Archaeological Book Give-aways

Need to reduce my  thousands odd library.

Many books here from the 60s onwards.

Free to a good home

Good means you are not taking them to resell!

They are being disposed by bundles only

Take a whole bundle or none!

To reserve email me.  Tell me which bundle you want.

Some of the older ones have spotting on the outside of the leaves.

Newer ones generally good condition tho some are ex-library

I will post within NZ but it is at your cost and risk.

Courier on a bundle in Auckland is circa $10.00

Collection is welcome - East Tamaki Heights Auckland

COLLECT and you are welcome to take as many bundles as you like.

If you want info on publishers/ dates/ pages etc email me.

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Edwards is an oldie but a goodie

Boat beneath the Pyramid is a classic.

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Romer is always a good read.

The Ramses one is the catalogue of an exhibition at Expo 86 in Vancouver sourced from the Egyptian museum Cairo

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Egypt bundle 3 

Carter is his account of the tomb contents - dry but definitive.

Top left is Christians Desroches-Noblecourt 1963 Life and Death of the Pharaoh Tutankhamen

Nubia is about the sites drowned by the Aswan high dam. Sorrell is a famous archaeological illustrator 

Bottom left is catalogue of exhibition at Queensland Art Gallery 1988

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Romer's best on Egypt?

Taschen high production values as usual.


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A Glyn Daniel Bundle - Good writer - of course these overlap somewhat.

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UK Archaeologists Biographies.

Right is Wheeler's Still Digging - where he self glorifies more than a bit.

Crawford was the founder of Antiquity and a pioneer of aerial photography. His autobiography entirely omits his left wing political activism.

The Wheeler biography is an astonisher - a charmer but a user of people.

Aubrey and Pit-Rivers Pioneers of different ages.

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African Bundle

Kalambo a classic Paleolithic site.

Clark - an older summary in the Thames and Hudson series

Mary Leaky - an autobiography of her archaeology and of course covers her husband and his paleontology as well

Tassilli Frescoes - Desert Art which showed how it was once the scene of herding.


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Monkeys and apes - a popular review

Broom - a South African Pioneer - a readable account of his work

Piltdown Men So who was the forger?

Bottom Left Weiner - The Piltdown Forgery. The account of how it was exposed and the start of the who dun it.

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Physical Anthropology Bundle

Hands - You will never look at your hands again without wonder

Brace - long used as a textbook

Peking Man - Its discovery and a gripping account of the loss of the specimens.

Chardin - Philosopher seeking to reconcile evolution and Christian religion. A Jesuit priest come paleontologist.

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Richard Leakey - a popular account of his discoveries

Java Man - Erectus mainly - a popular account

Lucy - Early Australopithecine discovery- Johanson

Lucy's Child - and a bit later Johanson again

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Human Paleontology Bundle

Washburn was an influential book in its day. The current received view of erectus, sapiens and Neanderthal was cemented about this time.

Coon - a very controversial book in its day. Coon derived varieties of sapiens from earlier local erectus populations. Accused of racism in his day - but now we accept  DNA evidence of other contributions - if not total ancestral lines - with less difficulty.

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North American Ethnology Bundle

Indian Fishing - the many techniques of Northeast cost an interesting read in a NZ context.

Ishi - A most memorable and remarkable book. He was the last survivor of his his Californian band - living on covertly his own in his traditional way until taken in by an anthropologist who studied his lifeways with him in the field.  Sadly died not long after. 

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Astro Archaeology and Related

Decoded - is a review copy paper bound. Hawkins was much debunked - and he pushed his case far to far- but some of what he claimed is accepted today.

Richards is a relatively recent account - tho this field has been changing greatly of late

A Little History of Astro Archaeology - is good common sense applied to a field that does not always attract it.

Dorchester - some of the many other henge type sites known. (Without stones) Having read this I was always surprised at how the Time Team folks were always over the moon  on the couple of occasions they found new ones - they are not that unusual.

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American Bundle

Jennings was a mate of Roger Greens

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Anthropological Lean

The White men about the reactions of indigenous people to the colonialist - much of it visual representations

Shapiro - human history with a strong anthropological lean - he was a physical anthropologist


Sahlins was an influential book in its time - arguing that for prehistoric people rarely operated against environmental limits.

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American Bundle 

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China Bundle - popular accounts of the Xian sites

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Left is Woldering: Art of the Pharaohs Art of the World series

Other is Aldred: Art in Ancient Egypt - New Kingdom

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Archaeology and Society

The Washburn volume was a game changer in its day in applying anthropological concepts to human evolution. Some of the ideas first skirted here continue into common views of how ancient humans might have behaved

Childe - always challenging but a bit more removed from anthropology.

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The New Archaeology

A couple of early texts from when everyone had to write one.

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Near Middle and further East


Catal Huyuk a beauty.

Three classic authors, Mellart, Wheeler, Glyn Daniel

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Mellart again

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Stone Age Bundle

Grahame Clark, Bourdes, 

Oakley Man the Toolmaker- a standard in its day

Le Gros Clark History of the Primates Introduction to Fossil Man - strong focus on systematics

25 DSCN3301.JPG (1687103 bytes) Archaeology - what is it 1?

Fagan, Renfrew and Renfrew and Bahn 

26 DSCN3302.JPG (1755459 bytes) Archaeology - what is it 2?

Piggott, Clark and Campbell

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Flights to yesterday - Aerial archaeology - strong on Britain but flies elsewhere too

Prehistoric European Art -  well illustrated

Past at Work -UK Industrial archaeology

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Technology etc for the archaeologist

Digging up Bones a classic.


29 DSCN3306.JPG (3771488 bytes) A Miscellany

White the past is human - denouncing the astro / spaceman / lunatic fringe. Good read.

Belzoni - Pioneering archaeologist in Eqypt - - well archaeology of a sort. What he did was astonishing.

30 DSCN3307.JPG (2819648 bytes) Clarke - was this the future of archaeology?  - it seemed like it once. Sadly he died too young to put his many ideas to the test.


Attenborough - a popular account of Mediterranean civilization beginnings

31 DSCN3308.JPG (2722016 bytes) Butzer an introduction to Pleistocene geology and environments  relative to archaeology

Man the Hunter  (Ok it would not be called that today) - a survey (many papers) about the anthropology of hunters - with relevance to archaeology.  Very influential in its day. Gender studies fodder - yes it was, and there is a book Woman the Gatherer. 

32 DSCN3309.JPG (3706833 bytes) Oldies but goodies

Brothwell and Higgs - influential in its day

Oakley  was about how to do it without absolute dating - old tricks but goodies.

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Techniques bundle

Hogg is the basics of conventional surveying - not an electronic  instrument in sight/site (ha ha)

Crawford is mostly Britain with excursions elsewhere - with a surprising chapter on ethnographic analogies.

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American theory and application

Binford - an iconoclast with a high opinion of himself but worth reading

Wiley and Taylor - both standard Uni texts in their day

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Brit Bundle

Subterranean - Fogou and their ilk

Argyll-  Cup and ring art

Field Archaeology - good intro to the range of British sites.

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Cole is an old classic  - European Neolithic oriented of course

Gowlett brilliantly illustrated.

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Wheeler - conventional review - nicely illustrated

Piggot - an old classic -- sweep of early Europe - as it was then knownU

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Fox and Sorrell - Introduction for younger readers - Aileen Fox later active in NZ

Hibben - an odd review 1958 seems to have Acheulian and Clactonian as traditions that represented different but parallel branches of fossil man.

New Grange ORiordan and Daniel    Famous Irish site.  - before the reconstruction


That's it - no more to come