Issue 38

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The Old Ships of the New Gate Yenikapi’nan Eski Gemilerl

I got so excited when I first heard about the finds made at Yenikapı, the ancient harbour to the south of Istanbul’s historic peninsula (now part of mainland Istanbul). In 2004, the Turkish authorities began an important transport project in the area, and once they started digging they immediately found objects of interest. Archaeologists were […]

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Les Celtes: De L’âge du Fer

I have a great job: as Reviews Editor at the journal Antiquity, books on subjects ranging from early hominins to today’s car cemeteries pass through my hands. So what do I look for in a book? To my mind three ingredients make a good archaeological book: its subject has to be rooted in the core […]

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Rethinking the Human Revolution

I chose this book because it covers one of the most interesting and important periods of human prehistory, the origins and expansion of anatomically modern humans from Africa into the rest of the world. Few topics have responded so readily to the wide range of disciplines that can now focus on one issue and in […]

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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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