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 2014

Living in the Landscape: Essays in Honour of Graeme Barker

edited by Katherine Boyle, Ryan J. Rabett & Chris O. Hunt

Hardback | £48/US$ | ISBN 978-1-902937-73-1 | xvi + 364 pp. | 131 figs | 28 tables | 2014 | Buy now

This edited volume reflects on the multitude of ways by which humans shape and are shaped by the natural world, and how Archaeology and its cognate disciplines recover this relationship. The structure and content of the book recognize Graeme Barker’s pioneering contribution to the scientific study of human–environment interaction, and form a secondary dialectic between his many colleagues and past students and the academic vista which he has helped define. The volume comprises 22 thematic papers, arranged chronologically, each a presentation of front-line research in their respective fields. They mirror the scope of Barker’s legacy through a focus on transitions in the human–environment relationship, how they are enacted and perceived. The assembled chapters illustrate how climate, demographic, subsistence, social and ecological change have affected cultures from the Palaeolithic to Historical, from North Africa and West-Central Eurasia to Southeast Asia and China. They also chronicle the innovations and renegotiated relations that communities have devised to meet and exploit the many shifting realities involved with Living in the Landscape.

Katherine Boyle is Research Facilitator at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge, and an archaeozoologist specializing in the fauna of pre-Bronze Age western Europe.

Ryan J. Rabett is a Senior Research Associate and archaeozoologist at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge, specializing in the process of early human adaptation and colonization of different global environments including Southeast Asia, the Mediterranean and northern Canada.

Chris O. Hunt is Reader in the School of Natural Sciences and Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University and previously Reader in Palaeoecology at Queen’s University Belfast, with research interests in human–environment interrelationships in the past, and landscape change using geoarchaeology, palynology and molluscs.

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 2013

Rainforest coverRainforest foraging and farming in Island Southeast Asia: the archaeology of the Niah Caves, Sarawak

edited by Graeme Barker 

Hardback | £62/US$124 | ISBN 978-1-902937-54-0 | 464 pp. | 185 figs. | 60 tables | 2013 | Buy now

The cathedral-like Niah Caves of Sarawak (Borneo) have iconic status in the archaeology of Southeast Asia, because the excavations by Tom and Barbara Harrisson in the 1950s and 1960s revealed the longest sequence of human occupation in the region, from (we now know) 50,000 years ago to the recent past. This book is the first of two volumes describing the results of new work in the caves by a multi-disciplinary team of archaeologists and geographers aimed at clarifying the many questions raised by the earlier work.This first volume is a closely integrated account of how the old and new work combines to provide exciting new insights into the prehistory of the region: the strategies developed by our species to live in rainforest from the time of first arrival; how rainforest foragers engaged in forms of 'vegeculture' thousands of years before rice farming; and how rice farming represented profound transformations in the social lives of rainforest dwellers far more than being the dietary staple that it is today.

Graeme Barker is Disney Professor of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge and Director of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research. His research focuses on the relationships between past human societies and their environments and how they have transformed each other. He has worked in many different ecologies and with societies at different levels of complexity from the emergence of our species to Roman farmers and, currently in Borneo, present-day rainforest farmers and foragers.

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Keros Final Report volume 1 coverThe settlement at Dhaskalio

edited by Colin Renfrew, Olga Philaniotou, Neil Brodie, Giorgos Gavalas & Michael J. Boyd

Hardback | £80/US$160 | ISBN 978-1-902937-64-9 | xxxii + 800 pp. | 570 figs. | 16 colour plates | 92 tables | DVD | 2013 | Buy now

This is the first volume in the series "The Sanctuary on Keros: Excavations at Dhaskalio and Dhaskalio Kavos, 2006–2008". Here the findings are presented from the well-stratified settlement of Dhaskalio, today an islet near the Cycladic island of Keros, Greece. A series of radiocarbon dates situates the duration of the settlement from around 2750 to 2300 BC. The volume begins with a discussion of the geological setting of Keros and of sea-level change, concluding that Dhaskalio was, in the third millennium BC, linked to Keros by a narrow causeway. The excavation and finds (excluding the pottery, discussed in later volumes) are fully documented, with consideration of stratigraphy, geomorphology, organic remains, and the evidence for metallurgy. It is concluded that there was a small permanent population of around 20, increased periodically by up to 400 visitors who would have participated in the rituals of deposition occurring at the Sanctuary at Kavos, situated opposite, on Keros itself, for which the detailed evidence (including abundant fragmented pottery, marble vessels and sculptures) will be presented in Volumes II and III.

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Spong Hill coverSpong Hill, part IX: chronology and synthesis

by Catherine Hills and Sam Lucy 

Hardback | £59/US$118 | ISBN 978-1-902937-62-5 | xvi + 479 pp. | 166 figs. | 70 tables | 2013 | Buy now

Spong Hill, with over 2500 cremations, remains the largest early Anglo-Saxon cremation cemetery to have been excavated in Britain. This volume presents the long-awaited chronology and synthesis of the site. It gives a detailed overview of the artefactual evidence, which includes over 1200 objects of bone, antler and ivory. Using this information, together with programmes of correspondence analysis of the cremation urns and the grave-goods, a revised phasing and chronology of the site is offered, which argues that it is largely fifth-century in date. The implications of this revised dating for interpretations of the early medieval period in Britain and further afield are explored in full.

Catherine Hills specializes in the archaeology of the migration period in northwestern Europe including Anglo-Saxon England. She was director of the Spong Hill excavations and post-excavation project from 1975 and author or co-author of the five catalogues of burials from the site. The finds from Spong Hill have formed the basis for much of her research on the archaeology of early Anglo-Saxon England. She is a senior lecturer in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge.

Sam Lucy specializes in early Anglo-Saxon archaeology, particularly large-scale data analysis of settlement and cemetery sites. She has published a number of major site monographs in collaboration with the Cambridge Archaeological Unit, as well as research on gender, age, ethnicity and other aspects of identity in later Roman and early Anglo-Saxon archaeology. She is a Fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge.

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2012

Being an Islander coverBeing an islander: production and identity at Quoygrew, Orkney, AD 900–1600

edited by James H. Barrett 

Hardback | £56/US$118 | ISBN 978-1-902937-61-8 | 416 pp. | 156 figs. | 2012 | Buy now 
Ebook | £29.99 | ISBN 978-1-902937-63-2 | Buy now

Quoygrew – a settlement of farmers and fishers on the island of Westray in Orkney – was continuously occupied from the tenth century until 1937. Focusing on the archaeology of its first 700 years, this volume explores how ‘small worlds’ both reflected and impacted the fundamental pan-European watersheds of the Middle Ages: the growth of population, economic production and trade from the tenth to the thirteenth centuries and the subsequent economic and demographic retrenchment of the fourteenth to fifteenth centuries. Concurrently, it addresses the nature of island societies, with distinctive identities shaped by the interplay of isolation and interconnectedness.

James Barrett specializes in medieval archaeology and historical ecology, with particular interests in the Viking Age, political economy, migration and the comparative study of maritime societies. He is Deputy Director of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research and Reader in Medieval Archaeology in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge.

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Bones for Tools cover useBones for tools – tools for bones: the interplay between objects and objectives

edited by Krish Seetah and Brad Gravina

Hardback | £45/US$90 | ISBN 978-1-902937-59-5 | xii + 164 pp. | 99 figs. | 26 tables | 2012 | Buy now 

Animal procurement and tool production form two of the most tightly connected components of human behaviour. They are tied to our emergence as a genus, were fundamental to the dispersal of our species, and underpin the development of our societies. The interaction between these fundamental activities has been a subject of archaeological inference from the earliest days of the discipline, yet the pursuit of each has tended to encourage and entrench specialist study. As a result, our understanding of them has developed in full-view but in general isolation of one from the other. This volume begins the process of integrating what have all too often become isolated archaeological and interpretative domains. Exposing and exploring contexts spanning much of prehistory, and drawing data from a wide range of environmental settings, the book covers both sides of the complex inter-relationship between animals, the technologies used to procure them and those arising from them. In taking a more inclusive approach to the material, technological and social dynamics of early human subsistence we have returned to the earliest of those archaeological associations: that between stone tools and animal bones. In revealing the inter-dependence of their relationship, this volume takes what we hope will be a first step towards a revitalized understanding of the scope of past interactions between humans and the world around them.

Krish Seetah is Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology, Stanford University. His zooarchaeological research focuses on butchering and the socio-economic context of food.

Brad Gravina is a member of the laboratory Préhistoire a l'Actuel: Cultures, Evironment et Anthropologie (PACEA) at the University of Bordeaux. His research focuses on the final Middle Palaeolithic of Western Europe with an emphasis on lithic technology and taphonomy.

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2011

Why Cultivate coverWhy cultivate? Anthropological and archaeological approaches to foraging–farming transitions in Southeast Asia

edited by Graeme Barker and Monica Janowski

Hardback | £35/US$70 | ISBN 978-1-902937-58-8 | 142 pp. | 34 col. & 11 b/w figs. | 8 tables | 2011 | Buy now

Does it make sense to understand the prehistory, history and present-day patterns of life in Southeast Asia in terms of a distinction between two ways of life: ‘farming’ and ‘foraging’? This is the central question addressed by the anthropologists and archaeologists contributing to this volume. Inherent within the question ‘Why Cultivate?’ are people’s relationships with the physical world: are they primarily to do with subsistence and economics or with social and/or cultural forces? The answers given by the contributors are complex. On a practical level they argue that there is a continuum rather than a sharp break between different levels of management of the environment, but rice-growing usually represents a profound break in people’s relations to their cultural and symbolic landscapes. An associated point made by the archaeologists is that the ‘deep histories’ of foraging-farming lifeways that are emerging in this region sit uncomfortably with the theory that foraging was replaced by farming in the mid Holocene as a result of a migration of Austronesian-speaking Neolithic farmers from southern China and Taiwan.

Graeme Barker is Disney Professor of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge and Director of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research. His research focuses on the relationships between past human societies and their environments and how they have transformed each other. He has worked in many different ecologies and with societies at different levels of complexity from the emergence of our species to Roman farmers and, currently in Borneo, present-day rainforest farmers and foragers.

Monica Janowski is Senior Teaching Fellow and Research Associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. Her research interests lie in the way people conceptualize and operationalize their relationship between themselves and the rest of the cosmos. 

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2010

Cognitive life coverThe cognitive life of things: recasting the boundaries of the mind

edited by Lambros Malafouris and Colin Renfrew

Hardback | £30/US$60 | ISBN 978-1-902937-51-9 | 208 pp. | 53 figs. | 2010 | Buy now

Things have a social life. They also lead cognitive lives, working subtly in our minds. But just how is it that human thought has become so deeply involved in and expressed through material things? There is today a wide recognition that material culture regulates and shapes the ways in which people perceive, think and act. But just how does that work? This is one of the most challenging research topics for the archaeology and anthropology of human cognition. The understanding of the working of past and present material culture – its cognitive efficacy – is becoming a key issue in the cognitive and social sciences more widely.

This volume, with innovative case studies ranging from prehistory to the present, seeks to establish a cross-disciplinary framework and to set out future directions for research. Its aim is to redress the balance of the cognitive equation by at last bringing materiality firmly into the cognitive fold. But how can we integrate artefacts – material culture – into existing theories of human cognition? How do we understand the significant role of the human use of the things we have ourselves created in the development of human intelligence? The distinguished contributors here argue that the boundaries of the mind must now be understood as extending beyond the individual and to include the world of the artefact if we are fully to grasp how interactions among people, things, space and time have come, over thousands of years, to shape the transformations in human cognition that have made us what we are.

Lambros Malafouris is a former Balzan Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Cognitive Archaeology at the McDonald Institute, Cambridge University. 

Colin Renfrew is a Senior Fellow of the McDonald Institute and Emeritus Disney Professor of Archaeology in the University of Cambridge.

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Seafaring coverThe global origins and development of seafaring

edited by Atholl Anderson, James H. Barrett and Katherine Boyle

Hardback | £44 | ISBN 978-1-902937-52-6 | 320 pp. | 115 figs. | 2010 | Buy now

When and in what circumstances did seafaring begin and how is it understood from the perspectives of maritime technology? This volume explores key themes in maritime prehistory from the perspective of seafaring, discussing the circumstances and incentives of seafaring development, its patterning in relation to periods of migration and trade and the relationship between sailing and society.

The sea was dangerous and difficult to predict, but from at least the Middle Palaeolithic people sought its resources and attempted to move on its surface or beneath. The evolution of watercraft facilitated coastal foraging, fishing, hunting and travel, and the later development of sailing allowed long offshore passages, fundamental to all other sea-borne activities and interests. Increasing maritime exploration, migration, trade and colonialism together stimulated the integrating effects of globalization, describe a developing reach and complexity in human affairs that is comparable with, and in various ways holds up a mirror to, the course of terrestrial prehistory across the late Quaternary.

The history of the sea, no less than that of the land, speaks to the development of modern humanity and the discussions in Global Origins of Seafaring will make a strong contribution to the construction of a better theoretical framework for seafaring studies.

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Upper Palaeolithic coverThe Upper Palaeolithic revolution in global perspective: papers in honour of Sir Paul Mellars

edited by Katherine V. Boyle, Clive Gamble and Ofer Bar-Yosef

Hardback | £45/US$90 | ISBN 978-1-902937-53-3 | 177 pp. | 1 col. & 51 b/w figs. | 13 tables | 2010 | Buy now

The Palaeolithic is the only period in archaeology that can be studied globally. In the last half century one prehistorian, Sir Paul Mellars, has changed the shape and direction of such studies, adding immeasurably to what we know about humanity's earliest origins and the timing of crucial transitions in the journey.

The Upper Palaeolithic Revolution in global perspective is a collection of essays in his honour. Contributions cover both his own area of primary interest (Franco-Cantabria) as well as many other regions of the world, all of which he has considered while writing about the human revolution in its wider geographical context. Papers in this volume examine the archaeological record of the Upper Pleistocene from Australia, through eastern and western Asia and Africa to northern Spain and the classical Périgord region of France, a cornerstone region which Mellars has been researching and publishing on since 1965. To papers on chronology, typology, subsistence and social complexity are added historical and theoretical contributions, along with a biography. These illustrate not only Paul Mellars’s impact on the current shape and direction of Palaeolithic studies but also how the subject has changed and continues to change.

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2009

Grounding Knowledge coverGrounding knowledge/walking land: archaeological research and ethno-historical identity in central Nepal 

by Christopher Evans, with Judith Pettigrew, Yarjung Kromchain Tamu and Mark Turin

Hardback | £40/US$80 | ISBN: 978-1-902937-50-2 | 223 pp. | 116 figs. | 12 tables | 2009 | Buy now

Tracking knowledge down to ground – concerned with trail-based archaeology, journeys and histories, this is a volume of both ‘firsts’ and ‘thick context’. At face-value it documents almost a decade of groundbreaking investigations within the Annapurna highlands of Nepal. Including survey recording of fort and settlement sites, from the outset the project’s focus was the extraordinary ruins of Kohla Sombre – Kohla, The Three Villages – the ancestral settlement of the Tami-mai (Gurung) community, who hosted and instigated the fieldwork programme.

Ultimately, only a single season’s excavation was conducted, before the project was cut short by the political insurgency within the country. It concluded with holding a great shamans’ meeting in Pokhara in 2002, at which their historical ‘oral texts’ were presented. Narrating the long migration of the Tamu-mai into the region and down from a distant north, the present volume includes the full translation of one of these oral epics, the Lemako Roh Pye.

The project represents a unique collaboration between archaeologists, anthropologists and a shaman. Including interviews with upland inhabitants, the volume encompasses the diverse voices of both its immediate participants and the local community. Fulsome in its presentation of the archaeological data and rich in ethnographic source-material, not only is this book crucial for Himalayan culture studies generally, but also relevant for any concerned with the construction and context of the past in the present, and the active forging of ethno-historical identities.

Aside from widely publishing on the history of archaeology, Christopher Evans has, since 1990, been Executive Director of the University’s Cambridge Archaeological Unit. Having directed local fieldwork campaigns for more than 25 years, he has also been responsible for other collaborative projects in Nepal, China and, most recently, Cape Verde.

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Prehistoric Malta coverMortuary customs in prehistoric Malta: excavations at the Brochtorff Circle at Xaghra, Gozo (1987–94)

edited by Caroline Malone, Simon Stoddart, Anthony Bonnano and David Trump, with Tancred Gouder and Anthony Pace

Hardback | £95/US$170 | ISBN 978-1-902937-49-6 | 424 pp. | 300 figs. | 2009 | Buy now

Amongst the earliest stone architecture in the world, the Neolithic temples and hypogea of Malta testify to a sophisticated island culture. Explored in the early twentieth century, the subterranean burial temple, the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, was cleared of its burials and artefacts without detailed record. Late in the twentieth century, excavation at Xaghra on Gozo rediscovered a second cave cemetery that provides a unique comparison through the investigation of a substantial portion of the buried site using modern scientific techniques. This revealed one of the largest prehistoric burial assemblages of human remains yet discovered in the Mediterranean, amounting to some 220,000 bones, together with a rich assemblage of animal bone, figurative sculpture, symbolic artefacts and architectural remains.

The detailed factual and interpretative report on this site, supported by fresh scientific data on raw materials, landsnails and environment, isotopes, radiometric dating and statistical analysis, is placed in the broader framework of the domestic and ritual landscape of the Maltese islands. The result is one of the most comprehensive studies of the incipient complexity of this mature, agricultural, but non-urban, island society so far published. 424p, 300 illus. (McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research 2009)

“The Brochtorff Circle is an outstandingly important site and this publication will make a major and long-lasting contribution to understandings of Mediterranean prehistory” - Professor Ruth Whitehouse (Emeritus Professor of Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology, University College London)

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2008

Horizon cover useHorizon: a colloquium on the prehistory of the Cyclades

edited by Neil Brodie, Jenny Doole, Giorgos Gavalas & Colin Renfrew 

Hardback | £65/US$130 | ISBN 978-1-902937-36-6 | 540 pp. | 60 col. & 471 b/w figs. | 2008 | Buy now

The Cycladic Islands of Greece played a central role in Aegean prehistory, and many new discoveries have been made in recent years at sites ranging in date from the Mesolithic period to the end of the Bronze Age. In the well-illustrated chapters of this book, based on the recent conference held at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research in Cambridge, international scholars including leading Greek archaeologists offer new information about recent developments, many arising from hitherto unpublished excavations. The book contains novel theoretical insights into the workings of culture process in the prehistoric cultures of the islands. It will be an indispensable resource for students and scholars interested in the prehistory of the Aegean and in the contributions made to its development by the prehistoric inhabitants of the Cyclades. 

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Keros cover useKeros, Dhaskalio Kavos: the investigations of 1987–88

edited by Colin Renfrew, Christos Doumas, Lila Marangou and Giorgos Gavalas
Hardback | £69/US$140 | ISBN 978-1-902937-43-4 | 540 pp. | 308 figs. | 91 tables | 2008 | Buy now
The site of Dhaskalio Kavos, on the remote Cycladic island of Keros, was extensively looted in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Investigations starting in1963 then revealed large quantities of fractured marble bowls, broken marble figures and smashed pottery of the Early Cycladic period from around 2500 BC. This report of the subsequent survey and rescue excavations of 1987–88 reveals the extraordinary richness of the site, now confirmed as one of the most prolific in élite goods of the entire Aegean Early Bronze Age. Was it an unprecedentedly rich Early Cycladic cemetery, recently wrecked by looters? Or was the damage deliberately produced during Early Bronze Age times in some procedure of ritual breakage and ceremonial deposition? Here the survey of the site and the rescue excavations undertaken within the looted area are documented in detail, with a full account of the finds. Alternative explanations for this extraordinary deposit are explored. What has been termed ‘the Keros Enigma’, in the light of the finds at the site, can now be reconsidered with the full documentation which this volume offers.

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Simulations cover useSimulations, genetics and human prehistory

edited by Shuichi Matsumura, Peter Forster and Colin Renfrew 

Hardback | £25/US$50 | ISBN 978-1-902937-45-8 | 240 pp. | 85 figs. | 2008 | Buy now 

Data from molecular genetics have changed our views on the origin, spread and timescale of our species across this planet. But how can we reveal more detail about the demography of ancient human populations? For example, is it possible to determine when and how many people arrived at a certain continent, and which route they took from a choice of geographically plausible options? One of the most promising tools for such investigation is computer simulation incorporating various demographic scenarios. 

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2007

Kilise Tepe cover 1 useExcavations at Kilise Tepe, 1994–98: From Bronze Age to Byzantine in western Cilicia (2 vols.)

edited by Nicholas J. Postgate & David Thomas

Hardback | £95/US$190 | ISBN 978-1-902937-40-3 (2 vol. set) | Vol. 1: xxii + 620 pp. | Vol 2: xvi + 244 pp. | 527 figs. (58 colour) | 43 tables | CD | 2007 | Buy now

These two volumes report on five season’s excavation and four millennia of occupation at Kilise Tepe, from the Early Bronze Age through the rise and fall of the Hittite Empire and into the Byzantine era when the mound was crowned by a substantial church. The site takes its importance from its position guarding the Göksu Valley, one of the two main routes from the interior of Anatolia to the Mediterranean opposite Cyprus, so that it gives a record of relations between the interior and the seaboard. Of particular interest are the sequence from the Hittite Empire through the end of the Bronze Age and into the classical world, and the Byzantine levels associated with the church. The multi-authored report gives a full account of the stratigraphy and architecture, the ceramics and other artefacts, and various environmental studies.

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Image and Imagination cover useImage and imagination: a global prehistory of figurative representation

edited by Colin Renfrew & Iain Morley 

Hardback | £30/US$60 | ISBN 978-1-902937-48-9 | x + 339 pp. | 306 figs. | 2007 | Buy now

The dawn of art is sometimes equated with the birth of the human spirit. But when and how did figuration – sculpture, painting, drawing – actually begin? And did these first figurative creations coincide with the emergence of our own species, Homo sapiens? Is figuration a general and fundamental feature of the human condition? In this challenging volume leading experts review the evidence now available from the worldwide practice of prehistoric archaeology, and go on to formulate some important conclusions. The scope of this work is global. It sets out to explore the first stirrings of artistic endeavour and of figurative imagery on each continent, and to consider the social context in which they arose. It will be a fundamental resource for all those seeking to understand the origins of art and the beginnings of human spirituality. 

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Mediterranean Prehistoric cover useMediterranean prehistoric heritage: training, education and management

edited by Ian Hodder and Louise Doughty 

Paperback | £35/US$70 | ISBN 978-1-902937-38-0 | x + 160 pp. | 32 figs. | 7 tables | CD | 2007 | Buy now

Drawing on the experience of the Temper project (Training, Education, Management and Prehistory in the Mediterranean) and wider examples from the Mediterranean, this volume explores the issues inherent in managing, interpreting and presenting prehistoric archaeological sites. The first section of the book contains thematic chapters on conservation, visitor management and interpretation, public participation, and issues of managing sites within their cultural landscape; the second section focuses on archaeology and education and the politics of national curricula, and presents detailed case studies. Written by academics and those working in the fields of archaeology, architecture, heritage management and education, this volume will be invaluable to students and practitioners alike. 

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The Nostratic dictionary

by Aharon Dolgoposky 

The concept of the language family, as a group of genetically related languages, has been well established in historical linguistics for more than two hundred years. But the notion of the macrofamily, a larger unit, comprising several language families with all their daughter languages, is a much more recent one. The Nostratic macrofamily, comprising many of the principal language families of Eurasia and North Africa has been most vigorously championed by the eminent Russian-born linguist Aharon Dolgopolsky. The appearance of the Nostratic dictionary represents an important moment in Nostratic studies, for the first time presenting a sufficient body of evidence to permit the evaluation by linguists of the status of the proposed Nostratic macrofamily, and by implication of other macrofamilies also.

The McDonald Institute has for some years been active in the field of archaeology and language and is proud to publish this work recognizing the highly significant impact which the general acceptance by historical linguists of the Nostratic macrofamily would have upon the whole study of the prehistory of languages and for the potential investigation, by archaeological means, of the social contexts in which early languages and proto-languages were spoken. It does so as a further contribution to the ongoing debate on the complex relationships between archaeology and language.

The publication and its updates are freely accessible on-line at http://www.dspace.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/244080.


Cranborne Chase coverPrehistoric landscape development and human impact in the upper Allen Valley, Cranborne Chase, Dorset

edited by Charles French and Helen Lewis 

Hardback | £60/US$120 | ISBN 978-1-902937-47-2 | xxiv + 412 pp. | 189 figs. | 96 tables | 2007 | Buy now

The results of palaeo-evironmental and archaeological investigations in the Upper Allen Valley, Cranborne Chase, Dorset, 1998–2003 led by Charles French (Cambridge) and Helen Lewis (Dublin) challenge some long-standing assumptions about the palaeoecology of the chalk, questioning the ubiquity of climax woodland and brown forest soils associated with it, the idea of extensive prehistoric soil erosion and the widely held model of quite dramatic Middle Bronze Age landscape change. A programme of valley-wide geoarchaeological survey and palynological analyses of the relict palaeo-channel system was conducted, along with sample investigations and open area excavations of a variety of prehistoric sites in this part of Cranborne Chase. New palynological, molluscan and soil micromorphological data suggest that there were different trajectories of clearance and landscape exploitation in the northern and southern parts of the study area over very short distances. GIS modelling techniques have been used to interrogate and visualize some of this new data which has provided possible independent corroboration. 

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Rethinking Human cover useRethinking the human revolution

edited by Paul Mellars, Katherine Boyle, Ofer Bar-Yosef and C. Stringer 

Hardback | £35/US$70 | ISBN 978-1-902937-46-5 | xx + 436 pp. | 160 figs. | 33 tables | 2007 | Buy now

Arising from a conference Rethinking the human revolution reconsiders all of the central issues in modern human behavioural, cognitive, biological and demographic origins in the light of new information and new theoretical perspectives which have emerged over the past twenty years of intensive research in this field. The 34 papers cover topics ranging from the DNA and skeletal evidence for modern human origins in Africa, through the archaeological evidence for the emergence of distinctively 'modern' patterns of human behaviour and cognition, to the various lines of evidence for the geographical dispersal patterns of biologically and behaviourally modern populations from their African origins throughout Asia, Australasia and Europe, over the past 60,000 years. The authors are world-leading authorities in these fields. 

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Testing Hinterland cover useTesting the hinterland: the work of the Boeotia Survey (1989–1991) in the southern approaches to the city of Thespiai

edited by John Bintliff, Phil Howard and Anthony Snodgrass 

Hardback | £65/US$130 | ISBN 978-1-902937-37-3 | xviii + 320 pp. | 457 b&w figs., 50 col. figs. | CD | 2007 | Buy now

The Boeotia Survey in Greece is widely recognized as a milestone in Mediterranean landscape archaeology in the sophistication and rigour of its methodologies, and in the scale of the 25-year investigation. This first volume of the project’s publication deals with the landscape that formed part of the territory of the ancient city of Thespiai. This landscape acted as the laboratory in which the project refined its methodology: the entire territory was traversed systematically by survey teams, and artefacts were collected not only from every archaeological site located but also as ‘off-site’ material indicative of land-use practices such as manuring. The methodology made possible the construction of detailed period and density maps of rural activity, throwing unprecedented light on the interaction of the city with its hinterland particularly in its period of maximum size between the fifth century BC and the sixth century AD, as well as providing an exemplar for Mediterranean landscape archaeology more generally. 

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2006

Archaeoacoustics coverArchaeoacoustics

edited by Chris Scarre & Graeme Lawson 

Hardback | £25/US$50 | ISBN 978-1-902937-35-9 | x + 126 pp. | 59 ills. | 2006 | Buy now 

Archaeoacoustics focuses on the role of sound in human behaviour, from earliest times up to the development of mechanical detection and recording devices in the nineteenth century. Megalithic tombs, Palaeolithic painted caves, Romanesque churches and prehistoric rock shelters all present specific sound qualities which offer clues as to how they may have been designed and used. Archaeoacoustics brings together archaeologists and specialists in early musical instruments and acoustics in an attempt to unlock some of the meaning latent in the acoustics of such early structures and spaces. 

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Excavating Catalhoyuk coverExcavating Çatalhöyük: South, North and KOPAL Area reports from the 1995–99 seasons

edited by Ian Hodder 

Hardback | £69/US$138 Special price US$100 | ISBN 978-1-902937-27-4 | 688 pp. | 32 figs. | 50 tables | CD | 2006 | Buy now

Ian Hodder’s campaigns of excavation at the world-famous Neolithic settlement of Çatalhöyük are one of the largest, most complex, and most exciting archaeological field projects in the world and recognized as agenda-setting not only in terms of our understanding of early farming communities in the Near East, particularly the central role religion played in their daily lives, but also in terms of the interaction between theory and practice in the trenches and on-site laboratories. This volume presents the results of excavation in three areas of the site, known as South, North, and KOPAL, excavated between 1995 and 1999. The book describes aspects of the excavation, recording and sampling methodologies that are necessary for an understanding of the results presented plus it incorporates interpretive discussion. It brings in data from the study of animal bones, lithics, ceramics, micromorphology and the full suite of analyses conducted on the material. These accounts are interspersed with individual specialists’ commentaries and conclusions, that mimic the process of collaborative interpretation that takes place during excavation and post-excavation. The ‘objective descriptions’ of the archaeology are thus exposed as interpretations involving a balancing of a variety of different types of data and scholarly input. Another thought-provoking volume in the Çatalhöyük excavation series which will be read with profit by any archaeologist engaged in working at theory in practice in the field.

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Marshland Cover useMarshland communities and cultural landscape: the Haddenham Project, vol. 2

edited by Christopher Evans and Ian Hodder

Hardback | £35/US$70 | ISBN 978-1-902937-32-8 | 344 pp | 291 figs. | 155 tables | 2006 | Buy now

Set in the context of this project’s innovative landscape surveys, four extraordinary sites excavated at Haddenham, north of Cambridge chart the transformation of Neolithic woodland to Romano-British marshland, providing unrivalled insights into death and ritual in a changing prehistoric environment. Volume 2 moves on to later periods, and reveals how Iron Age and Romano-British communities adapted to the wetland environment that had now become established. 

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Woodland Cover useA woodland archaeology: the Haddenham Project, vol. 1

edited by Christopher Evans and Ian Hodder 

Hardback | £35/US$70 | ISBN 978-1-902937-31-1 | 262 pp. | 190 ills | 103 tables | 2006 | Buy now

Set in the context of this project’s innovative landscape surveys, four extraordinary sites excavated at Haddenham, north of Cambridge chart the transformation of Neolithic woodland to Romano-British marshland, providing unrivalled insights into death and ritual in a changing prehistoric environment. The highlight of Volume 1 is the internationally renowned Foulmire Fen long barrow, with its preserved timber burial chamber and façade. The massive individual timbers allow detailed study of Neolithic wood technology and the direct examination of a structure that usually survives only as a pattern of post holes. 

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Phylogenetics cover usePhylogenetic methods and the prehistory of languages

edited by Peter Forster & Colin Renfrew 

Hardback | £20/US$40 | ISBN 978-1-902937-33-5 | 220 pp. | 50 figs. | 2006 | Buy now

Evolutionary (phylogenetic) trees were first used to infer lost histories nearly two centuries ago by manuscript scholars reconstructing original texts. Today, computer methods are enabling phylogenetic trees to transform genetics, historical linguistics and even the archaeological study of artefact shapes and styles. But which phylogenetic methods are best suited to retracing the evolution of languages? And which types of language data are most informative about deep prehistory? In this book, leading specialists engage with these key questions. 

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2005

Catalhoyuk Perspectives coverÇatalhöyük perspectives: themes from the 1995–99 seasons

edited by Ian Hodder

Hardback | £39/US$78 Special price £12.95/US$24.98 | ISBN 978-1-902937-29-8 | ix + 245 pp. | 90 figs. | 2005 | Buy now

This is Volume 6 in the Çatalhöyük Research Project series. It draws on material from Volumes 3 to 5 to deal with broad themes. Data from architecture and excavation contexts are linked into broader discussion of topics such as seasonality, art and social memory. Rather than assuming that the work of the project is finished once the basic excavation and laboratory results have been presented in Volumes 3 to 5, it has been thought important to present more synthetic accounts that result from the high degree of integration and collaboration which the project has strived for at all stages. In this synthetic volume we most clearly describe the stories we have been telling ourselves during the data recovery/interpretation process. This volume thus provides a contextualization of the work carried out in Volumes 3 to 5; it records the framework of thought within which the data were collected and studied, but it is also the result of the interpretation that occurred in the interaction with data. 

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Changing Materialities coverChanging materialities at Çatalhöyük: reports from the 1995–99 seasons

edited by Ian Hodder

Hardback | Price £59/US$120 Special price £14.95/US$29.98 | ISBN 978-1-902937-28-1 | xviii + 395 pp. | 275 figs. | 214 tables | CD | 2005 | Buy now

This is Volume 5 in the Çatalhöyük Research Project series. It deals with aspects of the material culture excavated in the 1995–99 period. In particular it discusses the changing materiality of life at the site over its 1100 years of occupation. It includes a discussion of ceramics and other fired clay material, chipped stone, groundstone, worked bone and basketry. As well as looking at typological and comparative issues in relation to these materials, the chapters explore themes such as the specialization and scale of production, the engagement in systems of exchange, and consumption, use and deposition. A central question concerns change through time, and the degree and speed of this change. The occupants of the site increasingly get caught up in relations with material objects that start to act back upon them. 

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Dwelling Among the Monuments coverDwelling among the monuments

edited by Colin Richards

Hardback | £40/US$80 | ISBN 978-1-902937-18-2 | xxii + 397 pp. | 399 figs. | 29 tables | 2005 | Out of Print - Ebook coming soon

This book provides an engrossing account of the lives of the inhabitants of the village of Barnhouse, a late Neolithic settlement complex in Orkney. The excavation of Barnhouse between 1986 and 1993 constitutes the largest investigation of a Neolithic settlement in northern Britain since the 1920s. It consequently provides an ideal opportunity to reconsider architectural representation, the social construction of identity, and social and ritual practices within a late Neolithic community.

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Inhabiting Catalhoyuk cover useInhabiting Çatalhöyük: reports from the 1995–99 seasons

edited by Ian Hodder

Hardback | £60/US$125 Special price £14.95/US$29.98 | ISBN 978-1-902937-22-9 | xviii + 446 pp. | 286 ills. | 160 tables | CD | 2005 | Buy now

This is Volume 4 in the Çatalhöyük Research Project series. It deals with various aspects of the habitation of Çatalhöyük. Part A embarks on a discussion of the relationship between the site and its environment, using a wide range of evidence from faunal and charred archaeobotanical remains. Part B looks at evidence from human remains which inform us about diet and lifestyle, as well as wider issues of population dynamics and social structure, including a consideration of population size. Part C looks at the sediments at Çatalhöyük, exploring ways in which houses and open spaces in the settlement were lived in.

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Rethinking Materiality cover useRethinking materiality: the engagement of mind with the material world

edited by Elizabeth DeMarrais, Chris Gosden & Colin Renfrew

Hardback | £45/US$95 | ISBN 978-1-902937-30-4 | viii + 280 pp. | 62 figs. | 3 tables | 2005 | Buy now

What is the relationship between mind and ideas on the one hand, and the material things of the world on the other? In recent years, researchers have rejected the old debate about the primacy of the mind or material, and have sought to establish more nuanced understandings of the ways humans interact with their material worlds. In Rethinking Materiality contributors debate the significance of key thresholds in the human past.

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Stone Knapping cover useStone knapping: the necessary conditions for a uniquely hominin behaviour

edited by Valentine Roux & Blandine Bril

Hardback | £60/US$120 Special price £12.95/US$25.98 | ISBN 978-1-902937-34-2 | xii + 356 pp. | 143 figs. | 2005 | Buy now

How were early stone tools made, and what can they tell us about the development of human cognition? This question lies at the basis of archaeological research on human origins and evolution, and Stone Knapping fulfils a growing need among advanced students and researchers working in this field. The individual chapters by a range of leading international scholars approach stone knapping from a multidisciplinary perspective that embraces psychology, physiology, behavioural biology and primatology as well as archaeology. 

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2004

Explanations of Social Change coverExplaining social change: studies in honour of Colin Renfrew

edited by John Cherry, Chris Scarre & Stephen Shennan

Hardback | £35/US$70 | ISBN 978-1-902937-23-6 | xiv + 239 pp. | 87 figs. | 26 tables | 2004 | 

Over the past 30 years, social archaeology has become one of the central fields of archaeological research, placing human societies at the heart of our understanding of the human past. Colin Renfrew has been a key champion of social archaeology, and the present volume brings together a series of papers on the occasion of his retirement. They have been written by colleagues and former students, and touch upon many of the themes that he himself has studied and about which he has written so persuasively and engagingly: the development of the human mind, trade and exchange, social change, chiefdoms and states, and the archaeology of island societies.

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Material Engagements coverMaterial engagements: studies in honour of Colin Renfrew

edited by Neil Brodie & Catherine Hills

Hardback | £35/US$70 Special price £12.95/US$25.98 | ISBN 978-1-902937-26-7 | xii + 180 pp. | 101 figs. | 2004 | Buy now

The subject matter of archaeology is the engagement of human beings, now and in the past, with both the natural world and the material world they have created. All aspects of human activity are potentially relevant to archaeological research, and, conversely, the ways in which others, especially artists and anthropologists, have investigated the world are of interest to archaeologists. Archaeological artefacts and sites are also used by groups and nations to establish identity, and for financial gain, both through tourism and trade in antiquities.

Neanderthals Cover useNeanderthals and modern humans in the European landscape during the last glaciation

edited by Tjeerd H. van Andel & William Davies

Hardback | £35/US$70 | ISBN 978-1-902937-21-2 | xviii + 265 pp. | 92 figs. | 41 tables | 2004 | Out of Print - Ebook coming soon 

What role did Ice Age climate play in the demise of the Neanderthals, and why was it that modern humans alone survived? A team of international experts from a wide range of disciplines have worked together to provide a detailed study of the world occupied by the European Neanderthals between 60,000 and 25,000 years ago. The results provide revolutionary insights into the glacial climate of this period and the landscapes and resources that influenced late Palaeolithic life-styles.

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Substance cover useSubstance, memory, display: archaeology and art

edited by Colin Renfrew, Chris Gosden & Elizabeth DeMarrais

Hardback | £45/US$90 Special price £14.95/US$29.98 | ISBN 978-1-902937-24-3 | vi + 170 pp. | 107 col. figs. | 2004 | Buy now

Contemporary art and modern archaeology are increasingly seen to share much common ground yet their interactions have yet to be fully investigated. This innovative volume explores key themes, including the role of display in art, in the practice of archaeology and in daily life, and the material transformations which underlie the physical reality of the archaeological record as much as the creative processes of the contemporary artist. Prominent practising artists Simon Callery and Antony Gormley provide seminal papers considering the role of materiality and embodiment in their own work, exploring issues that are directly relevant to current archaeological thinking. They are joined by archaeologists actively involved with visual approaches, including Anwen Cooper, Christopher Evans, Steven Mithen, Joshua Pollard, Nicholas Saunders, Aaron Watson and the editorial trio.

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Traces of Ancestry coverTraces of ancestry: studies in honour of Colin Renfrew

edited by Martin Jones

Hardback | £30/US$60 | ISBN 978-1-902937-25-0 | xii + 161 pp. | 45 figs. | 9 tables | 2004 | Buy now

In 1987, Colin Renfrew's Archaeology and Language challenged many perceptions about how one language family spread across large parts of the world. In doing so he re-invigorated an important exchange between archaeologists and historical linguists. At precisely the same time, a quite separate field, human genetics, was making considerable steps forward in the elucidation of human ancestry. These three parallel lines of enquiry into genes, words, and things have, over the ensuing two decades, entirely transformed our perceptions of the human past. 

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2003

Examining Farming coverExamining the farming/language dispersal hypothesis

edited by Peter Bellwood & Colin Renfrew

Hardback | £50/US$85 Special price £14.95/US$29.98 | ISBN 978-1-902937-20-5 | xiv + 505 pp. | 82 ills. | 25 tables | 2003 | Buy now

Linguistic diversity is one of the most puzzling and challenging features of humankind. Why are there some six thousand different languages spoken in the world today? Why are some, like Chinese or English, spoken by millions over vast territories, while others are restricted to just a few thousand speakers in a limited area? The farming/language dispersal hypothesis makes the radical and controversial proposal that the present-day distributions of many of the world's languages and language families can be traced back to the early developments and dispersals of farming from the several nuclear areas where animal and plant domestication emerged. 

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Tell Brak 4 cover useExcavations at Tell Brak, vol. 4

edited by Roger Matthews

Hardback | £75/US$135 Special price £19.95/US$39.98 | ISBN 978-1-902937-16-8 | xviii + 446 pp. | 333 figs. | 70 tables | 2003 | Buy now

Tell Brak in Syria is one of the largest and most important multi-period sites in northern Mesopotamia. Excavations in 1994–1996 cast new light on everyday life at the settlement through several phases of occupation from the early fourth millennium BC to the second millennium BC. Volume 4 in the Tell Brak Monograph series provides an account of the architecture, artefacts, and environmental evidence, supported by a program of radiocarbon dating. The results emphasize the indigenous nature of cultural development in Upper Mesopotamia during these millennia.

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Prehistoric Steppe coverPrehistoric steppe adaptation and the horse

edited by Marsha Levine, Colin Renfrew and Katie Boyle

Hardback | £45/US$80 | ISBN 1-902973-09-0 | xii + 428 pp. | 192 figs. | 40 tables | 2003 | Out of Print
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The domestication of the horse was one of the most significant events in the development of human societies, ushering in new modes of transport and warfare and generating social and political change. This volume seeks to examine the origins of horse husbandry and pastoralism - especially nomadic pastoralism - in the Eurasian steppe. In bringing together archaeologists and archaeozoologists from Asia, Europe, and North America it provides a wide-ranging overview of issues and evidence for the development of Central European societies from the Neolithic to the Iron Age.

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2002

Ancient Interactions coverAncient interactions: east and west in Eurasia

edited by Katie Boyle, Colin Renfrew & Marsha Levine

Hardback | £45/US$80 | ISBN 978-1-902937-19-9 | xii + 344 pp. | 171 ills. | 22 tables | 2002 |

The history and archaeology of the Scythians and other steppe peoples are relatively familiar, but what of their predecessors who colonized and occupied this vast region, from the Carpathians to China, before the Iron Age? The papers in this volume provide an overview and reassessment of the period from the Neolithic to Iron Age in an area which covers approximately one-sixth of the earth's land surface. The subject matter of the papers ranges broadly from East to West on a number of major themes: the development of pastoral economies; the diffusion of ideas, and the movement of peoples throughout this region and into adjoining regions.

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Consuming Passions coverConsuming passions and patterns of consumption

edited by Preston Miracle and Nicky Milner

Hardback | £20/US$35 | ISBN 978-0-9519420-8-6 | vi + 136 pp. | 48 figs. | 16 tables | 2002 | Out of Print
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What we eat, and how we eat, are and always have been fundamental to the structuring of social life, both in the past and in the present. The remains of food are also among the most common archaeological finds. The papers in this volume explore and develop ways of using food to write social history; they move beyond taphonomic and economic properties of 'subsistence resources' to examine the social background and cultural contexts of food preparation and consumption. Contributions break new ground in method and interpretation in case studies spanning the Palaeolithic to the Present and from the Amazon to the Arctic. This volume will thus be essential reading for all archaeologists, anthropologists and social historians interested in prehistory and history of food consumption.

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2001

Tell Brak 2 coverExcavations at Tell Brak, vol. 2: Nagar in the third millennium BC

edited by David Oates, Joan Oates and Helen McDonald

Hardback | £95/US$150 | ISBN 978-0-951942-09-3 | xxxii + 644 pp. | 493 figs. | 60 tables | 2001 | Buy now

Tell Brak, ancient Nagar, was one of the most important cities in northern Mesopotamia in the third millennium BC and a focus of long-distance trade. It was also, for about a century, a provincial capital of the Akkadian Empire founded by Sargon of Agade. The major Akkadian buildings at Tell Brak are the first well-preserved examples to be discovered at any site, and include a great ceremonial complex and a unique caravanserai that housed the donkey caravans bringing metals from Anatolia. During the ritual closure of these buildings beautiful silver jewellery was deposited, along with numerous copper/bronze tools and some of the caravan donkeys themselves. 

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Trade in Illicit Antiquities coverTrade in illicit antiquities: the destruction of the world's archaeological heritage

edited by Neil Brodie, Jennifer Doole and Colin Renfrew

Hardback | £25/US$45 | ISBN 978-1-902937-17-5 | xii + 172 pp. | 73 figs. | 11 tables | 2001 | Out of Print - Ebook coming soon

All over the world archaeological sites are being looted to feed an ever-expanding antiquities market. The phenomenon has been well-documented, by journalists and TV documentaries as much as by academic study, but its true scale remains a matter for conjecture. With this in mind in October 1999 the McDonald Institute convened an international symposium of archaeologists and other interested parties, which allowed them to give accounts of looting in their own countries, share their experiences, and to consider possible remedies or preventative measures. The proceedings of the Symposium are now published in this volume.

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2000

America Past coverAmerica past, America present: genes and languages in the Americas and beyond

edited by Colin Renfrew

Paperback | £30/US$50 | ISBN 978-1-902937-01-4 | x + 175 pp. | 12 figs. | 13 tables | 2000 | Out of Print - Ebook coming soon

Aspects of the prehistory of the Americas currently remain little understood, with suggested dates for the first human colonization varying widely between 40,000 and 14,000 years ago. In this volume molecular geneticist and historical linguists debate the evidence for the first peopling of the Americas, and for the subsequent emergence of the remarkable genetic and linguistic diversity still seen among Native Americans to this day. The arguments against the controversial ‘three waves of migration’ proposal made by the distinguished linguist Joseph Greenberg are scrutinized. 

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Archaeogenetics coverArchaeogenetics: DNA and the population prehistory of Europe

edited by Colin Renfrew and Katie Boyle

Hardback | £38/US$60 | ISBN 978-1-902937-08-3 | xxiv + 342 pp. | 103 figs. | 2000 | Out of Print - Ebook coming soon

Recent developments in molecular genetics are currently transforming our understanding of the population history of the world. Their application to the prehistory and history of Europe was the focus of an interdisciplinary meeting held in Cambridge in 1999 as a Euroconference of the Human Genome Diversity Group. The papers describe the latest developments in this fast-moving area, with a clear and accessible discussion of the results of mitochondrial DNA and Y-chromosome analysis, and of their integration with the archaeological and climatic record. For the first time it is here possible to assess the impact of molecular genetics upon European prehistory.

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Hunter-gatherer coverHunter-gatherer landscape archaeology: the Southern Hebrides Mesolithic Project 1988–98 (2 vols.)

edited by Steven Mithen

Hardback | £88/US$150 | ISBN 978-1-902937-12-0 | 2 vols. | xviii + xiv + 652 pp. | 566 figs. | 242 tables | 2000 | Buy now 

This is the definitive publication of the ten-year Southern Hebrides Mesolithic Project. The project aimed to document Mesolithic settlement on the islands of Islay and Colonsay and, in intepreting it, to throw light on a number of major issues: the colonization of Scotland following the last Ice Age; the nature of early postglacial settlement patterns; and the transition to Neolithic and farming communities. 

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Neolithic Orkney coverNeolithic Orkney in its European context

edited by Anna Ritchie

Hardback | £45/US$70 | ISBN 1-902937-04-X | xiv + 342 pp. | 193 ills. | 12 tables | 2000 | Out of Print - Ebook coming soon

In the far north of the British isles, the islands of Orkney have a wealth of well-preserved monuments. They have inspired this volume of essays by international scholars, who offer new ideas about life and death, monuments and landscapes, not just in Orkney but also in the rest of Britain and Europe. From Ireland to Eastern Europe and north to Scandinavia, an inter-relating pattern of social practices in the Neolithic can be traced through archaeological excavations and close observation of upstanding monuments. 

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Time Depth cover useTime depth in historical linguistics (2 vols.)

edited by Colin Renfrew, April McMahon and Larry Trask 

Paperback | £50/US$80 | ISBN 1-902937-06-6 | 2 vols. | Vol 1: xiv + 307 pp. | 20 figs. | 4 tables | Vol. 2: vi + 371 pp. | 41 figs. | 29 tables | 2000 | 

Time depth constitutes one of the most difficult problems in historical linguistics, its evaluation being crucial for any systematic comparison with archaeological or genetic data, and hence basic to any broader historical interpretation. Time Depth in Historical Linguistics will be indispensable for anyone seriously concerned with issue of time depth in languages, and for all archaeologists and geneticists seeking an integration between their own discipline and the early history of languages. 

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Towards Reflexive cover

Towards reflexive method in archaeology: the example at Çatalhöyük

edited by Ian Hodder

Hardback | £45/US$70 Special price £14.95/US$29.98 | ISBN 978-1-902937-02-1 | xvi + 238 pp. | 71 figs. | 10 tables | 2000 | Buy now

In the early 1990s the University of Cambridge reopened excavations at the Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük in central Turkey, abandoned since the 1960s. This is Volume 2 in the Çatalhöyük Research Project series. Here Ian Hodder explains his vision of archaeological excavation, where careful examination of context and an awareness of human bias allows researchers exciting new insights into prehistoric cognition. The aim of the volume is to discuss some of the reflexive or postprocessual methods that have been introduced at the site in the work there since 1993. These methods involve reflexivity, interactivity, multivocality and contextuality or relationality. 

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1999

Cognition and Material coverCognition and material culture: the archaeology of symbolic storage

edited by Colin Renfrew and Chris Scarre

Hardback | £45/US$80 | ISBN 978-0-951942-06-2 | 200 pp. | 58 figs. | 8 tables | 1999 | Out of Print
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The material expression of human cognitive development is one of the most exciting and important fields of current archaeological research, exemplified most clearly by the attention given in recent years to the emergence of modern humans. But what of the cognitive changes which have taken place since the beginning of the Upper Palaeolithic? The present volume, the result of a conference held in Cambridge in 1996, takes as its starting point the provocative study of Origins of the Modern Mind by Merlin Donald, and addresses the question of cognitive change in recent millennia through the development and role of material symbols in holding and conveying information and ideas – Donald's concept of 'External Symbolic Storage'.

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Late Prehistoric Exploitation coverLate prehistoric exploitation of the Eurasian steppe

edited by Marsha Levine, Yuri Rassamakin, Aleksandr Kislenko & Nataliya Tatarinteseva 

Hardback | £40/US$70 | ISBN 978-1-902937-03-8 | 216 pp. | 133 ills. | 26 tables | 1999 | Out of Print - Ebook coming soon

The nomadic peoples of the great grasslands of the former USSR have left little in the way of settlement evidence, and archaeologists studying their history have had to rely on environmental remains to reconstruct their pasts. This book contains three major studies: The origins of horse husbandry on the Eurasian Steppe (M Levine); The eneolithic of the Black Sea Steppe: The dynamics of cultural and economic development 4500–2300 BC (Y Rassamakin), and The Eastern Ural steppe at the end of the Stone Age (A Kislenko and N Tatarintseva). Each presents evidence that has not previously been available to European prehistorians. The whole provides an important contribution to European prehistory, and provides background to the ongoing discussions on the prehistory of language. 

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Nostratic Examining coverNostratic: examining a linguistic macrofamily

edited by Colin Renfrew and Daniel Nettle

Paperback | £30/US$54 | ISBN 978-1-902937-00-7 | xxii + 398 pp. | 428 figs. | 1999 | Buy now

This volume of essays examines the claim that a linguistic macrofamily can be identified which includes not only the Indo-European and Afroasiatic language families but also the Kartvelian, Uralic, Altaic and Dravidian families. The Nostratic case was put by Aharon Dolgopolsky in his The Nostratic Macrofamily and Linguistic Palaeontology, and it is here evaluated critically by linguists specialising in the language families concerned. 

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Nostratic Macrofamily cover useThe Nostratic macrofamily and linguistic palaeontology

edited by Aharon Dolgopolsky

Paperback | £20/US$36 | ISBN 978-0-951942-07-9 | xxii + 116 pp. | 1999 | Buy now

Do all or most languages in the world descend from a single proto-language? And if so what can we tell from linguistic analysis about the speakers of this ancient tongue? These are the two questions at the heart of this controversial book and the themes clearly outlined by Colin Renfrew in his introduction. The theory of a Nostratic proto-language is not new, but the extremely detailed presentation of historical linguistic evidence provided here is. The lists of possible linguistic roots are not for the faint-hearted, but for serious linguists they provide real meat on which to chew, and, the publishers hope, provide a solid basis for debate. 

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1998

Tell Brak 1 coverExcavations at Tell Brak, vol. 1

edited by David Oates, Joan Oates and Helen McDonald

Hardback | £45/US$80 | ISBN 978-0-951942-05-5 | 296 pp. | 178 figs. | 1998 | Out of Print - Ebook coming soon

This is the first of four volumes on the excavations at Tell Brak in northeast Syria, ancient Nagar/Nawar, one of the largest urban sites in northern Mesopotamia. Here the second-millennium BC material is published in full, including a detailed account of the monumental Palace and Temple of Mitanni date (Late Bronze Age) and a sequence of second-millennium domestic occupation dating from c. 1700–1200 BC. This is the most extensive and best-dated Mitanni material yet known. Of especial interest is unique evidence from Palace workrooms for craft activities involving materials such as glass, iron, copper, bronze and ivory. Official cuneiform records add to our historical knowledge of this important but archaeologically little-known kingdom. 

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Star Carr coverStar Carr in context

edited by Paul Mellars and Petra Dark

Hardback | £40/US$70 | ISBN 978-0-951942-04-8 | 250 pp. | 1998 | Out of Print - Ebook coming soon

A summary of findings from the most recent archaeological and palaeoecological investigations at the Early Mesolithic occupation site. The new programme of research, intended to shed further light on problematic issues such as the exact age, duration, and pattern of occupation, and the precise nature of the birch brushwood platform, called for the use of scientifically more advanced techniques not before available. 

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1997

Klithi coverKlithi: Palaeolithic settlement and Quaternary landscapes in northwest Greece (2 vols.)

edited by Geoff Bailey 

Hardback | £70/US$70 Special price £24.95/US$39.98 | ISBN 978-0-951942-02-4 | 2 vols. | Vol 1: xx + 316 pp. | 187 ills. | 121 tables | Vol 2: xvi + 380 pp. | 231 ills. | 64 tables | 1997 | Buy now

The Epirus region of northwestern Greece has witnessed more dramatic changes of physical landscape than almost any other part of Europe. Tectonic activity has shaped a complex and dynamic topography, supplemented by the impact of a local ice sheet formed during the Glacial Maximum, and dramatic episodes of erosion triggered by changes of climate, vegetation and land use. These two volumes set out the history of Palaeolithic occupation over the past 100,000 years, bringing together the full range of studies carried out between 1981 and 1993 as part of the Klithi Project. 

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On the Surface coverOn the surface: Çatalhöyük 1993–95

edited by Ian Hodder 

Hardback | £40/US$70 Special price £14.95/US$29.98 | ISBN 978-0-9519420-3-1 | 368 pp | 206 ills. | 63 tables | 1997 | Buy now

After the excitement of its discovery and excavations in the early 1960s, the world-important site of Çatalhöyük has remained dormant for 30 years. This is Volume 1 of the Çatalhöyük Research Project series. It describes the first phase of renewed archaeological research at the site. It reports on the work that has taken place on the surfaces of the east and west mounds and in the surrounding regions. It also discusses the material from the 1960s excavation in museums, which has been re-examined. The result is that new perspectives can be offered on the internal organization and symbolism of a site which is central to our understanding of the earliest development of complex societies. 

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1996

Modelling the Early Human MindModelling the early human mind

edited by Paul Mellars & Kathleen Gibson

Hardback | £45/US$80 | ISBN 978-0-9519420-1-7 | x + 229 pp. | 38 figs. | 20 tables | 1996 | Out of Print - Ebook coming soon

This volume is based on a conference held by the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research in Cambridge in September 1993. The aim of the conference was to address key issues in the development of intelligence and cognitive capacities through the course of human evolution. It did this by invoking theoretical perspectives from a broad range of relevant disciplines — psychology, ethology and primate behaviour, neurology, child development, artificial intelligence and, of course, archaeology. The volume contains the papers presented at the conference, revised and updated in the light of post-conference discussions. It provides the more comprehensive review available of current approaches to ‘modelling’ the evolution of intelligence and cogntion in early human populations.

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