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BC The Archaeology of the Bible Lands
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BC The Archaeology of the Bible Lands

By Magnusson, Magnus

UK: BCA, 1977. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. 7" X 10. Felts, Shirley. h/b 239 pages, condition is very good, minor edge wear to the DJ.

$10.18

The Megalith Builders
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The Megalith Builders

By Euan MacKie

BCA, 1977. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. 6.5" x 9.5. H/B 208 pages, condition is very good. Huge chambered tombs, then circles and avenues of massive standing stones, at their most impressive at New Grange and Maes Howe or at Stonehenge and Carnac, were raised all along the Atlantic seaboard of Europe from Spain to the Orkneys some 5,000 years ago. These are the megaliths, mighty feats of engineering in any language, first created in Neolithic farming communities who, till then, had shown no other signs of the administrative and technical organization that such large-scale projects would have called for. In recent years the megaliths have been put down to purely local invention and it has been denied that the necessary architectural expertise may have been introduced by outsiders. But in this book Euan MacKie assembles fresh evidence from Carbon 14 dating, from analysis of evolving constructional styles in the tombs and from calculations of the standing stones' astronomical significance and re-assesses the diffusionist theory of a common source of expertise in the light of present-day studies of the way human societies develop. With this new insight into the minds of their builders, he proposes an ambitious new solution to the mystery of the megaliths.

$10.18

Rings of Stone - The Prehistoric Stone Circles of Britain and Ireland
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Rings of Stone - The Prehistoric Stone Circles of Britain and Ireland

By Burl, Aubrey

London, UK: BCA, 1979. Hardcover. Very Good/Good. 8" x 10.75. H/B 280 pages, condition is very good. minor edge wear to the DJ. More than 900 prehistoric stone circles still stand throughout the British Isles. Some are huge megaliths set stark against wild moorland landscape, others small but perfect rings protected by remote valleys. Whatever their form, wherever their situation, their great antiquity has excited the imagination of layman and scholar since the time of John Aubrey - and given rise to some extravagant theories about their builders and the way they were used-but today only the well-known sites at Stonehenge and Avebury attract many visitors. In this book Aubrey Burl has selected fifty of the most significant and the loveliest stone circles in the British Isles. His vivid descriptions bring the sites sharply to life, while Edward Piper's magnificent photographs capture the enigmatic quality and power of these four thousand-year-old monuments. Of great archaeological interest, well preserved and often beautifully situated, these circles represent a wide variety of design and belief. Aubrey Burl describes the physical characteristics of each stone circle, how and by whom it was built, its possible astronomical purpose, evidence of sacrifice and burial, its carved symbols and the legends and folklore that have grown up around it. His account incorporates previously unpublished material based on his most recent excavations. Each site has been specially photographed, and its description includes a detailed plan. These stone circles are witnesses of man's early endeavours to cope with his unstable world. They were built by small groups of people as a means of communicating with those dreadful powers whose forces of thunder, drought and disease could not be withstood by man's ordinary abilities .To reach these powers he carved on the stones of the circles, laid quartz among them, and buried - perhaps sacrificed - children and young women there in an attempt to join his world with the Other World. Stone circles are enduring evidence of an ancient civilization and, as such, they are striking and disturbing reminders of our own mysterious past.

$16.97

Sacred Landscapes & Symbolic Artefacts
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Sacred Landscapes & Symbolic Artefacts

By Peterson, Edward

UK: PCV Ruthven Books, 2009. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket. h/b 289 pages, condition is very good. Sacred Landscapes & Symbolic Artefacts provides a richly thought provoking insight into our hidden, or some may say suppressed, ancestral culture. Based upon over 25 years of research, this book lifts the veil to provide a new stimulus to further inspire researchers and students who have an interest in this subject.

$20.37

Archaeological Theory
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Archaeological Theory

By Johnson, Matthew

UK: Wiley-Blackwell, 1999. Soft cover. Very Good. 8.9 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches. p/b 239 pages, condition is very good. This is a lively overview of the major ideas and concepts in archaeological theory.

$16.97

Historic Dunfermline: Archeology and Development
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Historic Dunfermline: Archeology and Development

By E Patricia Dennison and Simon Stronach

UK: Dunfermline Burgh Survey: Community Project, 2007. 1st Edition . Soft cover. New/No Jacket. 7.5" x 9.75. p/b 140 pages, plus map, condition is NEW. This burgh survey weaves together a highly readable summary of the recorded information on Dunfermline's history and archaeology. Dunfermline was the seat of Malcolm Canmore and here he married Margaret. Several of their sons ware kings of Scotland and with royal patronage the Benedictine Abbey became one of the most important monasteries in Scotland. It was the birth or burial place of many Scottish kings, notably King Robert the Bruce. The medieval burgh flourished by serving the needs of visiting royalty and humbler pilgrims to the shrine of St Margaret. The Reformation and then the departure of the Scottish court to London led to a period of decline. But from the early eighteenth century Dunfermline reinvented itself as a leading centre for high quality linens, initially by hand loom weaving. Then the second half of the nineteenth century saw the rapid growth of damask linen manufacture in grand Victorian factories, the last survivors now being converted to other uses. This period of prosperity, together with the generosity of Andrew Carnegie, endowed Dunfermline with many fine buildings - some now in reduced circumstances. The authors draw on their detailed knowledge and the researches of the many volunteers in the Dunfermline Burgh Survey; Community Project to provide timely guidance on Dunfermline's rich archaeological potential.

$20.37

Civil Protection The Application of the Civil Defence Act and Other Government Requirements for Air Raid Shelters Etc.

By Samuely, Felix J & Hamann, Conrad W

London, UK: The Architectural Press, 1939. Hardcover. Fine/No Jacket. 9.25" x 12.5. H/B 165 pages plus index and 32 pages of advertisers of bomb shelters. This book was published at the outbreak of war in 1939. It details the Air-Raid Precautions Act 1937 and The Civil Defence Act 1939. It goes on to give details of the technical applications of the act and detailed plans for the construction of bomb shelters. A fascinating book which shows little sign of wear. The off-white cloth covers are slightly dirty but the book is remarkably well preserved. "When this book was written there was still peace - although most people felt that it hung on a slender thread. Since then, war has broken out and the need for protection has become even more urgent. The first chapter of this book deals with legal provisions. The Civil Defence Act, 1939, and the Air Raid Precautions Act, 1937, are not superceded in any way by the emergency laws passed by Parliament during the first few days of war. The standard of protection has been fixed by the Government, and has been set out in a number of official publications. At present there is no reason to believe that this standard will be altered in any way, and Chapters 2 to 12, which contain a description of all that the technician should know of Civil Protection, will enable him to give assistance not only in the more usual cases but also where incidental problems require special attention. The most important document for the technician is the Revised Code for 'Air Raid Shelters for Persons working in Factories, Mines and Commercial Buildings,' which was published by the Government at the end of August, 1939. We are gratified that a great many of the suggestions made previously in our analysis of the Government standards in 'The Architect's Journal' of June 1 and 8 have been incorporated. The text of the Code, together with the texts of those other Government publications which are of direct importance to the technician, has been reproduced in full. Special attention is drawn to Chapter 11, which deals with public shelters. The knowledge of how to arrange public shelters so that they fulfill their obligations, that is to say, that they are within easy distance of everybody who may be in need of protection, is not widely spread, and this chapter has been particularly devoted to this subject. Many arguments have been put forward for and against bomb-proof shelters, and while we do not want to enter into this controversy, the fact may have to be faced that, sooner or later, bomb-proof shelters may become essential in certain cases. Therefore, all available material for the design of such shelters, has been collected and formulae for the thickness of slabs, walls, etc., have been set out. The collecting of these formulae was simplified by the publication by the Government in the middle of June, 1939, of Handbook No 5, which gives certain valuable data. Some of the graphs and formulae given in the Handbook have been reproduced. It was found to be most practicable to present the facts in the following manner :- In Chapter 13, the main actions of bombs have been set out, while Chapter 14 deals with the incidental effects, in alphabetical order. Chapter 15 describes the various types of bomb-proof shelters. These Chapters, and particularly the tables at the end of Chapter 13, should enable any engineer to design bomb-proof shelters, if he is called upon to do so." Contents:- Legal - Air Raid Precautions Act, 1937. The Civil Defence Act, 1939. Technical Applications of the Acts (Code). General Requirements for Shelters. Incidental Matters . Other Governmental Recommendations. Extracts from Handbook No. 5 Structural Defence. Handbook No. 6 Air-Raid Precautions in Factories and Business Premises. Handbook No. 9 Incendiary Bombs and Fire Precautions. Memorandum No. 10 Shelters in Basements (Small Buildings). Domestic Surface Shelters. Lighting Restrictions. Handbook No. 11 Camoflage. Shelters in Hospitals. Expert Advice. Supplementary Information. Public Shelters. Miscellaneous Considerations (N

$135.78

Echoes in Stone

By Magnusson, Magnus

UK: Scottish Development Department on behalf of the Ancient Monuments Board for Scotland, 1983. Soft cover. Very Good. 24.4 x 17.6 x 0.8 cm. p/b 80 pages, condition is very good. An owners name to the flyleaf. Just over 100 years ago, the first Ancient Monuments Act was given Royal Assent. Its main aim was to protect prehistoric monuments. since then the concept of what constitutes an ancient monument has been greatly enlarged, and it now includes abbeys and castles, as well as industrial buildings such as iron works. Over 300 monuments of outstanding national importance are in the direct care of the Secretary of State for Scotland. In this volume Magnus Magnusson has collected a group of articles that give an account of the past work on ancient monuments and highlight various sites opened to the public in the centenary year. They tell of the work of archaeological excavation, the complex and skilled tasks of restoration, and the new approaches in presentation and interpretation which help us understand more of the sites that we visit. The book provides an excellent insight into the work of practising archaeologists, and an appreciation of the important work done by the Ancient Monuments Division in protecting our heritage.

$10.18