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  • Dan Lawrence

And so to my next NBC, the difficult second album, the sophomore slump. As an antidote to any jitters on my part, in this issue we tackle a range of books investigating creativity and innovation in the past. Innovation is enjoying something of a ‘moment’ in archaeological thought at present, with several large, multi-disciplinary projects underway in Europe and sessions devoted to the topic at major US and European conferences over the last few years. As with the current concentration on inequality, this interest can be traced to the social and political climate of the present and concerns over rapid technological change, economic growth and productivity. Innovation can be both productive and profoundly disruptive, and as such, it is of central concern in understanding social change in the past and predicting its effects in the future. The first four volumes discussed below deal directly with innovation, creativity and learning. The fifth, written by political scientist James C. Scott, invites us to consider the negative consequences of certain kinds of innovation and the implications for the sorts of complex societies that we live in today.

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Schivelbusch, W. 2000. The railway journey: the industrialization of time and space in the nineteenth century. Berkeley: University of California Press.
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This list includes all books received between 1 November 2017 and 31 December 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.
Bartosiewicz, László & Gál, Erika (ed.). Care or neglect?: Evidence of animal disease in archaeology. 2018. Oxford: Oxbow; 978-1-78570-889-3 £40.
Blaising, Jean-Marie, Driessen, Jan, Legendre, Jean-Pierre & Olivier, Laurent (ed.). Clashes of time. The contemporary past as a challenge for archaeology. 2017. Leuven: Leuven University Press; 978-2-87558-625-4 €33.
Burström, Mats. Ballast. Laden with history. 2017. Lund: Nordic Academic; 978-91-88168-39-9 kr. 219.
Gonlin, Nancy & Nowell, April (ed.). Archaeology of the night: life after dark in the ancient world. 2018. Boulder: University Press of Colorado; 978-1-60732-677-9 $75.
Insoll, Timothy (ed.). The Oxford handbook of prehistoric figurines. 2017. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 978-0-19-967561-6 £110.
Livarda, Alexandra, Madgwick, Richard & Mora, Santiago Riera (ed.). The bioarchaeology of ritual and religion. 2017. Oxford: Oxbow; 978-1-78570-828-2 £45.
Mattern, Shannon. Code and clay, data and dirt: five thousand years of urban media. 2017. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press; 978-1-5179-0244-5 $27.
Douglas Price, T. & Knudson, Kelly J.. Principles of archaeology (2nd edition). 2018. London: Thames & Hudson; 978-0-500-293614 £50.
Renfrew, Colin, Morley, Iain & Boyd, Michael (ed.). Ritual, play and belief, in evolution and early human societies. 2017. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; 978–1107143562 £90.
Scarre, Chris (ed.). The human past. World prehistory and the development of human societies (4th edition). 2018. London: Thames & Hudson; 978-0-500-294208 £45.
Schiffer, Michael Brian, Riggs, Charles & Reid, J. Jefferson. The strong case approach in behavioral archaeology. 2017. Salt Lake City: The University of Utah Press; 978-1-60781576-1 $45.
Weiss, Harvey (ed.). Megadrought and collapse. From early agriculture to Angkor. 2017. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 978-0-19-932919-9 £47.99.
Ballmer, Ariane, Fernandez-Götz, Manuel & Mielke, Dirk P. (ed.). Understanding ancient fortifications: between regionality and connectivity. 2017. Oxford: Oxbow; 978-1-78570-748-3 £55.
Bergsvik, Knut & Dowd, Marion (ed.). Caves and ritual in medieval Europe, AD 500–1500. 2018. Oxford: Oxbow; 978-1-78570-832-9 £50.
Carozza, Laurent, Marcingy, Cyril & Talon, Marc (ed.). L'habitat et l'occupation des sols à l’âge du Bronze et au début du premier âge du Fer. 2017. Paris: INRAP/CNRS; 978-2-271-11587-4 €37.
Eriksen, Palle & Andersen, Niels H.. Dolmens in Denmark: architecture and function (Jutland Archaeological Society Publications 95). 2016. Hojbjerg: Jutland Archaeological Society; 978-87-93423-07-7 kr. 250.
Fabech, Charlotte & Näsman, Ulf (ed.). The Sösdala Horsemen and the equestrian elite of fifth-century Europe (Jutland Archaeological Society Series 99). 2017. Hojbjerg: Jutland Archaeological Society; 978-87-93423-15-2; kr. 348.
Fernández-Götz, Manuel & Roymans, Nico (ed.). Conflict archaeology: materialities of collective violence from prehistory to late antiquity (Themes in Contemporary Archaeology 5). 2018. Abingdon: Routledge; 978-1-13-850211-6 £105.
Meller, Harald, Daim, Falko, Krause, Johannes & Risch, Roberto (ed.). Migration und Integration von der Urgeschichte bis zum Mittelalter (Tagungen des Landesmuseum für Vorgeschichte Halle (Saale)). 2017. Halle (Saale): Landesamt für Denkmalpflege und Archäologie Sachsen-Anhalt; 978-3-944507-61-3 €49.
Peeters, J., Raemaekers, D., Devriendt, I.I.J.A.L.M, Hoebe, P.W., Niekus, M., Nobles, G.R. & Schepers, M.. Paradise lost? Insights into the early prehistory of the Netherlands from development-led archaeology (Nederlandse Archeologische Rapporten 62). 2017. Amersfoort: Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands; 978-90-5799-292-6.
Simonsen, John. Daily life at the turn of the Neolithic—a comparative study of longhouses with sunken floors at Resengaard and nine other settlements in the Limfjord region, south Scandinavia (Jutland Archaeological Society Publications 98). 2017. Hojberg: Museum Salling & Jutland Archaeological Society; 978-87-93423-14-5 kr. 475.
Apostolakou, Vili, Brogan, Thomas M. & Betancourt, Philip P. (ed.). The Alatzomouri rock shelter: an early Minoan III deposit in eastern Crete. 2017. Philadelphia (PA): INSTAP Academic; 978-1-931534-93-2 $80.
Bachmann, Martin & Radt, Wolfgang. Altertümer von Pergamon. Teil 5. Bau Z. Die Stadtgrabung. Architektur und Wanddekor. 2017. Berlin: Walter de Gruyer; 978-3-11-045565-6 €149.95.
Badoud, Nathan. Inscriptions et timbres céramiques de Rhodes. Documents recueillis par le médecin et explorateur suédois Johan Hedenborg (1786–1865) (ActaAth-4 57). 2017. Stockholm: Svenska Institutet i Athen; 978-91-7916-065-4 SEK 530.
Bintliff, John, Farinetti, Emeri, Slapšak, Božidar & Snodgrass, Anthony. Boeotia project, volume II : the city of Thespiai: survey at a complex urban site. 2017. Oxford: Oxbow; 978-1-902937-81-6 £70.
Cirelli, Enrico. La ceramica di Cencelle nel Medioevo i materiali rinvenuti negli scavi dell’École française de Rome (Settore III, 1994–1999) (Collection de l’École française de Rome 539). 2017. Rome: École française de Rome; 978-2-7283-1284-9 €18.
Dietz, Søren, Mavridis, Fanis, Tankosić, Žarko & Takaoğlu, Turan (ed.). Communities in transition: the Circum-Aegean area in the 5th and 4th millennia BC. 2018. Oxford: Oxbow; 978-1-78570-720-9 £70.
Emerson, Mary. Greek sanctuaries and temple architecture. An introduction (2nd edition). 2018. London: Bloomsbury; 978-1-4725-7528-9 £18.99.
Knodell, Alex R. & Leppard, Thomas P. (ed.). Regional approaches to society and complexity (Monographs in Mediterranean Archaeology 15). 2018. Sheffield: Equinox; 978-1-78179-739-6 £90.
Migliario, Elvira. Gli antichisti italiani e la Grande Guerra (Quaderni de storia). 2017. Firenze: Le Monnier Universita; 987-88-00-74783-7 €21.60.
Quinn, Josephine. In search of the Phoenicians. 2018. Princeton (NJ): Princeton University Press; 978-0-691-17527-0 $35.
Rutter, Jeremy B.. House X at Kommos: a Minoan mansion near the sea. Part 2: the pottery (Prehistory Monographs 57). 2017. Philadelphia (PA): INSTAP; 978-1-931534-64-2 $80.
Zangger, Eberhard. The Luwian civilization. The missing link in the Aegean Bronze Age. 2016. Istanbul: Ege Yayinlari; 978-605-9680-11-0 €29.
Zangger, Eberhard. Die Luwier und der Trojanische Krieg Eine Entdeckungsgeschichte. 2017. Zürich: Orell Füessli; 978-3-280-05647-9 €25.
Maher, Matthew P.. The fortifications of Arkadian city states in the Classical and Hellenistic periods. 2017. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 978-0-1987-8659-7 £90.
McInerney, Jeremy. Greece in the ancient world. 2018. London: Thames & Hudson; 978-0-500-25226-0 £35.
Silver, Morris. Slave-wives, single women and ‘bastards’ in the ancient Greek world: law and economics perspectives. 2018. Oxford: Oxbow; 978-1-78570-863-3 £38.
Allen, Martyn, Lodwick, Lisa, Brindle, Tom, Fulford, Michael & Smith, Alexander. The rural economy of Roman Britain: new visions of the countryside of Roman Britain (Britannia Monographs Series 30). 2018. London: Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies; 978-0-907764-44-1 £36.
Davies, Penelope J.E.. Architecture and politics in republican Rome. 2017. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; 978-1-107-09431-4 £44.99.
de Haas, Tymon C.A. & Tol, Gijs (ed.). The economic integration of Roman Italy. Rural communities in a globalising world. 2017. Leiden: Brill; 978-90-04-32590-6 €132.
Holbrook, Neil, Wright, Jamie, Mcsloy, E.R. & Geber, Jonny (ed.). The western cemetery of Roman Cirencester. Excavations at the former Bridges Garage, Tetbury Road, Cirencester, 2011–2015 (Cirencester Excavations VII). 2017. Cirencester: Cotswold Archaeology; 978-0-99345445-3-0 £19.95.
Sorrell, Julia & Sorrell, Alan. The man who created Roman Britain. 2018. Oxford: Oxbow; 978-1-78570-740-7 £29.99.
Weststeijn, Arthur & Whitling, Frederick. Termini: cornerstone of modern Rome. 2017. Rome: Edizioni Quasar; 978-88-7140-813-2 €38.
Wilmott, Tony & Garner, Dan. The Roman amphitheatre of Chester. Volume 1: the prehistoric and Roman archaeology. 2017. Oxford: Oxbow; 978-1-78570-744-5 £30.
Wilson, Andrew & Bowman, Alan (ed.). Trade, commerce, and the state in the Roman world. 2017. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 978-0-19-879066-2 £110.
Højlund, Flemming (ed.). Danish archaeological investigations in Qatar 1956–1974 (Jutland Archaeological Society Publications 97). 2017. Hojbjerg: Jutland Archaeolgical Society; 978-87-93423-09-1 kr. 230.
Højlund, Flemming & Abu-Laban, Aiysha (ed.). Tell F6 on Failaka Island. Kuwaiti-Danish excavations 2008–2012 (Jutland Archaeological Society Publications 92). 2016. Hojbjerg: Jutland Archaeological Society; 978-87-93423-03-9 kr. 350.
Madsen, Bo. The Early Bronze Age tombs of Jebel Hafit. Danish archaeological investigations in Abu Dhabi 1961–1971 (Jutland Archaeological Society Publications 93). 2018. Hojbjerg: Jutland Archaeological Society; 978-87-93423-04-6 kr. 350.
Sauer, Eberhard W. (ed.). Sasanian Persia. Between Rome and the steppes of Eurasia. 2017. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press; 978-1-4744-0101-2 £85.
Wengrow, David. What makes civilization? The ancient Near East and the future of the West. 2018. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 978-0-19969-9421 £10.99.
Bellwood, Peter. First islanders: prehistory and human migration in Island Southeast Asia. 2017. Hoboken (NJ): Wiley Blackwell; 978-1-119-25154-5 $94.95.
Linduff, Katheryn M., Sun, Yan, Cao, Wei & Liu, Yuanqing. Ancient China and its Eurasian neighbors. Artifacts, identity and death in the frontier, 3000–700 BCE. 2018. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; 978-1-108-41861-4 £85.
Hedstrom, Darlene L. Brooks. The monastic landscape of late antique Egypt. An archaeological reconstruction. 2017. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; 978-1-316-67665-3 £105.
Creasman, Pearce Paul & Wilkinson, Richard H. (ed.). Pharaoh's land and beyond. Ancient Egypt and its neighbors. 2017. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 978-0-19-022907-8 £25.99.
Hodgkinson, Anna K.. Technology and urbanism in Late Bronze Age Egypt. 2017. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 978-0-19-880359-1 £85.
Achim, Miruna. From idols to antiquity: forging the National Museum of Mexico. 2017. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press; 978-1-4962-0337-3 $30.
Mazariegos, Oswaldo Chinchilla. Art and myth of the ancient Maya. 2017. New Haven (CT): Yale University Press; 978-0-300-20717-0 $65.
Gilman, Patricia A. & Leblanc, Steven A.. Mimbres life and society. The Mattocks site of south-western New Mexico. 2017. Tucson: The University of Arizona Press; 978-0-8165-3563-7 $80.
Gingerich, Joseph A.M. (ed.). In the eastern fluted point tradition. 2018. Salt Lake City: The University of Utah Press; 978-1-60781-578-5 $75.
Peeples, Matthew A.. Connected communities networks, identity, and social change in the ancient Cibola world. 2018. Tucson: The University of Arizona Press; 978-0-8165-3568-2 $60.
Price, Sarah E. & Carr, Philip J. (ed.). Investigating the ordinary: everyday matters in south-east archaeology. 2018. Gainesville: University of Florida Press; 978-1-6834-0021-9 $84.95.
Siegel, Peter E. (ed.). Island historical ecology. Socionatural landscapes of the eastern and southern Caribbean. 2018. New York: Berghahn; 978-1-78533-763-5 $130.
Bateson, J.D. & Holmes, N.M. Mcq.. National Museum of Scotland. Scottish coins and dies 1603–1709 (Sylloge of Coins of the British Isles 70). 2017. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 978-0-19-726618-2 £90.
Bolger, Teresa. Colonising a royal landscape—the history and archaeology of a medieval village at Mullamast, County Kildare (TII Heritage 6). 2017. Dublin: Transport Infrastructure Ireland; 978-0-9932315-6-8 €25.
Cavers, Graeme & Crone, Anne. A lake dwelling in its landscape: Iron Age settlement at Cults Loch, Castle Kennedy, Dumfries & Galloway. 2017. Oxford: Oxbow; 978-1-78570-373-7 £36.
Eogan, George & Cleary, Kerri (ed.). Excavations at Knowth. Volume 6: the passage tomb archaeology of the Great Mound at Knowth. 2017. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy; 978-1-908996-76-3 €50.
Hey, Gill, Bell, Christopher, Dennis, Caroline & Robinson, Mark. Yarnton: Neolithic and Bronze Age settlement and landscape. 2016. Oxford: Oxford University School of Archaeology; 978-905905-37-9 £29.95.
Stewart, Dave & Russell, Miles. Hillforts and the Durotriges: a geophysical survey of Iron Age Dorset. 2017. Oxford: Archaeopress; 978-1-78491-715-9 £30.
Blaizot, Frédérique. Les espaces funéraires de l'habitat groupé des Ruelles, à Serris (Seine-et-Marne) du VIIe au XIes (Thana'Os 4). 2017. Bordeaux: Ausonius; 978-2-35613-207-9 €50.
Gould, Peter G.. Empowering communities through archaeology and heritage. The role of local governance in economic development. 2018. London: Bloomsbury; 987-1-3500-3622-2 £70.
Hooper, Glen (ed.). Heritage at the interface: interpretation and identity. 2018. Gainesville: University of Florida Press; 978-0-8130-5657-9 $89.95.
Kiddey, Rachael. Homeless heritage: collaborative social archaeology as therapeutic practice. 2017. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 978-0-19-874686-7 £65.
Gwynn, David M.. The Goths. Lost civilizations. 2018. London: Reaktion; 978-1-78023-845-6 £15.
Pakkanen, Petra (ed.). Annual of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome (Opuscula 10). 2017. Stockholm: Swedish Institutes of Athens and Rome; 978-91-977798-9-0 SEK 636.
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