Issue 38

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The Art of Kate Whiteford

To say Kate Whiteford, the Scottish artist, is fascinated by archaeology is an understatement. Land drawings/ installations/excavations, her newly published, and sumptuously illustrated book, which describes much of her career as an artist, is essentially a peon to the belief in place-making. Central to this, in Kate’s view, is the process of archaeological enquiry, including […]

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The Power of Dogû: Ceramic Figures from Ancient Japan

This is the book of the British Museum exhibition – a dazzling, kaleidoscopic view of the clay figurines of the earliest farmers of Jomon Japan. Fascinating essays show how these figurines have shaped modern Japanese culture and particularly its celebrated manga (cartoon) artists. More to the point, with its ravishing photographs of these hand-made, plastic […]

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Origins: the Story of the Emergence of Humans and Humanity in Africa

Visitors to Johannesburg can visit, in the grounds of the University of Witwatersrand, the outstanding Origins Centre. In this book the Centre’s Curator, Geoff Blundell, draws together 19 fascinating contributions that deal with our emergence and development in Africa over a seven million year period. What the Origins Centre achieves through video, artefacts and sound, […]

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Tutankhamun Uncovered: The Adventure Behind the Curse

This is a novel set in the reign of Tutankhamun, but also about Howard Carter’s work in Egypt, his partnership with Lord Carnarvon and their discovery of the king’s tomb.The author has taken the known facts and woven a very plausible and believable story around them, after considerable and painstaking research. I especially liked the […]

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Hidden Histories: Discovering the Heritage of Wales

In 1907 two great Welsh institutions were founded – the National Library and the National Museum. One year later a third was established – The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales. It has adapted gracefully and successfully to the rapidly changing circumstances of the last two decades and is therefore with […]

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An Infinity of Things: How Sir Henry Wellcome Collected the World

Visitors to the Wellcome Collection in London’s Euston Road cannot fail to be intrigued by the man behind it, the American-born pharmaceutical entrepreneur and philanthropist Sir Henry Wellcome. At his death in 1936, he owned a grotesquely overwhelming collection of objects, the variety and quantity of which the world had never seen. Warehoused and largely […]

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Paradigm Lost: The Côa Valley and the Open-Air Palaeolithic Art in Portugal

Produced to mark the 10th anniversary of the open-air Palaeolithic art of Portugal’s Côa Valley becoming a World Heritage site, this beautiful book comprises numerous fantastic colour photos (mostly taken at night) and equally remarkable colour tracings of hundreds of figures, not only from the Côa Valley but also from the ever-growing list of similar […]

The Assault on Liberty

Admittedly, this is not a book on archaeology. Yet, it is well worth reading and thought-provoking, not least for those interested in history and archaeology. When future scholars look back at the history of our time, what will it be known for? May some of its index fossils be scanning and surveillance devices and, should […]

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