Book Review

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Review: Built on Bones

Built on Bones: 15,000 years of urban life and death Brenna Hassett Bloomsbury, £16.99 ISBN 978-1472922939 Review by: Lucia Marchini More than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas, and the proportion is only set to increase. Cities, though, have long presented a range of hazards, such as infectious diseases and interpersonal violence. […]

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Review: Protecting the Roman Empire

Protecting the Roman Empire: fortlets, frontiers, and the quest for post-conquest security Matthew Symonds Cambridge University Press, £75 ISBN 978-1108421553 Review by: David J Breeze First, a declaration of interest: I read a draft of this book, and several of my illustrations appear in it. I do not think that either aspect will affect how […]

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Review: Roman Artefacts and Society

Roman Artefacts and Society: design, behaviour, and experience Ellen Swift Oxford University Press, £85 ISBN 978-0198785262 Review: Matthew Fittock Offering a fresh approach to Roman material culture studies, this book shows how design theory can help us understand the interplay between object design, production, and function, and how this reflects changes in social behaviour and […]

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Review: The Power of Place

The Power of Place: rulers and their palaces, landscapes, cities, and holy places David Rollason Princeton University Press, £41.95 ISBN 978-0691167626 Review by: Stuart Brookes The central theme of this enthralling and beautifully produced book is that rulers designed the worlds around them to send messages of power. In the case of palaces, such a […]

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Review: Golden Kingdoms

Golden Kingdoms: luxury arts in the ancient Americas Joanne Pillsbury, Timothy Potts, and Kim N Richter (eds) Getty Publications, £50 ISBN 978-1606065488 Reviewed by: Lucia Marchini To this day, gold remains a symbol of luxury and quality. The precious metal was much coveted in early modern Europe too, particularly when Christopher Columbus reached Central America […]

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Review: The Etruscans

The Etruscans: lost civilizations Lucy Shipley Reaktion Books, £15 ISBN 978-1780238326 Reviewed by: Andrew Selkirk Who were the mysterious Etruscans? Lucy Shipley, who is now one of the whizzkids at Andante Travels, wrote her doctoral thesis on Etruscan pottery, and here, in the latest instalment of Reaktion’s series on ‘Lost Civilizations’, she sets out to […]

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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: 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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Though recorded in historical sources, the indigenous people in the south-west corner of the Iberian Peninsula have largely eluded archaeologists. We know they traded their silver and gold with the Phoenicians, and we know they had a coastal city called Tartessos, because the Greek historian Herodotus wrote of it in the 5th century BC. But […]

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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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At their peak in the 4th century AD, the people who built Teotihuacan in Mexico ruled an empire every bit as impressive as that of Rome on the other side of the world. Yet we don’t even know their name, nor why they mysteriously abandoned their colossal capital city in the 7th century AD, some […]

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