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Kingsmill Plantations 1619-1800 (Paperback, New edition): Kingsmill Plantations 1619-1800 (Paperback, New edition)
R486 R399 Discovery Miles 3 990 Save R87 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In 1971 William Kelso happened almost by chance on an archaeological find that would open a new door on the rural history of colonial Tidewater Virginia. Erosion had revealed a brick well shaft in a cliff on the James River; above this was an earthen fort and, a bit farther downriver, the remains of a plantation manor. These would be the first of many intriguing discoveries to be made in the area known as Kingsmill. Though the land's owners agreed to cooperate with, and even fund, an archaeological study of the area, the excavation schedule would have to keep one step ahead of the work on a major residential development. For centuries, time had stood still in Kingsmill; now the clock was suddenly ticking. Kingsmill Plantations, Kelso's first-hand account of a great feat of rescue archaeology, covers a three-year period and the excavation of fifteen separate sites. The various properties dated as far back as 1619-placing them among the earliest of American settlements--and continued up through the eighteenth century. Because the division of labor on the Kingsmill Plantations was typical of the era, the settlement could provide an invaluable microcosmic view of colonial Virginia. Meticulous study of the structures and their surroundings--including faunal analyses and inventories of entire house-holds--allowed Kelso and his colleagues to construct a remarkably detailed picture of life in Kingsmill over the course of nearly two hundred years. At once scholarly and highly readable, Kingsmill Plantations speaks to both expert and amateur. An extensive collection of illustrations--including maps, diagrams, and contemporary and archival photographs--makes the narrative especially vivid.

Ediacaran Microfossils from the Doushantuo Formation Chert Nodules in the Yangtze Gorges Area, South China, and New Biozones... Ediacaran Microfossils from the Doushantuo Formation Chert Nodules in the Yangtze Gorges Area, South China, and New Biozones (Paperback)
Pengju Liu, Malgorzata Moczydlowska
R1,271 R1,167 Discovery Miles 11 670 Save R104 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Fossils and Strata is an international series of monographs and memoirs in palaeontology and biostratigraphy, owned by, and published on behalf of, The Lethaia Foundation in cooperation between the Scandinavian countries. Fossils and Strata forms part of the same structured publishing programme as the international journal Lethaia and provides a complementary outlet for more comprehensive systematic and regional monographs, including taxonomic descriptions. Fossils and Strata also offers the publication of thematic special issues comprising a series of shorter contributions.

Burial, Landscape and Identity in Early Medieval Wessex (Hardcover): Kate Mees Burial, Landscape and Identity in Early Medieval Wessex (Hardcover)
Kate Mees
R1,652 R1,504 Discovery Miles 15 040 Save R148 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Burial evidence provides the richest record we possess for the centuries following the retreat of Roman authority. The locations and manner in which communities chose to bury their dead, within the constraints of the environmental and social milieu, reveal much about this transformational era. This book offers a pioneering exploration of the ways in which the cultural and physical environment influenced funerary traditions during the period c. AD 450-850, in the region which came to form the leading Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Wessex. This was a diverse landscape rich in ancient remains, in the form of imposing earthworks, enigmatic megaliths and vestiges of Roman occupation. Employing archaeological evidence, complemented by toponymic and documentary sources and elucidated through landscape analysis, the author argues that particular man-made and natural features were consciously selected as foci for funerary events and ritual practice, becoming integral to manifestations of identity and power in early medieval society. Kate Mees is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Archaeology, Durham University.

The Celtic Myths - A Guide to the Ancient Gods and Legends (Hardcover): Miranda Aldhouse Green The Celtic Myths - A Guide to the Ancient Gods and Legends (Hardcover)
Miranda Aldhouse Green
R440 R347 Discovery Miles 3 470 Save R93 (21%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

From gods, heroes, and monsters to Druids, sorcerers, and talking animals, Celtic Myths explores every aspect of Irish and Welsh myths in this appealing and authoritative guide. Besides vividly retelling the tales, Miranda Aldhouse-Green brings her expertise in the archaeology of the Iron Age and particularly shamanism to bear on the mythical world she describes, with evidence as diverse as the Gundestrup Cauldron and the famous bog bodies. Starting with a discussion of how myths are transmitted and by whom, Aldhouse-Green continues with an account of Irish and Welsh myths, their key actors and motifs, and themes such as heroes, animals, women, environment, and the Otherworld. The book concludes with a look at the influence of monastic chroniclers on the tales, which they preserved and adapted. Boxed features, quotes from primary texts and contemporary sources, two-color illustrations, photographs, and drawings all come together to create a comprehensive guide for anyone interested in Celtic history or the history of myth as well as anyone who simply loves a good story.

The Mildenhall Treasure (Paperback): Richard Hobbs The Mildenhall Treasure (Paperback)
Richard Hobbs
R171 R141 Discovery Miles 1 410 Save R30 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In 1942, while ploughing a field near Mildenhall in Suffolk, eastern England, Gordon Butcher stumbled upon a hoard of 34 silver objects that he turned over to his boss and owner of the land, Sydney Ford. Dating back to Roman Britain, fourth century AD, and of outstanding artistic and technical quality, the hoard was declared a Treasure Trove in 1946.

The Oxford Handbook of Neolithic Europe (Paperback): Chris Fowler, Jan Harding, Daniela Hofmann The Oxford Handbook of Neolithic Europe (Paperback)
Chris Fowler, Jan Harding, Daniela Hofmann
R1,350 Discovery Miles 13 500 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Neolithic -a period in which the first sedentary agrarian communities were established across much of Europe-has been a key topic of archaeological research for over a century. However, the variety of evidence across Europe, the range of languages in which research is carried out, and the way research traditions in different countries have developed makes it very difficult for both students and specialists to gain an overview of continent-wide trends. The Oxford Handbook of Neolithic Europe provides the first comprehensive, geographically extensive, thematic overview of the European Neolithic -from Iberia to Russia and from Norway to Malta -offering both a general introduction and a clear exploration of key issues and current debates surrounding evidence and interpretation. Chapters written by leading experts in the field examine topics such as the movement of plants, animals, ideas, and people (including recent trends in the application of genetics and isotope analyses); cultural change (from the first appearance of farming to the first metal artefacts); domestic architecture; subsistence; material culture; monuments; and burial and other treatments of the dead. In doing so, the volume also considers the history of research and sets out agendas and themes for future work in the field.

Dumbarton Oaks Papers V64 (Hardcover): Margaret Mullet, Alice-Mary Talbot Dumbarton Oaks Papers V64 (Hardcover)
Margaret Mullet, Alice-Mary Talbot
R2,735 R2,455 Discovery Miles 24 550 Save R280 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This issue includes Apostolic Geography: The Origins and Continuity of a Hagiographic Habit (Scott Fitzgerald Johnson); John Lydus and His Contemporaries on Identities and Cultures of Sixth-Century Byzantium (Sviatoslav Dmitriev); Grotesque Bodies in Hagiographical Tales: The Monstrous and the Uncanny in Byzantine Collections of Miracle Stories (Stavroula Constantinou); Byzantine Political Culture and Compilation Literature in the Tenth and Eleventh Centuries (Catherine Holmes); Byzantine Mirrors: Self-Reflection in Medieval Greek Writing (Stratis Papaioannou); Transformative Narratives and Shifting Identities in the Narthex of the Boiana Church (Rossitza B. Schroeder); Tracing Monastic Economic Interests and Their Impact on the Rural Landscape of Late Byzantine Lemnos (Fotini Kondyli); The Imperial Image at the End of Exile: The Byzantine Embroidered Silk in Genoa and the Treaty of Nymphaion (1261) (Cecily J. Hilsdale); A Byzantine Text on the Technique of Icon Painting (George R. Parpulov, Irina V. Dolgikh, and Peter Cowe); New Archaeology at Ancient Scetis: Surveys and Initial Excavations at the Monastery of St. John the Little in Wadi Al-Natun (Darlene L. Brooks Hedstrom with Stephen J. Davis, Tomasz Herbich, Salima Ikram, Dawn McCormack, Marie-Dominique Nenna, and Gillian Pyke)."

Beyond Wari Walls - Regional Perspectives on Middle Horizon Peru (Hardcover): Beyond Wari Walls - Regional Perspectives on Middle Horizon Peru (Hardcover)
R2,244 R2,038 Discovery Miles 20 380 Save R206 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

During the Middle Horizon (600-1000), the Wari civilization swept across the central Andes. The nature and importance of this civilization has long been debated by archaeologists. For many, Wari was an empire governed by people living at the site of Huari in the central highlands of Peru. Some scholars, however, have long argued that the spread of Wari artifacts, architecture, and influence can be explained by other kinds of interregional interactions. The scholars whose work is assembled here attempt to better understand the nature of Wari by examining its impact beyond Wari walls. By studying Wari from a village in Cuzco, a water shrine in Huamachuco, or a compound on the Central Coast, these authors provide us with information that cannot be gleaned from either digs around the city of Huari or work at the major Wari installations in the periphery. This book provides no definitive answers to the Wari phenomena, but it contributes to broader debates about interregional influences and interaction during the emergence of early cities and states throughout the world. The contributors include Ulrike Matthies Green and Paul Goldstein (UC San Diego), Bruce Owen (Sonoma State University), Veronique Belisle (University of Michigan), R. Alan Covey (Southern Methodist University), Christina Conlee (Texas State University), Giancarlo Marcone (University of Pittsburgh), Rafael Segura Llanos and Izumi Shimada (Southern Illinois University), Frank Meddens (University of London), Nicholas Branch (University of Reading), Kit Nelson (Tulane University), Nathan Craig (Pennsylvania State University), Manuel Perales (Proyecto Arqueologico Norte Chico), Theresa Lange Topic (Brescia University College), John Topic (Trent University), Claude Chapdelaine (Universite de Montreal), William Isbell (SUNY Binghamton), and the editor.

An Archaeological Guide to Central and Southern Mexico (Hardcover): Joyce Kelly An Archaeological Guide to Central and Southern Mexico (Hardcover)
Joyce Kelly
R687 Discovery Miles 6 870 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Palenque, Teotihuacan, Yaxchilan--the names of these ancient Maya cities conjure images of mystery and grandeur. Joyce Kelly's new visitor's guide includes these fascinating places and many more. This guide provides travelers with captivating photographs, vivid descriptions, and complete, up-to-date tourist information on 70 archaeological sites and 60 museums. Sites range from the most remote to the largest and most well known.

Joyce Kelly explores the art, architecture, and history of each museum and site, from pyramids and temples to the hieroglyphs and images of ornately carved monuments and stelae.

An Archaeological Guide to Central and Southern Mexico provides:

- Driving times and distances in miles and kilometers;

- A rating of 0 to 4 stars for each site and museum;

- Sites arranged in geographical sections, which include easy-to-use maps, 10 site plans, and details on accommodations, restaurants and car rentals;

- "Getting There" sections with specific details on road conditions, driving and walking time, what to bring and how long to allow for a visit.

An Archaeological Guide to Central and Southern Mexico (Paperback): Joyce Kelly An Archaeological Guide to Central and Southern Mexico (Paperback)
Joyce Kelly
R618 Discovery Miles 6 180 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Palenque, Teotihuacan, Yaxchilan--the names of these ancient Maya cities conjure images of mystery and grandeur. Joyce Kelly's new visitor's guide includes these fascinating places and many more. This guide provides travelers with captivating photographs, vivid descriptions, and complete, up-to-date tourist information on 70 archaeological sites and 60 museums. Sites range from the most remote to the largest and most well known.

Joyce Kelly explores the art, architecture, and history of each museum and site, from pyramids and temples to the hieroglyphs and images of ornately carved monuments and stelae.

An Archaeological Guide to Central and Southern Mexico provides:

- Driving times and distances in miles and kilometers;

- A rating of 0 to 4 stars for each site and museum;

- Sites arranged in geographical sections, which include easy-to-use maps, 10 site plans, and details on accommodations, restaurants and car rentals;

- "Getting There" sections with specific details on road conditions, driving and walking time, what to bring and how long to allow for a visit.

The Pueblo Bonito Mounds of Chaco Canyon - Material Culture and Fauna (Hardcover): Patricia L. Crown The Pueblo Bonito Mounds of Chaco Canyon - Material Culture and Fauna (Hardcover)
Patricia L. Crown
R2,520 R2,290 Discovery Miles 22 900 Save R230 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Chaco Canyon has one of the most significant concentrations of archaeological remains in North America. Pueblo Bonito, the largest and best known of Chaco's great houses, was largely excavated in the late 1890s and early 1920s, but then no extensive excavations were conducted at the site until a team of archaeologists from the University of New Mexico began work there in 2004. In exploring the possible evidence of water-control features, archaeologists recovered some 200,000 artifacts. Here they use the artifacts and fauna they found to examine the lives and activities of the inhabitants of Pueblo Bonito as well as to further interpret current models of Chaco archaeology. The contributors particularly focus on questions regarding crafts production, long-distance exchange relationships, and evidence for feasting and other ritual behavior. The results from the 2004-2008 excavations challenge many interpretations related to the daily activities of the Pueblo Bonito population while supporting others.

The Cemetery of Meir - Volume lV: The Tombs of Senbi l and Wekhhotep l (Paperback): Naguib Kanawati, Linda Evans The Cemetery of Meir - Volume lV: The Tombs of Senbi l and Wekhhotep l (Paperback)
Naguib Kanawati, Linda Evans
R2,034 R1,653 Discovery Miles 16 530 Save R381 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Grabungsworterbuch - Alle Wichtigen Begriffe in 8 Sprachen (English, German, Paperback): Anna Kieburg Grabungsworterbuch - Alle Wichtigen Begriffe in 8 Sprachen (English, German, Paperback)
Anna Kieburg
R290 Discovery Miles 2 900 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

During excavations abroad there is constantly the question of the correct expression in the respective national language. The well-traveled and experienced archaeologist Anna Kieburg has collected the most important terms and items, which are required in the everyday life of an archeologist. The words and phrases are presented in the eight most frequently mentioned languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian, Greek, Turkish, Arabic and German.

The Archaeology of Greece - An Introduction (Paperback, 2nd edition): William R. Biers The Archaeology of Greece - An Introduction (Paperback, 2nd edition)
William R. Biers
R581 R516 Discovery Miles 5 160 Save R65 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

William R. Biers wrote The Archaeology of Greece to introduce students, teachers, and lay readers to the delights of exploring the world of ancient Greece. The great popularity of the first edition testifies to his success. In his preface to the second edition, Biers points out that, while the field of Greek archaeology may seem conservative and slow-moving, it has undergone major changes, especially in regard to work on the Bronze Age.

The second edition brings information on all areas up to date, reflecting the most recent research, and it includes cross references to Perseus II, the interactive electronic data base on Archaic and Classical Greece. This edition includes new illustrations, some of recent finds, some of improved plans, and others added to enhance an explanation or to illustrate a point.

From Mounds to Mammoths - A Field Guide to Oklahoma Prehistory, Second Edition (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): C.M. Gilbert From Mounds to Mammoths - A Field Guide to Oklahoma Prehistory, Second Edition (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
C.M. Gilbert
R623 Discovery Miles 6 230 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

For most Oklahomans the story of the state begins with the removal of the Five Tribes to Indian Territory early in the nineteenth century. In fact, Oklahoma has a rich, diverse, and enduring native cultural heritage. Using recent discoveries and information unearthed since its original 1980 publication, From Mounds to Mammoths presents Oklahoma's prehistory from thirty thousand years ago to historic contact times.

Claudette Gilbert and Robert L. Brooks take the reader back thousands of years to experience life on the plains. They discuss the Cooper site, which has given us valuable insights into Folsom technology, hunting practices, and ritual. Here archaeologists discovered a thunderbolt painted on a bison skull-the earliest evident of artwork in North America. The story of Spiro Mounds, a more recent culture, reveals village life in the Arkansas River basin 800-1000 years ago.

Told chronologically with vivid chapter-opening vignettes, From Mounds to Mammoths provides a fascinating glimpse into the variety of Oklahoma native cultures.

Urbanisation and State Formation in the Ancient Sahara and Beyond (Hardcover): Martin Sterry, David J. Mattingly Urbanisation and State Formation in the Ancient Sahara and Beyond (Hardcover)
Martin Sterry, David J. Mattingly
R3,721 Discovery Miles 37 210 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The themes of sedentarisation, urbanisation and state formation are fundamental ones in the archaeology of many diverse parts of the world but have been little explored in relation to early societies of the Saharan zone. Moreover, the possibility has rarely been considered that the precocious civilisations bordering this vast desert were interconnected by long-range contacts and knowledge networks. The orthodox opinion of many of the key oasis zones within the Sahara is that they were not created before the early medieval period and the Islamic conquest of Mediterranean North Africa. Major claims of this volume are that the ultimate origins of oasis settlements in many parts of the Sahara were considerably earlier, that by the first millennium AD some of these oasis settlements were of a size and complexity to merit the categorisation 'towns' and that a few exceptional examples were focal centres within proto-states or early state-level societies.

The African Burial Ground in New York City - Memory, Spirituality, and Space (Paperback): Andrea E Frohne The African Burial Ground in New York City - Memory, Spirituality, and Space (Paperback)
Andrea E Frohne
R1,177 R1,095 Discovery Miles 10 950 Save R82 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In 1991, archaeologists in lower Manhattan unearthed a stunning discovery. Buried for more than 200 years was a communal cemetery containing the remains of up to 20,000 people. At roughly 6.6 acres, the African Burial Ground is the largest and earliest known burial space of African descendants in North America. In the years that followed its discovery, citizens and activists fought tirelessly to demand respectful treatment of eighteenth-century funerary remains and sacred ancestors. After more than a decade of political battle-on local and national levels-and scientific research at Howard University, the remains were eventually reburied on the site in 2003. Capturing the varied perspectives and the emotional tenor of the time, Frohne narrates the story of the African Burial Ground and the controversies surrounding urban commemoration. She analyzes both its colonial and contemporary representations, drawing on colonial-era maps, prints, and land surveys to illuminate the forgotten and hidden visual histories of a mostly enslaved population buried in the African Burial Ground. Today, personal offerings and commemorative artworks, many of which incorporate traditional African and diasporic arts and religions, pay tribute to the ancestors and the sacred space. Tracing the history and identity of the area from a forgotten site to a contested and negotiated space, Frohne situates the burial ground within the context of late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century race relations in New York City to reveal its enduring presence as a spiritual place. Finally, she illustrates visually, spiritually, and spatially the historic and contemporary formation of a New York City African diaspora in relation to the African Burial Ground.

Sketches of Intriguing People - and the Curious Events They Suffered While Living in the Wilderness of the Northwest Territory.... Sketches of Intriguing People - and the Curious Events They Suffered While Living in the Wilderness of the Northwest Territory. (Paperback)
Frank E Kuron
R592 R474 Discovery Miles 4 740 Save R118 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
3D Recording and  Interpretation for Maritime Archaeology (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2019): John K. Mccarthy, Jonathan Benjamin,... 3D Recording and Interpretation for Maritime Archaeology (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2019)
John K. Mccarthy, Jonathan Benjamin, Trevor Winton, Wendy Van Duivenvoorde
R1,407 R1,174 Discovery Miles 11 740 Save R233 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This open access peer-reviewed volume was inspired by the UNESCO UNITWIN Network for Underwater Archaeology International Workshop held at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia in November 2016. Content is based on, but not limited to, the work presented at the workshop which was dedicated to 3D recording and interpretation for maritime archaeology. The volume consists of contributions from leading international experts as well as up-and-coming early career researchers from around the globe. The content of the book includes recording and analysis of maritime archaeology through emerging technologies, including both practical and theoretical contributions. Topics include photogrammetric recording, laser scanning, marine geophysical 3D survey techniques, virtual reality, 3D modelling and reconstruction, data integration and Geographic Information Systems. The principal incentive for this publication is the ongoing rapid shift in the methodologies of maritime archaeology within recent years and a marked increase in the use of 3D and digital approaches. This convergence of digital technologies such as underwater photography and photogrammetry, 3D sonar, 3D virtual reality, and 3D printing has highlighted a pressing need for these new methodologies to be considered together, both in terms of defining the state-of-the-art and for consideration of future directions. As a scholarly publication, the audience for the book includes students and researchers, as well as professionals working in various aspects of archaeology, heritage management, education, museums, and public policy. It will be of special interest to those working in the field of coastal cultural resource management and underwater archaeology but will also be of broader interest to anyone interested in archaeology and to those in other disciplines who are now engaging with 3D recording and visualization.

Old Oswestry: A Hillfort in its Landscape Over 3000 Years (Paperback): Tim Malim, George Nash Old Oswestry: A Hillfort in its Landscape Over 3000 Years (Paperback)
Tim Malim, George Nash
R1,275 Discovery Miles 12 750 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Old Oswestry is considered to be one of England's most precious archaeological jewels, described by Sir Cyril Fox in the 1930s as 'the outstanding work of the Early Iron Age type on the Marches of Wales', and its design is unique amongst hillforts in the UK. Located on the edge of the Shropshire Plain and just a kilometre north of the market town of Oswestry, the hillfort (and its hinterland landscape) can trace activity through artefactual evidence back at least 5000 years, with the last 3000 years evident as earthworks. The reader will notice that little in the way of archaeological investigation has occurred within the hillfort, and indeed, more excavation took place when its internal space became a training ground for trench warfare during World War I than through any academic endeavour. Old Oswestry: A Hillfort in its Landscape Over 3000 Years, organised into 14 well-crafted chapters, charts the archaeology, folklore, heritage and landscape development of one of England's most enigmatic monuments, from the Iron Age, through its inclusion as part of an early medieval boundary between England and Wales, to its role during World War I when, between 1915 and 1918, over 4000 troops (including Oswestry's own great war poet Wilfrid Owen), were being trained at any one time for the Western Front. This book also discusses in detail the recent threats to the monument's special landscape from insensitive development and its alternative potential to act as a heritage gateway for the recreational and economic benefit of Oswestry and surrounding communities.

Egyptian Art (Paperback): Jean Capart Egyptian Art (Paperback)
Jean Capart; Edited by Warren R Dawson
R798 Discovery Miles 7 980 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Originally published in 1923, this book provides an exploration of Egyptian art. Drawing on environmental factors of the Egyptian region, architecture, history and Egyptian society, Capart also provides an insight into the psyche of the Egyptian artist.

Granite and Grit (Paperback): Ronald Turnbull Granite and Grit (Paperback)
Ronald Turnbull
R644 R460 Discovery Miles 4 600 Save R184 (29%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

It is not as widely known as it should be that Britain has the most varied geology of any country in the world. This book is a celebration in words and pictures of what its mountains are made of, and how they got there. This in turn determines what they're like to climb, scramble on, or walk over. Why is Skiddaw slate so slippery? How do tors form? Why is gritstone so difficult? Why is Lakeland so picturesque, and the granite lands so grim and forbidding? Geology is destiny, whether it's the rubbishy nature of gullies and screes, the sculpting of valleys by ice or the landslip weirdness of Quiraing on the Isle of Skye. British mountains contain many interesting and different ingredients: gneiss and granite and gabbro; limestone and sandstone; schist and slate; the product and the debris of tectonic shifts, volcanoes, earthquakes and glaciers over many millennia. This book explains all this to the layman, from an expert but personal perspective, and will add immeasurably to the fun and satisfaction to be gained from any day in the hills.

An Archaeology of the English Atlantic World, 1600 - 1700 (Hardcover): Charles E. Orser Jr An Archaeology of the English Atlantic World, 1600 - 1700 (Hardcover)
Charles E. Orser Jr
R2,845 R2,627 Discovery Miles 26 270 Save R218 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

An Archaeology of the British Atlantic World, 1600-1700 is the first book to apply the methods of modern-world archaeology to the study of the seventeenth-century English colonial world. Charles E. Orser, Jr explores a range of material evidence of daily life collected from archaeological excavations throughout the Atlantic region, including England, Ireland, western Africa, Native North America, and the eastern United States. He considers the archaeological record together with primary texts by contemporary writers. Giving particular attention to housing, fortifications, delftware, and stoneware, Orser offers new interpretations for each type of artefact. His study demonstrates how the archaeological record expands our understanding of the Atlantic world at a critical moment of its expansion, as well as to the development of the modern, Western world.

Vessels - The Object as Container (Hardcover): Claudia Brittenham Vessels - The Object as Container (Hardcover)
Claudia Brittenham
R814 Discovery Miles 8 140 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Vessels can take many forms: as objects made for human interaction and handling, they both contain and are bounded by space. They can be constructed of a wide variety of materials. But the range of vessels - across history and across cultures - are unified in their potential for practical functioning, whether or not a particular object is in fact made to be used in its particular context. In this volume, four essays by leading scholars tackle the category of the vessel in a comparative conversation between classical Greece, late antique Rome, pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, and ancient China. By considering the material properties of the object as container, the interactions between user and artefact, and the power of the vessel as both conceptual category and material metaphor, they argue that many vessels - and assemblages of vessels - were sites of remarkable workmanship and considerable ingenuity, smart and sophisticated commentaries on the very categories that they embody. In placing these individual case studies in dialogue, the volume offers an art historical and cross-cultural study of vessels in ancient societies, considering both objects and their archaeological contexts. Its aim is to make illuminating comparisons, contrasts, and interpretations by juxtaposing traditions. In keeping with the aims of the series, it serves as a model for a new kind of comparative art history, one which emphasizes material culture and is attentive to questions of evidence and method, yet remains historically grounded and contextually sensitive.

The Ancient Southwest - Chaco Canyon, Bandelier, and Mesa Verde (Paperback): David E. Stuart The Ancient Southwest - Chaco Canyon, Bandelier, and Mesa Verde (Paperback)
David E. Stuart
R460 R371 Discovery Miles 3 710 Save R89 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Over twenty-five years ago, David Stuart began writing award-winning newspaper articles on regional archaeology that appealed to general readers. These columns shared interesting, and usually little-known, facts and stories about the ancient people and places of the Southwest.
By 1985, Stuart had penned enough columns to fill a book, "Glimpses of the Ancient Southwest," which has been unavailable for years. Now he has rewritten most of his original articles to include recently discovered information about Chaco Canyon, Bandelier, and Mesa Verde.
Stuart's unusual perspective focuses on both the past and the present: "Want to know why gasoline now costs $4.00 a gallon, and is headed higher, yet we have no instant solution? Chacoan, Roman, even Egyptian archaeology all provide elemental answers." "The Ancient Southwest shares those with us."

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