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New Archaeology from Oxford U. P., 2001

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Sylloge of Coins of the British Isles
Scottish Museums: English Coins, 1066-1279
J. D. BATESON, Hunterian Museum

This volume illustrates over 1,000 English coins from the Norman Conquest to the coinage reform of Edward I. The coins are spread over 16 museums, ranging from the National Museums of Scotland to civic museums such as Ayr, Eyemouth and Dunfermline.

160 pp.; 38 plates; 0-19-726224-4; $74.00 (06) Tentative; April 2001



Sylloge of Coins of the British Isles
Estonian Collections: Anglo-Saxon, Anglo-Norman and later British Coins
IVAR LEIMUS, Estonian History Museum, and ARKADI MOLVOGIN, Institute of History of the Estonian Academy of Sciences

Estonia constitutes one of the richest territories in the Baltic for hoards of the eleventh and twelfth centuries. This volume covers the period from the first occurrence of English coins in Estonia at the end of the tenth century, to the middle of the fourteenth century.

168 pp.; 54 plates; 0-19-726220-1; $90.00 (06) Tentative; May 2001



Facing the Ocean
The Communities of Atlantic Europe 8000 BC to AD 1500
BARRY CUNLIFFE

In a lavishly illustrated volume, one of the world's leading authorities on European prehistory offers a stunning new perspective on the nations of the Atlantic rim

The Bretons are not French, the Celts are not English, and the Galicians are not Spanish, writes Barry Cunliffe. These maritime communities have long looked north and south along the coast, not inland, to claim a common bond. Even today, the Bretons see themselves as distinct from the French, but refer to the Irish, Welsh, and Galicians as their brothers and cousins.

In Facing the Ocean, Barry Cunliffe, one of the world's most highly regarded authorities on prehistoric Europe, offers an utterly original way of looking at that continent. He argues that the peoples of the Atlantic rim--of Iceland, Scotland, Ireland, Brittany, Spain, Portugal, and Gibraltar--all share a cultural identity shaped by the Atlantic Ocean, an identity which stretches back almost ten thousand years. These peoples lived at the edge of the world, in places called Land's End, Finistere, and Finisterra, and looked out on a bountiful but terrifying expanse of ocean, a roiling, merciless infinity beyond which there was nothing. Their profound relationship with the ocean set these communities apart from their inland countryman, creating a distinct Atlantic culture. Cunliffe culls the archaeological evidence to illuminate the bonds that developed and intensified between these isolated communities and helped to maintain a shared and distinctive Atlantic identity.

Attractively designed and vibrantly written, Facing the Ocean offers a striking reassessment of a people who have usually been regarded as peripheral to European history. It will send shock waves through the history world and will radically change our view of the European past.

Barry Cunliffe is Professor of European Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, Oxford University. He is the author of numerous books on prehistory, including The Ancient Celts and The Oxford Illustrated Prehistory of Europe.

416 pp.; 150 b/w and 32 color illus; 7 x 9-1/2; 0-19-924019-1; $35.00 (02); June 2001



Naukratis
Trade in Archaic Greece
ASTRID MÍLLER

Archaic Naukratis was a busy trading place in the Western Delta of the Nile, renowned for its sanctuaries and courtesans, granting the Greeks access to Egyptian grain and luxury items. Now, more than one hundred years after the discovery and excavation of Naukratis, the author offers the first full-length analysis of the archaeology and archaic history of this important site.

 

Although Naukratis always features in modern accounts of ancient Greek colonization, it was not a place where the Greeks could freely establish their own political and social organization--it was under the strict control of the Egyptian pharaoh and his officials. To understand the special status of Naukratis, the author takes the port of trade model, surveying the political, social, and economic background of both Late Period Egypt and archaic Greece.

 

A major section of the book comprises an archaeological re-evaluation of the topography of archaic Naukratis and its material finds. The sanctuaries, archaic pottery styles, terracottas, faiences, statuettes, and other small finds are examined in the light of recent scholarship, and an in-depth study of the literary evidence is brought to bear on the archaeological material.

 

This book comprises a significant contribution to our understanding of Graeco-Egyptian relations during the seventh and sixth centuries BC and also demonstrates that Polanyian economic theory can play an invaluable r˘le in the ongoing debate about the concepts best employed to analyse the ancient Greek economy.

328 pp.; 7 line illus & 16 halftones; 0-19-815284-1; $95.00 (06); 2001

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