A R C H A E O L O G Y & H I S T O R Y
Subjects and Objects of Power
After neo-evolutionism, howdoes one talk about thepremodern state? Over thepast two decadesarchaeological research hasshifted decisively fromcheck-list identifications of the state as an evolutionarytype to studies of howpower and authority wereconstituted in specific polities. Developing Gramsci’s concept of hegemony, this book provides an accessible discussion of generalprinciples that serve to help us understand and organize these newdirections in archaeological research. Throughout this book, conceptualissues are illustrated by means of case studies drawn from Madagascar,Mesopotamia, the Inca, the Maya, Egypt and Greece.
is Senior Lecturer in the School of Archaeology,Classics and Egyptology, University of Liverpool.
Aug 11/ Nov 11 9780715636336 144pp pb £14.99/ US$27
Men, Women and Wealth
In the ancient civilizations of the Eastern Mediterranean,textiles were generallymuch more costly thanfoodstuffs, animals or bronzes; it is very likely thatthe same was the casethroughout prehistoricEurope. In this study, thefirst for over seventy years,Klavs Randsborg examinescompletely preservedwoollen dresses, both female and male, from Danish oak coffin graves of the early second millennium BC. These garments, matched in age andsuperb preservation only by finds from Ancient Egypt, along with relatedartefacts such as images and figurines, are used to build up a rich pictureof Bronze Age society and culture in the context of archaeological,ethnographical and historical information from Europe and beyond.
is Professor of World Archaeology, University of Copenhagen.
April 11/ July 11 9780715640784 160pp pb £14.99/ US$27
Religious Change inEarly Medieval Europe
Conversion to Christianitywas a key cultural processthat saw the transformationof Europe from the Classicalworld to medievalChristendom. The study of conversion in the earlymedieval world hasincreasingly become a focusof study for both historiansand archaeologists, but therehas been a noticeable lack of engagement with the methodological andtheoretical problems underpinning any attempt to explore thearchaeology of belief. This book, drawing on case studies and examplesfrom sources including the ‘Celtic’ west, Anglo-Saxon England,Scandinavia and Eastern Europe, tackles these key issues and inparticular explores two under-theorised aspects of conversion: therelationship between archaeology and belief, and the ‘pagan’ as a keyelement in conversion.
is Lecturer in Archaeology, Durham University.
May 11/ Aug 11 9780715637548 144pp pb £14.99/ US$27
Archaeology of Flow
outlines an innovative archaeological approach to the studyof rivers and flowing water, challenging the view that rivers are somehowmore natural, less cultural than other kinds of material evidence. Inbringing archaeological perspectives to flowing water, as opposed tostatic and solid objects, the book follows water from rivers alongnumerous channels to the many archaeological sites where runningwater was utilised or built into designs and layouts, or where other kindsof flow have left material traces. A focus on flow changes our perceptionof otherwise ordinary sites and landscapes, its very nature prompting usto think about the material world differently, and to develop moredynamic and fluid forms of analysis.
is Research Associate and Project Officer, School of Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Leicester.
Sept 11/ Dec 11 9780715639825 160pp pb £12.99/ US$24
DEBATES IN ARCHAEOLOGY
Series editor: Richard Hodges (University of East Anglia)
This series of short volumes, each devoted to a theme which is the subject of contemporary debate in archaeology,ranges from issues in theory and method to aspects of world archaeology. For a complete list of the titles in this series see p. 11.
Recent titles in the series
ARCHAEOLOGY AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT INAFRICAColin Breen & Daniel Rhodes
2009 9780715639054 pb £14.99 / US$27
Hunter-gatherers, first farmers and the modern world
Bill Finlayson & Graeme Warren
2009 9780715638132 pb £14.99 / US$27