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New Book Describing 1200 Artefacts - It's Arrived!

Post by Fisher1266X » Thu Nov 08, 2018 3:22 pm

A new book has just been published by Kevin Leahy and Michael Lewis of The British Museum.

It has 1200 artefacts and coins with 2,900 colour photos!

https://www.greenlightpublishing.com/PB ... D=27356305

Nice Christmas present ::g :D
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Re: New Book Describing 1200 Artefacts

Post by Stillburning » Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:42 pm

Looks like a good read ::g

But ....... my birthday is in Feb and usually get the discount offers in the new year ;)
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Re: New Book Describing 1200 Artefacts

Post by Oxgirl36 » Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:51 pm

Ordered this earlier today. I'll report back, do a review I mean :)
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Re: New Book Describing 1200 Artefacts

Post by Fisher1266X » Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:27 pm

Stillburning wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:42 pm
Looks like a good read ::g

But ....... my birthday is in Feb and usually get the discount offers in the new year ;)
Forget the birthday, get it for Christmas =))
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Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:51 pm
Ordered this earlier today. I'll report back, do a review I mean :)
Me too..... =)) ....ordered it I mean =))
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Re: New Book Describing 1200 Artefacts

Post by fred » Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:37 pm

Ah well, that's me redundant then! :D
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Re: New Book Describing 1200 Artefacts

Post by sweepstick47 » Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:57 pm

fred wrote:
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Ah well, that's me redundant then! :D
Redundant implies 'cast aside no longer required' :-O That could never be the case with you Fred ;) ::g
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Re: New Book Describing 1200 Artefacts

Post by Oxgirl36 » Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:59 pm

fred wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:37 pm
Ah well, that's me redundant then! :D
You are welcome to do a review instead Fred :-*
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Re: New Book Describing 1200 Artefacts

Post by SuperRed » Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:16 pm

Thanks Paul... I got a text about this earlier and started drooling! I had to grovel to Mrs SR a bit (having just bought the 15" coil), but my dogs taught me the sad eye look and its on order now :D

If it lives up to the others in the 'museum series' it will be a great read!
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Re: New Book Describing 1200 Artefacts

Post by Steve_T » Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:21 pm

Thanks for the heads up ::g ::g

I will get that when I'm back from my holiday, sounds rather good ::g

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Re: New Book Describing 1200 Artefacts

Post by Oxgirl36 » Sat Nov 10, 2018 10:59 pm

Full description for those still waiting for their copy or who might be interested in getting one...


British Museum's Portable Antiques Scheme Finds Identified

An illustrated guide to metal detecting and archaeological finds
by Dr Kevin Leahy and Dr Michael Lewis.

Possibly the most comprehensive finds identification book ever published.

Discover the years of work by the British Museum and Portable Antiques Scheme in identifying and photographing hundreds of artefacts from the stone age to the 20th century in this beautifully illustrated hardback book.

It is organised on a thematic basis with similar objects from different ages grouped together, showing how they changed over time and helping you identify its age.

The book is in hardback A4 format with 360 pages featuring 1200 objects and 2900 photographs

CONTENTS

Dress Fittings

Brooches, Buckles, Buckle Clasps, Strap-Ends, Buttons, Button and Loop Fasteners, Toggles, Cufflinks, Pins, Hooked Tags and Dress Hooks, Beads, Lace Tags, Sleeve Clasps, Girdle Hangers.

Ornaments
Dress pendants, Badges, Finger Rings, Bracelets and Arm Rings, Torcs, Ear Rings, Bodkins, Staff Terminals.

Personal Care
Combs, Tweezers, Ear Scoops, Nail Cleaners, Cosmetic Mortars, Razors, Mirrors, Chatelaines, Dental Implements, Wig Curlers.

Religion and Belief
Ampullae, Bullae, Figurines, Crucifixes and Crosses, Reliquaries, Statues, Monumental Brasses, Votive Models and Miniature Objects.

Literacy and Learning
Book Fittings, Seal Matrices, Seal Boxes, Writing Implements, Wax Spatulae, Parchment Prickers, Aestels, Inscribed Objects, Sundials.

Domestic Life
Household and Furnishings: Locks and Keys, Padlocks, Decorative Fittings, Fire Steels and Strike-a-Lights, Candlesticks and Candle Holders, Lamp Hangers. Food and Drink: Cauldrons, Hanging Bowls, Pans and Skillets, Buckets, Ewers and Wine Jugs, Mortars, Knives, Whetstones, Spoons, Chafing Dishes, Taps, Tankards. Pastimes and Entertainment: Toys, Gaming Pieces and Dice, Pipes, Pipe Tampers, Musical Instruments, Bells.

Tools and Manufacture
Axes, Adzes, Axe Hammers, Perforated Implements, Flint Implements, Metal Tools, Metalworking Tools, Die Stamps, Moulds, Ingots, Casting Waste. Textile Working: Spindle Whorls, Needles, Thimbles, Loom Weights, Pin Beaters, Weaving Combs, Weaving Battens, Scissors and Shears, Linen Smoothers, Textile Dressing. Agriculture: Ploughs, Querns, Sickles.

Trade and Commerce
Purses, Coins (Iron Age, Roman, Early Medieval, Anglo-Saxon, Medieval, Post Medieval, Early Modern), Coin Weights, Tumbrels, Balances, Weights, Jettons, Tokens, Cloth Seals.
Horses and Transport
Horseshoes, Spurs, Saddles, Stirrups, Bridles and Bridle Bits, Strap Fittings, Harness Pendants, Vehicle Fittings, Terrets and Linch Pins.

Warfare and Hunting
Spearheads, Arrowheads, Daggers and Dirks, Rapiers, Swords, Chapes, Maces, Battleaxes, Shields, Helmets, Armour, Firearms and Gun Related Finds, Hunting and Hawking.
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Re: New Book Describing 1200 Artefacts - It's Arrived!

Post by Fisher1266X » Mon Nov 12, 2018 12:51 pm

Lol..... I forgot it was an A4 sized book =))
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Let's hope we can find something to identify!! =)) =))
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Re: New Book Describing 1200 Artefacts - It's Arrived!

Post by SuperRed » Mon Nov 12, 2018 1:37 pm

Fisher1266X wrote:
Mon Nov 12, 2018 12:51 pm
Lol..... I forgot it was an A4 sized book =))


Let's hope we can find something to identify!! =)) =))
It certainly lives up to expectations: quality pages, a hardcover and packed with decent images. The benets series are great for skimming though to identify finds, but this offers so much more in terms of background and the overall picture of the PAS.

Definitely one for the relative’s wish list in my opinion.
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Re: New Book Describing 1200 Artefacts - It's Arrived!

Post by littleboot » Mon Nov 12, 2018 2:45 pm

I will get one of these....As Super says...Benet's are OK for a quick skim and guide, plus lots of pictures, but I find them a tad frustrating as they are so Broad Brush and really give little or no detail beyond the most basic. Also I find them more than a tad dis-organised and badly edited. So was disappointed last time I purchased and have been wary of buying anything similar.
This looks much more what I am after...looking forward to Hubby giving me this as my 'surprise' for Christmas. :))
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Re: New Book Describing 1200 Artefacts - It's Arrived!

Post by Oxgirl36 » Mon Nov 12, 2018 9:15 pm

I have to agree with SuperRed - this is a superb book. For £30 you expect a good quality book but this has delivered and more.

Firstly it has superb pictures, each with a description of what it is and, if appropriate, what it was used for. The PAS record ID is provided for each one too so you can get more info and browse similar varieties of the item.

The cataloguing of finds by type works really well and becomes a mini guide to that item and changing styles/ varieties over time. On many pages there are illustrations of the item in use (i.e. a strap end on a man in medieval dress or a socketed axe in situ)

357 pages long it is a must have for detectorists looking for a good broad guide to identifying finds. Blows any other I’ve seen out of the water :D
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Re: New Book Describing 1200 Artefacts - It's Arrived!

Post by dep1699 » Mon Nov 12, 2018 10:38 pm

Just placed the order, I can't wait till Christmas :D

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Re: New Book Describing 1200 Artefacts - It's Arrived!

Post by SuperRed » Tue Nov 20, 2018 3:28 pm

Having had the opportunity to devote more time to reading through this brilliant book I thought that I would like to add a few more comments to help anyone thinking of buying/wishing a copy.

IMO It would be really difficult/impossible to produce a completely comprehensive tome covering the breadth of artefacts that we may come across, and even if it were the cost would be prohibitive and involve countless volumes. But this is definitely the closest I have seen to offering a broad overview of likely finds, (without just being a ‘catalogue’ of images) and giving the addition of some really useful background detail of each one. It is obviously not intended to be definitive guide to a specific grouping (such as North, Sears, etc.), but it does at least give an idea of context. I found the finds distribution maps particularly interesting and surprising. Yes, we do have the benefit of the excellent PAS database these days but, if like me, you would rather sit by the fire and enjoy a good read without the screen this is the book for you. The World Wide Waste is invaluable for research, but I’m a ‘book person’ in preference – if I were still buying for public libraries this would definitely fall into the general interest acquisitions.

It does seem to offer something for all detectorists. The vast majority of MDF members seem to be either beginners or journeymen and I would say that this is a ‘must’ for them, but it also has enough to interest the more seasoned ‘experts’ too. I am a long way off falling into the latter, but I have already saved one item from my ‘hmm, looks interesting’ pile since reading this.

In short, the product quality of the book is unquestionable and the retail price of 30 quid compares massively to similar productions. Again, just my opinion, but get it on the ‘wish list’.

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Re: New Book Describing 1200 Artefacts - It's Arrived!

Post by Chilgrove » Tue Nov 20, 2018 7:51 pm

Ordering one tomorrow.

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Re: New Book Describing 1200 Artefacts - It's Arrived!

Post by Steve_T » Sun Nov 25, 2018 6:59 am

Have ordered mine now i'm back in the UK, and will be waiting with anticipation

By all accounts from those that have it its well worth the outlay ::g

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