Book Reviews – Archeology

Book Review – The Coming of Rome – John Wacher

This was a relatively short volumn, less than 200 pages but jammed full of details related to the state of England before the invasion by the Romans (first by Julius Caesar) and then the impacts of that invasion before the Romans finally evacuated the island 300+ years later. I had a bit of difficulty following […]

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Book Review – Atlantis the Antediluvian World, Ignatius Donnelly

This is a reprint of the Illustrated Edition of 1882 In a very real sense, this is the classic source book for all the stories related to Atlantis, together with interesting illustrations. For anyone who is at the least interested in the story or the legend, this is required reading. Some notes: 1 – The […]

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Book Review – The Sumerians, Samuel Noah Kramer

Their History, Culture, and Character The author, Samuel Kramer, is perhaps the most excellent writer on the topic of the Sumerians. I have a number of his books and I have always found them to be well written, excellently researched and totally inciteful in their analysis. This is certainly no exception. Highly, highly recommended. Some […]

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Book Review – Richard Rudgley, “Lost Civilizations of the Stone Age”

An non-traditional examination of pre-history. The traditional view of human “civilization” is that it all stated in Sumer (Iran/Iraq) when writing was formalized and used to inscribe clay tablets. There is even a book I own titled “History Began At Sumer”. The author challenges this by pointing out a wide variety of evidence that humans […]

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Book Review – Royal Tombs of Sipan, Walter Alva

Found this book in an antique shop in Albuquerque, NM last Christmas……Yes, Christmas…not….whatever the anti-Christmas folks say…. This is a very nicely done documentation associated with the excavation of a Royal Peruvian tomb. The story of the site is rather standard in many ways: locals stumble upon an unknown treasure site by accident, loot it, […]

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Book Review – The Keys of Egypt, Lesley and Roy Adkins

A quite well done history of the decipherment of the ancient Egyptian language. There were quite a few persons who had made the attempt to understand the language of the monuments and papyrus documents but none were successful until Jean Francois Champollion took up the task at the ripe old age of 16. This is […]

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Book Review – A Tale of Two Caves, Francois Bordes

From the back cover…says it better than I might: Describing recent research done in the Combe-Grenal and Pech de l’Aze caves; this book describes the inter-disciplinary approach to and methodology of excavation used by French anthropologists and geologists. A history of the research done in these caves is traced and the information gathered on the […]

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Book Review – Between The Lines, Anthony Aveni

The Mystery of the Giant Ground Drawings of Ancient Nasca, Peru This is a fairly recent book which take a somewhat unconventional view of the drawings and conflicts with the “conventional wisdom”. Or at least the standard view as presented by Maria Reiche, who has been the “Dean” of the field for a long time. […]

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Book Review – Schliemann’s Discoveries of the Ancient World: Carl Schuchhardt

This is perhaps the fourth book I’ve read about Schliemann and this one is distinct in that it was written very shortly after the man’s death and as a result has a different, more topical view of the man and his discoveries. Schliemann was an extraordinary fellow who made a fortune in the business world […]

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Book Review – Before Before Writing, From Counting to Cuniform, Schmandt-Besserat

Before Writing, From Counting to Cuniform, Schmandt-Besserat I ran into a reference to this work, and the other companions as yet unread while looking into some additional details related to Marshak’s work. It took a real effort to locate a copy of the books and they proved to be quite expensive. This copy came from […]

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Book Review – The Arts and Crafts of Travancore, Kramrisch, Poduval and Cousins

The Arts and Crafts of Travancore, Kramrisch, Poduval and Cousins Printed by the Royal India and Pakastan Society. Found this in an antique shop somewhere and just had to buy it. Travancore is a “province”, if that is the right term (and I doubt it is) for an area of India at the southern tip, […]

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