Libraries, Lucien X. Polastron, Thames & Hudson, £18.95 Chosen by Andrew Robinson, the author of The Story of Writing and Lost Languages among other books. Books on Fire is a history of library and book burning from earliest times, in which the cuneiform clay tablets […]


Fish on Friday

Fish on Friday Brian Fagan, Basic Books, £15.99 Chosen by Timothy Darvill, Professor of Archaeology at Bournemouth University. Sometimes archaeological research can both challenge and expand conventional history. Here Brian Fagan does both by suggesting that North America was well known to the fishermen of northwest Europe long before Columbus and Cabot claimed the New World and sailed […]


Roman Cult of Mithras, the God and his Mysteries

The Roman Cult of Mithras, the God and his mysteries Manfred Clauss, Edinburgh, £20.99 Chosen by Dr Eberhard Sauer of the University of Edinburgh who has long been interested in the Oriental cult of Mithras. His excavations include the Roman fortress at Alchester near Oxford and the Persian frontier walls in northern Iran. The Mithras […]

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