The Oxbow Books End-of-Year Sale!

We’re happy to announce that starting today and continuing through the end of the year, over 200 Oxbow Books titles will be offered at great sale prices on casemateacademic.com! This is the perfect time to pick up a gift for your favorite scholar, or purchase that title you’ve had your eye on for a while….

Art, Artisans and Apprentices

A consideration of the training of artists before the emergence of academies of art inevitably follows a trajectory from the trade to the profession.  This was once a sequence of events experienced by many painters and sculptors as chronicled by James Ayres in Art, Artisans & Apprentices (Oxbow Books, Oxford, 2014).   In the pre-industrial, pre-consumerist early…

A Test of Time and A Test of Time Revisited

The great volcanic eruption of the Thera (or Santorini volcano) in the southern Aegean has been central to several archaeological controversies. Originally, the main question was whether this eruption (now the largest of the last 12,000 years1) destroyed Minoan Crete. However, in recent decades, as much or more attention has focused on its date. When…

Mythological Motifs: Tests Set for Men to Win Brides

Thanks to a suggestion from my friend and colleague Chris Collard, I included in my new Dictionary of Classical Mythology an “Index of Recurring Motifs”, so that anyone interested in the subject could easily trace a particular mythical theme through all its manifestations. When I was asked to write this blog, it seemed a good…

Searching for Gold – by Marianne Vedeler

Marianne Vedeler is Associate professor in Archaeology at Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo. Her research and publications focus on clothing, style and costume accessories from the Middle Ages. Her latest title for Oxbow Books, Silk for the Vikings, is a study of the production, trade and consumption of silk during the Viking Age….

American Landscapes at the SAA

At last week’s Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting Oxbow Books had a poster session for its dynamic new series American Landscapes. On hand to talk about the series and answer questions were Oxbow Editor Julie Gardiner, series editors Mark Lynott and Peter Topping and author Bob Birmingham. The new series, aimed at a wide…

Mike McCarthy’s ‘The Romano-British Peasant’ nominated for Best Book of 2013 award by Current Archaeology

The nominations are in for this years’ Current Archaeology Awards and we are delighted that Mike McCarthy’s The Romano-British Peasant (Oxbow Books, 2013) has been nominated for the Best Book award. Also nominated is Julian Bowsher’s Shakespeare’s London Theatreland (Museum of London Archaeology, 2012), available from Oxbow Books. We are also delighted to see Nat Alcock…