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Bjerck, H.B. (2022) Archaeology at home : notes on things, life and time

Bjerck, H.B. (2022) Archaeology at home book cover

Archaeology at Home takes a deep dive into the entanglements between humans and their things. It explores the notion that things themselves "remember" when left by "their" people and illustrates how the integration of humans and things involves connections running all the way from the present into deep time. Combining methods from contemporary and deep-time archaeology and balancing scholarly archaeology with personal narrative, Hein Bjerck presents three case studies of homes all intimately known to him - the home of his father after his abrupt passing, the home of his uncle that was lost in a fire, and a Stone Age home he excavated many years ago. This evocative approach to archaeologies of memory will be appreciated by professional archaeologists, and by general readers who are drawn to the study of the past and the things that connect us with it.

Matić, U. (2022) Beautiful bodies: gender and corporeal aesthetics in the past

Matić, U. (2022) Beautiful bodies : gender and corporeal aesthetics in the past. Oxford: Oxbow Books book cover

This book explores the role of material culture in the formation of corporeal aesthetics and beauty ideals in different past societies and thus contributes to the cultural relativization of bodily aesthetics and related gender norms. The volume does not explore beauty for the sake of beauty, but extensively explores how it serves to form and keep gender norms in place. The concept of beauty has been a topic of interest for some time, yet it is only in recent times that archaeologists have begun to approach beauty as a culturally contingent and socially constructed phenomenon. Although archaeologists and ancient historians extensively dealt with gender, they dealt less with it in relation to beauty. The contributions in this volume deal with different intersections of gender and corporeal aesthetics by turning to rich archaeological, textual and iconographic data from ancient Sumer, Aegean Bronze Age, ancient Egypt, ancient Athens, Roman provinces, the Viking world and the Qajar Iran. Beauty thus moves away from a curiosity and surface of the body to an analytic concept for a better understanding of past and present societies.

Karkov, C.E. (2022) Art and the formation of early medieval England. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (Elements in England in the early medieval world) book cover

Karkov, C.E. (2022) Art and the formation of early medieval England

This Element covers the art produced in early medieval England from the departure of the Romans to the early twelfth century, an art that shows the input of multi-ethnic artists, patrons, and influences as it develops over the centuries. Art in early medieval England is an art of migrants and colonisers and the Element considers the way in which it was defined and developed by the different groups that travelled to or settled on the island. It also explores some of the key forms and images that define the art of the period and the role of both material and artist/patron in their creation. Art is an expression of identity, whether individual, regional, national, religious, or institutional, and this volume sheds light on the way art in early medieval England was and continues to be used to define particular identities, including that of the island on which it was produced.

Bringsværd, T.Åge (2022) Gråbein : ulven i all verdens myter, eventyr, sagn og folketro. 1. utgave. Oslo: Cappelen Damm bok forside

Bringsværd, T.Åge (2022) Gråbein : ulven i all verdens myter, eventyr, sagn og folketro

Varg, Skrubb, Gråbein, Tasse, Skrogg, Lupus ... ulven har fra uminnelige tider kalt på frykt og fascinasjon, men også respekt og beundring. Fra Fenrisulven, Romulus og Remus, Mowgli og fortellingen om de tre små griser har den tasset gjennom historiene mennesker har fortalt hverandre like opp til våre dagers opphetede rovdyrdebatter. Noen ganger som venn og hjelper, andre ganger som skremmende fiende. Tor Åge Bringsværd tar oss med på en kulturhistorisk reise i ulvens fotspor som spenner fra det fem tusen år gamle Gilgamesh-eposet til Walt Disney, fra Finnmarksvidda til Sahara og fra det japanske urfolket Aino som sies å stamme fra ulvene, til den kanadiske Nootka-stammens ulve-totempæler. Våre egne sagaer og folkeeventyr, brødrene Grimms lille Rødhette, mellomeuropas varulvberetninger og Æsops fabler - ulven er i dem alle, som en evig skygge i skogkanten. Gråbein inngår i en serie der Tor Åge Bringsværd bringer videre fortellinger om dyr i myter, eventyr, sagn og folketro. Andre titler er Hypp, Vov og Mikkel, samt samlingen Hellige dyr.

Sterry, P. and Cleave, A. (2022) Field guide to coastal wildflowers : of Britain, Ireland and Northwest Europe

A richly illustrated guide to the wildflowers and other flora of coastal Britain, Ireland and Northwest Europe

The rugged and beautiful coastal regions of Britain and Ireland are among the crowning glories of these islands. Few visitors can fail to marvel at the stunning sight of Cornwall's clifftops resplendent with flowering Thrift, or be struck by the resilience of plants that thrive on the inhospitable shingle beaches of Dungeness on the coast of Kent. This field guide covers more than 600 species of wildflowers and other coastal flora found in Britain and Ireland, and coastal mainland Northwest Europe. Detailed species accounts describe wildflowers, grasses, sedges and rushes that occur on the coast or in abundance within sight of the sea. Stunningly illustrated throughout, this comprehensive, user-friendly guide also covers trees and shrubs, a range of other groups from mosses and seaweeds, and more broadly, the natural history of coastal habitats.

Covers more than 600 species of flowering plants

Features over 1,500 spectacular colour photos

Describes other groups such as ferns, mosses, liverworts, lichens, fungi and seaweeds

Provides up-to-date colour distribution maps for Britain and Ireland

Gardner, A.J.M. and Walsh, C.E. (2022) Tracing gestures: the art and archaeology of bodily communication

This volume examines the role of gestures in past societies, exploring both how meaning was communicated through bodily actions, and also how archaeologists can trace the symbolism and significance of ancient gestures, ritual practices and bodily techniques through the material remnants of past human groups. Gesture studies is an area of increasing interest within the social sciences, and the individual chapters not only respond to developments in the field, but push it forward by bringing a wide range of perspectives and approaches into dialogue with one another. Each exhibits a critical and reflexive approach to bodily communication and to re-tracing bodies through the archaeological record (in art, the treatment of the body and material culture), and together they demonstrate the diversity of pioneering global research on gestures in archaeology and related disciplines, with contributions from leading researchers in Aegean, Mediterranean, Mesoamerican, Japanese and Near Eastern archaeology. By bringing case studies from each of these different cultures and regions together and drawing on interdisciplinary insights from anthropology, sociology, psychology, linguistics, design, art history and the performing arts, this volume reveals the similarities and differences in gestures as expressed in cultures around the world, and offers new and valuable perspectives on the nature of bodily communication across both space and time.

Martens, I. et al. (2021) Viking age swords from Telemark, Norway : an integrated technical and archaeological investigation

Viking Age Swords from Telemark, Norway. An Integrated Technical and Archaeological Investigation provides a metallographic analysis of 21 Viking Age swords found in the county Telemark in southeastern Norway. The book is the result of a collaboration between archaeologist Irmelin Martens and chemist Eva Elisabeth Astrup. The metallographic investigations revealed five construction types for sword blades, of which four, requiring different technical levels of smithing, may well have been mastered by Norwegian blacksmiths at that time. Combined with x-ray radiographic studies, the metallographic investigations indicate that new techniques, including inlay decorations, were introduced and disseminated among weaponsmiths during the Viking Age, findings that are also probably representative for the more than 3000 swords found in all areas of the country. The majority of them are domestic types, and their great number obviously reflects the organization of sword production and influenced blacksmiths' social standing. Issues relating to origin and production places in a societal context are highly relevant to international research. Viking Age Swords from Telemark, Norway questions the dominant role of the Carolingian realm and suggests it is high time to search for other innovation centres. The book's investigations demonstrate that detailed studies on typology and decoration schemes are important for future research on these problems.

Nielsen, S.V. and Universitetet i Oslo Institutt for arkeologi, konservering og historie (2022) In the wake of farming : studies of demographic and economic variability in Southern Norway in the period 4500-1700 BCE

This thesis examines demographic and economic developments in Southern Norway, in the period from the last centuries of the Mesolithic and throughout the Neolithic (4500–1700 cal BCE).

McFadgen, B.G. (2007) Hostile shores : catastrophic events in prehistoric New Zealand and their impact on Maori coastal communities

Evidence from several disciplines, including anthropology, archaeology, demography, history, and the Maori oral tradition, are combined in this analysis of the many volcanic periods that shaped New Zealand. This authoritative, groundbreaking study examines the consequences on the coastal landscape and its people, from the first Polynesian settlers until European colonization in the 18th century. A study of the wave of tsunamis that struck New Zealand in the 15th century, known as the “big crunch,” and precipitated various crises that led to cultural change and much warfare is also included.

Price, T.D. (2022) Seeking the first farmers in Western Sjælland, Denmark : the archaeology of the transition to agriculture in Northern Europe

This volume summarizes 30 years of fieldwork in Denmark, some of the evidence for the spread of agriculture and the Neolithic into Scandinavia and some opinions about the origins of agriculture. It is intended to be both academic and personal and to describe the actual process of research, because most projects involve elements of both. Each chapter will deal with one of the components of the project - survey, testing and excavations. Eight sites were excavated from the Late Mesolithic and Early Neolithic and these are discussed in this volume. The concluding chapter summarizes research in the area and proffers opinions on a variety of archaeological subjects, with visits to climate change, seasonality and sedentism, hunter-gatherer complexity, aDNA, inequality and the origins and spread of agriculture.

Kristiansen (2022) Archaeology and the Genetic Revolution in European Prehistory

This Element was written to meet the theoretical and methodological challenge raised by the third science revolution and its implications for how to study and interpret European prehistory. The first section is therefore devoted to a historical and theoretical discussion of how to practice interdisciplinarity in this new age, and following from that, how to define some crucial, but undertheorized categories, such as culture, ethnicity and various forms of migration. The author thus integrates the new results from archaeogenetics into an archaeological frame of reference, to produce a new and theoretically informed historical narrative, one that also invites debate, but also one that identifies areas of uncertainty, where more research is needed.

Kurin, D.S. (2021) The bioarchaeology of disaster : how catastrophes change our skeletons

Each case study provides the social, cultural, historical and ecological context of the disaster and then analyzes evidence of human and related remains in order to better understand the identities of victims, the means, processes, and extent of deaths and injuries.

The methods used by specialists to interpret evidence and disagreements among experts are also addressed.

It will be helpful in understanding the circumstances of a range of disasters and the multidisciplinary ways in which bioarcheologists employ empirical methods and analytic frameworks to interpret their impacts and consequences.

Mazel, A., & Nash, G. (Eds.) (2022) Signalling and Performance: Ancient Rock Art in Britain and Ireland

Signalling and Performance: Ancient Rock Art in Britain and Ireland presents a state of the art survey of the ancient rock art of Britain and Ireland, bringing together new discoveries and new interpretations. Ancient rock art offers unique insights into the mindsets of its makers and the landscapes in which they lived. The making of rock art was not just an aesthetic practice, but an activity informed by deep social and cultural meanings held by its makers - meanings that they were compelled to express on rocks in Britain and Ireland, through mostly abstract images, for thousands of years. For a long time, ancient rock art remained a topic on the fringes of Archaeology. Since the 1960s, however, there has been sustained recording and research into ancient rock art.

Ling, J., Chacon, R. and Kristiansen, K. (2022) Trade Before Civilization : Long Distance Exchange and the Rise of Social Complexity

This volume explores how the transformation from an egalitarian setting to a non-egalitarian setting took place. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between long distance exchange and the rise of inequality and social complexity. This publication will appeal to archaeologists, cultural anthropologists, historians, and economists.arison.

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