War and Sacrifice: Studies in the Archaeology of Conflict

Tony Pollard (Editor) Iain Banks (Editor)


This volume covers conflicts from sub-Neolithic Finland to early Modern Ireland, looking at the archaeological evidence for conflict. This evidence ranges from excavation, to osteology, to artefacts, to linguistics, bringing together varying approaches to the study of conflict in the past.
Most of the papers relate to prehistory, starting with the sub-Neolithic, running through the Bronze Age and into the Iron Age. There are also papers on Irish conflict archaeology, running from the sixteenth century AD to the 1916 Easter Rising.
The prehistoric papers are significant in examining the evidence forensically and trying to establish whether conflict is the best explanation for particular phenomena, while the Irish papers open the rich landscape of conflict in Ireland, with all of the possibilities for investigating conflict that can be found.

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Publish Date
December 13, 2006
6.53 X 0.78 X 9.82 inches | 1.29 pounds
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About the Author

Tony Pollard MA, Ph.D., MIFA, FSA Scot is Director of the Centre for Battlefield Archaeology at Glasgow University. He was co-presenter of the BBC television series 'Two Men In A Trench', the first battlefield archaeology TV series. He has carried out battlefield projects in the UK, Africa and South America and has published widely in archaeology.
Iain Banks MA, Ph.D., MIFA, FSA Scot is Director of Glasgow University Archaeological Research Division. He has worked on numerous battlefield projects in the UK and overseas and is a specialist in geophysical survey. Other research interests include the Atlantic Iron Age and post-medieval rural settlement. He has published widely on various aspects of archaeology.


"This book demonstrates that an understanding of prehistory through archaeological research is the most fundamental approach to relating the past to the present, and that the subfield of conflict archaeology is a crucial component in illuminating the nature and intensification of organized violence in human affairs. The articles in War and Sacrifice, while restricted to European sites and perspectives, will nonetheless be significant to broader cross-cultural and global studies which examine the beginnings of violence and warfare among all human beings in all regions, as a typical but unfortunate accompaniment of the human endeavor. Barry D. Kass in Journal of Military History, Oct2007, Vol. 71/4