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For this issue of NBC, we investigate a range of different approaches to the archaeology of ritual. The attribution of unexplained phenomena to ritual practice is something of a cliché in public perceptions of archaeology (just try googling ‘ritual archaeology cartoon’!), and even within the discipline there are those who remain sceptical that we can ascend Hawkes's ladder of inference (1954) to such dizzy heights. Yet several recent books coming in to the Antiquity office show how both theory and method are advancing our understanding of this complex concept. Sparked by the publication of two major volumes from Cambridge, we here take the pulse of the archaeology of ritual, and find it in rude health.

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This list includes all books received between 1 January 2018 and 28 February 2018. 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.
Bauer, Andrew M. & Bhan, Mona. Climate without nature: a critical anthropology of the Anthropocene. 2018. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; 978-11084-2324-3 £75.
Crumley, Carole L., Lennartsson, Tommy & Westin, Anna (ed.). Issues and concepts in historical ecology. The past and future of landscapes and regions. 2018. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; 978-1-108-42098-3 £49.99.
Düring, Bleda S. & Stek, Tesse D. (ed.). The archaeology of imperial landscapes. A comparative study of empires in the ancient Near East and Mediterranean world. 2018. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; 978-1-10718-970-6 £90.
Green, Ulrike Matthies & Costion, Kirk E. (ed.). Modeling cross-cultural interaction in ancient borderlands. 2018. Gainesville: University of Florida Press; 978-081305-688-3 $84.95.
Kohler, Timothy A. & Smith, Michael E. (ed.). Ten thousand years of inequality. The archaeology of wealth differences. 2018. Tucson: The University of Arizona Press; 978-0-8165-3774-7 $70.
Ventresca Miller, Alicia R. & Makarewicz, Cheryl A. (ed.). Isotopic investigations of pastoralism in prehistory (Themes in Contemporary Archaeology 4). 2018. Abingdon: Routledge; 978-1-138-30858-9 £105.
Reich, David. Who we are and how we got here. Ancient DNA and the new science of the human past. 2018. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 978-0-19-882125-0 £20.
Blankholm, Hans Peter (ed.). Early economy and settlement in Northern Europe. Pioneering, resource use, coping with change (The Early Settlement of Northern Europe 3). 2018. Sheffield: Equinox; 978-1-78179-605-4 £125.
Clarke, H. & Lamm, K.. Helgö revisited. A new look at the excavated evidence for Helgö, central Sweden. 2017. Schleswig: Verein zur Förderung des Archäologischen landesmuseums e.v. 978-3-947386-01-7.
Cunliffe, Barry. The ancient Celts (2nd edition). 2018. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 978-01-98752-92-9 £35.
Knutsson, Kjel, Knutsson, Helena, Apel, Jan & Glørstad, Håkon (ed.). Technology of early settlement in Northern Europe. Transmission of knowledge and culture (The Early Settlement of Northern Europe 2). 2018. Sheffield: Equinox; 978-1-78179-604-7 £100.
Persson, Per, Riede, Felix, Skar, Birgitte, Breivik, Heidi Mjelva & Jonsson, Leif (ed.). Ecology of early settlement in Northern Europe. Conditions for subsistence and survival (The Early Settlement of Northern Europe 1). 2018. Sheffield: Equinox; 978-1-78179-515-6 £135.
Carter, Joseph Coleman & Swift, Keith. The Chora of Metaponto 7. The Greek sanctuary at Pantanello. Volumes I–III. 2018. Austin: University of Texas Press; 978-1-4773-1243-4 $200.
Isayev, Elena. Migration, mobility and place in ancient Italy. 2017. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; 978-11-07130-61-6 £105.
Lund, John, Larje, Rita & Nilsson, Harald. Carthage II: the Swedish mission to Carthage part of the UNESCO project ‘Pour Sauver Carthage’ (ActaRom-4° 54). 2018. Stockholm: Svenska Institutet i Rom; 978-917042-185-3 SEK 636.
Papathanasiou, Anastasia, Parkinson, William A., Pullen, Daniel J., Galaty, Michael L. & Karkanas, Panagiotis (ed.). Neolithic Alepotrypa Cave in the Mani, Greece. 2018. Oxford: Oxbow; 978-1-78570-648-6 £70.
Perlès, Catherine. Ornaments and other ambiguous artifacts from Franchthi. Volume 1, the Palaeolithic and the Mesolithic (Excavations at Franchthi Cave, Greece 15). 2018. Bloomington: Indiana University Press; 978-0-253-03184-6 $50.
Sweeney, Naoise Mac. Troy. Myth, city, icon. 2018. London: Bloomsbury; 978-1-4725-2937-4 £19.99.
Sweeney, Naoise Mac & Haywood, Jan. Homer's Iliad and the Trojan war. Dialogues on tradition. 2018. London: Bloomsbury; 978-1-3500-1268-4 £91.89.
Brennan, Brian. Herculaneum. A Roman town reborn. 2018. Sydney: Ancient History Seminars; 978-0-9756963-8-5 £14.99.
Eckardt, Hella. Writing and power in the Roman world. Literacies and material culture. 2018. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; 978-11-828418-05-8 £75.
Elsner, Jaś. The art of the Roman Empire AD 100–450. 2018. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 978-0-19876-863-0 £19.99.
Faraone, Christopher A.. The transformation of Greek amulets in Roman imperial times. 2018. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press; 978-0-81224-935-4 $89.95.
Hales, Shelley & Touati, Anne-Marie Leander (ed.). Returns to Pompeii: interior space and decoration documented and revived, 18th–20th century (Skrifter Utgivna av Svenska Institutet i Rom, 4o, 62). 2016. Stockholm: Svenska Institutet; 978-91-7042-183-9 SEK 636.
Parker, Adam & McKie, Stuart (ed.). Material approaches to Roman magic. Occult objects & supernatural substances (TRAC Themes in Roman Archaeology 2). 2018. Oxford: Oxbow; 978-1-78570-881-7 £40.
Poehler, Eric E.. The traffic systems of Pompeii. 2017. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 978-0-19-061467-6 £55.
Symonds, Matthew. Protecting the Roman Empire. Fortlets, frontiers, and the quest for post-conquest security. 2018. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; 978-1-108421-55-3 £75.
George, Alain & Marsham, Andrew (ed.). Power, patronage, and memory in Early Islam. Perspective on Umayyad elites. 2018. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 978-0-19-049893-1 £64.
Silver, Minna, Fangi, Gabriele & Denker, Ahmet. Reviving Palmyra in multiple dimensions: images, ruins and cultural memory. 2018. Caithness: Whittles; 978-1-84995-296-5 £30.
Campbell, Roderick. Violence, kinship and the early Chinese state. The Shang and their world. 2018. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; 978-1-107-19761-9 £75.
Gutherz, Xavier. Asa Koma. Site néolithique dans le bassin du Gobaad (République de Djibouti). 2017. Montpellier: Presses universitaires de la Méditerranée; 978-2-36781-257-1 €23.
Babel, Anna M.. Between the Andes and the Amazon. Language and social meaning in Bolivia. 2018. Tucson: University of Arizona Press; 978-0816-53726-6 $60.
Brown, M. Kathryn & Bey III, G.J. (ed.). Pathways to complexity: a view from the Maya lowlands. 2018. Gainesville: University of Florida Press; 978-0-8130-5484-1 $100.
Goodyear, Albert C. & Moore, Christopher R. (ed.). Early human life on the southeastern coastal plain. 2018. Gainesville: University of Florida Press; 978-1-683-40034-9 $125.
Harry, Karen G. & Herr, Sarah (ed.). Life beyond the boundaries. Constructing identity in edge regions of the North American Southwest. 2018. Boulder: University of Colorado Press; 978-1-60732-666-3 $85.
Stanley Loten, H.. Miscellaneous investigations in central Tikal—the Plaza of the Seven Temples (Tikal Report 23C; University Museum Monograph 147). 2018. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology; 978-1-934536-95-7 $59.95.
Stanley Loten, H.. Miscellaneous investigations in central Tikal—structures in and around the Lost World Plaza (Tikal Report 23D; University Museum Monograph 148). 2018. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology; 978-1-934536-97-1 $55.
Shane Miller, D.. From colonization to domestication. Population, environment, and the origins of agriculture in eastern North America. 2018. Salt Lake City: The University of Utah Press; 978-160-7816-17-1 $55.
Swenson, Edward & Roddick, Andrew P. (ed.). Constructions of time and history in the pre-Columbian Andes. 2018. Boulder: University Press of Colorado; 978-1-60732-641-0 $72.
Vierra, B.J. (ed.). The Archaic Southwest. Foragers in an arid land. 2018. Salt Lake City: The University of Utah Press. 978-1-60781-580-8 $60.
Smith, Beverley Ballin (ed.). Life on the edge: the Neolithic and Bronze Age of Iain Crawford's Udal, North Uist. 2018. Oxford: Archaeopress; 978-1-78491-770-8 £25.
Gerrard, C.M. & Gutiérrez, A. (ed.). The Oxford handbook of later medieval archaeology in Britain. 2018. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 978-0-19-874471-9 £110.
Bompaire, M. & Sarah, G. (ed.). Mine, métal, monnaie, Melle. Les voies de la quantification de l'histoire monétaire du haut Moyen Age (Hautes Etudes Médiévales et Modernes 111). 2018. Geneva: Librairie Droz; 9782-600-05736-3 €46.45.
Cormack, R.. Byzantine art (2nd edition). 2018. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 978-01978-7879-0 £19.99.
Homer. The Odyssey. A new translation by Antony Verity. 2018. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 978-0-19-873647-9 £7.99.
Various. Studi di Antichità 14. 2016. Galatina: Congedo; 978-8-86766-172-5 €45.
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