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Vergete wereld - Die klipmuurnedersettings van die Mpumalanga-platorand (Afrikaans, Paperback): Peter Delius, Tim Maggs, Alex... Vergete wereld - Die klipmuurnedersettings van die Mpumalanga-platorand (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Peter Delius, Tim Maggs, Alex Schoeman
R385 R303 Discovery Miles 3 030 Save R82 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 10 working days

If you drive through Mpumalanga with an eye on the landscape flashing by, you may see, near the sides of the road and further away on the hills above and in the valleys below, fragments of building in stone as well as sections of stone-walling breaking the grass cover. Endless stone circles, set in bewildering mazes and linked by long stone passages, cover the landscape stretching from Ohrigstad to Carolina, connecting over 10 000 square kilometres of the escarpment into a complex web of stone-walled homesteads, terraced fields and linking roads. Oral traditions recorded in the early twentieth century named the area Bokoni - the country of the Koni people. Few South Africans or visitors to the country know much about these settlements, and why today they are deserted and largely ignored. A long tradition of archaeological work which might provide some of the answers remains cloistered in universities and the knowledge vacuum has been filled by a variety of exotic explanations - invoking ancient settlers from India or even visitors from outer space - that share a common assumption that Africans were too primitive to have created such elaborate stone structures. Forgotten World defies the usual stereotypes about backward African farming methods and shows that these settlements were at their peak between 1500 and 1820, that they housed a substantial population, organised vast amounts of labour for infrastructural development, and displayed extraordinary levels of agricultural innovation and productivity. The Koni were part of a trading system linked to the coast of Mozambique and the wider world of Indian Ocean trade beyond. Forgotten World tells the story of Bokoni through rigorous historical and archaeological research, and lavishly illustrates it with stunning photographic images.

Viking London (Hardcover): Thomas Williams Viking London (Hardcover)
Thomas Williams 1
R343 R245 Discovery Miles 2 450 Save R98 (29%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Viking Britain author Thomas Williams returns with a brief history of the interaction between the Vikings and the British to tell the story of the occupation of London. The Vikings remoulded the world, changed the language, and upended the dynamics of power and trade. Monasteries and settlements burned, ancient dynasties were extinguished. And nowhere in these islands saw more aggression than London. Between 842 and 1016, the city was subjected repeatedly to serious assault. In this short history, bestselling historian Thomas Williams recounts the profound impact Viking raiders from the North had on London. Delving into London's darkest age, he charts how the city was transformed in this period by immigrants and natives, kings and commoners, into the fulcrum of national power and identity. London emerged as a hub of trade, production and international exchange, a financial centre, a political prize, a fiercely independent and often intractable cauldron of spirited and rowdy townsfolk: a place that, a thousand years ago, already embodied much of what London was to become and still remains. This remarkable book takes the reader into a city of spectres, to its ancient past, to timeworn street names hidden beneath concrete underpasses, to the crypts of old churches, to a stretch of the old river bank, or the depths of museum collections. Nothing is lost in the city. And memories of the Vikings hover like a miasma in these places, blowing across the mud and shingle on the Thames foreshore - ghosts of Viking London.

Yorkshire - A Gazetteer of Anglo-Saxon and Viking Sites (Paperback): Guy Points Yorkshire - A Gazetteer of Anglo-Saxon and Viking Sites (Paperback)
Guy Points
R611 R529 Discovery Miles 5 290 Save R82 (13%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This Gazetteer aims to be a comprehensive guide to places, artefacts and material in Yorkshire of Anglo-Saxon and Viking interest - AD 400-1100. A glossary of terms and advice about access to churches and museums is included. PART 1 provides background material with illustrations about the Anglo-Saxons, Vikings, the Early Church, church building styles and architecture, plans and features of Anglo-Saxon churches, crossheads, cross-shafts, grave covers and grave markers. PART 2 identifies 282 'sites' with the aim of enabling the reader to know what they are looking for and where exactly to look.In alphabetical order and divided into East Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and York, each entry is: star rated to indicate the quality of what there is to see and how easy it is to find, precisely located and described, including measurements and descriptions of decoration where appropriate and the author has published guidebooks identifying historic sites from prehistory to 1945 in Orkney, Shetland, Northumberland & Tyne and Wear. This Gazetteer is the first in a series identifying Anglo-Saxon and Viking sites - others will follow.

Art & Archaeology of the Roman World (Hardcover): Mark D. Fullerton Art & Archaeology of the Roman World (Hardcover)
Mark D. Fullerton
R1,182 Discovery Miles 11 820 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Historical archaeology at the Cape - The material culture of the Dutch-East India Company (VOC) (Paperback): Carmel Schrire Historical archaeology at the Cape - The material culture of the Dutch-East India Company (VOC) (Paperback)
Carmel Schrire
R446 R367 Discovery Miles 3 670 Save R79 (18%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

This volume documents the analysis of excavated historical archaeological collections at the Cape of Good Hope, specifically The Castle in Cape Town and Oudepost in Saldanha Bay, over a period of 30 years. It provides a rich picture of life and times at this distant outpost of an immense Dutch seaborne empire in the late 17th and early 18th centuries - a vision of consumption, waste, taste, provisioning, identity and heritage. The book examines ceramics, glass, metal and other material objects in their archaeological contexts. By revealing the source, uses and significance of some of the material residues of the VOC, this book seeks to create a rich, comparative picture of colonial material culture in an emerging capitalist world.

Canopic Equipment Of The Kings O (Hardcover): Aidan Dodson Canopic Equipment Of The Kings O (Hardcover)
Aidan Dodson
R5,264 Discovery Miles 52 640 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Explores all equipment made or used to contain the embalmed internal organs of the kings of ancient Egypt. The book traces the mythological development of the various forms of container, and catalogues all known canopic items belonging to the kings of Egypt from the 4th to 26th Dynasties.

Time Song - Searching for Doggerland (Hardcover): Julia Blackburn Time Song - Searching for Doggerland (Hardcover)
Julia Blackburn 1
R593 R475 Discovery Miles 4 750 Save R118 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

**LONGLISTED FOR THE WAINWRIGHT GOLDEN BEER BOOK PRIZE 2019** Julia Blackburn has always collected things that hold stories about the past, especially the very distant past: mammoth bones, little shells that happen to be two million years old, a flint shaped as a weapon long ago. Time Song brings many such stories together as it tells of the creation, the existence and the loss of a country now called Doggerland, a huge and fertile area that once connected the entire east coast of England with mainland Europe, until it was finally submerged by rising sea levels around 5000 BC. Blackburn mixes fragments from her own life with a series of eighteen `songs' and all sorts of stories about the places and the people she meets in her quest to get closer to an understanding of Doggerland. She sees the footprints of early humans fossilised in the soft mud of an estuary alongside the scattered pockmarks made by rain falling eight thousand years ago. She visits a cave where the remnants of a Neanderthal meal have turned to stone. In Denmark she sits beside Tollund Man who seems to be about to wake from a dream, even though he has lain in a peat bog since the start of the Iron Age. Time Song reveals yet again, that Julia Blackburn is one of the most original writers in Britain, with each of its pages bringing a surprise, an epiphany, a phrase of such beauty and simple profundity you can only gasp.

Archaeological Guide to Central and Southern Mexico (Paperback): Joyce Kelly Archaeological Guide to Central and Southern Mexico (Paperback)
Joyce Kelly
R462 Discovery Miles 4 620 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Palenque, Teotihuacan, Yaxchilan--the names of these ancient Maya cities conjure images of mystery and grandeur. Joyce Kelly's new visitor's guide includes these fascinating places and many more. This guide provides travelers with captivating photographs, vivid descriptions, and complete, up-to-date tourist information on 70 archaeological sites and 60 museums. Sites range from the most remote to the largest and most well known.

Joyce Kelly explores the art, architecture, and history of each museum and site, from pyramids and temples to the hieroglyphs and images of ornately carved monuments and stelae.

An Archaeological Guide to Central and Southern Mexico provides:

- Driving times and distances in miles and kilometers;

- A rating of 0 to 4 stars for each site and museum;

- Sites arranged in geographical sections, which include easy-to-use maps, 10 site plans, and details on accommodations, restaurants and car rentals;

- "Getting There" sections with specific details on road conditions, driving and walking time, what to bring and how long to allow for a visit.

Archaeological Guide to Central and Southern Mexico (Hardcover): Joyce Kelly Archaeological Guide to Central and Southern Mexico (Hardcover)
Joyce Kelly
R514 Discovery Miles 5 140 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Palenque, Teotihuacan, Yaxchilan--the names of these ancient Maya cities conjure images of mystery and grandeur. Joyce Kelly's new visitor's guide includes these fascinating places and many more. This guide provides travelers with captivating photographs, vivid descriptions, and complete, up-to-date tourist information on 70 archaeological sites and 60 museums. Sites range from the most remote to the largest and most well known.

Joyce Kelly explores the art, architecture, and history of each museum and site, from pyramids and temples to the hieroglyphs and images of ornately carved monuments and stelae.

An Archaeological Guide to Central and Southern Mexico provides:

- Driving times and distances in miles and kilometers;

- A rating of 0 to 4 stars for each site and museum;

- Sites arranged in geographical sections, which include easy-to-use maps, 10 site plans, and details on accommodations, restaurants and car rentals;

- "Getting There" sections with specific details on road conditions, driving and walking time, what to bring and how long to allow for a visit.

D-Day UK - 100 locations in Britain (Hardcover): Simon Forty D-Day UK - 100 locations in Britain (Hardcover)
Simon Forty 1
R711 R562 Discovery Miles 5 620 Save R149 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The D-Day landings of 6 June 1944 were the culmination of months of meticulous planning and organisation. A vast army had to be trained and equipped; huge amounts of material - from tin cans to tank transporters, petrol to parachutes - had to be stockpiled, distributed and readied for transport to the beaches of Normandy; bombing missions had to reduce the enemy; fighters, minesweepers and other naval missions had to clear the English Channel; and, finally, the men had to embark and the armada had to deliver its cargo to a strict timetable under enemy fire onto a hostile shore. For understandable reasons, the emphasis on remembrance of D-Day is focused on the beaches: that's where the battles took place; that's where most of the casualties occurred; that's where the remarkable stories were written in blood, sand and shingle. We should never forget the sacrifice of those who fell, but equally we shouldn't forget the sacrifices of those who prepared the way. The hundred locations chosen for this book are a small collection of those places in Britain that were involved in the preparations for D-Day. It would have been easy to choose a hundred others: few parts of Britain were not part of the war effort. It is perhaps best to see the chosen 100 as starting points from which the reader can discover the considerable depth of involvement required to launch the great invasion.

From Mounds to Mammoths - A Field Guide to Oklahoma Prehistory (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): C.M. Gilbert From Mounds to Mammoths - A Field Guide to Oklahoma Prehistory (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
C.M. Gilbert
R462 Discovery Miles 4 620 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

For most Oklahomans the story of the state begins with the removal of the Five Tribes to Indian Territory early in the nineteenth century. In fact, Oklahoma has a rich, diverse, and enduring native cultural heritage. Using recent discoveries and information unearthed since its original 1980 publication, From Mounds to Mammoths presents Oklahoma's prehistory from thirty thousand years ago to historic contact times.

Claudette Gilbert and Robert L. Brooks take the reader back thousands of years to experience life on the plains. They discuss the Cooper site, which has given us valuable insights into Folsom technology, hunting practices, and ritual. Here archaeologists discovered a thunderbolt painted on a bison skull-the earliest evident of artwork in North America. The story of Spiro Mounds, a more recent culture, reveals village life in the Arkansas River basin 800-1000 years ago.

Told chronologically with vivid chapter-opening vignettes, From Mounds to Mammoths provides a fascinating glimpse into the variety of Oklahoma native cultures.

Achilles Beside Gilgamesh - Mortality and Wisdom in Early Epic Poetry (Hardcover): Michael Clarke Achilles Beside Gilgamesh - Mortality and Wisdom in Early Epic Poetry (Hardcover)
Michael Clarke
R736 Discovery Miles 7 360 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Conquistador's Wake - Tracking the Legacy of Hernando De Soto in the Indigenous Southeast (Paperback): Dennis B Blanton Conquistador's Wake - Tracking the Legacy of Hernando De Soto in the Indigenous Southeast (Paperback)
Dennis B Blanton
R565 R440 Discovery Miles 4 400 Save R125 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
The Story of the British Isles in 100 Places (Hardcover): Neil Oliver The Story of the British Isles in 100 Places (Hardcover)
Neil Oliver 1
R598 R365 Discovery Miles 3 650 Save R233 (39%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

"Everyone should have two copies - one for the car and one for the house to plan journeys. . . a reminder to think more about the places you pass and less about your route, because every British journey is through rich history." (Edward Stourton) From much-loved historian Neil Oliver, comes this beautifully written, kaleidoscopic history of a place with a story like no other. The British Isles, this archipelago of islands, is to Neil Oliver the best place in the world. From north to south, east to west it cradles astonishing beauty. The human story here is a million years old, and counting. But the tolerant, easygoing peace we enjoy has been hard won. We have made and known the best and worst of times. We have been hero and villain and all else in between, and we have learned some lessons. The Story of the British Isles in 100 Places is Neil's very personal account of what makes these islands so special, told through the places that have witnessed the unfolding of our history. Beginning with footprints made in the sand by humankind's earliest ancestors, he takes us via Romans and Vikings, the flowering of religion, through civil war, industrial revolution and two world wars. From windswept headlands to battlefields, ancient trees to magnificent cathedrals, each of his destinations is a place where, somehow, the spirit of the past seems to linger.

The Sutton Hoo Story - Encounters with Early England (Paperback): Martin Carver The Sutton Hoo Story - Encounters with Early England (Paperback)
Martin Carver
R472 R384 Discovery Miles 3 840 Save R88 (19%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The Sutton Hoo ship-burial is one of the most significant finds ever made in Europe. It lies in a burial ground which contains all the elements of archaeological mystery: seventeen mounds, buried treasure, and sacrificed horses. In this very accessible book, Martin Carver explains what we know of this site, at which the leaders of the Dark Age kingdom of East Anglia signalled the pagan and maritime nature of their court. This is the story not only of this dramatic place, but also of its exploration over half a century, which amounts to a potted history of British archaeology.

Ritual Sites and Religious Rivalries in Late Roman North Africa (Hardcover): Shira L. Lander Ritual Sites and Religious Rivalries in Late Roman North Africa (Hardcover)
Shira L. Lander
R1,870 R1,729 Discovery Miles 17 290 Save R141 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In Ritual Sites and Religious Rivalries in Late Roman North Africa, Lander examines the rhetorical and physical battles for sacred space between practitioners of traditional Roman religion, Christians, and Jews of late Roman North Africa. By analyzing literary along with archaeological evidence, Lander provides a new understanding of ancient notions of ritual space. This regard for ritual sites above other locations rendered the act or mere suggestion of seizing and destroying them powerful weapons in inter-group religious conflicts. Lander demonstrates that the quantity and harshness of discursive and physical attacks on ritual spaces directly correlates to their symbolic value. This heightened valuation reached such a level that rivals were willing to violate conventional Roman norms of property rights to display spatial control. Moreover, Roman Imperial policy eventually appropriated spatial triumphalism as a strategy for negotiating religious conflicts, giving rise to a new form of spatial colonialism that was explicitly religious.

The Peopling of Bandelier - New Insights from the Archaeology of the Pajarito Plateau (Paperback, Illustrated Ed): Robert P... The Peopling of Bandelier - New Insights from the Archaeology of the Pajarito Plateau (Paperback, Illustrated Ed)
Robert P Powers; Contributions by Craig D. Allen, Rory P. Gauthier, Cynthia Herhahn, Timothy A. Kohler, …
R602 R478 Discovery Miles 4 780 Save R124 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Few visitors to the stunning Frijoles Canyon at Bandelier National Monument realize that its depths embrace but a small part of the archaeological richness of the vast Pajarito Plateau west of Santa Fe, New Mexico. In this beautifully illustrated book, archaeologists, historians, ecologists, and Pueblo contributors tell a deep and sweeping story of the region. Beginning with its first Paleo-Indian residents, through its Ancestral Pueblo florescence in the 14th and 15th centuries, to its role in the birth of American archaeology and the nuclear age, and concluding with its enduring centrality in the lives of Keresan and Tewa Indian peoples today, the plateau remains a place where the mysterious interplay of human culture and magnificent landscapes is written in its mesas and canyons. A must read for anyone interested in Southwestern archaeology and Native peoples.

Ancient People of the Andes (Paperback): Michael A. Malpass Ancient People of the Andes (Paperback)
Michael A. Malpass
R709 R612 Discovery Miles 6 120 Save R97 (14%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

In Ancient People of the Andes, Michael A. Malpass describes the prehistory of western South America from initial colonization to the Spanish Conquest. All the major cultures of this region, from the Moche to the Inkas, receive thoughtful treatment, from their emergence to their demise or evolution. No South American culture that lived prior to the arrival of Europeans developed a writing system, making archaeology the only way we know about most of the prehispanic societies of the Andes. The earliest Spaniards on the continent provided first-person accounts of the latest of those societies, and, as descendants of the Inkas became literate, they too became a source of information. Both ethnohistory and archaeology have limitations in what they can tell us, but when we are able to use them together they are complementary ways to access knowledge of these fascinating cultures. Malpass focuses on large anthropological themes: why people settled down into agricultural communities, the origins of social inequalities, and the evolution of sociopolitical complexity. Ample illustrations, including eight color plates, visually document sites, societies, and cultural features. Introductory chapters cover archaeological concepts, dating issues, and the region's climate. The subsequent chapters, divided by time period, allow the reader to track changes in specific cultures over time.

Thebes in Egypt - A Guide to the Tombs and Temples of Ancient Luxor (Paperback, New edition): Nigel Strudwick, Helen M.... Thebes in Egypt - A Guide to the Tombs and Temples of Ancient Luxor (Paperback, New edition)
Nigel Strudwick, Helen M. Strudwick
R865 Discovery Miles 8 650 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

The remains of ancient Thebes constitute one of the largest and most remarkable archaeological sites in all of Egypt and indeed the world. The discoveries made at this site, now the modern town of Luxor, are responsible for much of our knowledge of ancient Egyptian civilization. After excavating and researching the city of Thebes for many years, Nigel and Helen Strudwick here offer the first comprehensive introduction to it, one that will be welcomed by both armchair travelers and visitors to that popular tourist destination. Handsomely illustrated, the book features eighty photographs--thirty in color--and twenty maps and plans.After reviewing the topography of the site, the Strudwicks recount the history of Thebes from the city's rise in the late Old Kingdom to the peak of its power in the New Kingdom and to its gradual decline in the Greco-Roman period. They discuss the central role played by the gods in the community's religious life, and take us on a tour of the great temples of Karnak and Luxor on the East Bank of the Nile and of the temples and tombs of kings, queens, princes, and ordinary individuals on the West Bank.Drawing on their intimate acquaintance with ancient Egyptian society, the authors re-create the lives of Thebans during the New Kingdom. They conclude by assessing Greek, Roman, Coptic, and Islamic influences on the area as it exists today and by providing an overview of the archaeological research undertaken there.

Footprints from the Past - The South-eastern Extramural Settlement of Roman Alchester and Rural Occupation in its Hinterland:... Footprints from the Past - The South-eastern Extramural Settlement of Roman Alchester and Rural Occupation in its Hinterland: The Archaeology of East West Rail Phase 1 (Hardcover)
Andrew Simmonds, Steve Lawrence
R522 R462 Discovery Miles 4 620 Save R60 (11%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Excavations by Oxford Archaeology in advance of a programme of improvements to the railway between Bicester and Oxford investigated part of the south-eastern extramural settlement associated with the Roman fortress and subsequent town at Alchester, Oxfordshire, as well as rural settlements in its rural hinterland. The investigations at Alchester extended across two successive routes south to Dorchester-on-Thames, the earlier of which by-passed the eastern side of Otmoor and was superseded by a more direct route across the moor at the end of the 1st century AD. Settlement beside the earlier road may have been a successor to a pre-Roman settlement and appears from artefactual evidence to have been of quite high status during the initial, military phase, although no contemporary structural evidence was found. Stone-founded buildings were constructed during the late 1st-early 2nd century, including two single-celled structures of uncertain function that may represent a gatehouse or a pair of shrines. The buildings were demolished by c AD 200, when the area was abandoned. An insight into the diverse lives of the inhabitants is provided by finds that included part of a priestly headdress, two pairs of slave shackles and a group of roof tiles bearing the footprints of a young child. The extramural settlement may have been partly rural in character, involved in farming the landscape around the town, which was intensively managed for agricultural production, probably as meadow and pasture. Ditched enclosures beside the later road may have been part of a second extramural area or a discrete farming establishment. No buildings were identified but two large pits contained domestic refuse and building material. Excavations at six other locations investigated farmsteads that dated from the middle Iron Age to the 3rd century AD and included a rare deposit of debris from copper and iron working from a middle Iron Age enclosure ditch.

Viking Britain - A History (Paperback): Thomas Williams Viking Britain - A History (Paperback)
Thomas Williams
R238 R200 Discovery Miles 2 000 Save R38 (16%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

A new narrative history of the Viking Age, interwoven with exploration of the physical remains and landscapes that the Vikings fashioned and walked: their rune-stones and ship burials, settlements and battlefields. To many, the word `Viking' brings to mind red scenes of rape and pillage, of marauders from beyond the sea rampaging around the British coastline in the last gloomy centuries before the Norman Conquest. It is true that Britain in the Viking Age was a turbulent, violent place. The kings and warlords who have impressed their memories on the period revel in names that fire the blood and stir the imagination: Svein Forkbeard and Edmund Ironside, Ivar the Boneless and Alfred the Great, Erik Bloodaxe and Edgar the Pacifier amongst many others. Evidence for their brutality, their dominance, their avarice and their pride is still unearthed from British soil with stunning regularity. But this is not the whole story. In Viking Britain, Thomas Williams has drawn on his experience as project curator of the British Museum exhibition of Vikings: Life and Legend to show how the people we call Vikings came not just to raid and plunder, but to settle, to colonize and to rule. The impact on these islands was profound and enduring, shaping British social, cultural and political development for hundreds of years. Indeed, in language, literature, place-names and folklore, the presence of Scandinavian settlers can still be felt, and their memory - filtered and refashioned through the writings of people like J.R.R. Tolkien, William Morris and G.K.Chesterton - has transformed the western imagination. This remarkable book makes use of new academic research and first-hand experience, drawing deeply from the relics and landscapes that the Vikings and their contemporaries fashioned and walked: their runestones and ship burials, settlements and battlefields, poems and chronicles. The book offers a vital evocation of a forgotten world, its echoes in later history and its implications for the present.

The Early Olmec and Mesoamerica - The Material Record (Hardcover): Jeffrey P. Blomster, David Cheetham The Early Olmec and Mesoamerica - The Material Record (Hardcover)
Jeffrey P. Blomster, David Cheetham
R2,151 R1,986 Discovery Miles 19 860 Save R165 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The Early Formative Olmec are central in a wide variety of debates regarding the development of Mesoamerican societies. A fundamental issue in Olmec archaeology is the nature of interregional interaction among contemporaneous societies and the possible Olmec role in it. Previous debates have often not been informed by recent research and data, often relying on materials lacking archaeological context. In order to approach these issues from new perspectives, this book introduces readers to the full spectrum of the material culture of the Olmec and their contemporaries, relying primarily on archaeological data, much of which has not been previously published. For the first time, using a standard lexicon to consider the nature of the interaction among Early Formative societies, the authors, experts in diverse regions of Mesoamerican art and archaeology, provide carefully considered contrasts and comparisons that advance the understanding of the Early Formative origins of social complexity in Mesoamerica.

Iron Technology in East Africa - Symbolism, Science and Archaeology (Paperback): Peter R. Schmidt Iron Technology in East Africa - Symbolism, Science and Archaeology (Paperback)
Peter R. Schmidt
R477 R427 Discovery Miles 4 270 Save R50 (10%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Through a cross-cultural and comparative approach, it reveals both changes and significant continuities in the symbolism that conferred meaning to iron smelting over two thousand years in East and Central Africa. North America: Indiana U Press

Fifty Early Medieval Things - Materials of Culture in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages (Paperback): Deborah Deliyannis,... Fifty Early Medieval Things - Materials of Culture in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages (Paperback)
Deborah Deliyannis, Hendrik Dey, Paolo Squatriti
R600 R520 Discovery Miles 5 200 Save R80 (13%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Fifty Early Medieval Things introduces readers to the material culture of late antique and early medieval Europe, north Africa, and western Asia. Ranging from Iran to Ireland and from Sweden to Tunisia, Deborah Deliyannis, Hendrik Dey, and Paolo Squatriti present fifty objects-artifacts, structures, and archaeological features-created between the fourth and eleventh centuries, an ostensibly "Dark Age" whose cultural richness and complexity is often underappreciated. Each thing introduces important themes in the social, political, cultural, religious, and economic history of the postclassical era. Some of the things, like a simple ard (plow) unearthed in Germany, illustrate changing cultural and technological horizons in the immediate aftermath of Rome's collapse; others, like the Arabic coin found in a Viking burial mound, indicate the interconnectedness of cultures in this period. Objects such as the Book of Kells and the palace-city of Anjar in present-day Jordan represent significant artistic and cultural achievements; more quotidian items (a bone comb, an oil lamp, a handful of chestnuts) belong to the material culture of everyday life. In their thing-by-thing descriptions, the authors connect each object to both specific local conditions and to the broader influences that shaped the first millennium AD, and also explore their use in modern scholarly interpretations, with suggestions for further reading. Lavishly illustrated and engagingly written, Fifty Early Medieval Things demonstrates how to read objects in ways that make the distant past understandable and approachable.

Richard III: The King Under the Car Park - The Story of the Search for England's Last Plantagenet King (Paperback): Mathew... Richard III: The King Under the Car Park - The Story of the Search for England's Last Plantagenet King (Paperback)
Mathew Morris, Richard Buckley
R210 R190 Discovery Miles 1 900 Save R20 (10%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
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