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Review: Rethinking Prehistoric Central Asia

Rethinking Prehistoric Central Asia: shepherds, farmers, and nomads Claudia Chang Routledge, £105 ISBN 978-1138737082 Review by: George Nash Until relatively recently, evidence for later prehistoric and protohistoric communities of Central Asia has been interpreted as representing a fragmented history, partly as a result of the geopolitics of the region (especially during the 20th century). From […]

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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: Roman Frontier Studies 2009

Roman Frontier Studies 2009 N Hodgson, P Bidwell, and J Schachtmann (eds) Archaeopress, £90.00 ISBN 978-1784915902 Review by: Matthew Symonds Every three years students and scholars of Roman frontiers gather to discuss the latest discoveries and thoughts. A lasting memento of these meetings is usually issued a few years later in the form of a […]

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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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CWA 83 – New Book Reviews

Mountains and Lowlands: Ancient Iran and Mesopotamia; Three Stones Make a Wall; Rock Art Studies: News of the World V; The Caribbean before Columbus; Human Mobility and Technological Transfer in the Prehistoric Mediterranean; Life and Death in the Mesolithic of Sweden

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New Book Reviews in CWA 81

The Great Paleolithic War by David J Meltzer It all started with a simple, but extremely contentious, question: were humans present in the Americas during the Pleistocene? Before Ice Age people were confirmed in Europe during the 1850s, few scholars ventured such bold proclamations. But, with the location of a few stone tools and skeletal remains, […]

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Book Review: Persepolis from Glasgow

  If you aren’t already in the mood for an adventurous roadtrip, one quick flip through this fun and well-curated volume will certainly change that.  Through diary entries, captivating photography, and scraps of travel memorabilia, Orr transports the reader back to 1973, through the fields of central Europe, and into the heart of Persia in a Glasgow school bus. […]