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Practical Handbooks

A selection of Practical Handbooks

Providing a complete introduction to different areas of our discipline, our Practical Handbooks set out to be a primer on a new subject, providing a reader with all of the tools they require to get started in the area.  A perfect glossary for the more experience practitioner or a 'how to' guide for someone new to the field.

Our available practical handbooks are shown in alphabetical order below.

Fixture and fittings in dated houses 1567–1763

by NW Alcock and Linda Hall, drawings by Linda Hall, ISBN: 1872414524

This well illustrated handbook is dedicated to the dating and cataloguing of fixtures, fittings and decorative details. A comprehensive collection of examples taken from buildings with inscribed dates it represents a valuable resource for anyone involved with, or interested in the study of house archaeology and architecture during this period.

More information and orders via Oxbow books.

Historic Landscape Analysis: Deciphering the countryside

by Stephen Rippon, ISBN: 1902771443

The British landscape is remarkably varied in its character. To a considerable extent this results from the different ways that successive generations of human communities have created regionally distinctive patterns of agriculture and industry.

This handbook introduces some of the techniques that archaeologists, historians, historical geographers and planners can use to unravel the complex history of the countryside. A series of case studies demonstrate practical applications of historic landscape analysis for a broad range of uses and at a variety of national and regional levels. The well-illustrated and clear guide will be essential reading for anyone trying to understand the origins and development of regional variation in historic landscape character.

More information and orders via Oxbow books.

Human Remains in Archaeology

by Charlotte A Roberts, ISBN: 9781902771755

This book provides the very latest guidance on all aspects of the recovery, handling and study of human remains. It begins by asking why we should study human remains, and the ethical issues surrounding their recovery, analysis and curation, along with consideration of the current legal requirements associated with the excavation of human remains in Britain.

In the following chapters, the author gives practical advice on the excavation, processing and conservation of human remains, and the recording of age at death, sex, height, and pathological lesions. A chapter is also devoted to advanced methodological developments, including stable isotope and ancient DNA analyses. 

More information and orders via Oxbow Books.

Industrial Archaeology: A Handbook

by Marilyn Palmer, Michael Nevell and Mark Sissons, ISBN 978-1902771922

Edited by Professor Marilyn Palmer, the UK’s first professor of Industrial Archaeology, with contributions from some of the country’s leading specialists in industrial archaeology, this Handbook provides an informative and accessible guide to the industrial remains of the UK.

This book will be essential reading for professionals, academics, students and anyone with an interest in our industrial heritage, giving concise summaries of the history of different industries, together with descriptions of the structures and below-ground remains likely to be encountered. Extensive suggestions for further reading are included, as well as an explanation of the current legislative situation for industrial remains and the history of protection for these important monuments.

More information and orders via Oxbow books.

Marine Archaeology: A Handbook

by Virginia Dellino-Musgrave, ISBN 978-1-902771-91-5

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.

The book begins by defining what the marine environment is, and provides a brief history of maritime archaeology. It also considers the difficult question of the differences between marine archaeology and commercial salvage. Further chapters explain the organisation of marine archaeology in the UK and the planning of marine archaeological projects, with essential information on areas of responsibility and sources of information. A summary of the complex legal framework for the management of the marine zone around the UK is followed by discussion of European and UNESCO conventions on marine heritage. A glossary and extensive bibliography make this book essential reading for all amateurs and professionals with an interest in our marine historic environment.

More information and orders via Oxbow books.

Recording Timber Framed Buildings: An illustrated glossary (Revised edition)

by NW Alcock, MW Barley, PW Dixon and RA Meeson, illustrations by RA Meeson, ISBN: 1 872414 72 9

A reference guide and glossary of over 300 definitions used in the description of timber-framed buildings, extensively illustrated by clearly labelled drawings.

More information and orders via Oxbow books.

Recording a Church: an illustrated glossary

by T. Cocke, D Findlay, R. Halsey, E. Williamson, drawings by G. Wilson and D. Rust, ISBN: 1 872414 61 3

A comprehensive glossary, giving brief definitions of over 500 terms used to describe church architecture and furniture, amply illustrated with simple and clearly labelled drawings, this handbook will be an invaluable aid to anyone with an interest in the subject.

More information and orders via Oxbow books.

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