Ancient History and Archaelogy

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Return to Chauvet Cave: Excavating the Birthface of Art by Jean Clottes (Thames & Hudson, 45 [pounds sterling]) is the first full-length report on the remarkable palaeolithic cave paintings and other findings in the Chauvet cave of southern France, discovered in December 1994. The volume includes more than 200 photographs.

A History of the Ancient Near East by Marc Van De Mieroop (Blackwell Publishers, hb 55 [pounds sterling], 16.99 [pounds sterling]) surveys the region from the emergence of writing around 3000BC to the conquests of Alexander the Great.

Using archaeological evidence, Who Were the Early Israelites and Where Did They Come From? by William G. Dever (Eerdmans, 17.95 [pounds sterling]) assesses whether the origins of ancient Israel, as portrayed in biblical sources, are accurate.

On the Reliability of the Old Testament by K.A. Kitchen (Eerdmans, 32.95 [pounds sterling]) presents evidence to suggest the Hebrew Bible is historically reliable and argues against critics who suggest it is pious fiction.

Genesis of the Pharaohs, by Toby Wilkinson (Thames & Hudson, 18.95 [pounds sterling]) is a new study of the origins of Egyptian civilisation based on recent discoveries of Neolithic rock art in the Eastern Desert.

The Lost City of Solomon and Sheba: An African Mystery, by Robin Lowe-Brown (Sutton, 2003) looks at the mysterious remains of the ancient culture of Zimbabwe, and attempts to link them with the biblical story.

Prayer, Magic, and the Stars in the Ancient and Late Antique World edited by Scott B. Noegel (Penn State University Press, hb 45.50 [pounds sterling], pb 18.50 [pounds sterling]) examines how the ancients tried to enter or escape the divine and corporeal worlds. …