Antiquity

Antiquity is a quarterly journal that was founded in 1927. The publication issues peer-reviewed articles on world archaeology. Antiquity is published by Antiquity Publications, Ltd. It is owned by the Antiquity Trust. Headquarters is in York, United Kingdom. The journal is edited by Martin Carver, emeritus professor of archaeology at the University of York. It is also produced by members of the directors of the Antiquity Publications, Ltd., including Chris Evans, Roger Guthrie, Martin Millett, Nicky Milner, Cameron Petrie, Mike Pitts and Andrew Rogerson

Articles from Vol. 84, No. 325, September

Americas
BRUCE A. BRADLEY, MICHAEL B. COLLINS & ANDREW HEMMINGS with MARILYN SHOBERG & JON C. LOHSE. Clovis technology (International Monographs in Prehistory Archaeological Series 17). xiv+220 pages, 137 illustrations, 9 colour plates, 20 tables....
Anatolia, Levant, Middle East
BILL FINLAYSON & GRAEME WARREN (ed.) Landscape in transition (Levant Supplementary Series 8). x+230 pages, 67 illustrations, 14 tables. 2010. Oxford & Oakville (CT): Oxbow; 978-1-84217-416-6 paperback 35 [pounds sterling]. DIANE BOLGER &...
Ancient Texts and Archaeology Revisited-Radiocarbon and Biblical Dating in the Southern Levant
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Introduction During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, ancient texts such as the Homeric epics in the Aegean, and the ancient Vedic literatures in south Asia, often served as the catalyst for archaeological research....
An Unusual Late Antique Funerary Deposit with Equid Remains (Usseau, France)
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Introduction The presence of faunal remains in funerary contexts is frequent during the Iron Age and Roman period in western Europe (Lepetz 1993; Meniel 2001, 2008). Offerings, sacrifices and funerary meals are also documented...
Editorial
Stonehenge is a monument in the same way that Philip Larkin was a librarian: it has other defining qualities. First among these is its role as an archive of archaeological evidence for the most important period in the history of Britain: when humans...
European Pre- and Protohistory
CHRISTINE DESDEMAINES-HUGON. Stepping stones: a journey through the Ice Age caves of the Dordogne. xxiv+222 pages, 39 illustrations, 8 colour plates. 2010. New Haven (CT) & London: Yale University Press; 978-0-300-15266-1 hardback 22.50 [pounds...
Faces of the Ancestors Revealed: Discovery and Dating of a Pleistocene-Age Petroglyph in Lene Hara Cave, East Timor
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Introduction One of the largest and most diverse concentrations of rock art in Island Southeast Asia is found near the small village of Tutuala, at the eastern end of East Timor (Figure 1; O'Connor 2003). Over 20 individual...
Gravettian Painting and Associated Activity at le Moulin De Laguenay (Lissac-Sur-Couze, Correze)
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Introduction If the excavation of caves with paintings is relatively rare, the reason is simple: decorated caves that also have intact deposits, such as the cave of Fontanet or the Reseau Rene Clastres in the Ariege (Clottes...
Gristhorpe Man: An Early Bronze Age Log-Coffin Burial Scientifically Defined
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] This paper is dedicated to the late Dr Paul Ashbee, author of the classic 1960 volume 'The Bronze Age Round Barrow in Britain', who took an active interest in this project. His attendance and support at the Gristhorpe Man...
Indications of Bow and Stone-Tipped Arrow Use 64 000 Years Ago in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Introduction The use of the bow and arrow has been interpreted as an important innovation associated with complex human behaviour during the African Middle-Late Pleistocene period (Sisk & Shea 2009). Hunting with a...
Mediated Diffusion in Iron Age Europe
Diffusion of Mediterranean traits to central and north-western Europe during the middle Iron Age is a topic well rehearsed now by three generations of archaeologists. The stimulating recent exhibition Golasecca at the Musee d'Archeologie nationale...
Mediterranean Archaeology
ANNA STROULIA & SUSAN BUCK SUTTON (ed.). Archaeology in situ: sites, archaeology, and communities in Greece. xviii+514 pages, 32 illustrations, 1 table. 2010. Lanham (MD): Lexington Books; 978-0-7391-3234-0 hardback 70 [pounds sterling]; 978-0-7391-3235-7...
New Light on Neolithic Revolution in South-West Asia
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Introduction Gordon Childe's famous notion of a Neolithic revolution saw the switch from hunting to herding and from gathering to cultivation as the pivotal agent of change. It was a model subsequently followed by many...
Prospects for Sweden
Swedish archaeology enters the new decade reeling, not so much from seasonal feasting as from lay-offs and excavation unit close-downs caused by the 2008-09 recession. Where to now? Where should we go? And, wishful thinking aside, where are we likely...
Revealing Iberian Woodcraft: Conserved Wooden Artefacts from South-East Spain
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Introduction The assemblage of 61 wooden artefacts presented in this paper is a representative sample of the vast quantity of waterlogged wood recovered from six wells at the site of Tossal de les Basses (south-east Spain)...
Salomon Reinach and the Religious Interpretation of Palaeolithic Art
Introduction The manner in which Palaeolithic art was conceptualised changed profoundly between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This transition 'de l'art ludique a l'art magique" (Richard 1993: 60) has been explained in different ways. The...
The Beginning of Iron Age Copper Production in the Southern Levant: New Evidence from Khirbat Al-Jariya, Faynan, Jordan
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Introduction The resurgence of copper production in the southern Levant, at the end of the second or start of the first millennium BC, relates to the widespread civilisation collapse at the end of the Late Bronze Age (c....
The Earlier Neolithic in Cyprus: Recognition and Dating of a Pre-Pottery Neolithic A Occupation
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Introduction Up to 20 years ago, archaeological evidence indicated that the human occupation of the island of Cyprus began in the seventh millennium cal BC (Stanley-Price 1979; Cherry 1981, 1985; Karageorghis 1982), and...
The Iceman as a Burial
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Introduction In September 1991, the iceman, a well-preserved 5000 year-old human corpse, was found on the partially glaciated Tisenjoch pass in the Tyrolean Alps (Figure 1). The common interpretation is that he died with...
The Origins of Metallurgy in Central Italy: New Radiometric Evidence
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Introduction The emergence and early spread of metallurgy in Europe have long been debated. Two overarching paradigms have been proposed thus far to explain this momentous sociotechnical phenomenon. The first, famously...
Understanding the Heritage
Obviously sites, monuments and finds like those we have just encountered need looking after. Cue the heritage, which includes curation but also a whole lot more, as the next few books demonstrate. RODNEY HARRISON (ed.). Understanding the politics...
What Did Grinding Stones Grind? New Light on Early Neolithic Subsistence Economy in the Middle Yellow River Valley, China
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Introduction The Peiligang culture (c. 7000-5000 BC) represents the earliest Neolithic settlement in the Middle Yellow River Valley and signals the emergence of food production and ritual complexity in the region. These...
When They Come to Model Heaven: Big Science and the Monumental in Post-War Britain
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] First light In spring 2006, the BBC launched a competition to identify 'Britain's greatest unsung landmark'. There were few conditions. It simply had to be somewhere usually passed over in lists of the great and the grand....
Witchcraft and Deep Time-A Debate at Harvard
Introduction Stephen Mitchell Nocturnal histories: witchcraft and the shamanic legacy of pre-Christian Europe took the form of a series of brief introductory presentations followed by lengthy open discussions at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced...