Archive for the 'archaeology' Category

Basic Interior Architecture: Form & Structure: The Organisation of Interior Space

Thursday, June 19, 2008

by Graene Brooker

Call Number: NA2850 .B76 2007

The underlying principles of design and remodeling of interiors are explained clearly and concisely in Form and Structure: The Organisation of Interior Space, the first book in the new Basics Interior Architecture series. From establishing a relationship between the existing building and the new components that inhabit it, to the careful positioning and design of significant elements within the space, every aspect of interior architectural planning is covered. Authors Graeme Brooker and Sally Stone present a straightforward, easy-to-follow method for analyzing, understanding, and using existing buildings to create new interiors that are architecturally appropriate, functional, and beautiful. (Description from

The Grove Encyclopedia of Classical Art and Architecture

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

grove.jpgEdited By Gordon Campbell

The Grove Encyclopedia of Classical Art and Architecture spans every art form, medium, and civilization the fall of the Roman Empire, The Grove Encyclopedia of Classical Art & Architecture is a comprehensive reference source on this important field of study. Drawing on the expansive scholarship of The Dictionary of Art (1996, 34 vols) and Grove Art Online, and adding dozens of new entries, the Encyclopedia includes all subject areas in the classical arts, including philosophers, rulers, writers and artists, architecture, ceramics, sculpture, and more.

Arranged alphabetically, this two-volume set contains over 800 entries tracing the development of the art forms in classical civilizations such as ancient Greece and Rome. Illustrated with 400 halftones, maps and line drawings, and 32 color plates, the Encyclopedia is a reliable and convenient resource covering this field of everlasting significance in the development of western culture. (Description from Call number: NS610 .G76 2007

Food in the Ancient World

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

1253323711.gifby John M. Wilkins and Shaun Hill

General Collection TX353 .W535 2006

In Food in the Ancient World, a respected classicist and a practising world-class chef explore a millennium of eating and drinking. The book focuses on ancient Greece and Rome, but also looks at Persian, Egyptian, Celtic, and other cultures. It embraces people from all walks of life, from impoverished citizens subsisting on cereals, chickpeas and even locusts, to the meat-eating elites whose demands drove advances in gastronomy. The authors reveal how food – used to uphold the social system and linked by philosophers to moral character – played a pivotal role in the ancient world. They describe religious sacrifices, ancient dinner parties and drinking bouts, as well as exotic foods and recipes. Extending from Syria to Spain, and from the steppes of Russia to the deserts of North Africa, this evocative account gives readers a taste of the ancient world. (, from the publisher)

Images of the Past

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

by T. Douglas Price and Gary M. Feinman

General Collection GN740 .P75 2004

This well illustrated, site-by-site survey of prehistory captures the popular interest, excitement, and visual splendor of archaeology as it provides insight into current research, innovative interpretations, and important theoretical themes in the field. (, from the publisher)

Secrets of Archaeology

Thursday, November 2, 2006

11183997.jpgAs Seen on The History Channel

General Collection CC165 .S43 2006

Take a virtual tour through rediscovered cities and see archaeological sites as their inhabitants saw them centuries ago. Explore the magnificent city of Pompeii, the architectural treasures of the Roman Empire, the legendary city of Troy, the mighty pyramids of the pharaohs and much more in this comprehensive 6 disc collection. (from the cover)

Three new house books

Monday, July 17, 2006

6000years.gif6,000 Years of Housing (Revised and Expanded Edition)
by Norbert Schoenauer

“The fascinating evolution of house forms from the Stone Age to the present. Part architecture, part history, and part anthropology, this encyclopedic book limns the rich story of housing around the world from the pre-urban dwellings of nomadic, semi-nomadic, and sedentary agricultural societies to today. It covers housing around the world and suggests solutions for modern housing problems based on historical precedents. 500 b/w line drawings.” (description from book jacket)

americanhousestyles.gifAmerican House Styles: A Concise Guide
by John Milnes Baker, A.I.A.

“Each section of American House Styles begins with a historical overview of the period, followed by a concise commentary on each style. The author then highlights the specific design details that distinguish one style from another. He shows how different styles developed and what influenced their development. His beautifully wrought elevation drawings, each with a floor plan, illustrate the details of style clearly and with precision. Through an understanding of earlier styles, we develop insights into the architecture of our own era. Not only is it fun, but the study of architecture also nurtures a critical sense and allows us to make informed judgments about what is being built today.” (description from publisher)

housingdecisions.JPGHousing Decisions
by Evelyn L. Lewis and Carolyn S. Turner

“This is an excellent book! It covers every aspect of the options available, the latest in innovative designs & techniques, & a whole lot more. It gives you hints on the best time of the year to buy, how to choose economical appliances, how to be earth-friendly, it’s all here. It’s a textbook, but is very easy to read for anyone.” (Source: customer review)

Lascaux Revisited: Exploring Prehistoric Cave Art (DVD)

Friday, June 30, 2006

Lascaux cave art“This extraordinary DVD documents the spectacular prehistoric paintings in Lascaux cave located in southwest France.

The only images of Lascaux filmed since it was closed in 1963.”- Crystal Productions

Cahokia, the Great Native American Metropolis

Thursday, June 29, 2006

by Bilione Whiting Young and Melvin L. Fowler

“Five centuries before the Pilgrims landed in Massachusetts, indigenous North Americans had already built a vast urban center on the banks of the Mississippi River where East St. Louis is today. This is the story of North America’s largest archaeological site, told through the lives, personalities, and conflicts of the men and women who excavated and studied it. Cahokia, a precisely planned community with a fortified central city and surrounding suburbs, was designed as a reflection of the Cahokian’s concept of the cosmos. At its height the metropolis had twenty thousand inhabitants in the city center with another ten thousand in the outskirts. Its centerpiece, Monk’s Mound, ten stories tall, is the largest pre-Columbian structure in North America, with a base circumference larger than that of either the Great Pyramid of Khufu in Egypt or the Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan in Mexico. Melvin Fowler, the “dean” of Cahokia archaeologists, and Biloine Whiting Young tell an engrossing story of the struggle to protect the site from the encroachment of interstate highways and urban sprawl. Now identified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and protected by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, Cahokia serves as a reminder that the indigenous North Americans had a past of complexity and great achievement.” (from publisher)