Publications

Photograph of a collection of books published by the SocietyThe Society has an active publishing programme, producing both academic and general books, either under our own imprint or in association with other publishers and research organisations.

The following is a complete list of titles in print and forthcoming. Further details of many of these titles can be found on by clicking on the title. Orders should be placed directly with the distributor. Distributors' contact details can be obtained by clicking on the distributor's name.

You can consult the ARCHway website for the contents pages of volumes 1 to 110 of the Society's occasional Archaeologia series.





BOOKS IN PRINT (most recent first)

The cover of the book 'Roman Mosaics of Britain, Volume IV, Western Britain'Roman Mosaics of Britain, Volume IV: Western Britain

by Stephen R Cosh and David S Neal

ISBN: 978-0-85431-294-8; 480pp, 500 b&w & col ills, hbk

Distributor: Oxbow Books

Volume IV: Western Britain brings to a triumphant conclusion this monumental project to catalogue, describe and illustrate every Romano-British mosaic. The area covered by the fourth and final volume in the corpus is one of the richest regions of Britain in economic as well as architectural and artistic terms and this is reflected in the quantity and quality of the region's mosaics, which include the largest figured mosaic ever found in Britain - the Woodchester Orpheus pavement - which was perhaps the inspiration for the other famous Orpheus mosaics of the Roman Cotswolds.

At the heart of this affluent region is Cirencester, Roman Britain's second largest town, represented here by more than sixty mosaics, the second-century examples being the most exquisite in the country. There are also many fine mosaics from the region's highly ornate villas, as well as from the towns of Gloucester, Caerwent and Wroxeter.

The catalogue follows the format of earlier volumes in providing an account of each mosaic's discovery and locating the mosaic within its building plan. Following the description are notable parallels and major references. Many of the illustrations are by the authors, with additional ones by Luigi Thompson, as well as photographs and historical engravings, a high proportion of the latter by Samuel Lysons whose home was in Gloucestershire where he did much of his pioneering work in archaeological excavation and illustration. Brief biographies of Lysons and all the other artists whose work grace all four volumes appear at the end of this volume.

As with previous volume the work is preceded with a substantial introduction. This deals with the history and topography of the region, buildings and rooms, an assessment of regional workshops, and schemes, ending with a consideration of mosaics in relation to the end of Roman Britain.


WACH coverWestminster Abbey Chapter House: the History, Art and Architecture of 'a Chapter House Beyond Compare'

edited by Warwick Rodwell and Richard Mortimer

ISBN: 978-0-85431-295-5 544p; 305 pages, 256 ills, hdbk

Distributor: Oxbow Books

This volume tells the complete story of the Westminster Abbey chapter house, which ranks as one of the spectacular achievements of European Gothic art and architecture; and that is precisely what its builder, King Henry III, intended. Begun in the mid-1240s, and completed within a decade, its pre-eminence was recognized in its own day, when the chronicler Matthew Paris described Westminster as having 'a chapter house beyond compare'.

Papers by leading scholars in the field of medieval art and architecture reveal the reasons for the construction of the chapter house and trace the possible influences upon the master mason in charge of the project. The subsequent history of the structure is revealed as it evolved from a meeting place of the king's Great Court, the predecessor of the English Parliament, and as a royal treasury into a repository for government archives after the Dissolution, home to the Public Record Office until the late 1850s, and its subsequent restoration at the hands of Sir George Gilbert Scott.

Now under the care of English Heritage, the chapter house has just been cleaned and restored again, leading to the spectacular light-filled building that we see today, to which full justice is done by this richly illustrated book, filled with pictures of the architectural and sculptural details, the medieval tilework and the wall painting that justify the motto inscribed in the chapter house floor: 'as the rose is the flower of flowers, so is this the house of houses'.

BadgesHeraldic Badges in England and Wales

by Michael Powell Siddons

ISBN: 978-1-84383-493-9; 1,320pp, hdbk in 4 vols

Distributor: Boydell & Brewer Ltd.

This is the first general study of heraldic badges to be published. Badges have usually been treated as an incidental part of heraldry, and although many illustrations and descriptions of badges survive from the late fifteenth century onwards, the only serious attempts to engage with the subject are to be found in individual scholarly studies and occasional lists of badges.

Michael Siddons’s monumental work fills a serious gap in the literature of heraldry, and offers a comprehensive overview of the subject from the first use of badges in the fourteenth century to their decline in the early seventeenth century. The first volume discusses the nature and use of heraldic badges, and the sources of information on badges, while the second is a dictionary of heraldic badges, divided into two separate parts covering royal and non-royal badges. This is followed by ordinaries of heraldic badges and livery colours in the third volume. There are extracts from unpublished records, a bibliography and full indexes. Badges occur in a wide variety of contexts – costume, furnishings, armour, warfare, tournaments, seals, flags, plate and monuments, to name but a few – and this will be an indispensable resource for anyone studying the visual inheritance of the English past.

Dictionary British ArmsDictionary of British Arms: Medieval Ordinary Volume 3

by Thomas Woodcock and Sarah Flower

ISBN: 978-0-85431-293-1; 784pp, hdbk

Distributor: Oxbow Books

This volume is the third of a projected four-volume Medieval Ordinary, an Ordinary being a collection of arms arranged alphabetically according to their designs, as opposed to an armory which is arranged alphabetically by surname. This Ordinary covers the period from the beginnings of heraldry in the twelfth century to 1530, the end of the medieval period for English and Welsh heraldic chronology, which is when the county surveys known as Heralds' Visitations began. The Dictionary follows the principles of exact description laid down by Papworth in 1874, and this work is essentially a new edition of Papworth's Ordinary. This volume covers arms whose descriptions fall alphabetically between Chief and Fess including Cross and Escutcheon.

Hill HallHill Hall: A Singular House Devised by a Tudor Intellectual

by Paul Drury and Richard Simpson


ISBN: 978-0-85431-291-7; 544pp, 378 ills, hdbk in 2 parts

Distributor: Oxbow Books

This is the complete history of a building that began as a hunting lodge, late in the eleventh century and that grew to be the principal house of the manor of Theydon Mount in Essex, a small country retreat within easy reach of London. In 1556, the house was acquired by Sir Thomas Smith (151277), a man of humble origins but precocious intellect who became Regius Professor of Civil Law at Cambridge at the age of thirty and Chancellor of the University two years later. He then forsook academic for political life, becoming Master of Requests to the Lord Protector Somerset. From 1557, Smith rebuilt the house in French-influenced classical style and decorated it with wall paintings of Cupid and Psyche and King Hezekiah, conveying complex messages of morality and affinity as part of a coherent programme of images in paint, glass and tiles.

Four centuries on, the house was first used as an open prison, then, in 1969, largely gutted by fire and finally, in 1980, taken into the care of the Department of the Environment. Archaeological excavation and detailed recording of the surviving fabric took place prior to the restoration of the house and its mural paintings, the results of which are now presented in this copiously illustrated account of one of the most important and influential houses to be built in Elizabethan England. 


Mosaics IIIRoman Mosaics of Britain Volume III South-East Britain

by David S Neal and Stephen R Cosh

ISBN 978-0-85431-289-4; 606pp, 531 ills in colour and b&w, hdbk in 2 parts

Distributor: Oxbow Books

This is the third volume in a massive project to create the first complete corpus of the Roman mosaics of Britain. Roman Mosaics of Britain Volume III covers the areas of Britain that were first to come under Roman control and where some of the country’s most impressive mosaics are to be found. These include those of Colchester, Silchester, London and Verulamium, and in the villas and palaces at Brading, Bignor, Fishbourne and Rockbourne.

In this unrivalled work, the authors cover the origins of mosaic-making in Britain, the development of colour palettes and motifs, as well as the types of buildings with which mosaics are associated, the functions of mosaic-decorated rooms, the materials from which they are made and the impact of mosaic discoveries on early antiquaries. The catalogue provides an account of each mosaic’s discovery and locates the mosaic within its building plan. Every mosaic is described, with significant parallels and major references, and illustrated with the authors’ own paintings, reproductions of historic engravings and over 500 line drawings and photographs, taken in situ wherever possible, before lifting or restoration. This is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in Roman art, craftsmanship, architecture and social life.

Visions of AntiquityVisions of Antiquity: The Society of Antiquaries of London 1707-2007

edited by Susan Pearce

Archaeologia 111, ISBN: 978-0-85431-287-0; 488pp, 116 ills in colour and b&w, hdbk

Distributor: Oxbow Books

This fascinating portrait of the Society of Antiquaries of London, founded in 1707, assesses the impact that individual Fellows and the Society as a whole have had in influencing the way we visualise and understand the past. There are, for example, essays on the Society's pioneering role in recording monuments and antiquities for posterity, in establishing the scientific and empirical basis of archaeological studies, in replacing Biblically based timeframes with a clearer understanding of deep time measured in millions of years, in drawing up the first legislation protecting ancient monuments, and in funding and publishing the great excavations of the last one hundred years, from Stonehenge, Maiden Castle, Richborough and Sutton Hoo to Aksum (Ethiopia) and Mons Porphyrites (Egypt).

All the papers represent fresh and original scholarship and they tell us much about the Society's achievements (and some of the accompanying conflicts between personalities and ideas) over three hundred years. They are based on diaries, letters, minute books and confidential government papers and on portraits that chart the changing image of the antiquary from a figure of fun to heroic seeker of forgotten people and civilizations. Visions of Antiquity reveals astonishing echoes across time - from the repeated and continuing attempts to record all ancient buildings and monuments to the continuity of the title 'antiquary' to describe scholars who build bridges between different branches of knowledge based on the study of material remains of the past and of a Fellowship whose numbers have included prime ministers, bishops, peers and parliamentarians, as well as radicals and free thinkers, such as William Morris and many of the founders of modern conservation.


TintagelExcavations at Tintagel Castle, Cornwall, 1990-1999

by Rachel C Barrowman, Colleen E Batey and Christopher D Morris; Society of Antiquaries of London Research Report No. 74

ISBN: 978-0-85431-286-3; 370pp, 125 b/w  and 20 col ills, hbk

Distributor: Oxbow Books

Romantic rock-perched Tintagel is a magical place that resonates with Arthurian associations - and the archaeological reality is no less intriguing than the legend. Investigation of the site began in the 1930s, when Dr Ralegh Radford uncovered remains of buildings with significant volumes of eastern Mediterranean and North African pottery of fifth- to seventh-century date, suggesting a western British site of iconic importance in the economy of the late Antique and Byzantine world. The research presented in this book comes from renewed fieldwork carried out at this promontory site over several seasons between April 1990 and July 1999, using modern archaeological techniques, together with previously unpublished work from Radford's private archive, along with that of his architect, J A Wright. This work has demonstrated the complexity and variability of building forms and associated occupation at the site and the wide-ranging connections of Tintagel during the fifth to seventh centuries, as reflected in the extensive ceramic assemblage, while re-examination of the 'Great Ditch' has established that this is the largest promontory or hill-top site of its period. A unique glass assemblage and a stone with a probable imperial inscription to Honorius - later the object of graffiti from three post-Roman personages, Paternus, Coliavus and Artognou - serve as dramatic testimony to the cultural and literary milieu of high-status Dumnonian society in the post-Roman period.


Kelmscott William Morris's Kelmscott: Landscape and History

Edited by Alan Crossley, Tom Hassall and Peter Salway

ISBN: ISBN-13: 978-1-905119-13-4 (hdbk); ISBN-13: 978-1-905119-14-1 pbk; 256pp, col and b/w ills

Distributor: Oxbow Books

Kelmscott Manor is forever linked with the name of William Morris, pioneer conservationist and utopian socialist, designer and father of the Arts and Crafts tradition. The manor played a crucial role in shaping his thought: at the climactic moment of his futuristic novel, News from Nowhere, Morris lifts the latch of the Manors garden gate and finds his personal holy grail. Morris was drawn by the organic relationship between Kelmscott and its landscape: the linkage of stone walls and roof tiles to the geology and the soil, and the honest toil of the people to the agricultural cycle .

The fruits of the Kelmscott Landcape Project established in 1996 by the Society of Antiquaries of London, the owners of Kelmscott Manor today, this book is a multi-faceted examination of Kelmscotts history. Archaeology, from prehistory to the present day, the architectural development of the Manor before and after Morris knew it, and the art that the village and Manor have inspiredall received rich, illustrated coverage. The result is a vivid portrait of a Thames-side village transformed by its association with Morris, a book which demonstrates the rich connections between culture and landscape in a particular place.

Nicopolis ad Istrum III: A late Roman and early Byzantine City: the finds and the biological remains

Society of Antiquaries of London Research Report No. 67 (2007)
Edited by Andrew Poulter
ISBN: 978 1 84217 182 0
£50
Distributor: Oxbow Books

Roman Mosaics of Britain. Volume II: South-west Britain (2006)

David Neal and Stephen Cosh
ISBN: 0 95479 161 4
£160
Distributor: Oxbow Books

The Cistercians in Wales: architecture and archaeology 1130–1540

Society of Antiquaries of London Research Report No. 73 (2006)
David M Robinson
ISBN: 0 85431 285 4
£55
Distributor: Oxbow Books

The Processional Cross in Late Medieval England: the 'Dallye Cross'

Society of Antiquaries of London Research Report No. 71 (2005)
Colum Hourihane
ISBN: 0 85431 281 1
£25
Distributor: Oxbow Books

The Excavation of Khok Phanom Di. Volume VII. Summary and conclusions

Society of Antiquaries of London Research Report No. 72 (2005)
Brian Vincent
ISBN: 0 85431 282 X
£60
Distributor: Oxbow Books

Sutton Hoo: A Seventh-Century Princely Burial Ground and its Context

British Museum Press / Society of Antiquaries of London Research Report No. 69 (2005)
Martin Carver
ISBN: 07141 2232 6
£95
Distributor: Oxbow Books

The Excavation of Khok Phanom Di: Volume VI: the pottery: the material culture (Part II)

Society of Antiquaries of London Research Report No. 70 (2004)
Brian Vincent
ISBN: 0 85431 280 3
£125
Distributor: Oxbow Books

Roman Brooches in Britain: a technological and typological study based on the Richborough Collection

Society of Antiquaries of London Research Report No. 68 (2004)
Justine Bayley and Sarnia Butcher
ISBN: 0 854312 79 X
£40
Distributor: Oxbow Books

The 1542 Inventory of Whitehall Palace: the palace and its keeper (2004)

Maria Hayward
ISBN: 0 9547916 0 6
£160
Distributor: Oxbow Books

'Old St Paul's': the Society of Antiquaries' diptych, 1616

Publication No. 163 of the London Topographical Society (2004)
Pamela Tudor-Craig with contributions by Christopher Whittick and Ann Saunders
ISBN: 0 902087 50 9
£15
Distributor: London Topographical Society

The Archaeology of Greek and Roman Slavery

Society of Antiquaries of London Research Report No. 66 (2003)
F Hugh Thompson
ISBN: 0 7156 3195 0
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Roman Mosaics of Britain. Volume I: Northern England, including the Midlands and East Anglia 2002

David Neal and Stephen Cosh
ISBN: 0 9537845 2 5
£160
Distributor: Oxbow Books

Glamis Castle

Society of Antiquaries of London Research Report No. 63 (2000)
Harry Gordon Slade
ISBN: 0 85431 277 3
£29.95
Distributor: Oxbow Books

Landscape Plotted and Pieced: landscape history and local archaeology in Fyfield and Overton Down, Wiltshire

Society of Antiquaries of London Research Report No. 64 (2000)
Peter J Fowler
ISBN: 0 85431 276 5
£40
Distributor: Oxbow Books

Archaeology at Aksum, Ethiopia, 1993–1997

Joint publication with the British Institute in Eastern Africa (Memoirs of the British Institute in Eastern Africa 17/ Society of Antiquaries of London Research Report No. 65 (2000)
David W Phillipson
ISBN: 1 872566 13 8
£95
Distributor: Oxbow Books

Roman Fortresses and their Legions: papers in honour of George C Boon, FSA, FRHistS

Occasional Papers of the Research Committee of the Society of Antiquaries of London No. 20 (2000)
edited by Richard J Brewer
ISBN: 0 85431 274 9
£29.95
Distributor: Oxbow Books

Catalogue of Manuscripts in the Society of Antiquaries of London (2000)

Pamela J Willetts
ISBN 0 85991 579 4
£120
Distributor: Boydell & Brewer Ltd

Nicopolis ad Istrum: a Roman to early Byzantine city. The pottery and glass

Society of Antiquaries of London Research Report No. 57 (1999)
A G Poulter with R K Falkner and J D Shepherd
ISBN: 0 71850 168 3
£95
Distributor: Oxbow Books

The Glass Beads of Anglo-Saxon England c AD 400–700

Society of Antiquaries of London Research Report No. 58 (1999)
Margaret Guido (edited by Martin Welch)
ISBN: 0 85115 718 1
£50
Distributors: Boydell & Brewer Ltd and Oxbow Books

Medieval Decorative Ironwork in England

Society of Antiquaries of London Research Report No. 59 (1999)
Jane Geddes
ISBN: 0 85431 273 0
£75
Distributor: Oxbow Books

Early Incised Slabs and Brasses from the London Marblers

Society of Antiquaries of London Research Report No. 60 (1999)
Sally Badham and Malcolm Norris
ISBN: 0 85431 272 2
£27.50
Distributor: Oxbow Books

The Excavation of Khok Phanom Di: Volume V: the people

Society of Antiquaries of London Research Report No. 61 (1999)
N G Tayles
ISBN: 0 85431 270 6
£65
Distributor: Oxbow Books

Monuments of Merv: traditional buildings of the Karakum

Society of Antiquaries of London Research Report No. 62 (1999)
Georgina Herrmann
ISBN: 0 85431 275 7
£90
Distributor: Oxbow Books

The Inventory of Henry VIII. Volume I: the transcript

Society of Antiquaries of London Research Report No. 56 (1998)
Edited by David Starkey and P Ward
ISBN: 9781872501895
£90
Distributor: Brepols Publishers


HERALDIC TITLES

Dictionary of British Arms. Medieval Ordinary. Both an Ordinary and an Armory with Lengthy Index of Names

T Woodcock and others
Volume 1 (1992) £48; Volume 2 (1996) £60
Distributor: Heraldry Today

Aspilogia. Volume I. A Catalogue of English Mediaeval Rolls of Arms (1950)

A R Wagner
£45
Distributor: Heraldry Today

Aspilogia. Volume II. Rolls of Arms of Henry III (The Matthew Paris Shields c 1244–59 (ed T D Tremlett); Glover's Roll c 1253–8 and Walford's Roll c 1273 (ed the late H S London); Additions and Corrections to Volume 1) (1967)

A R Wagner
£35
Distributor: Heraldry Today

Aspilogia. Volume III. Rolls of Arms of Edward I (1207–1307), 2 volumes (1997)

Gerard Brault
£195
Distributor: Heraldry Today