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Inside the Neolithic Mind 

Lewis-Williams, D., and D. Pearce
New York: Thames & Hudson, 2005. ISBN 0500051380.
The authors argue that the shamanistic religious world dominated the lives of the first farmers of the Near East and Europe. See also our review. 320 pages.
Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed 

Diamond, J.
New York: Viking, 2004. ISBN 0670033375.
The author argues that the past offers a rich comparative database we can turn to as we face our own growing environmental and economic problems. See also our review. 592 pages.
Frozen in Time: The Fate of the Franklin Expedition 

Beattie, O.
Vancouver: GreyStone Books, 2004. ISBN 1553650603.
Starvation, scurvy, lead poisoning, and cannibalism ended a famous 1845 voyage through the Arctic in search of the Northwest Passage, the subject of this book by anthropologist Owen Beattie, who found the crew's gruesome remains in the 1980s. In this updated edition, Beattie gives the evidence for the crew having lead poisoning from tinned foods, which they ate to prevent scurvy (it didn't work). They were victims, quips novelist Margaret Atwood in her witty introduction, of bad packaging. 278 pages.
Frozen in Time: The Fate of the Franklin Expedition 

Beattie, O.
Vancouver: GreyStone Books, 2004. ISBN 1553650603.
Starvation, scurvy, lead poisoning, and cannibalism ended a famous 1845 voyage through the Arctic in search of the Northwest Passage, the subject of this book by anthropologist Owen Beattie, who found the crew's gruesome remains in the 1980s. In this updated edition, Beattie gives the evidence for the crew having lead poisoning from tinned foods, which they ate to prevent scurvy (it didn't work). They were victims, quips novelist Margaret Atwood in her witty introduction, of bad packaging. 278 pages.
Animal Symbolism in Art 

Werness, H.
New York: Continuum International Publishing Group, 2004. ISBN 0826415253.
A comprehensive encyclopedia of animals and animal symbolism across the natural, cultural, geographic, and historical lines of the world. 476 pages.
Architecture Pop-Up Book 

Radevsky, A.
New York: Universe Publishing, 2004. ISBN 0789311887.
Despite the format, this book is not for kids. Roughly the first half features architectural marvels from the ancient world, some nine to ten per page, packed with history, reconstructions, and interactive elements. Open one face of Khufu's pyramid to see the system of tunnels leading to his burial chamber within, or peer through the Doric columns of the Parthenon. Informative text panels accompany every edifice. 12 pages.
Atlas of World Art 

Onians, J., ed.
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004. ISBN 0195215834.
Forty thousand years of artistic output is found in this book. Though not strictly archaeological, the oversize volume is filled with artifacts, architecture, and innovative maps that give a truly global sense of artistic development around the world, often as revealed in the archaeological record. Crosscultural comparisons are particularly easy to do. 352 pages.
Constant Battles 

LeBlanc, S.
New York: St. Martin's Press, 2004. ISBN 0312310900.
In LeBlanc's view, he explains in this book that warfare and violent conflict have always existed throughout human history. He also takes the reader around archaeological sites in the world, describing the existence of warfare throughout history. 271 pages.
Survival by Hunting: Prehistoric Predators and Animal Prey 

Frison, G.
Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004. ISBN 0520231902.
This book makes the case that an archaeologist ill-trained in hunting is ill-suited to speculate on hunting cultures. The author reviews important archaeological sites and talks about the techniques and weapons used by ancient hunters. See also our review. 292 pages.
The Book of the Year 

Aveni, A.
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004. ISBN 0195171543.
Through an in-depth analysis of the traditions surrounding American holidays, author Anthony Aveni offers a look into the ways humans have given meaning to the passing of time. From Christmas to Halloween, Aveni traces the history of the many customs associated with holidays. 192 pages.

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