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. 77, No. 298, December

Among the New Books
Tools and technology: resource management and social organisation This quarter's selection on archaeologists' most reliable stock in trade, illustrates various approaches to tools, both traditional and exploratory. How do we assess such studies?...
A Neanderthal Face? the Proto-Figurine from la Roche-Cotard, Langeais (Indre-et-Loire, France)
Introduction The site of La Roche-Cotard is in Indre-et-Loire, in the commune of Langeais, between that town and Cinq-Mars-la-Pile (Figure 1). The cave, discovered at the beginning of the twentieth century, is on the south-facing slope on the right...
Bronzes, Mortuary Practice and Political Strategies of the Yan during the Early Western Zhou Period
Introduction After the conquest of the Shang in China around the mid-eleventh century BC, the immediate political challenge the Zhou faced was how to manage its new kingdom. It had a dramatically expanded territory and a culturally and ethnically...
Cutting a Long Story Short? the Process of Neolithization in the Dutch Delta Re-Examined
Introduction The transition from an existence based on hunting and gathering to a farming way of life has been one of the major research topics of archaeology world wide ever since the days of Gordon V. Childe's agricultural revolution. This process...
Did Neanderthals Eat Inner Bark?
Introduction The recent publication of a series of modified, pointed mammoth ribs from the Middle Palaeolithic site of Salzgitter-Lebenstedt has raised several issues about Neanderthal mental and motor capabilities (Gaudzinsld 1999). No strong suggestions...
Early Human Burials in the Western Pacific: Evidence for a C.3000 Year Old Occupation on Palau
Introduction Archaeological research in western Micronesia (Figure 1) during the past several decades has pushed back the earliest date of human settlement (Takayama 1982; Intoh 1997; Liston et al, i998a, 1998b, 1998c; Wielder et al. 1998; Dodson...
Early Multi-Resource Nomadism: Excavations at the Camel Site in the Central Negev
Introduction Pastoral nomadism as an archaeological phenomenon has been the focus of archaeological study throughout the world in the past two decades (e.g. Bar-Yosef & Khazanov 1992; Mair 1998; Robertshaw 1990). Belying traditional assumptions...
Eastern Woodlands of North America
GLEN H. DORAN (ed.). Windover: multidisciplinary investigations of an Early Archaic Florida cemetery, xix+392 pages, 228 figures, 65 tables. 2002. Gainesville (FL): University Press of Florida; 0-8130-2510-9 hardback $75. MAX E. WHITE. The archaeology...
Editorial
[TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII.] "Here nature bids us take our stand And cut a window into Europe, To build a haven on the strand And welcome ships from every land And with our guests make merry ..." A C Pushkin. The Bronze Horseman As reported...
John Hurst: 1927-2005
John Hurst, FBA, FSA, a founding father of British medieval archaeology, died on April 29, 2003, aged 75. John was born on 15 August 1927. His father was a plant geneticist, his mother a botanist. John thus grew up with an academic background, where...
Mesolithic and Neolithic Cultures Coexisting in the Upper Rhone Valley
Introduction The Rhone valley joins the Mediterranean to the lands of western Europe and is marked by a wide range of cultures all through later prehistory. Since some aspects of the cultural material refer to the Mediterranean world, they can be...
Mesolithic Dwelling Places in South Scandinavia: Their Definition and Social Interpretation
Introduction There has long been controversy in Danish research over the recognition of Mesolithic dwellings. Some researchers state that there are no convincing dwellings known from the Danish Mesolithic, while others will accept a series of features...
Neanderthals as Fiction in Archaeological Narrative
Introduction A few years ago, Moser (1992) pointed out that pictorial illustrations of the past are powerful tools in presenting an accessible and convincing version of the past to a mass audience. Rather than merely illustrating an academic argument,...
Palaeolithic Archaeology in an United Europe
JOHN F. HOFFECKER. Desolate landscapes: Ice-Age settlement in eastern Europe. xx+298 pages, 76 figures, 19 tables. 2002. New Brunswick (NJ): Rutgers University Press; 0-8134-29913 hardback $69, 0-8135-2992-1 paperback $32. REBECCA MILLEIL Lithic...
Prehistoric Trade between Ecuador and West Mexico: A Computer Simulation of Coastal Voyages
A variety of evidence shows that contact occurred between Ecuador and West Mexico (Figure 1) from 400 BC to the sixteenth century, even if such contact was not necessarily continuous. The evidence comes from metallurgy (Hosler 1988; Hosler et al. 1990),...
Recent Radiocarbon Results and King Solomon
Introduction The search for material remains of the United Monarchy of David and Solomon, who ruled in the tenth century BC (Cogan 1992), has been one of biblical archaeology's main endeavours (e.g. Yadin 1970; Dever 1997). One of the major problems...
Robert T. Farrell: 1939-2003
Robert T. Farrell, FSA, Professor of Archaeology, English and Medieval Studies at Cornell University, USA passed away unexpectedly at his home on July 31, 2003, aged 64. Born in the Bronx, New York, he graduated from Fordham University in 1960 (BA)...
The British Museum at 250
Barry Cunliffe The opening of the Great Court in 2000 heralded the renaissance of the British Museum and one has only to glance through the bi-monthly give-away What's on to appreciate the new-found bounding energy of the institution in its 250th...
The Middle Palaeolithic of Arabia: Implications for Modern Human Origins, Behaviour and Dispersals. (Research)
Introduction The Middle Palaeolithic record has a central role for understanding biocultural evolution and the origins of modern humans (e.g. Mellars & Stringer 1989; Trinkaus 1989). Recent palaeoanthropological syntheses indicate that the Middle...
The Warrior of Lattes: An Iron Age Statue Discovered in Mediterranean France
A distinctive series of human sculptural representations found at Iron Age sites in Mediterranean France over the past century has occupied an important place in broader discussions of "Celtic" art, religion, and colonial encounters and cultural entanglements...
Towards an Understanding of Hafting: The Macro- and Microscopic Evidence
Introduction The study of grasping, gripping or handling is the key to understanding how stone tools were used. But the hand itself leaves few traces, and hafts made of organic material rarely survive. This necessitates a search for other means...