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MYTH AND MATERIALITY By John Waddell Myth and Materiality is the latest book in the Oxbow Insights in Archaeology series. The aim of this book is to promote the thesis that myth may illuminate archaeology and that on occasion archaeology may shed light on myth. Medieval Irish literature is rich in mythic themes; some myths are of great antiquity, while some were invented by contemporary authors. Combining literary and archaeological evidence, John Waddell brings a lifetime’s experience of studying Irish history, Bronze Age archaeology and Celtic mythology in this personal and lively exploration of mythology and its archaeological expression.

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NEOLITHIC STEPPING STONES Excavation and survey within the western seaways of Britain, 2008-2014 By Duncan Garrow and Fraser Sturt This book’s primary focus is Early Neolithic settlement on islands within the ‘western seaways’—sites that offer significant insight into the character of the Mesolithic–Neolithic transition in this particular maritime zone. It also explores a series of directly related, wider themes: the nature and effects of ‘island-ness’ in later prehistory; the visibility of material connections across the sea; the extent of Neolithic settlement variability across Britain; and the consequences of geographical biases in research for our understanding of the prehistoric past.

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WESTWARD ON THE HIGH-HILLED PLAINS The Later Prehistory of the West Midlands Edited by Derek Hurst

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In the course of reviewing the evidence for later prehistory from the Middle Bronze Age to Late Iron Age, the papers presented here adopt a variety of approaches, being either regional, county-wide, or thematic, and they also encompass the wider landscape as reconstructed from environmental evidence. This volume explores the archaeology of the English West Midlands region from the Lower Palaeolithic onwards. Based on a series of West Midlands Research Framework seminars, it aims to transform perceptions of the nature and significance of the archaeological evidence across a large part of central Britain.

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PRESERVED IN THE PEAT An Extraordinary Bronze Age Burial on Whitehorse Hill, Dartmoor, and its Wider Context By Andy M. Jones This book is an account of the excavation of a burial mound on Whitehorse Hill, Dartmoor, which revealed an unexpected, intact burial deposit of Early Bronze Age date associated with an unparalleled range of artefacts. Analysis of environmental material from the site has revealed important insights into the pyre material used to burn the body, and about the environment in which the cist was constructed. The unparalleled assemblage of objects has yielded insights into a range of materials which have not survived from the earlier Bronze Age elsewhere in southern Britain.

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THE LOST DARK AGE KINGOM OF RHEGED The Discovery of a Royal Stronghold at Trusty’s Hill, Galloway By Ronan Toolis and Christopher Bowles

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The Galloway Picts Project aimed to recover evidence for the archaeological context for a unique Pictish inscribed stone at Trusty’s Hill, but far from validating the existence of Picts in this southerly region of Scotland, the archaeological context instead suggests the carvings relate to a royal stronghold and place of inauguration for the local Britons of Galloway around AD 600. This new archaeological evidence enhances our perception of power, politics, economy and culture at a time when the foundations for the kingdoms of Scotland, England and Wales were being laid.

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A LAKE DWELLING IN ITS LANDSCAPE Iron Age settlement at Cults Loch, Castle Kennedy, Dumfries & Galloway By Graeme Cavers and Anne Crone This book presents the full results of excavations at an important, short-lived crannog site of the 5th century at Cults Loch, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland. It explores the role and function of crannogs via the relationship between the crannog in Cults Loch and its social and physical landscape, and applies Bayesian analysis to a suite of dendrochronology dates to investigate dynamic and sequential settlement pattern across the landscape.

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AN UPLAND BIOGRAPHY Landscape and Prehistory on Gardom’s Edge, Derbyshire By John Barnatt, Bill Bevan and Mark Edmonds Gardom’s Edge is an area of gritstone upland situated on the Eastern Moors of the Derbyshire Peak District. Drawing on the results of original survey and excavation, An Upland Biography documents prehistoric activity across this area, exploring the changing character of occupation from the Mesolithic to the Iron Age. It also tacks back and forth between local detail and regional patterns, to better understand the broader social worlds in which Gardom’s Edge was set.

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YARNTON Neolithic and Bronze Age Settlement and Landscape By Gill Hey, Christopher Bell, Caroline Dennis and Mark Robinson

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A rich prehistoric landscape was unexpectedly revealed on the Thames floodplain during investigations in advance of gravel extraction in the parishes of Yarnton and Cassington. This fascinating study examines this 2500-year settlement history and its changing landscape context on the gravel islands, silted up river channels and adjacent gravel terrace. The strength of the narrative derives from the longevity of occupation, but also the ability to combine and compare a suite of evidence related to house construction, burial practices, pit digging, craft activity, farming strategies, and interaction and exchange with nearby and distant communities.

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THE EARLIER IRON AGE IN BRITAIN AND THE NEAR CONTINENT Edited by Colin Haselgrove and Rachel Pope

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This book seeks to establish what we now know (and do not know) about Earlier Iron Age communities in Britain and their neighbours on the Continent. The authors engage with a variety of current research themes, seeking to characterise the Earlier Iron Age via the topics of landscape, environment, and agriculture; material culture and everyday life; architecture, settlement, and social organisation; and with the issue of transition - looking at how communities of the Late Bronze Age transform into those of the Earlier Iron Age, and how we understand the social changes of the later first millennium BC.

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THE LATER IRON AGE IN BRITAIN AND BEYOND Edited by Colin Haselgrove and Tom Moore The papers collected here seek to re-conceptualise our visions of Later Iron Age societies in Britain by examining regions and topics that have received less attention in the past and by breaking down the artificial barriers often erected between artefact analysis and landscape studies. Themes considered include the expansion and enclosure of settlement, production and exchange, agricultural and social complexity, treatment of the dead, material culture and identity, at scales ranging from the household to the supra-regional.

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ANCIENT LIVES Object, People and Place in Early Scotland. Essays for David V Clarke on his 70th birthday Edited by Fraser Hunter and Alison Sheridan

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Ancient Lives provides new perspectives on object, people and place in early Scotland and beyond. The 19 papers cover topics ranging from the Neolithic to the Medieval period, and from modern museum practice to ancient craft skills. The material culture of ancient lives is centre stage—how it was created and used, how it was rediscovered and thought about, and how it is displayed. With subjects ranging from Gordon Childe to the Govan Stones and from gaming pieces to Grooved Ware, this scholarly and accessible volume provides a show-case of new information and new perspectives on material culture linked, but not limited to, Scotland.

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ALONG PREHISTORIC LINES Neolithic, Iron Age and Romano-British activity at the former MOD Headquarters, Durrington,Wiltshire By Steve Thompson and By Andrew Powell This book explores then excavation in 2010–12 on the site of the former Ministry of Defence (MoD) Headquarters in Durrington, Wiltshire, which revealed evidence spanning the post-glacial to the post-medieval periods. The significant discoveries made during the excavation include a relatively deeply buried Late Glacial Allerød soil, and a zone of Late Neolithic activity centred on a number of natural solution hollows, posthole alignments and pit groups.

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9781911137047 • PAPERBACK • 130 PAGES WESSEX ARCHAEOLOGY

LIVING NEAR THE EDGE Archaeological Investigations in the Western Cotswolds along the route of the Wormington to Sapperton Gas Pipeline, 2006-2010 By Andrew Mudd, Jonathan Hart, E.R. McSloy and Mark Brett Archaeological surveys and excavations were carried out between 2006 and 2010 in advance of the construction of a gas pipeline in the Gloucestershire Cotswolds. They resulted in the discovery of many new sites and the investigation of eighteen of them dating from the prehistoric to medieval periods. The range of sites and finds from these investigations provide important new information on the human past across parts of a landscape in many respects considered to be marginal.

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9780993454509 • HARDBACK • 240 PAGES COTSWOLD ARCHAEOLOGY

TWICE-CROSSED RIVER Prehistoric and Palaeoenvironmental Investigations at Barleycroft Farm/Over, Cambridgeshire By Christopher Evans with Jonathan Tabor and Marc Vander Linden

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This is the first volume charting the CAU’s on-going Barleycroft Farm/ Over investigations, which now encompasses almost 20 years of fieldwork across both banks of the River Great Ouse at its junction with the Fen. Amongst the project’s main directives is the status of a major river in prehistory—when a communication corridor and when a divide? Accordingly, a key component throughout has been the documentation of the lower Ouse’s complex palaeoenvironmental history, and a delta-like wet landscape dotted with mid-stream islands has been mapped.

9781902937755 • HARDBACK • 680 PAGES MCDONALD INSTITUTE FOR ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCH

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CEREMONIAL LIVING IN THE THIRD MILLENNIUM Excavations at Ringlemere Site M1, Kent, 2002–2006 By Keith Parfitt and Stuart Needham

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The discovery in 2001 of an exquisite Early Bronze Age gold cup at Ringlemere Farm in Kent prompted an extensive survey and excavation of the site from 2002–2006. Excavation revealed a site with a long history of use. This volume presents a detailed report on a rich array of structural and artefactual evidence spanning a few thousand years of prehistory, and the site’s subsequent slide into agricultural anonymity. Late Neolithic to Early Bronze Age structures include a horseshoe setting, post alignments, hearths, pit clusters and varied small post settings.

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THE BEAKER PHENOMENON? Understanding the Character and Context of Social Practices in Ireland 2500-2000 BC By Neil Carlin Using an innovative approach, this book interlinks the study of the pottery and various object types (that have traditionally been studied in isolation) with their context of discovery and depositional treatment to characterise social practices within settlements, funerary monuments, ceremonial settings and natural places to deliver rich new understandings of the Beaker-related period in Europe, beginning in the mid-third millennium BC.

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BETWEEN AND BEYOND THE MONUMENTS Prehistoric Activity on the Downlands South-east of Amesbury By Andrew B. Powell and By Alistair J. Barclay

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This book reports on the prehistoric archaeology revealed by investigations of a large area of Chalk downland south-east of Amesbury, Wiltshire. Excavations on the site between 1993 and 2015 revealed Neolithic monumental features, a significant number of Beaker and other Early and Middle Bronze Age burials and funerary deposits, numerous prehistoric pits, and evidence for Iron Age and Romano-British settlement, landscape organisation and burial. The present volume covers the wider prehistoric remains from the site, describing all features of Mesolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age date.

9781874350903 • HARDBACK • 320 PAGES • WESSEX ARCHAEOLOGY FEBRUARY 2019 • AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER

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Edited by Andy M. Jones and Graeme Kirkham This volume explores the idea of regionally-based archaeologies across the British Isles which are not necessarily defined by modern political boundaries or through comparisons with regions such as Wessex and Orkney. The 12 contributions to the collection identify distinctive elements of the prehistoric archaeology of a number of discrete areas across the British Isles, from Cornwall to Scotland and south-east England to Ireland.

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CLIFFS END FARM, ISLE OF THANET, KENT By Jacqueline I. McKinley, Matt Leivers, Jörn Schuster, Peter Marshall, Alistair J. Barclay and Nick Stoodley Excavations at Cliffs End Farm, Thanet, Kent, undertaken in 2004/5 uncovered a dense area of archaeological remains including Bronze Age barrows and enclosures, and a large prehistoric mortuary feature, as well as a small early 6th to late 7th century Anglo-Saxon inhumation cemetery. An extraordinary series of human and animal remains were recovered from a Late Bronze Age–Middle Iron Age mortuary feature, revealing a wealth of evidence for mortuary rites including exposure, excarnation and curation. This book reports on and examines this evidence.

9781874350705 • HARDBACK • 288 PAGES WESSEX ARCHAEOLOGY

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EAA 118: A LATE IRON AGE WARRIOR BURIAL FROM KELVEDON, ESSEX By Paul R. Sealey

In 1982 Jim Bennett, an amateur archaeologist, excavated a late Iron Age warrior burial at Kelvedon in Essex. It was a discovery of national importance because there are so few warrior burials of the period. After the death of the excavator, the finds were dispersed but they were eventually assembled at Colchester Museums for exhibition, study and publication. This report examines all the evidence of the warrior, who might have been a Briton recruited to fight in the Gallic Wars or a Gaulish refugee from the conflict.

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9780950178172 • PAPERBACK • 54 PAGES EAST ANGLIAN ARCHAEOLOGY

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EAA 121: A LINE ACROSS LAND By Kasia Gdaniec, Mark Edmonds and Patricia E. J. Wiltshire Construction of a water supply pipeline in Cambridgeshire provided an opportunity to sample the prehistoric landscape along a transect that crossed several major geological boundaries. These were located at the neck of the sand and chalk peninsula of Isleham, extending down its gradually sloping western edge towards the braided palaeochannels of the River Snail. As a consequence of landscape sampling, six significant site areas were designated for archaeological investigation. Two of these sites saw more extensive fieldwork funded by English Heritage, and these form the main body of the report.

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EAA 97: MONUMENT 97; ORTON LONGUEVILLE, CAMBRIDGESHIRE A Late Pre-Roman Iron Age and Early Roman Farmstead By D. F. Mackreth Identified from cropmarks and excavated in 1974, the site which forms the topic of this report consisted of three enclosures belonging to a small farmstead lasting from at least the later 1st century BC to the middle of the 2nd century AD. The evidence of the houses suggests that the site had been inhabited by a single family group at all times and had developed in tandem with the growing complexity of landscape division, and almost certainly was closed down in favour of another site nearby.

9780952810513 • PAPERBACK • 89 PAGES EAST ANGLIAN ARCHAEOLOGY

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GRAVELLY GUY Excavations at Stanton Harcourt By George Lambrick and T. G. Allen

Excavations conducted between 1981 and 1986 in advance of gravel extraction in Gravelly Guy field, Stanton Harcourt, Oxfordshire, revealed archaeological evidence spanning from the Neolithic through to the Saxon period. Neolithic and early Bronze Age activity is represented by pit scatters and a series of ring ditches with associated burials. In this book, structural evidence, finds and environmental data is combined in a detailed study of the site, its position in the landscape and relationship to the contemporary archaeology of the surrounding area.

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9780947816667 • HARDBACK • 520 PAGES OXFORD UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF ARCHAEOLOGY

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By Alistair Barclay, George Lambrick, John Moore and Mark Robinson The Upper Thames Valley is an important area for prehistoric monuments and has one of the highest concentrations of cursuses, distinctive linear or elongated earthworks, in Britain. Investigations into a site at Drayton have produced many significant results for our present understanding of the date, construction and use of cursus monuments on the lowland river gravels of Britain. This volume reports on the excavations at Drayton, and includes an account of small-scale excavations undertaken at the Lechlade cursus by OAU and Lance and Faith Vatcher.

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LINES IN THE SAND Middle to Late Bronze Age Settlement at Game Farm, Brandon By Catriona Gibson

Excavations in 1999 at Brandon in Suffolk uncovered the remains of a sequence of middle to late Bronze Age enclosure ditches associated with a number of post-built structures, pits, hearths, and three unurned cremations. Some late Neolithic activity was also detected. Specialist finds reports examine the flint, the Neolithic and Bronze Age pottery, the small finds, human remains, animal bone, soils, waterlogged remains, pollen and charcoal. A final synthesis discusses the nature of this occupation landscape and the place in it of the funerary deposits.

9780951433447 • PAPERBACK • 67 PAGES EAST ANGLIAN ARCHAEOLOGY

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MEGALITHIC TOMBS AND LONG BARROWS IN BRITAIN By Frances Lynch

The stone monuments of Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, and the Cotswolds, and the earth and timber barrows of Southern and North-Eastern England, are described in this addition to the Shire Archaeology series. From this material evidence, the author sketches the outline of a system of widely held beliefs and social concerns. This good introduction for the non-archaeologist concludes with a useful gazetteer of sites to visit.

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LINES IN THE LANDSCAPE Cursus monuments in the Upper Thames Valley


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THE LAND WAS FOREVER: 15,000 YEARS IN NORTH-EAST SCOTLAND Excavations on the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route/Balmedie-Tipperty By Kirsty Dingwall, Matt Ginnever, Sorina Spanou, Richard Tipping and Jürgen van Wessel Results of excavations on eight sites along the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route between Balmedy to Tipperty, revealing nine phases of activity from the Upper Palaeolithic to the post-Medieval. It adopts a wideranging landscape approach to discussion of archaeology of the region.

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9781785709883 • HARDBACK • 368 PAGES • OXBOW BOOKS NOVEMBER 2018 • AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER

BESIDE THE OCEAN Coastal Landscapes at the Bay of Skaill, Marwick, and Birsay Bay, Orkney, Archaeological Research 2003-18 By David Griffiths, Jane Harrison and Michael Athanson Excavation and field survey in the bays of Orkney’s Atlantic coast, particularly The Bay of Skaill, Marwick Bay, and Birsay Bay, have revealed much new evidence for Viking and Norse settlement and enabled a reevaluation of occupation and economy of these periods. This monograph brings together the survey and excavation results and tells a new story of an ancient landscape that has been recognised worldwide as a location of exceptional archaeological importance.

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9781789250961 • HARDBACK • 432 PAGES • OXBOW BOOKS DECEMBER 2018 • AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER

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LIVING OFF THE LAND Agriculture in Wales c. 400 to 1600 AD Edited by Rhiannon Comeau and Andy Seaman

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This is the first book for a generation on medieval agriculture in Wales, presenting evidence which is of considerable relevance to those studying the development of the early medieval landscapes of England and Ireland. This collection of essays confronts the paradox that, though agriculture lay at the heart of medieval society, understanding of what this meant for Wales remains limited. These issues are explored through new syntheses and case studies focused on Wales, and contextualising overviews of medieval agricultural systems in Ireland and England written by leading experts.

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Edited by S.A. Birch, J.T. Mackenzie and G. Cruickshanks Details the research-led excavations at High Pasture Cave, located at Skye, Scotland and its context in the landscape, including geology and stratigraphy, the use and transformation of the cave from the Neolithic, post-Medieval activity after the site’s closure, chronology and radiocarbon dating, the human remains, and stable isotope analysis. Its findings challenge our current understanding with regards to cave use and function, and with relation to the wider understanding of Iron Age cultural and religious beliefs.

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EXCAVATIONS AT MILLA SKERRA, SANDWICK Rhythms of Life on Iron Age Unst By Olivia Lelong During the late 1st millennium BC into the early 1st millennium AD, the small island of Unst in the far north of the Shetland (and British) Isles was home to well-established and connected farming and fishing communities. Although part of it had been lost to the sea, excavation revealed many details of the life of the settlement and how it was reused over many generations. Thousands of artefacts and environmental remains reveal the everyday practices and seasonal rhythms of the people that lived in this windswept and remote island.

9781785703430 • HARDBACK • 144 PAGES • OXBOW BOOKS DECEMBER 2018 • AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER

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CILLE PHEADAIR A Norse Farmstead and Pictish Burial Cairn in South Uist By Mike Parker Pearson, Mark Brennand, Jacqui Mulville and Helen Smith Cille Pheadair presents a ground-breaking multi-disciplinary account of the archaeology of a single Norse farmstead on South Uist in the Outer Hebrides where unusually good preservation sealed remains of at least 5 longhouses and associated buildings with continuous occupation c. AD 1000–1200. Extensive artefact and environmental assemblages reveal unprecedented detail of the social life, economy, status and external contacts of the settlement.

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9781785708510 • HARDBACK • 656 PAGES • OXBOW BOOKS JULY 2018 • AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER

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HIGH PASTURE CAVE Ritual, Memory and Identity in the Iron Age of Skye


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EXPLORING CELTIC ORIGINS New Ways Forward In Archaeology, Linguistics, And Genetics Edited by Barry Cunliffe and John T. Koch

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The fruit of collaborative work by researchers in archaeology, historical linguistics, and archaeogenetics over the past ten years, working towards the goal of a better understanding of the background in the Bronze Age and Beaker Period of the people who emerge as Celts and speakers of Celtic languages documented in the Iron Age and later times. The collection stands as a pause to reflect on ways forward at the moment of intellectual history when the genome-wide sequencing of ancient DNA (a.k.a. ‘the archaeogenetic revolution’) has suddenly changed everything in the study of later European prehistory.

9781789250886 • HARDBACK • 224 PAGES • OXBOW BOOKS OCTOBER 2018 • AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER

THE BEAKER PEOPLE Isotopes, Mobility and Diet in Prehistoric Britain Edited by Mike Parker Pearson, Andrew Chamberlain, Mandy Jay, Mike Richards and Jane Evans The results of a major project that sought to address a century-old question about the people who were buried with Beakers—the distinctive pottery of Continental origin that was current, predominantly in equally distinctive burials, in Britain from around 2450 BC. Who were these people? Were they immigrants and how far did they move around? What did they eat? What was their lifestyle? How do they compare with Britain’s earlier inhabitants and with contemporaries who did not use Beaker pottery?

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9781789250640 • HARDBACK • 672 PAGES • OXBOW BOOKS DECEMBER 2018 • AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER

CLIFTON QUARRY, WORCESTERSHIRE Pits, Posts and Cereals: Archaeological Investigations 2006–2009 By Andrew Mann and Robin Jackson

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Between 2006 and 2009 Worcestershire Archaeology completed a series of investigations in advance of quarrying at Clifton Quarry, Worcestershire revealing one of the most important sequences of prehistoric to early medieval activity discovered to date from the Central Severn Valley. This book presents this new evidence, in the form of Grooved ware pits with important environmental data, and for Early–Middle Iron Age floodplain settlement represented unusually by over 100 four-post granaries and 130 pits in a floodplain location in the central Severn Valley.

9781789250114 • HARDBACK • 250 PAGES • OXBOW BOOKS DECEMBER 2018 • AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER

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