New Book Chronicle

By James, N. | Antiquity, March 2005 | Go to article overview
Save to active project

New Book Chronicle

James, N., Antiquity

This issue features the last of Dr Nicholas James's book chronicle, known to readers of Antiquity as 'Among the New Books'. The review section, produced since March 1999 under his erudite and elegant editorship, will now come from York and take on the challenge of channelling the tide of new publications. No dramatic changes, but a few innovations, are proposed. 'Among the New Books', now re-named 'New Book Chronicle' will continue to chronicle all the publications received by Antiquity that are not the subject of a review or review article, but commentary will concentrate on a few themes each issue. All the other books will be listed under topical or geographical headings, as before. Space being at a premium, the review section has, after two years' experimentation with a larger font, reverted to a smaller print size. It is very much hoped that these small losses will result in a more streamlined look and more space for reviews. Finally, as there is an inevitable time lag between the publication of a new book and its review in these pages, we propose to alert readers to the arrival of new books as soon as they land on Antiquity's doormat, by listing new publications on Antiquity's website. The listing of a book in 'Books Received'--continuing Crawford and Daniel's policy--will not preclude its subsequent review. Antiquity, as always, would welcome comments and suggestions on the new look review section.

Madeleine Hummler

Princes and housewives--what need we know about cities?

Why are archaeologists interested in cities? Those with geographical interests may need evidence for early towns; others may be concerned with urban functions or with specific features or institutions; but not all research on social complexity requires an urban focus. Different again is the matter of what lies beneath places that happen to be urban today.

CHRISTOPHER A. POOL (ed.). Settlement archaeology and political economy at Tres Zapotes, Veracruz, Mexico (Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Monograph 50). vi+106 pages, 46 figures, 21 tables. 2003. Los Angeles (CA): University of California; 1-931745-07-2 paperback.

SIGVALD LINNE. Archaeological researches at Teotihuacan, Mexico. xi+236 pages, 339 illustrations. 2003. Tuscaloosa (AL): University of Alabama Press; 0-8173-5005-5 paperback.

MONICA L. SMITH (ed.). The social construction of ancient cities, xv+320 pages, 32 figures, 9 tables. 2003. Washington (DC): Smithsonian Books; 1-58834-098-8 hardback 34.50 [pounds sterling].

ELIZABETH WINCOTT HECKETT. Viking Age head-coverings from Dublin (National Museum of Ireland Medieval Dublin Excavations Ser. B Vol. 6). xvi+152 pages, 95 figures, 16 colour photographs, 14 tables. 2003. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy; 0-9543855-5-1 hardback 30 [euro].

ROBERT LEIGHTON. Tarquinia: an Etruscan city. xii+218 pages, 96 figures. 2004. London: Duckworth; 0-7156-3162-4 paperback 16.99 [pounds sterling].

NANCY L. BENCO (ed.). Anatomy of a Medieval Islamic town: Al-Basra, Morocco (BAR international Ser. 1234). viii+106 pages, 53 figures, 24 tables. 2004. Oxford: Archaeopress; 1-84171-593-X paperback 27 [pounds sterling].

NEIL FINN. The origins of a Leicester suburb: Roman, Anglo-Saxon, medieval and post-medieval occupation on Bonners Lane (BAR British Set. 372). vi+175 pages, 74 figures, 39 tables. 2004. Oxford: Archaeopress; 1-84171-614-6 paperback 30 [pounds sterling].

MICHAEL HODDER. Birmingham: the hidden history. 192 pages, 100 figures. 2004. Stroud: Tempus; 0-7524-3135-8 paperback 17.99 [pounds sterling].

Tres Zapotes has long been recognised as a major Olmec site. Surveys by POOL & colleagues now provide more systematic context. His argument for nucleation without centralisation chimes with various other Mesoamerican sites and urban traditions--but not all other Olmec 'centres'; and it would be worth considering further afield too. LINNE's report, first published in 1934, 'is of exceptional and lasting importance', avers G.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Cite this article

Cited article

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)


1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25,

Cited article

New Book Chronicle


Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25,

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.