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. 85, No. 329, September

Aging Cremated Infants: The Problem of Sacrifice at the Tophet of Carthage
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Introduction Excavations in the eighth to second century BC 'Precinct of Tanit' in Tunisia have yielded thousands of cinerary urns containing the cremated remains of infants, often surmounted by carved stone markers (stelae...
Americas
TODD J. BRAJE & TORBEN C. RICK (ed). Human impacts on seals, sea lions, and sea otters: integrating archaeology and ecology in the northeast Pacific. viii+320 pages, 57 illustrations, 31 tables. 2011. Berkeley, Los Angeles & London: University...
At the Edge: High Arctic Walrus Hunters during the Little Ice Age
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Introduction Arctic hunters and gatherers travelling on foot can only access Greenland by passing through the extreme High Arctic, where the climate and environment is harsh and the faunal resources relatively scarce and...
Britain and Ireland
ROWAN WHIMSTER (ed). The new antiquarians: 50 years of archaeological innovation in Wessex (CBA Research Report 166). xxii+234 pages, 123 colour & b&w illustrations, 3 tables. 2011. York: Council for British Archaeology; 978-902771-8%4 paperback....
Chalcolithic and Modern Potting at Gilund, Rajasthan: A Cautionary Tale
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Introduction The Ahar-Banas Complex (Shinde & Possehl 2005) initially termed the Ahar culture (Sankalia et al. 1969) is the earliest farming-based culture in Rajasthan and dates to the Chalcolithic period (c. 3600 BC-1800...
Conceptualising Climate Change Archaeology
Introduction Archaeology claims a long tradition, going back to the middle of the nineteenth century, of undertaking both palaeoclimate research and studies on the impact of past climate change on human communities (Trigger 1996:130-38). Such research...
Cornesti-Iarcuri-A Bronze Age Town in the Romanian Banat?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Introduction In the expansive plains of the Banat in western Romania, between the cities of Arad and Timisoara, lies the multiple enclosure of Iarcuri, in the immediate vicinity of the modern village of Cornesti (Figure...
Early Medieval and Medieval
LOTTE HEDEAGER. Iron Age myth and materiality: ah archaeology of Scandinavia AD 400-1000. xxx+286 pages, 93 illustrations. 2011. Abingdon: Routledge; 978-0-415-60602-8 hardback 80 [pounds sterling]; 978-0-20382971-4 e-book; 978-0-415-60604-2 paperback...
Editorial
* Our science produces huge quantities of artefacts--more than 50 000 a year are collected off the surface of the fields of a small island like Britain, urban archaeology unearths millions of bits and pieces, and there's plenty more where those came...
General
DAVID C. COWLEY (ed.). Remote sensing for archaeological heritage management (EAC Occasional Paper 5 / Occasional Publication of the Aerial Archaeology Research Group 3). 312 pages, numerous colour & b&w illustrations. 2011. Bruxelles: Europae...
Harvesting Cereals and Other Plants in Neolithic Iberia: The Assemblage from the Lake Settlement at la Draga
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Introduction The first evidence of the Neolithic in north-eastern Iberia appears about the middle of the sixth millennium cal BC. Until that time, the area had been occupied by hunter-gatherer communities, living both on...
In the Path of the Maize God: A Royal Tomb at Nakum, Peten, Guatemala
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Introduction Intensive looting in ancient Maya cities has resulted in a tremendous loss of archaeological information. The search for marketable artefacts from tombs and ritual deposits has damaged or destroyed architecture...
Marc-Antoine Nussli & Christos Nussli. Euratlas Periodis Expert: Periodical Historical Atlas of Eurape 1-2000
MARC-ANTOINE NUSSLI & CHRISTOS NUSSLI. Euratlas Periodis Expert: periodical historical atlas of Eurape 1-2000 (digital cartography program). Program on CD, also available at http:llwww.euratlas.comlindex.html (English), http://www.euratlas.net/index.html...
On the Origin and Significance of Microburins: An Experimental Approach
Introduction At the end of the last ice age the average temperature in north-western Europe gradually increased and the fauna and flora underwent major changes. After the final, relatively short, colder period of the Younger Dryas, the Holocene...
People's Finds: Context and Control
What should professional archaeologists do about objects discovered by amateurs? The best known cases involve metal-detectorists who, under the English 'Treasure Act' (1996), are permitted to make agreements with land-owners to search for antiquities...
Prehistoric and Historic Networks on the Atacama Desert Coast (Northern Chile)
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Introduction The circulation of people, goods and ideas is an activity inherent to all societies, since inhabiting a territory involves the movement of resources required for social reproduction, both within and among communities....
Processes of Change in Magdalenian Societies in the Pyrenean Isthmus (20-16 Ky Cal BP)
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Introduction In this paper we explore the relationships between humans and their environment in the Pyrenean isthmus at the end of the Late Glacial Maximum (LGM; 20-16 ky cal BP). We analyse how environmental changes in...
Restoring the Balance: An Early Bronze Age Scale Beam from Tell Fadous-Kfarabida, Lebanon
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Introduction One of the many innovations of the third millennium BC was the concept of weighing. It greatly facilitated the exchange of various--especially precious--commodities, and was essential for controlling the composition...
Ritual and Remembrance at a Prehistoric Ceremonial Complex in Central Scotland: Excavations at Forteviot, Perth and Kinross
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Introduction The Perthshire village of Forteviot in central Scotland has been cited since the seventeenth century as the location of a ninth-eleventh century AD royal palace and a fine collection of Pictish carved stones...
Social Construction and Deconstruction of a 'Theocracy'
Archaeology aims at imagining past societies, using physical data together with, if available, historical documentation. Bur this imaginative process is bound by factors widely discussed in social epistemology, including unequal social relations among...
Soviet Inspiration in Chinese Archaeology
The apprentices In July 1958, Wang Bohong (1923-1974) and Wang Zhongshu (1925-), two young archaeologists from the Institute of Archaeology (IA) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, arrived in Moscow (Wang & Wang 1959). Communist China was then...
Strategies for Constructing Religious Authority in Ancient Hawai'i
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Introduction Temples, monuments, shrines and religious precincts are among our most valuable material markers of how authority was constructed and dispatched in the rise of hierarchical societies. The way archaeologists...
Talking Leaves and Rocks That Teach: The Archaeological Discovery of Sequoyah's Oldest Written Record
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Introduction The Tsalagi tigaloquastodi, or the Cherokee alphabet, is a writing system composed of 85 characters that approximate to the range of sounds in the language (Scancarelli 1996, 2005). Often termed a 'syllabary',...
The Beaker Salt Production Centre of Molino Sanchon II, Zamora, Spain
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Introduction Salt is a mineral resource essential for human beings. It is used as a condiment to ensure our necessary daily intake, as a food preservative and as medicine, and it is important to the health of all livestock...
The First Settlement of Remote Oceania: The Philippines to the Marianas
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Introduction The human settlement of the remote islands of Oceania beyond the Solomon Islands has been a topic of enquiry since the eighteenth century. The modem mainstream view relates this settlement to a migration of...
The Meaning of Wine in Egyptian Tombs: The Three Amphorae from Tutankhamun's Burial Chamber
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Introduction In one of only a few intact royal tombs to have been discovered in Egypt so far, that of Tutankhamun (1332-1322 BC) in the Valley of Kings (KV 62), Western Thebes, 23 amphorae were placed for use in the king's...
The Microstratigraphy of Middens: Capturing Daily Routine in Rubbish at Neolithic Catalhoyuk, Turkey
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Introduction Catalhoyuk is a tell site in the Anatolian region of Turkey with an occupation spanning the early Neolithic to Chalcolithic. The site consists of two mounds--the larger, mainly Neolithic east mound, and the...
The Neolithic Burial Sequence at Flintbek LA 3, North Germany, and Its Cart Tracks: A Precise Chronology
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Introduction Discussions about the earliest appearance of wheeled vehicles regularly call upon the small pictograms from Uruk and images on ceramics made in the Baden style or from the Polish Funnel Beaker settlement of...
The Theran Eruption and Minoan Palatial Collapse: New Interpretations Gained from Modelling the Maritime Network
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Introduction We seek in this paper to provide a novel perspective on the possible causes for the demise of Cretan Bronze Age palatial society c. 1500 BC using a mathematical model developed from a previous study (Knappett...
'Treasures ... of Black Wood, Brilliantly Polished': Five Examples of Taino Sculpture from the Tenth-Sixteenth Century Caribbean
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Introduction. Taino wooden sculpture Taino carvings were among the first visual art forms from the New World to reach the shores of the Old after 1492: from ceremonial duhos (chairs) and sculptures to masks and belts of...
Unpacking Burial and Rank: The Role of Children in the First Monumental Cemeteries of Western Europe (4600-4300 BC)
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Introduction The Cerny culture emerged in the northern area of France, with its centre in the Paris basin, particularly in the Seine and Yonne river valleys. G. Bailloud first defined the Cerny culture in the 1960s, based...