Eds Rick J Schulting and Linda Fibiger Oxford University Press, £80.00 ISBN 978-0199573066 ‘Nasty, brutish, and short.’ Thomas Hobbes was not describing life in Neolithic Europe, but his words seem an apt description of the average experience of the period. Drawing on a two-day conference in 2008, this is the first comparative synthesis of […]
Garry J Shaw Thames & Hudson, £24.95 ISBN 978-0500051740 Garry Shaw’s guide to ancient Egyptian kingship is beautifully illustrated with colour photographs of sculpture, artefacts – including stunning royal regalia – and details of temples and palaces. From the role’s semi-mythological origins with Menes, the ‘first unifier of Egypt’, to its eventual extinguishing amid Roman conquest, […]
Ian Hodder Wiley-Blackwell, £19.99 ISBN 978-0470672129 Are artefacts a backdrop to society, props used to reconstruct lost ways of life, or is there a more complex interdependency between people and ‘things’? Ian Hodder believes so, examining how people interact with the objects they create, and how pursuit of the material has fired historic and […]
Do the outlines of hands in Spain’s El Castillo cave belong to Homo sapiens or to their earlier Neanderthal cousins?
The Diablo Pyramid, in Guatemala, covers an earlier temple whose intricately decorated façade was carefully packed to preserve its huge stucco masks. These great faces of the Maya Sun God in its many guises once glowered across the horizon, painted a deep red and caught by the dying sun would have been visible for miles around. Why did they go to so much trouble? Could it be connected with the discovery of a royal tomb just in front of it? Who is the dead man, surrounded by exotic grave goods and grim sacrificial offerings?