Recent Publications

Casting the Net Wide: Papers in Honor of Glynn Isaac and His Studies on Human Origins

Edited by Jeanne Sept and David Pilbeam, Oxbow Books, 2011

This collection of essays and tributes to Glynn Isaac marks the 26th anniversary of Glynn’s premature death on October 5th, 1985. These contributions document the work of many of Glynn’s colleagues – students and collaborators, and reflect their continuing respect for a great scholar.

Contributors: Jeanne Sept, David Pilbeam, Ofer Bar-Yosef, Anna K. Behrensmeyer, John W. Fisher, Jr., Diane Gifford-Gonzalez, John A. J. Gowlett, John Parkington, Merrick Posnansky, Richard Potts, Hélène Roche, Kathy Schick, John J. Shea, John D. Speth, Brian A. Stewart, Nicholas Toth, Bernard Wood, and Richard W. Wrangham.

Color image of book cover showing Dr. Glynn Isaac explaining an archaeological concept. The background is gravel and rocks, and Dr. Isaac is wearing a white shirt.

Epigraphic Approaches to Indus Writing

Bryan K. Wells, Oxbow, 2011

Epigraphic Approaches to Indus Writing is a comprehensive look at one of the last undeciphered Old World scripts. It has defied decipherment for 90 years because of the terse nature of the texts and the lack of a comprehensive corpus and detailed sign list. This book presents the analysis of a comprehensive, computer-based corpus using the most detailed sign list yet compiled for the Indus script. Custom computer programs allowed the verification of the sign list and the compilation of statistics regarding sign distribution and use. Questions such as: How do you create an epigraphic database? How do you define a sign? What is the Indus number system like? Where did the Indus Script come from? and What is the Indus Language(s)? are all addressed.


Gilgal: Early Neolithic Occupations in the Lower Jordan Valley – The Excavations of Tamar Noy

Edited by Ofer Bar-Yosef, A. Nigel Goring-Morris,
and Avi Gopher, Oxbow, 2010

The Gilgal Neolithic sites are among the first sites where cultivation emerged in the Levant. This book provides the full report of the late Tamar Noy's excavations including stratigraphy, architecture, artifacts, art objects, faunal, and a preliminary report on the botanical collections.

Maritime Interactions in the Arabian Neolithic: Evidence from H3, As-Sabiyah, an Ubaid-related
Site in Kuwait

Robert Carter and Harriet Crawford, Editors
Brill, 2010

Excavations at H3, Kuwait, throw important new light on the economy of the Arabian Neolithic, the early history of seafaring and boat-building, and relations with Ubaid Mesopotamia. It is now clear that the inhabitants of the eastern seaboard of the Arabian Peninsula were active players in a complex network which linked Mesopotamia, the northern and southern Gulf and perhaps Iran during the 6th and 5th millennia BC.


An Enquiring Mind
Studies in Honor of Alexander Marshack

Edited by Paul G. Bahn, Oxbow, 2009

Alexander Marshack single-handedly revolutionized the field of Paleolithic art research. His astounding photographs of portable art objects caused us to see them with fresh eyes, to ask new questions, and to understand their technology and production far more precisely; and his pioneering use of infrared and ultraviolet light in the caves revealed startling new facts about the paintings. In addition, he carried out important, provocative and challenging work on archaeoastronomy, calendar sticks, female imagery, and other topics. Alexander Marshack was able to do what nobody else ever had before, or perhaps ever will again – i.e. travel all over Europe, visiting not only many decorated caves but also all the portable art objects scattered throughout the continent, including Russia. This unique experience and knowledge, together with his unrivalled and amazing documentation of all this material, made him by far the USA’s foremost specialist in Paleolithic imagery. To honor his memory, in this book, scholars from many parts of the world contribute papers about some of the many problems that interested him and to which he made such a massive contribution.


Peninj: A Research Project on Human Origins (1995–2005)

Edited by Manuel Domínguez-Rodrigo, Luis Alcalá, and Luis Luque, Oxbow, 2009

The Early Pleistocene sediments of Peninj, west of Lake Natron (Tanzania), contain a wealth of archaeological and paleontological sites formed during the emergence of the genus Homo and the extinction of the last australopithecines. Peninj has preserved tantalizing evidence that hominids, living in an open savanna, were acquiring animal resources through predation. Evidence also suggests that that hominids repeatedly visited certain spots on the landscape to conduct specific activities, such as butchering or tool manufacture. The lithic assemblage reveals complex planning in stone tool production and use, and the oldest evidence of woodworking. The results of the research described here constitute a major contribution to the study of human evolution and to reconstructing the behavior of early Homo erectus.

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Transitions in Prehistory
Essays in Honor of Ofer Bar-Yosef

Edited by John J. Shea and Daniel E. Lieberman
Oxbow, 2009

In April, 2007, Ofer Bar-Yosef's students, colleagues, and collaborators held a celebration of his long career as an archaeologist. In a career spanning decades, he has excavated archaeological sites in the Levant, Europe, Asia, and Africa. The scope of Bar-Yosef's research encompasses the earliest archaeological sites in Eurasia, the origins of modern human behavior, the fate of the Neanderthals, postglacial hunter-gatherer adaptations, and the cultural landscape of the first farming communities in Southwest Asia. Throughout his career, Bar-Yosef has examined critically concepts and models of "transitions" through time in human adaptive strategies and cultural identities. The papers assembled in this book, examine key transitions from the earliest of the Paleolithic to the dawn of the Historical period as well as transitions in archaeological method and theory. Broad in scope, method, and theory, these papers reflect the intellectual diversity that marks Bar-Yosef's career as one of the world's foremost prehistoric archaeologists, an outstanding teacher, and a valued colleague.

John J. Shea is Associate Professor of Anthropology
at Stony Brook University.

Daniel E. Lieberman is Professor of Human Evolutionary Biology
at Harvard University.

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Archaeology in the Archives
Unveiling the Natufian Culture of Mount Carmel

Mina Weinstein-Evron
Brill, 2009

Archival research has come to the fore in recent years as an invaluable source of information on the way Levantine prehistory developed. As she blows the dust from a vast array of archival documents Mina Weinstein-Evron in this book sets out to reconstruct the unveiling of the Natufian—a late Epipaleolithic Levantine culture on the threshold of the agricultural revolution. Able to rely on her own close involvement over the past 20 years in excavations of Natufian el-Wad, she skillfully retraces the steps of that supreme earlier excavator, Dorothy Garrod. By the same token, she rescues from historical oblivion the enigmatic figure of Charles Lambert and reveals the unique contribution he made to the study of el-Wad and Natufian culture.

Combining new unpublished archival documents with Garrod's more familiar accounts, the author arrives at a coherent picture of el-Wad as a major long-term base camp and shows how it was situated in the cultural web of Natufian Mount Carmel, widely recognized today as one of the pivotal centers of this unique culture.

Mina Weinstein-Evron is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Haifa.

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Eurasian Prehistory: A Journal for Primary Data

Ofer Bar-Yosef, Harvard University
Janusz Kozlowski, Jagiellonian University
2002-present (serial)

This journal is a joint venture endorsed by the American School of Prehistoric Research at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and the Institute of Archaeology at Jagiellonian University in Poland. The aim of this journal is to publish lengthy site reports with many illustrations and other data-based articles on aspects of the paleolithic and neolithic of Eurasia.

Production Editor
Leszek Chudzikiewicz, Jagiellonian University

Assistant Editor
Michal Wasilewski, Jagiellonian University