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The Quest for the Shaman 

Aldhouse-Green, M., and S. Aldhouse-Green
London: Thames & Hudson, 2005. ISBN 0500051348.
This book presents a broad array of archaeological and anthropological evidence to map the presence of shamanism in Europe, from Paleolithic through early Celtic times. See also our review. 240 pages.
Stukeley's Stonehenge: An Unpublished Manuscript, 1721-1724 

Burl, A., and Mortimer, N., eds.
New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005. ISBN 0300098952.
For the first time, William Stukeley's detailed reports from the early years of his fieldwork at Stonehenge have been published by British archaeologists Aubrey Burl and Neil Mortimer. Stukeley's field notes are interspersed with contemplations on the site's construction and meaning. 160 pages.
Chauvet Cave: The Art of Earliest Times 

Clottes, J.
Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2003. ISBN 0874807581.
The latest findings at Chauvet Cave, along with stunning photographs of charcoal drawings and engravings. Includes a chamber-by-chamber tour of the artwork, with handy reference maps. See also our review. 226 pages.
Juniper Fuse 

Eshleman, C.
Middletown: Wesleyan University Press, 2003. ISBN 0819566047.
Combining poetry with perspectives on archaeology, anthropology, psychology, and art history, the author presents a new interpretation of Upper Paleolithic cave art. Eshleman challenges the notion that cave art is solely utilitarian and gives new interpretation to the ancient art work. 300 pages.

Corio, D., and L. Corio
London: Random House, 2003. ISBN 0224064649.
This book features David Corio's handsome black-and-white photographs of both well-known and obscure ancient stone monuments in England and Wales. The accompanying text, by Corio's wife, writer Lai Ngan Corio, gracefully recounts legends and folklore associated with each site. What makes the book especially fun to read is its focus on descriptions of the sites left behind by seventeenth- and eighteenth-century antiquarians, who can always be counted on for interesting speculations, like wondering if megaliths were made by "Men of Gigantick stature." 180 pages.
The Art of the Picts: Sculpture and Metalwork in Early Medieval Scotland 

Henderson, G., and I. Henderson
London: Thames & Hudson, 2003. ISBN 0500238073.
The enigmatic Picts of present-day Scotland left behind a large body of artwork. Medieval historians George and Isabel Henderson examine the Pict's artistic legacy. 256 pages.
The Cross Goes North: Processes of Conversion in Northern Europe, A.D. 300-1300 

Carver, M., ed.
Rochester: York Medieval Press, 2003. ISBN 1903153115.
Follow the spread of Christianity as it travels north and east through Europe. The Cross Goes North tells the history from the point of view of the converted, revealing interesting local situations and motives. 592 pages.
The Real Middle Earth: Exploring the Magic And Mystery of the Middle Ages, J.R.R. Tolkien, and The Lord of the Rings 

Bates, B.
New York: St. Martin's Press, 2003. ISBN 1403963193.
Burial mounds, chalk figures, sacred trees and springs, the rich finds from excavations are treated as keys to a forgotten world. Author Brian Bates presents a tour through the mythology of early medieval England, based on an original and compelling use of archaeological and literary sources. See also review in our March/April 2005 issue (not available online). 292 pages.
Theory and Practice in Mediterranean Archaeology: Old World and New World Perspectives 

Papadopoulos, J., and Leventhal, R.
Los Angeles: Regents of the University of California, 2003. ISBN 1931745110.
Combining the past with the present, archaeologists of the Old World and the Americas are brought together to discuss the most pressing issues of modern archaeology. Along with essays on major themes of the field, Old World and New World specialists provide a history of research over the last 100 years. 318 pages.
Behind the Castle Gate: From Medieval to Renaissance 

Johnson, M.
London: Routledge, 2002. ISBN 0415258871.
In this book, Matthew Johnson tries to discover the truth about castles in england at the end of the Middle Ages. How were they used? What influenced the way they were built? Why were they modified and who did it? In answering these questions, a new way of thinking about castles emerges. 2002 pages.

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