Daily Archives: September 23, 2021

Climates, Landscapes, and Civilizations: Giosan, Liviu, Fuller, Dorian Q., Nicoll, Kathleen, Flad, Rowan K., Clift, Peter D.

Published by the American Geophysical Union as part of the Geophysical Monograph Series, Volume 198.

Climates, Landscapes, and Civilizations
brings together a collection of studies on the history of complex interrelationships between humans and their environment by integrating Earth science with archeology and anthropology. At a time when climate change, overpopulation, and scarcity of resources are increasingly affecting our ways of life, the lessons of the past provide multiple reference frames that are valuable for informing our future decisions and action plans. Volume highlights include discussions of multiple connotations of the Anthropocene, landscapes as a link between climate and humans, synoptic approaches to explore large-scale cultural patterns, regional studies for contextualizing cultural complexity, and environmental determinism and social theory. Straddling the fields of Earth sciences, anthropology, and archaeology and presenting research from across several continents, Climates, Landscapes, and Civilizations will appeal to a wide readership among scientists, scholars, and the public at large.

Published by the American Geophysical Union as part of the Geophysical Monograph Series, Volume 198

About the Author

Liviu Giosan is a Romanian and American marine geologist studying the interactions between climate, landscapes and humans. Dorian Q. Fuller is the editor of Climates, Landscapes, and Civilizations, published by Wiley.


How do we identify and measure human disease in the past? In the absence of soft tissue, paleoepidemiologists have developed ingenious ways of assessing illness and mortality in archaeological populations. In this volume, the key methods of epidemiology are outlined for non-specialists, showing the importance of studying prevalence over incidence, adjustments needed in studying past groups, how to compare studies, and the dangers of assessing occupation based upon bone evidence. A model for planning a proper paleoepidemiological study concludes the volume. Both as an introduction to epidemiology for archaeologists, and as a primer on archaeological analysis for epidemiologists, this book should serve the needs of both populations.

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Routledge; 1st edition (June 30, 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 152 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0367605716
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0367605711
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 9.9 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.98 x 0.35 x 9.02 inches

Mediterranean Voyages: The Archaeology of Island Colonisation and Abandonment (UCL Institute of Archaeology Publications): Helen Dawson

Islands are ideal case studies for exploring social connectivity, episodes of colonisation, abandonment, and alternating phases of cultural interaction and isolation. Their societies display different attitudes toward the land and the sea, which in turn cast light on group identities. This volume advances theoretical discussions of island archaeology by offering a comparative study of the archaeology of colonisation, abandonment, and resettlement of the Mediterranean islands in prehistory. This comparative and thematic study encourages anthropological reflections on the archaeology of the islands, ultimately focusing on people rather than geographical units, and specifically on the relations between islanders, mainlanders, and the creation of islander identities. This volume has significance for scholars interested in Mediterranean archaeology, as well as those interested more broadly in colonisation and abandonment.

About the Author

Helen Dawson is Research Fellow at the Freie Universität in Berlin (Topoi Excellence Cluster), where she is carrying out a project on sense of place and identities in the prehistoric Mediterranean islands. She is also a long-standing Honorary Research Fellow and Associate Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Kent. She has professional experience as Senior Archaeologist with Museum of London Archaeology, both in rescue excavation and heritage assessment, and is a Member of the Institute for Archaeologists in the UK. Over the years, she has supervised archaeological investigations in Italy, Greece, Morocco, and Cyprus, and is preparing her own research project in Sicily. Like many islanders, she has lived much of her life moving from one place to another and she has a life-time ambition to visit all 147 islands discussed in her book.
–This text refers to the hardcover edition:

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Routledge; 1st edition (July 1, 2016)
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Routledge; 1st edition (October 12, 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 324 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1611329957
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1611329957
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.11 pounds

Archaeology of African Plant Use (UCL Institute of Archaeology Publications) 1, Stevens, Chris J, Nixon, Sam, Murray, Mary Anne, Fuller, Dorian Q.

The first major synthesis of African archaeobotany in decades, this book focuses on Paleolithic archaeobotany and the relationship between agriculture and social complexity. It explores the effects that plant life has had on humans as they evolved from primates through the complex societies of Africa, including Egypt, the Buganda Kingdom, southern African polities, and other regions. With over 30 contributing scholars from 12 countries and extensive illustrations, this volume is an essential addition to our knowledge of humanity’s relationship with plants.

About the Authors

Chris J. Stevens is an archaeologist with Wessex Archaeology, Salisbury.
Sam Nixon is a postdoctoral researcher at Sainsbury Research Unit for the Arts of Africa, Oceania & the Americas, University of East Anglia.
Mary-Anne Murray is a research associate at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.
Dorian Q Fuller is Professor of Archaeobotany at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. He is joint Editor-in-Chief of Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences and sits on the editorial boards of Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, PLoSOne, Springer Briefs in Earth Sciences, and Oxford Research Reviews for Archaeology. He is a section editor of the Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology (Springer) and co-author of Trees and Woodlands of South India (Left Coast 2008). His blog is archaeobotanist.blogspot.com. –This text refers to the paperback edition.

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UCL Institute of Archaeology Publications (67 books) Kindle Edition

by Joost Fontein (Author) , Ralph Haeussler (Author) , Jonathan N. Tubb (Author) and 89 more

From Book 1: No family better represents the overlapping roles of administrator and scientist in the British empire than the Roths. Descended from a Hungarian emigrant to Australia, two generations of Roths served the empire on four continents and, at the same time, produced ethnographic, archaeological, and linguistic studies that form the basis for much modern research. This volume assesses the often-conflicting roles and contributions of the Roths as government servants and anthropologists. Most of the volume deals with Walter E. Roth, who developed foundational studies of both the Australian Aborigines—considered to be among the first systematic ethnographies anywhere—and South American tribes while serving as Chief Protector of Aborigines in Queensland and later medical officer, magistrate, museum curator and indigenous relations officer in British Guyana. Henry Ling Roth’s contributions to the anthropology of Tasmania, Benin, Sarawak, and New Zealand are also enumerated, as are the publications and administrative activities of the succeeding generation of Roths. This volume serves the reader as a family biography, a slice of the English colonial history, and an important introduction to the history of anthropology.

BBC World Service – Newshour, A month away from UN Climate Summit

Laurence Tubiana, one of the architects of the Paris climate accords about her expectations of November’s summit in Glasgow.

Also in the programme: the US Special Envoy to Haiti, Daniel Foote, resigns saying the Biden administration’s approach was to Haitian migrants attempting to cross to Texas was inhumane, and that Haiti couldn’t cope with an influx of people needing food and shelter; and in an attempt to standardise and limit waste, the European Commission has come up with a proposal to ensure that all mobile phones, tablets and headphones will use the same charger.

(Picture: Logo for COP26, the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference. It is due to be held in Glasgow in November 2021, under the presidency of the UK)

The Making of the Middle Sea: A History of the Mediterranean from the Beginning to the Emergence of the Classical World: Cyprian Broodbank

The Mediterranean has been for millennia one of the global cockpits of human endeavor. World-class interpretations exist of its Classical and subsequent history, but there has been remarkably little holistic exploration of how its societies, culture and economies first came into being, despite
the fact that almost all the fundamental developments originated well before 500 BC. This book is the first full, interpretive synthesis for a generation on the rise of the Mediterranean world from its beginning, before the emergence of our own species, up to the threshold of Classical times, by
which time the “Middle Sea” was already in effect made.

Thanks to unrivalled depth and breadth of exploration, Mediterranean archaeology is one of the world’s richest sources for the reconstruction of ancient societies. This book is the first to draw in equal measure on ideas and information from the European, western Asian and African flanks, as well as
the islands at the Mediterranean’s heart, to achieve a truly innovative focus on the varied trajectories and interactions that created this maritime world.

The Mediterranean combines unusual conditions in a strictly unique fashion that goes a long way towards explaining its precocious development: it is the world’s largest inland sea, easily the largest of the five challenging, opportunity-rich “mediterraneoid” environments on the planet, and adjacent
to the riverine cores of two of the earliest civilizations, in Mesopotamia and Egypt. No wonder its societies proved exceptional.

Extensively illustrated and ranging across disciplines, subject matter and chronology from early humans and the origins of farming and metallurgy to the rise of civilizations–Egyptian, Levantine, Hispanic, Minoan, Mycenaean, Phoenician, Etruscan, early Greek–the book is a masterpiece of
archaeological and historical writing.

“Best since Braudel.”
–Tyler Cowen, The New York Times Magazine

The Making of the Middle Sea offers an invaluable and beautifully illustrated resource, incomparable in its scope, depth and originality. Broodbank’s narrative style is compelling and intelligent, making the book widely accessible, from undergraduate student to specialist, to anyone interested in
the Mediterranean over the five million years from the formation of the ‘Middle Sea’ to the dawn of the Classical worldEL. Broodbank’s is the most remarkable achievement in Mediterranean history since Braudel published The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II. Like
Braudel, Broodbank treats prehistory as history and The Making of the Middle Sea is set to become the standard work in this field. Its Mediterranean-wide scope will transform the way scholars think about their specialisation.”
–A. Bernard Knapp, History Today
The Making of the Middle Sea is a massive, well-illustrated tome of interest to anyone who cares about where our world came from, and reads history for clues of where we might be headed.”–David Luhrssen, Milwaukee Express
“An outstanding book: the best contribution to Mediterranean history in the sixty-plus years since Braudel’s ‘The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II.’ I suspect that this is immediately going to become the standard work and will transform the way we think about the
prehistoric and ancient Mediterranean.”
–Ian Morris, Jean and Rebecca Willard Professor of Classics and Professor of History, Stanford University, and author of Why the West Rules — For Now

“Cyprian Broodbank gives us a masterly synthesis of the complex narratives of the deeper Mediterranean past based on a dazzling array of information from many disciplines. This is the Middle Sea brought alive through its people and its natural history, a brilliant ‘longue durée’ that shows us just
how much Greece, Rome and other later societies owed to earlier millennia. Beautifully written, up-to-date and elegantly argued, The Making of the Middle Sea is a superb exercise in multidisciplinary scholarship which amplifies and expands the classic histories of Fernand Braudel and others and will
stand proudly beside them.”
–Brian Fagan, Professor Emeritus of Archaeology, University of California Santa Barbara, and author of The Attacking Ocean and Beyond the Blue Horizon

“‘Only connect’, urged E.M. Forster–he could have had Cyprian Broodbank’s Mediterranean cultures specifically in mind, since connectivity is a key theme of this brilliant volume in which the Professor of Mediterranean Archaeology at UCL expertly tracks over the very long term the complex traits and
processes conducive to the emergence of a Mediterranean civilization.”
–Paul Cartledge, A. G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture, University of Cambridge, and author of After Thermopylae: The Oath of Plataea and the End of the Graeco-Persian Wars

“There has been no book remotely like this. No one before Cyprian Broodbank has set out to compose a comprehensive, systematic, up-to-date archaeological history of the entire Mediterranean basin to the dawn of the Classical world. The author pulls it off, creating a veritable ‘tour de force.’ The
book has a compelling, driving narrative and is a masterpiece of synthesis and compression. Without question, it will be seen immediately to be a landmark publication and will have a transformative impact on its field.”
–John F. Cherry, Joukowsky Family Professor in Archaeology, Brown University, and co-editor of the Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology

“‘Never say that prehistory is not history.’ This magisterial survey takes the great Fernand Braudel’s advice to heart. It is an absorbing work of genuine history, profoundly learned yet wholly accessible, written with wit and elegance, and tellingly illustrated.”
–Peregrine Horden, Royal Holloway, University of London, and Nicholas Purcell, University of Oxford, authors of The Corrupting Sea: A Study of Mediterranean History
“The extensive illustrations of this monumental study of the Mediterranean from earliest times through 500 BCE are well integrated with its user-friendly text. The supporting reference materials are much appreciated […] Broodbank examines all sides of the Mediterranean and its islands throughout
the book.” -C. King, emerita, Wright State University, CHOICE
“More comprehensive, more finely grained, more vivid, more subtle and more compelling than anything previously written on the period up to classical antiquity. [Broodbank’s] hawk’s-eye perspective combines vast vistas with sharply sighed details; he selects evidence with an unerring discretion and
words with daring élan. The vitality of his work carries the reader through 600 big, closely printed pages packed with data and bristling with intellectual challenges.” –Felipe Fernández-Armesto, The Literary Review
“This is one of the rare books — I can think of no other — in which the treatment of prehistoric times (lacking any access to ancient written sources) moves seamlessly into the historic period of the ancient world. It is to be applauded as a major work which sets new standards in scholarship,
coherence, and readability.” —Times Literary Supplement
“This tour de force is astonishing for quite how much information [Broodbank] has read, digested, marshalled, and presented, and for its heady combination of being enlightening, entertaining, and constantly thought-provoking.” —The Classical Review
“[A] long-needed grand narrative for the Mediterranean’s coastlands and islands. Romping through the varied evidence for occupation before classical times, it reveals the sea itself to be the catalyst for creativity and connectivity.” — Times Higher Education
“It’s a wonderfully sweeping and oddly unputdownable history of the region from the ice age to the Parthenon…” — The Scotsman
TheMiddle Sea is beautifully written–a massive study, impressive in its reach and learning, whose prose prose sparkles and draws even the casual reader into a fascinating world one might have though was irretrievably lost.” –The Times Literary Supplement

About the Author

Cyprian Broodbank is John Disney Professor of Archaeology at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge, and the author of An Island Archaeology of the Early Cyclades (winner of the 2002 AIA James R. Wiseman award).

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Oxford University Press; Illustrated edition (November 1, 2013)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 672 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0199999783
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0199999781
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 4.89 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 10 x 2 x 7.7 inches

John William Ward: An American Idealist: Kim Townsend

This first-ever biography of John William Ward, the fourteenth president of Amherst College, explores the roots of his idealism and covers his presidency, his later success in Massachusetts politics, and the events leading up to his eventual suicide.

President from 1971 to 1979, Ward served during a tumultuous period in the history of the elite liberal arts college, and in the history of the nation. He presided over the once all-male college’s transition to coeducation, worked to support African-American students in their fight for equality and justice, and was arrested for civil disobedience in protest against the Vietnam War. Ward was emblematic of his time. Idealist that he was, he tried to make Amherst College a model of a democratic society.

Defeated in ugly battles with the faculty, Ward resigned as president but went on to great success in the rougher world of Massachusetts politics. He made headlines for his leadership of a state commission that spent more than two years investigating corruption in the awarding of building contracts, resulting in the passage of laws that guaranteed reforms.

This long-overdue volume is the first complete study of Ward–a self-made man, proof that the American Dream could come true, but who ultimately saw his personal and professional life collapse. It sheds light on Amherst College, on higher education more broadly, on suicide, and on the United States in the 1960s and ’70s.

About the Author

KIM TOWNSEND is the Class of 1959 Professor of English, Emeritus, at Amherst College. Though officially retired, he is in his 52nd year of teaching at the college. He is the author of two previous books, Manhood at Harvard: William James and Others and Sherwood Anderson: A Biography.

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 0943184177
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Amherst (November 25, 2014)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 260 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9780943184173
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0943184173
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.23 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.5 x 1 x 9.5 inches

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Interview with author, Kim Townsend

June 2015: John William Ward: An American Idealist By Kim Townsend | 2015 Features | Amherst College

June 2015 Featured Book

John William Ward: An American Idealist

By Kim Townsend, Class of 1959 Professor of English, Emeritus

“When Townsend looks back on his years at Amherst, he remembers the late 1960s and the 1970s as a particularly memorable era — times that were “uplifting and exciting and confusing,” as he puts it — as the social and political forces roiling the country washed up on Amherst College’s shores as well. Smack-dab in the middle of those tumultuous years was the college’s president, John William Ward…” – Daily Hampshire Gazette

See related interview of Kim Townsend