Archaeology is both an academic subject and a passionate hobby for thousands around the world. Pen and Sword Archaeology is a fast growing list with the support of Professor Joann Fletcher as well as Dr Nick Saunders acting as Series Consultant to the Modern Conflict Archaeology list.

Pen and Sword Archaeology aims to provide accessible and up to date archaeological books on a wide range of subjects, including the classical world, ancient Egypt, antiquarian biographies, history vs archaeology, local archaeology, image heavy books, maritime archaeology, modern conflict archaeology and battlefield archaeology.

An accessible read, 'Nottingham: The Buried Past of a Historic City Revealed' is ideal for anyone with a general interest in the history of the city. This is the only book detailing Nottingham's history through archaeological research and it offers some intriguing potential answers to the never-before published mysteries which archaeological work has uncovered in this fascinating city.

Nottingham & Long Eaton Topper

This is a welcome reissue of a fascinating volume by the accomplished scholar Professor Jocelyn Toynbee, originally published in 1973. She describes the roles that animals played in the Roman world or in warfare, as domestic pets or as food. She also outlines their mythological and religious symbolism. An added extra is the appendix on Roman veterinary medicine.


The result of Birgitta Hoffman's innovative approach is a book full of surprising and controversial conclusions that will appeal to the general reader, as well as those studying or teaching ancient history or archaeology.

Highland Perthshire News

A welcome addition to the genre, this title offers a fascinating overview of aspects of the nation’s wartime heritage including Stop Lines and Air Raid Shelters, Schools in Wartime and Air Crash sites. Written in a classic style that will appeal to history novices, experienced researchers and those who read out of general interest, the title is well illustrated in colour and provides details of relevant places to visit. Enjoyable, informative reading on a subject that has not hitherto been given the coverage it deserves.

Home Front History

This book aims to give a concise overview of various aspects if anthropology and how they can be applied to archaeology. One format that is repeated in many of the examples is to take an interpretation of the archaeological record based on the quantitative approach, and prove its invalidity by bringing anthropological information into the picture which changes the meaning of the archaeological record. This is an effective approach, as it does demonstrate that the picture is incomplete without considering the social context. The book is concise and clear, with well-defined chapters and themes, and it does not assume too much prior knowledge and so is suitable for proto-archaeologists. The Present Past remains one of the best introductions to the area of post-processual archaeology, and Hodder has updated the bibliography with select works from the last 30 years, so those wanting to find more recent examples have a starting-point.

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