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. 79, No. 305, September

AMS Dating of Rock Art in the Laura Region, Cape York Peninsula, Australia-Protocols and Results of Recent Research
Introduction More than a decade ago, a programme of rock art dating was initiated by the authors in the Laura (Quinkan) region of Cape York Peninsula, in collaboration with other regional projects (see Morwood & Hobbs 1995a; Campbell et al....
Archaeology and Islamic Identities in Bahrain
Introduction The discussion of identity within Islamic archaeology is rare, and it is often treated as a given, as if Islam was a monolithic category, when in reality it is composed of a variety of identity variables, such as those revolving around...
Editorial
Auspiciously around 4 July The Times announced the discovery of 'the footsteps that add 30000 years to the history of America'. Discovered at Puebla, Mexico, the 269 prints included early species of camelid, cow and deer, together with several adult...
Evidence for Mummification in Bronze Age Britain
Introduction--the site of Cladh Hallan The Western Isles of Scotland--also known as the Outer Hebrides--contain some of the best preserved prehistoric settlements in the British Isles, dating from the Neolithic to the Iron Age (Armit 1996; Parker...
From Arrows to Bullets: The Fortifications of Abdullah Khan Kala (Merv, Turkmenistan)
Introduction The Merv Oasis, situated in the south-east of Turkmenistan, has always been an important staging post on the commercial route between China and the West since the Early Iron Age. Its main settlement, the ancient Merv, is a series of...
Graham Ritchie MA, MBA, PhD, FSA, FSAScot: 1942-2005
James Neil Graham Ritchie entered the world, as he left it, in Edinburgh, and the city always held a very special place in both his intellectual and physical affection. His father, William, was a Classical scholar of commanding presence, well over...
Granaries and Irrigation: Archaeological and Ethnological Investigations in the Iberian Peninsula and Morocco
Introduction Recent work in the Iberian peninsula (De Meulemeester forthcoming) includes investigations of the medieval agricultural system through field survey and urban excavation. The results, in an Islamic context, are greatly enriched through...
'Indo-European' Designates Languages: Not Pots and Not Institutions
Kristian Kristiansen, cogent critic though he may be, commits a category error of a depressingly familiar kind. It is a confusion which has led distinguished scholars such as Dumezil into error, and which, by allowing the conflation of such categories...
Khirigsuurs, Ritual and Mobility in the Bronze Age of Mongolia
Introduction Spanning thousands of years, the broad emergence of mobile pastoralism across the vast Eurasian steppes encompassed the domestication, harnessing and consumption of the horse, the adoption of wheeled vehicles, animal sacrifice and burial,...
Knowing When to Consult the Oracle at Delphi
Introduction Each city in Classical Greece had its own calendar governing ritual observance, and each calendar had a local political significance that was certainly exploited. But there is no evidence of an accurate concordance of calendars between...
Land Tenure, Competition and Ecology in Fijian Prehistory
Introduction Indigenous oral histories and the journals of European traders and colonists record the prevalence of warfare in Fiji between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The importance placed upon warriors and weapons in Fijian culture...
New Book Chronicle
This quarter, the focus is on Britain, with a range of books, scholarly and popular, about Roman and prehistoric Britain. Tempus Romanorum First, it is a pleasure to welcome two meticulous and durable pieces of research on Roman Britain from...
New Light on an Ancient Landscape: Lidar Survey in the Stonehenge World Heritage Site
Introduction With the singular exception of Libby's invention of radiocarbon dating, archaeology has always sought to take advantage of emerging technologies developed for other purposes. For nearly 100 years aeroplanes have provided archaeologists...
Pine, Prestige and Politics of the Late Classic Maya at Xunantunich, Belize
Introduction Most studies of Precolumbian Maya trade and exchange base their inferences on the distribution of artefacts made of durable material such as ceramic, chert, obsidian, shell and jade. Charting the trade and exchange of plant products...
Problem Formulation and Historical Context Define Terminology and Relevance-Not Linguistic Formalism
In his response, Colin Renfrew retreats to a formalistic argument--Indo-European can only mean a language family. It has nothing to do whatsoever with institutions or religion. This statement simply writes off a whole academic discourse of Indo-European...
The Potential of Airborne Lidar for Detection of Archaeological Features under Woodland Canopies
Introduction For the last half century vertical and oblique aerial photography has been the mainstay of airborne archaeological reconnaissance. But, despite its immense success it does have certain limitations. In particular, lighting conditions...
The Spread of Farming in the Eastern Adriatic
Introduction Great strides have been made in our understanding of the spread of farming in Europe, most recently through the integration and comparison of archaeological, linguistic and genetic evidence (e.g. Bellwood & Renfrew 2002; Ammerman...
Two Hiatuses in Human Bone Radiocarbon Dates in Britain (17 000 to 5000 Cal BP)
Introduction Examining radiocarbon estimates from c. 10 000-2000 [sup.14]C yr BP on human skeletal remains from cave sites in Britain, Chamberlain (1996) found an apparent gap at 7000-6000 [sup.14]C yr BP (with only one date in the 5999-5000 bracket)....
What Language Did Neolithic Pots Speak? Colin Renfrew's European Farming-Language-Dispersal Model Challenged
Introduction--the historical context Colin Renffew's book Archaeology and Language--the puzzle of Indo-European origins (Renfrew 1987, modified in 1999 and 2001) was a bold attempt to reopen the dialogue between two historical disciplines. The debate...
Wind-Towers and Pearl Fishing: Architectural Signals in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Arabian Gulf
Introduction The United Arab Emirates is a peninsular country located on the south-west side of the Arabian (Persian) Gulf and on the north-west banks of the Gulf of Oman (Figure 1). With an area of 83 600 square kilometres (Al Abed et al. 1996:...