Books and publications
The CBA has been dedicated to publishing the best in British archaeology for more than 60 years and we continue to make archaeological research widely available both in paper and online. Our wide range of scholarly and popular books bring the very latest archaeological knowledge to a broad audience.
We also produce and host a range of research publications and online resources.
Claimed by the Sea: Salcombe, Langdon Bay and other marine finds of the Bronze Age
Stuart Needham, Dave Parham and Catherine J Frieman
First discovered by sport divers in the 1970s, the two remarkable seabed finds of prehistoric bronze metalwork described in this volume quickly became a testing ground for the new discipline of underwwater archaeology. The haul of 361 bronzes from Langdon Bay, Kent, represents one of the largest deposits from Bronze Age Europe. Dating to the thirteenth century BC, the collection is diverse in character and originates in various parts of Western Europe and the British isles. The finds from Salcombe, Devon is of a similar date with a unique combination of types and materials.
Mysteriously, neither site yielded any ship's remains. Extensive analysis favours the conclusion that these finds represent material spilled or jettisoned from boats in trouble.
For the first time maritime archaeologists, period specialists, metallurgists adn coastal geomorphologists bring together research on these two exception sites. Further marine finds of Bronze Age metwalwork, along with models for seaborne exchange adn culture attidutes to the terre/mare interface are all explored.
CBA Research Report No. 173, ISBN 978-1-902441-95-3
250pp, 95 figs incl colour. Price £25 GBP
Star Carr: Life After the Ice Age
Nicky Milner, Barry Taylor, Chantal Conneller & Tim Schadla-Hall
Essential reading for anyone with an interest in prehistory this highly engaging new book tells the story of the discovery of Star Carr, and brings us up-to-date with details of the current excavations, including what may be the earliest house ever discovered in Britain. The book also explores other important Mesolithic sites in Britain and Europe and how these are transforming our view of life after the Ice Age.
Star Carr is one of the most famous and important prehistoric sites in Europe. Dating from the early Mesolithic period, over 10,000 years ago, the site has produced a unique range of artefacts and settlement evidence which were first excavated in 1949-51. The site was buried in a deep layer of peat on the edge of prehistoric Lake Flixton. The peat has preserved an incredible collection of organic artefacts, including bone, wood and antler, as well as thousands of flint tools. This welath of evidence has allowed archaeologists to build up a detailed picture of life on the edge of the lake around 9000 BC.
The publication coincides with the launch of a new exhibition about the site at the Yorkshire Museum in York.
CBA Archaeology for All ISBN: 978-1-902771-99-1 124pp. Price £13.
by Virginia Dellino-Musgrave
The Handbook aims to give easy access to a range of information about the marine historic environment. It provides a useful guide for all those involved in the marine environment, from commercial exploration companies and local authorities to the recreational diver. In recent years there has been increased awareness of both the potential and the fragility of the marine and maritime zones. Working in these zones presents a range of challenges, from the practical to the legal, which this Handbook attempts to explain.
This volume presents the conclusions of a research assessment funded by English Heritage which drew together the broad community of scholars interested in marine and maritime affairs, with a remit of both quantifying the known record and establishing a clear research agenda for the future. The result is an unrivalled exploration of our maritime heritage and a challenging agenda for the future.
Prehistoric Monuments in the A1 Corridor: A guide to the henges, cursus, barrows, standing stones and other monuments
New booklet detailing the prehistoric monuments between Ferrybridge and Catterick along the modern A1.
How to order
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CBA Books in print are distributed by mail order through Central Books.
Central Books Ltd, 99 Wallis Road, London E9 5LN
Tel: 0845 4589910
Browse our Central Books online catalogue of books and place your order.
Please add 20 percent of the list price to cover postage, with a minimum postage cost of £1.50 and a maximum of £10. For overseas orders (sent via airmail) please add 30 percent, with a minimum cost of £5. For any large orders, please contact Central Books.
Out of print service
Titles that are no longer in print may be available from the CBA. Please email our publications team to enquire. Alternatively, many of our out of print titles are also available as free digital downloads via the Archaeology Data Service website.
Event Book Fairs
We run book sales at heritage events and conferences throughout the year, where you are able to browse and purchase the latest titles and pick up some bargain books.
Contact our Publications team
Our Publications team are based at our CBA offices in York and are here to help you with any enquiries about our publications programme.
You can write to us to submit proposals and copyright requests at:
St Mary's House, 66 Bootham, York, YO30 7BZ, UK
or by email at email@example.com
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Notes for Authors
Our Notes for Authors are intended to help authors, editors, and illustrators who are preparing material to be published by the CBA, focusing on presentation rather than content.
Please read these notes carefully before preparing your text: they are designed to help ensure your book can be brought to publication easily and swiftly.
In 1991, the CBA published Signposts for archaeological publication: a guide to good practice in the presentation and printing of archaeological periodicals and monographs (3rd edition). We have made the journal abbreviations available for download (PDF 4.4MB)
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