... and Exponents

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... and Exponents


James, N., Wynne-Jones, Stephanie, Antiquity


JOHN CHERRY, CHRIS SCARRE & STEPHEN SHENNAN (ed.). Explaining social change., studies in honour of Colin Renfrew. xi+239 pages, 87 figures, 26 tables. 2004. Cambridge: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research; 1-902937-23-6 (ISSN 1363-1349) hardback 35 [pounds sterling].

MARTIN JONES (ed.). Traces of ancestry: studies in honour of Colin Renfrew. xi+161 pages, 47 figures, 9 tables. 2004. Cambridge: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research; 1-902937-25-2 (ISSN 1363-1349) hardback 30 [pounds sterling].

NEIL BRODIE & CATHERINE HILLS (ed.). Material engagements: studies in honour of Colin Renfrew. xii+180 pages, 102 colour & b&w figures, 2 tables. 2004. Cambridge: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research; 1-902937-26-0 (ISSN 1363-1349) hardback 35 [pounds sterling].

The volumes for Renfrew are a suitably monumental celebration by a good selection of his many colleagues and students from around Europe and beyond. Explaining social change has L.R. Binford on 'Beliefs about death', C. Gamble on 'Social archaeology ... of the Palaeolithic' and, on chiefdoms, A. Fleming, P. Mellars on 'Stage 3 climate ... in Europe', and I. Hodder on 'Neo-thingness', and ranges on to 'obsidian use ... in ... Papua New Guinea' (R. Torrence), South Uist (M. Parker Pearson--cf. 'Britain & Ireland', above), 'exchange ... in ... Mesopotamia' (J. & D. Oates), and the Mekong (C. Higham), among ten others. Traces comprises a dozen papers, covering methods (L. Cavalli-Sforza, M. Lahr, P. Bellwood, M. Zvelebil and R. Foley), and case studies of Bantu, Jews (N. Bradman et al.) and 'MtDNA markers for Celtic and Germanic ... in the British Isles', of early farming, and of linguistics (a 'Proto-Algonquian numeral suffix' and M. Spriggs on 'the origins of English theatre'). The fun continues with twelve splendidly illustrated papers in Material engagements, contributed by, among others, the artists, R. Long, A. Gormley (with C. Renfrew himself), and M. Dion, and by A. Snodgrass (on the Parthenon Marbles), R. …

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