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01-07-2020
American Journal of Archaeology

The Poetics of the Cretan Lion: Glyptic and Oral Culture in the Bronze Age Aegean


ArticleThis article rethinks the presence of the lion in Bronze Age Crete and its participation in poetic culture in the Aegean. In the absence of living lions on the island, representational embodiments were the basis of people’s encounters with…
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01-07-2020
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The Baths on the Estate of the Philippiani at Gerace, Sicily


Field ReportAt Gerace near Enna in Sicily, excavation on a Roman villa-estate has revealed a freestanding bath house erected ca. 380 CE. It may never have been completed; one of three pools in its cold room was never installed, and the room’s wall…
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01-07-2020
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Cosa: The Roman and Greek Amphoras


124.3 By Elizabeth Lyding Will and Kathleen Warner Slane (MAAR 14). Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press 2019. Pp. xi + 214. $90. ISBN 978-0-472-13143-3 (cloth). Reviewed by J. Theodore PeñaThis volume represents the final publication of…
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01-07-2020
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The Orientalizing and Lucanian Tombs from Loc. De Santis I at Pontecagnano


124.3 By Margit von Mehren (AnalRom 52). Rome: Edizioni Quasar 2019. Pp. 276. €32. ISBN 978-88-7140-936-8 (paper). Reviewed by Marshall Joseph BeckerVon Mehren’s impressive volume provides one means of gauging the progress that has been made…
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01-07-2020
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Exhibiting Ancient Africa at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: “Ancient Nubia Now” and Its Audiences


Museum ReviewThe Museum of Fine Arts in Boston holds the finest collections of antiquities from ancient Nubia outside Egypt and Sudan, but the museum has only rarely displayed this material since its excavation by George Reisner in the early 20th…
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01-07-2020
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Rethinking Household-Based Production at Ayia Irini, Kea: An Examination of Technology and Organization in a Bronze Age Community of Practice


ArticleAnalyses of the organization of craft production in prehistoric societies have tended to build on evolutionary, typological models that see domestic, household-based production as simple, small-scale, and unspecialized in contrast to workshop…
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01-07-2020
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Coming Together: Comparative Approaches to Population Aggregation and Early Urbanization


124.3 Edited by Attila Gyucha (Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology Proceedings 8). Albany: State University of New York Press 2019. Pp. xii + 390. $100. ISBN 978-1-4384-7277-5 (cloth).  Reviewed by Thomas E. EmersonComing…
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01-07-2020
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Archaeology and Urban Settlement in Late Roman and Byzantine Anatolia: Euchaïta-Avkat-Beyözü and Its Environment


124.3 Edited by John Haldon, Hugh Elton, and James Newhard. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2018. Pp. xxxix + 377. $125. ISBN 978-1-1085-5775-7 (cloth). Reviewed by Michael J. DeckerCentral Anatolia is one of the lesser known parts of…
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01-07-2020
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The Social Archaeology of the Levant: From Prehistory to the Present


124.3 Edited by Assaf Yasur-Landau, Eric H. Cline, and Yorke M. Rowan. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2019. Pp. xxxvi + 643. $150. ISBN 978-1-107-15668-5 (cloth). Reviewed by Georgia M. AndreouWhile cultural-historical narratives…
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01-07-2020
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Domesticating Empire: Egyptian Landscapes in Pompeian Gardens


124.3 By Caitlín E. Barrett. Oxford: Oxford University Press 2019. Pp. xxiv + 445. $99. ISBN 9780190641351 (cloth). Reviewed by Stephanie PearsonWith this book, Barrett has greatly advanced the study of Egyptian imagery in Rome with respect…
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01-07-2020
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Ιερά και Θρησκευτικές Τελετουργίες στην Ανακτορική και Μετανακτορική Μυκηναϊκή Περίοδο (Sanctuaries and Cult Practices in the Palatial and Postpalatial Mycenaean Period)


124.3 By Dimitra Rousioti. Athens: Maistros 2018. Pp. 490. €38. ISBN 978-960-6846-28-1 (paper). Reviewed by Anna Simandiraki-GrimshawMycenaean religion has occupied a sizable part of the bibliography pertaining to the Bronze Age Aegean, as…
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01-07-2020
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The Fortifications of Pompeii and Ancient Italy


124.3 By Ivo van der Graaff. Oxford and New York: Routledge 2019. Pp. xvi + 281. $150. ISBN 978-1-4724-7716-3 (cloth). Reviewed by Steven M. CeruttiThere is an old saying when it comes to walls: “A wall is a wall is a wall: seen one, seen…
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01-07-2020
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From Invisible to Visible: New Methods and Data for the Archaeology of Infant and Child Burials in Pre-Roman Italy and Beyond


124.3 Edited by Jacopo Tabolli (SIMA 149). Uppsala: Astrom Editions 2018. Pp. x + 273. €68. ISBN 978-9925-7455-2-4 (cloth) Reviewed by Carrie L. Sulosky WeaverThe investigation of the burials of infants and children has always been a…
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01-07-2020
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Ancient Greece: Social Structure and Evolution


124.3 By David B. Small (Case Studies in Early Societies). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2019. Pp. xvi + 270. $34.99. ISBN 978-0-521-71926-1 (paper). Reviewed by Sarah C. MurrayThis book treats the long-term history and social…
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01-07-2020
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The Temple of Peace in Rome


124.3 By Pier Luigi Tucci. 2 vols. New York: Cambridge University Press 2017 (cloth). Vol. 1, Art and Culture in Imperial Rome, pp. ix + 1–488, $90, ISBN 978-1-107-16247-1; vol. 2, Remodelings, Conversions, Excavations, pp. viii + 489–1121…
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01-07-2020
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Fieldwork at Ancient Eleon in Boeotia, 2011–2018


Field ReportThis article presents the results of the first excavations at the site of ancient Eleon in eastern Boeotia, Greece. Fieldwork focused on the elevated limestone ridge on the western edge of the village of Arma about 14 km east of Thebes.…
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01-07-2020
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Reassessing the Capacities of Entertainment Structures in the Roman Empire


ArticleIn recent years, scholars have become increasingly skeptical of the idea that there is any relationship between the capacities of entertainment structures such as theaters and amphitheaters and the populations of Graeco-Roman cities. In this…
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01-07-2020
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Exploring a Terra Incognita on Crete: Recent Research on Bronze Age Habitation in the Southern Ierapetra Isthmus


124.3 Edited by Konstantinos Chalikias and Emilia Oddo. Philadelphia: INSTAP Academic Press 2019. Pp. xviii + 143. $45. ISBN 9781931534994 (paper) Reviewed by L. Vance WatrousThis slim volume is a collection of eight papers originally given…
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01-07-2020
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Masada: From Jewish Revolt to Modern Myth


124.3 By Jodi Magness. Princeton: Princeton University Press 2019. Pp. x + 265. $29.95. ISBN 978-0-691-16710-7 (cloth). Reviewed by Karen B. Stern“A dream of ages has come true: Masada has been excavated and reconstructed.” So wrote Yigael…
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29-06-2020
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Lizards and Snakes on Prehistoric Menu in Israel


HAIFA, ISRAEL—According to a Live Science report, an examination of the bones of lizards and snakes recovered from el-Wad Terrace, a cave near Mount Carmel in northern Israel, indicates that reptiles such as the legless European glass lizard and the…
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