Human remains in archaeology: a handbook
This revised and updated 2nd edition of Professor Charlotte Robert’s best-selling Practical Handbook provides the very latest guidance on all aspects of the recovery, handling and study of human remains. Professor Roberts is one of the UK’s leading experts in bioarchaeology, and is internationally renowned in the field. It begins by asking why we should study human remains, and the ethical issues surrounding their recovery, analysis, curation and display, along with consideration of the current legal requirements for the excavation of such remains in the UK. How people were laid to rest at death is considered, as well as the effect of various factors on their preservation, including the environment.
Further chapters give practical advice on the excavation, processing and conservation of human remains, and the recording of data such as age at death, sex, height, and pathological lesions. The author then discusses recent technological advances in the study of human remains, such as stable isotope and ancient DNA analyses.
This book, with its extensive bibliography, is essential and fascinating reading for all practitioners and students of bioarchaeology and burial archaeology and is accessible for anyone with an interest in the study of human remains.
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Recording timber-framed buildings: an illustrated glossary
A reference guide and glossary of over 300 definitions used in the description of timer-framed buildings, extensively illustrated by clearly labelled drawings.
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Cartimandua's capital? The Late Iron Age royal site at Stanwick, North Yorkshire, fieldwork and analysis 1981-2011
Famous for the excavations carried out by Sir Mortimer Wheeler in 1951–52, the late Iron Age earthwork complex at Stanwick, North Yorks, is the largest prehistoric site in northern England. The site was probably the seat of the Brigantian queen Cartimandua, and both the structures and the finds from the site reflect this status. A recent re-evaluation of the radiocarbon dating has led to a new chronology which has rewritten our understanding of late Iron Age Britain. This volume reports not only on the excavations of the 1980s, but also synthesises other work in the environs of the site.
This volume presents the results of research carried out on the late Iron Age fortified royal site at Stanwick during the 1980s and 1990s. At its core is a report on the large-scale excavation undertaken in the Tofts at the heart of the oppidum. The excavation brought to light spectacular new evidence about the nature of Brigantian society on the eve of the Roman Conquest of northern England in the later first century AD. The Stanwick excavations form part of a wider body of research on the later Iron Age in north-east England. While other fieldwork carried out during this programme has already been published elsewhere, this volume brings together all the relevant work for the first time.
The research report is divided into five main parts: Part I presents the aims and background to the project, and summarises earlier work in and around Stanwick. In Part II the results of the 1980s excavations in the Tofts and other sites are set out. Part III presents the material recovered, whilst Part IV summarises additional fieldwork undertaken in the Stanwick environs. Part V brings the material together in a broader archaeological and historical context and presents a new perspective on the changing character of later Iron Age society in central Britain and its social and political relations with the expanding Roman empire in the first century AD.
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Europe’s Lost World: The Rediscovery of Doggerland
For most people, the North Sea is a stretch of water crossed when going on holiday. Few travellers are aware that these grey northern waters cover a prehistoric landscape that once stretched without a break between the English and Danish coasts. Yet between 18,000 and 5500 BC, global warming raised sea levels to the extent that a vast plain, larger than the area of the United Kingdom, was engulfed by water, and land that had been home to mankind for millennia gradually disappeared. An entire European country sank beneath the North Sea, its physical remains preserved for ever but memory of it lost through time. This is the story of Doggerland, Europe's lost world.
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Stonehenge: making sense of a prehistoric mystery
Stonehenge is an iconic monument for people all around the world. Built thousands of years ago, it stands for mystery and forgotten secrets waiting to be decoded. In this latest book in the Council for British Archaeology’s ‘Archaeology for All’ series, Professor Mike Parker Pearson presents an up-to-date interpretation of Stonehenge and its landscape. Drawing on his years of research and excavation, the author presents a highly readable account that is lavishly illustrated with images by the renowned photographer Adam Stanford and the reconstruction artist Peter Dunn.
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The Home Front in Britain 1914-18: an archaeological handbook
This latest CBA Practical Handbook forms part of the CBA-led project to record the physical legacy of the First World War on the Home Front in the UK. The book provides invaluable background information for anyone interested in identifying and recording the remains of the Home Front, from practice trenches to works by conscientious objectors to Homes fit for Heroes. Extensively illustrated, with both archive and modern images, the book also includes guidance on researching the Home Front.
Mention of the First World War usually conjures up images of the trenches, the battles of the Western Front and the many cemeteries and memorials in Northern France and Belguim. Few will first consider the impact of the war here in Britain, yet the impact of the war on the Home Front was significant, affecting all aspects of life and introducing many changes, in industry, farming, housing and society.
Little evidence of the First World War was thought to survive in the United Kingdom, but recent surveys have shown that much remains. With contributions from more than 25 authors, this book provides invaluable background information for anyone interested in identifying and recording these remains of the Home Front.
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