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  • Dan Lawrence

Back in 2013, Rob Witcher, in his first NBC, mused on the future of academic publishing, and especially the potential impact of open access and e-books on traditional book reviews. Reading these lines five years later as incoming Reviews Editor, it is striking how little an impression e-books in particular have made on the market, and more generally how persistent print editions of both journals (including Antiquity) and books have remained in the face of rapidly changing digital technologies. Sales of major e-reader brands have declined since their height in 2014, at least in the UK, and e-book sales have stabilised since then at around 25 per cent of all book purchases. At Antiquity, we still receive upwards of 300 books per year, and send out over 120 to review across the six issues. NBC is an attempt to provide some critical perspective on a selection of the remaining books, many of which merit reviews in their own right but cannot be included for reasons of space. This section will continue in much the same manner as in the past, safe in the knowledge that, as Groucho Marx put it, ‘Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend . . .’ (the second half of the quotation is less relevant here but perhaps worth including—‘. . . inside of a dog, it's too dark to read’).

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Hayden, B. 2014. The power of feasts: from prehistory to the present. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
This list includes all books received between 1 September 2017 and 31 October 2017. Those featuring at the beginning of New Book Chronicle have, however, not been duplicated in this list. The listing of a book in this chronicle does not preclude its subsequent review in Antiquity.
Allen, J.R.L.. Geology for archaeologists: a short introduction. 2017. Oxford: Archaeopress; 978-1-78491-687-9 paperback £20; 978-1-78491-688-6 e-book £11.99.
Burmeister, Stefan & Bernbeck, Reinhard (ed.). The interplay of people and technologies: archaeological case studies on innovations (Berlin Studies of the Ancient World 43). 2017. Berlin: Topoi; 978-3-9816751-8-4 paperback €49.90.
Burnett, Scott E. & Irish, Joel D.. A world view of bioculturally modified teeth. 2017. Gainesville: University Press of Florida; 978-0-8130-5483-4 hardback $110.
Campbell, Peter B.. The archaeology of underwater caves. 2017. Southampton: Highfield; 978-0-9926336-7-7 paperback £35.
Dawson, Tom, Nimura, Courtney, López-Romero, Elías & Daire, Marie-Yvane (ed.). Public archaeology & climate change. 2017. Oxford: Oxbow; 978-1-78570-704-9 paperback £38.
Hoffecker, John F.. Modern humans: their African origin and global dispersal. 2017. New York: Columbia University Press; 978-0-231-16076-6 hardback $90.
Scott, James C.. Against the grain: a deep history of the earliest states. 2017. New Haven (CT): Yale University Press; 978-0-300-18291-0 hardback $26.
Stockhammer, Phillipp W. & Maran, Joseph (ed.). Appropriating innovations: entangled knowledge in Eurasia 5000–1500 BCE. 2017. Oxford: Oxbow; 978-1-78570-724-7 hardback £48.
Storey, Rebecca & Storey, Glenn R.. Rome and the classic Maya: comparing the slow collapse of civilizations. 2017. Abingdon & New York: Routledge; 978-1-62958-458-4 paperback £33.99.
Ventresca Miller, Alicia R. & Makarewicz, Cheryl A. (ed.). Isotopic investigations of pastoralism in prehistory (Themes in Contemporary Archaeology 4). 2018. Abingdon & New York: Routledge; 978-1-138-30858-9 hardback £105.
Weiss, Elizabeth. Reading the bones: activity, biology, and culture. 2017. Gainesville: University Press of Florida 978-0-8130-5498-8 hardback $89.95.
Weiss, Harvey (ed.). Megadrought and collapse: from early agriculture to Angkor. 2017. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 978-0-19-932919-9 hardback £47.99.
van Baelen, Ann. The Lower to Middle Palaeolithic transition in Northwestern Europe: evidence from Kesselt-Op de Schans. 2017. Leuven: Leuven University Press; 978-94-6270-098-7 paperback €59.50.
Ineshin, E.M. & Tetenkin, A.V.. Humans and the environment in northern Baikal Siberia during the Late Pleistocene. 2017. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars; 978-1-4438-8277-4 hardback £64.99.
Pigeaud, Romain. Lascaux: histoire et archéologie d'un joyau préhistorique. 2017. Paris: CNRS; 978-2-271-11580-5 paperback €22.
Paulsson, Bettina Schulz. Time and stone: the emergence and development of megaliths and megalithic societies in Europe. 2017. Oxford: Archaeopress; 978-1-78491-685-5 paperback £45; 978-1-78491-686-2 e-book £19.
Brøns, Cecile & Nosch, Marie-Louise. Textiles & cult in the ancient Mediterranean (Ancient Textiles series 31). 2017. Oxford: Oxbow; 978-1-78570-672-1 hardback £48.
Plantzos, Dimitris. Greek art and archaeology c. 1200–30 BC. 2016. Athens: Kapon; 978-618-5209-00-1 paperback £39.95.
Shipley, Lucy. The Etruscans. Lost civilizations. 2017. London: Reaktion; 978-1-78023-832-6 hardback £15.
Angus K. Smith, R., Dabney, Mary K., Pappi, Evangelia, Triantaphyllou, Sevasti & Wright, James C.. Ayia Sotira: a Mycenaean chamber tomb cemetery in the Nemea Valley, Greece (Prehistory Monographs 56). 2017. Philadelphia (PA) & Oxford: Instap Academic Press & Oxbow; 978-1-931534-90-1 hardback £55.
Wilkinson, Paul. Pompeii:an archaeological guide. 2017. London & New York: I.B. Tauris; 978-1-78453-928-3 paperback £14.99.
Bull, Robert Jehu, Ratzlaff, Alexandra L., Bobeck, Andrew H. & Fritzius, Robert S. (ed.). The joint expedition to Caesarea Maritima excavation reports. Volume II: the mithraeum at Casarea Maritima (ASOR Reports 25). 2017. Boston (MA): American Schools of Oriental Research; 978-0-89757-097-8 hardback $74.95.
Leonard, Albert Jr. Kataret es-Samra, Jordan: the 1985 excavation and survey (ASOR 71). 2017. Boston (MA): American Schools of Oriental Research; 978-0-89757-099-2 hardback $74.95.
Luciani, Marta (ed.). The archaeology of north Arabia: oases and landscapes. Proceedings of the International Congress held at the University of Vienna, 5–8 December, 2013 (Oriental and European Archaeology, Band 4). 2016. Vienna: VÖAW; 978-3-7001-8002-9 hardback €119.
MacDonald, Burton, Clark, Geoffrey A., Herr, Larry G., Scott Quaintance, D., Hayajneh, Hani & Eggler, Jürg. The Shammakh to Ayl archaeological survey, southern Jordan (2010–2012) (ASOR Reports 24). 2016. Boston (MA): American Schools of Oriental Research; 978-0-89757-093-0 hardback £78.
Neeley, Michael, Clark, Geoffrey & Michèle Daviau, P.M. (ed.). Walking through Jordan: essays in honour of Burton MacDonald. 2017. Sheffield & Bristol: Equinox; 978-1-78179-283-4 hardback £90.
Tappy, Ron E.. The archaeology of the Ostraca House at Israelite Samaria: epigraphic discoveries in complicated contexts (ASOR Reports 70). 2016. Boston (MA): American Schools of Oriental Research; 978-0-89757-095-4 hardback £74.
Bellina, Bérénice (ed.). Khao Sam Kaeo. An early port-city between the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea (Mémoires Archéologiques 28). 2017. Paris: Ecole française d'Extrême-Orient; 978-2-85539-427-5 paperback €65.
Chang, Claudia. Rethinking prehistoric Central Asia: shepherds, farmers, and nomads. 2018. Abingdon & New York: Routledge; 978-1-138-73708-2 hardback £105.
Cook, Constance A.. Ancestors, kings, and the Dao (Harvard-Yenching Institute Monograph 107). 2017. Cambridge (MA) & London: Harvard University Press; 978-0-674-97695-5 hardback £39.95.
Hazarika, Manjil. Prehistory and archaeology of northeast India: multidisciplinary investigation in an archaeological terra incognita . 2017. New Delhi: Oxford University Press; 978-0-19-947466-4 hardback £43.99.
Nelson, Sarah Milledge. Gyeongju: the capital of Golden Silla. 2017. Abingdon & New York: Routledge; 978-1-138-77870-2 hardback £115.
Armelagos, George J. & van Gerven, Dennis P.. Life and death on the Nile: a bioethnography of three ancient Nubian communities. 2017. Gainesville: University Press of Florida; 978-0-8130-5445-2 hardback $95.
Mallinson, M.D.S. & Smith, L.M.V.. Road archaeology in the Middle Nile. Volume 2: excavations from Meroe to Atbara 1994 (Sudan Archaeological Research Society Publication 12). 2017. Oxford: Archaeopress; 978-1-78491-646-6 hardback £34; e-book £19.
Stevens, Susan T. & Conant, Jonathan P. (ed.). North Africa under Byzantium and Early Islam. 2016. Cambridge (MA) & London: Harvard University Press; 978-0-88402-408-8 hardback £55.95.
Wynne-Jones, Stephanie & Laviolette, Adria (ed.). The Swahili world. 2018. Abingdon & New York: Routledge; 978-1-138-91346-2 hardback £165.
Bajema, Marcus Jan. Bodies of maize, eaters of grain: comparing material worlds, metaphor and the agency of art in the Preclassic Maya and Mycenaean early civilisations. 2017. Oxford: Archaeopress; 978-1-78491-691-6 paperback £40; e-book £19.
Lynne Costin, Cathy (ed.). Making value, making meaning: techné in the pre-Columbian World. 2016. Washington, D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection; 978-0-88402-415-6 hardback £59.95.
Eberl, Markus. War owl falling: innovation, creativity, and culture change in ancient Maya society. 2017. Gainesville: University Press of Florida 978-0-8130-5655-5 hardback $95.
Gall, Michael J. & Veit, Richard F. (ed.). Archaeologies of African American life in the Upper Mid-Atlantic. 2017. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press; 978-0-8173-1965-6 hardback $69.95.
Holliday, Vance T., Johnson, Eileen & Knudson, Ruthann. Plainview: the enigmatic Paleoindian artifact style of the Great Plains. 2017. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press; 978-1-60781-574-7 hardback $70.
Kelley, Jane Holden & Phillips, David A. Jr (ed.). Not so far from Paquimé: essays on the archaeology of Chihuahua, Mexico. 2017. Salt Lake City (UT): University of Utah Press; 978-1-60781-572-3 hardback $65.
Kozakavich, Stacy C.. The archaeology of utopian and intentional communities. 2017. Gainesville: University Press of Florida; 978-0-8130-5659-3 hardback $79.95.
Lau, George F.. An archaeology of Ancash: stones, ruins and communities in Andean Peru. 2016. Abingdon & New York: Routledge; 978-1-138-89899-8 hardback £110.
Stanley Loten, H.. Miscellaneous investigations in central Tikal: Great Temples III, IV, V, and VI (Tikal Report 23B). 2017. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Museum; 978-1-934536-93-3 hardback $59.95.
Pillsbury, Joanne, Potts, Timothy & Richter, Kim N.. Golden kingdoms: luxury arts in the ancient Americas. 2017. Los Angeles (CA): J. Paul Getty Museum & the Getty Research Institute; 978-1-60606-548-8 hardback $59.95.
Spielmann, Katherine A. (ed.). Landscapes of social transformation in the Salinas Province and the eastern Pueblo world. 2017. Tucson: University of Arizona Press; 978-0-8165-3569-9 hardback $65.
Shaffrey, Ruth (ed.). Written in stone: papers on function, form, and provenancing of prehistoric stone objects in memory of Fiona Roe. 2017. St Andrews: Highfield; 978-0-9926336-8-4 hardback £55.
Stanley, Michael, Swan, Rónán & O'Sullivan, Aidan (ed.). Stories of Ireland's past (TII Heritage 5). 2017. Dublin: Transport Infrastructure Ireland; 978-0-9932315-5-1 paperback €25.
Talbot, John. Made for trade: a new view of Icenian coinage. 2017. Oxford: Oxbow; 978-1-78570-812-1 hardback £55.
Cook, C.A. & Lu, Zhao (ed.). Stalk divination: a newly discovered alternative to the I Ching. 2017. New York: Oxford University Press; 978-0-19-064845-9 hardback £47.99.
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