BOOK REVIEW: André J. Veldmeijer about Thompson, J. 2015. Wonderful Things. A History of Egyptology. 1: From Antiquity to 1881

PalArch’s Journal of Egyptology/Archaeology of Egypt, 12(2) (2015) A good number of well-established colleagues, such as Brian Fagan, Kara Cooney and Kent Weeks, have written book reviews of ‘Wonderful Things’ (see http://www.aucpress.com/p-4927-wonderful-things.aspx) and I can only confirm their enthusiasm and opinions. ‘Wonderful Things’ “follows […] Read the entire review (PDF File)

BOOK REVIEW: Donald R. Prothero about Grande, L. 2013. The Lost World of Fossil Lake: Snapshots from Deep Time – Chicago, University of Chicago Press

PalArch’s Journal of Vertebrate Palaeontology, 11(1) (2014) Perhaps the greatest treasures in paleontology are not individual skeletons of spectacular dinosaurs, but the incredible treasure troves of fossils from the famous “Mother Lode” deposits of fossils known as Lagerstätten. There are about a dozen or so such famous localities around the world, where the fossils have […]

BOOK REVIEW: Matthew C. Mihlbachler about Prothero, D. 2013. Rhinoceros Giants: The Paleobiology of Indricotheres. – Bloomington, Indiana University Press

PalArch’s Journal of Vertebrate Palaeontology, 10(6) (2013) I have one vivid memory from my summer vacation between the 2nd and 3rd grade – discovering a ragged and faded copy of All About Strange Beasts of the Past by Roy Chapman Andrews at a neighbor’s garage sale. To me, the most exciting chapter of this elementary-level […]

BOOK REVIEW: Christoffer Theis about Lapp, W. 2011. Chronologie Ägyptens und des Vorderen Orients. Von Josef in Ägypten bis zur Plünderung Thebens durch die Assyrer und der Deportation der Israelis nach Babel. – Gelnhausen, Wagner Verlag GmbH

PalArch’s Journal of Archaeology of Egypt/Egyptology, 10(2) (2013). Wolfgang Lapp legt mit seinem Buch (noch) eine (neue) alternative Chronologie für den Vorderen Orient im Zeitraum zwischen 1800 und 500 vor Christus vor, mit der er seinen eigenen Worten gemäß “etwas Licht in die graue Vorzeit gebracht zu haben” glaubt (S. 9). […] Read the entire […]

BOOK REVIEW: PalArch’s Journal of Archaeology of Egypt/Egyptology, 9 (4) (2012)

Christoffer Theis about Habicht, Michael E. 2011. Nofretete und Echnation. Das Geheimnis der Amarna-Mumien. – Leipzig, Koehler & Amelang GmbH. Die Geschichte der Amarnazeit und das Wirken der verschiedenen Charaktere, deren Namen Echnaton, Nofretete, Tutanchamun oder Aja II. wohl vielen Individuen ein Begriff sein dürften, ist in der Ägyptologie auch weiterhin ein vieldiskutiertes Thema – […]

BOOK REVIEW: PalArch’s Journal of Archaeology of Egypt/Egyptology, 9 (3) (2012)

Nicholas Warner about Gates, Ch. 2011. Ancient Cities: The Archaeology of Urban Life in the Near East and Egypt, Greece and Rome. – London, Routledge. The vast scope of this book almost inevitably makes any review of it partial and partisan. Who could possibly know everything about all of the cities that fall within its […]

BOOK REVIEW: PalArch’s Journal of Archaeology of Egypt/Egyptology, 9 (1) (2012)

Christoffer Theis about Dodson, A. 2003. The Pyramids of Ancient Egypt. – London, New Holland Publishers. Aidan Dodson verfolgt mit seinem Buch den Ansatz, eine Zusammenstellung aller Pyramiden in Ägypten zu bieten, ein „up-to-date listing of all known examples belonging to kings and queens“ (S. 6, vgl. auch S. 7 & 13). Wie Dodson bereits […]

BOOK REVIEW: PalArch’s Journal of Archaeology of Egypt/Egyptology, 8 (4) (2011)

René van Walsem about Manley, B. & A. Dodson. 2010. Life Everlasting. National Museums Scotland Collection of Ancient Egyptian Coffi ns. – Edinburgh, National Museums Scotland. After an overview (without title, pp. 1-10) of the history of the conglomerate of the National Museums Scotland – with special attention to the Egyptian collections and the individuals […]

BOOK REVIEW: Palarch’s Journal of Vertebrate Palaeontology 8 (5) 2011

Alexandra A. de Sousa about Müller, S. & F. Schrenk. 2008. The Neanderthals. – London & New York, Routledge. We do not know whether Neanderthals would have blended in with modern humans, but we certainly do have a lot of real (and imagined) ideas about who they were. This point is well made by the […]

BOOK REVIEW: Palarch’s Journal of Archaeology of Egypt/Egyptology 8 (1) 2011

Christoffer Theis about Lepre, J.P. 2006. The Egyptian Pyramids. A Comprehensive Illustrated Reference. – Jefferson/London, McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers (2nd Edition). Das mit 341 Seiten recht umfangreiche Buch von J.P. Lepre stellt nach seiner eigenen Aussage eine “manuscript compilation for my own reference” dar, “providing me with quick access to crucial information while in […]

BOOK REVIEW: Palarch’s Journal of Archaeology of Egypt/Egyptology 8 (3) 2011

Daniel Arpagaus about D’Auria, S.H. Ed. 2008. Servant of Mut: Studies in Honor of Richard A. Fazzini. – Leiden/Boston, Brill (Probleme der Ägyptologie 28). Die Festschrift für Richard Fazzini, den langjährigen Kurator und Vorsteher der Abteiling für ägyptische Kunst am Brooklyn Museum, New York, versammelt insgesamt 32 Aufsätze von Freunden un Kollegen. Der Inhalt der […]

BOOK REVIEW: Palarch’s Journal of Vertebrate Palaeontology 8 (3) 2011

Ilja Nieuwland about Brian Switek. 2010. Written in Stone. Evolution, The Fossil Record, and Our Place in Nature. – New York, Bellevue Literary Press. The history of vertebrate paleontology has simultaneously been very well and very poorly served in the past. Certain periods have seen tens or hundreds of publications devoted to them, and there’s […]

BOOK REVIEW: Palarch’s Journal of Vertebrate Palaeontology 8 (2) 2011

B.L. Beatty about Pinhasi, R.& Mays, S. (eds.) 2008. Advances in Human Palaeopathology. – Hoboken, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Paleopathology, as a science, has a deep and rich history, and most so for that which is focused on humans. Cases of pathologies in mummies, ancient buried skeletons, and even simply historical records are abundant, […]

BOOK REVIEW: Palarch’s Journal of Vertebrate Palaeontology 8 (1) 2011

B.L. Beatty about Sepkoski, D. & Ruse, M. (eds.) 2009. The Paleobiological Revolution. – Chicago, University of Chicago Press The history of palaeontology tends to focus on Darwin, Cope and Marsh, or if someone is particularly scholarly, the Burgess Shale. But with the exception of studies on Darwin, few of these ever delve deeper in […]

BOOK REVIEW: Palarch’s Journal of Archaeology of Egypt/Egyptology 7 (7) 2010

André J. Veldmeijer about Picton, J. & I. Pridden. 2008. Unseen Images. Archive Photographs in the Petrie Museum. Volume 1: Gurob, Sedment and Tarkhan. – London, Golden House Publications Sometimes, a book does not need a long review to explain its importance. ‘Unseen Images. Ar­chive Photographs in the Petrie Museum. Vol­ume 1: Gurob, Sedment and Tarkhan’ is one of these… […]

BOOK REVIEW: Palarch’s Journal of Archaeology of Egypt/Egyptology 7 (9) 2010

Ingrid Blom-Böer about Fitzenreiter, M. 2009. Das Ereignis Geschichtsschreibung zwischen Vorfall und Befund. – London, Golden House Publications (IBAES X) Dem Vorwort zum ersten Band IBAES (Internet-Beiträge zur Ägyptologie und Sudanarchäologie/Studies from the Internet on Egyptology and Sudanarchaeology) Vol. I, 1998 kann man entnehmen, wie die Idee zur Internet-Publikation zustande kam und welche Ziele verfolgt werden sollten. […]

BOOK REVIEW: Palarch’s Journal of Archaeology of Egypt/Egyptology 7 (10) 2010

Jan Moje about Hafemann, I. 2009. Dienstverpflichtung im Alten Ägypten während des Alten und Mittleren Reiches. – London, Golden House Publications (IBAES XII) Die vorliegende Arbeit, die 1990 in dieser Version an der Akademie der Wissenschaften der DDR verteidigte Dissertation der Autorin, beschäftigt sich mit verwaltungstechnischen und ökonomischen Aspekten königlicher, also „staatlicher“ Dienstpflicht während des Alten […]

BOOK REVIEW: Palarch’s Journal of Archaeology of Egypt/Egyptology 7 (8) 2010

Lukas Petit about Carver, M. 2009. Archaeological Investigation – London / New York, Routledge I must admit I had my prejudices reading this new publication of Martin Carver. Another archaeological guide, which was moreover “the best book in the English language for fifty years” according to Richard Hodges of the University of Pennsylvania. Don’t we […]

BOOK REVIEW: Palarch’s Journal of Vertebrate Palaeontology 7 (3) 2010

H.D. Sues about Ryan, M.J., B.J. Chinnery-Allgeier & D.A. Eberth. Eds. 2010. New Perspectives on Horned Dinosaurs: The Royal Tyrrell Museum Ceratopsian Symposium. – Bloomington, Indiana University Press The Ceratopsia or horned dinosaurs are a very distinctive group of ornithischian dinosaurs. All have a narrow beak, and most have bony collars or frills extending from […]

BOOK REVIEW: PalArch’s Journal of Archaeology of Egypt/Egyptology, 7(4) (2010)

Jan Moje about Nyord, R. 2009. Breathing Flesh. Conceptions of the Body in the Ancient Egyptian Coffin Texts. – København, Carsten Niebuhr Institute Publications 37. Sie Sargtexte gehören mit zu den wichtigsten Quellen über die altägyptischen Vorstellungen vom Jenseits. Sie waren Bereits Thema diverser Arbeiten, darunter jedoch relativ wenige Detailstudien zu den religiösen Konzeptionen und Vorstellungen […]

BOOK REVIEW: PalArch’s Journal of Archaeology of Northwest Europe, 5(1) (2010)

Yardeni Vorst about Rose, S. 2007. The Medieval Sea. – London/New York, Hambledon Continuum. This book by Susan Rose deals with aspects of the sea and seafaring in Medieval times in Northern Europe, the Mediterranean and North Africa. Through time (the period 1000-1500 AD) Rose illustrates the difference in Europe in attitudes towards the sea, […]

BOOK REVIEW: PalArch’s Journal of Archaeology of Egypt/Egyptology, 7(3) (2010)

Nicholas Warner about Schijns, W. With contributions from O. Kaper & J. Kila. 2008. Vernacular Mud Brick Architecture in the Dakhleh Oasis, Egypt and the Design of the Dakhleh Oasis Training and Archaeological Conservation Centre. – Oxford, Oxbow Books (Dakhleh Oasis Project Monograph 10) Much has changed in the environment of the Dakhleh Oasis since […]

BOOK REVIEW: PalArch’s Journal of Archaeology of Egypt/Egyptology, 7(1) (2010)

Augusto Gayubas about Wodzińska, A. 2009. A Manual of Egyptian Pottery. Volume 1: Fayum A-Lower Egyptian Culture. – Boston, Ancient Egypt Research Associates. Dr. Anna Wodzińska, who works at the Institute of Archaeology of the University of Warsaw (Poland), is the head of the Ceramics Team of AERA (Ancient Egypt Research Associates) Field School. The […]

BOOK REVIEW: PalArch’s Journal of Archaeology of Egypt/Egyptology, 6(10) (2009)

J. Moje about Ockinga, B.G. 2005. A Concise Grammar of Middle Egyptian. An Outline of Middle Egyptian Grammar by Hellmut Brunner Revised and Expanded. 2nd Edition. – Mainz, Philipp von Zabern Bei der vorliegenden Grammatik handelt es sich um eine Weiterentwicklung des ‚„Abrisses der Mittelägyptischen Grammatik“ von Hellmut Brunner, die 1960 erstmals publiziert wurde. Die […]

BOOK REVIEW: PalArch’s Journal of Archaeology of Northwest Europe, 4(2) (2009)

A.J. Veldmeijer about Roder, H. Ed. 2008. Schuhtick. Von kalten Füßen und heißen Sohlen. – Mainz am Rhein, Philipp von Zabern These are good times for lovers of shoes and books about shoes: the exhibition “Schuhtick. Von kalten Füßen und heißen Sohlen” can still be visited in Bremen (until 28 March 2010), after which it […]

BOOK REVIEW: PalArch’s Journal of Archaeology of Northwest Europe, 4(1) (2009)

C. Vermeeren & K. Hänninnen about Muir, R. 2008. Woods, Hedgerows & Leafy Lanes. – Stroud, Tempus Publishing This book by Richard Muir is about woodlands, hedgerows and leafy lanes in England and in particular the human infl uence on such landscape elements. It should be possible to recognize and interpret, with the assistance of […]

BOOK REVIEW: Palarch’s Journal of Vertebrate Palaeontology, 6(2) (2009)

B.L. Beatty about Prothero, D. & S. Foss. Eds. 2007. The Evolution of Artiodactyls. – Baltimore, The Johns Hopkins University Press Until the explosive results of the popularity of dinosaurs stimulated by fi lms like Jurassic Park, mammal palaeontology dominated vertebrate palaeontology meetings and publications. And yet, despite these former decades of dominance, the state […]

BOOK REVIEW ISSUE PalArch’s Journal of Archaeology of Egypt/Egyptology 6, 3 (2009): 1-7

W.M. van Haarlem about Bard, K.A. 2007. An introduction to the Archaeology of Ancient egypt. – Malden/Oxford/Carlton, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing W.M. van Haarlem about Bonnet, Ch. D. & D. Valbelle. 2006. Pharaonen aus dem schwarzen Afrika. – Mainz, Philipp von Zabern S. Ikram about Vermeersch, P.M. Ed. 2008. A Holocene Prehistoric sequence in the egyptian red […]

BOOK REVIEW ISSUE PalArch’s Journal of Vertebrate Palaeontology 5, 2 (2008): 13-17

H.J.M. Meijer about Martill, D.M., G. Bechly & R.F. Loveridge. 2007. The Crato fossil beds. Window into an ancient world. – Cambridge, Cambridge University Press A.J. Veldmeijer about Mol, D., W. van Logchem, K. van Hooijdonk & R. Bakker. 2007. De sabeltandtijger uit de Noordzee. – Norg, Drukware I.J.J. Nieuwland about Wellnhofer, P. 2008. Archaeopteryx. Der Urvogel von Solnhofen […]

BOOK REVIEW ISSUE PalArch’s Journal of Archaeology of Egypt/Egyptology 5, 2 (2008): 1-6

A.J. Clapham about Cappers, R.T.J. 2006. Roman foodprints at Berenike. Archaeobotanical evidence of subsistence and trade in the Eastern Desert of Egypt. – Los Angeles, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, University of California, Los Angeles (Berenike Reports 6, Monograph 55) A.J. Veldmeijer about Parkinson, R. 2008. The painted tomb-chapel of Nebamun. Masterpieces of ancient Egyptian art in the British […]