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Bringing Carthage Home: the Excavations of Nathan Davis, 1856-1859 (University of British Columbia Studies in the Ancient World) Hardcover – October 4, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1842179925 ISBN-10: 1842179926

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...her monograph represents a valuable exercise in archival archaeology, a strong complement to Gutron’s Franco-centric account of archaeology in Tunisia, an important contribution to the topography of Roman Carthage, and a solid model for future studies seeking to re-contextualize a range of materials from the Maghreb.' (Matthew M. McCarty, Yale University Bryn Mawr Classical Review 1900-01-00)

What emerges from the book is a portrait of Davis as an energetic and resourceful adventurer struggling to establish his reputation as an archaeologist in a climate of unremitting hostility from the French colonial establishment who regarded Carthage as their own exclusive sphere of influence. In the end,Davis’ career as an archaeologist was short-lived.His funding lasted only four years during which time his prolific activity in the field was never matched by a corresponding scholarly rigour, a failing which left him vulnerable to criticism by other professional archaeologists. While it may be easy to dismissDavis’ archaeological activity at Carthage as mere treasure hunting, this new reappraisal of his excavations and discoveries does much to restore his reputation as a worthy pioneer of North African archaeology. It is essential reading for anyone interested in the early exploration of ancient Carthage.' (Jeremy Rossiter Antiquity 1900-01-00)

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Joann Freed is Professor Emerita in the Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo (Ontario), Canada, where she taught between 1989 and her retirement in 2009. Apart from the early archaeology of Carthage, her main research interests concern Roman pottery and amphorae and the evidence they provide for economics and trade in the ancient Mediterranean. The author of many papers on these subjects in books, conference proceedings and academic journals, she has also co-written (with A. M. McCann), Deep Water Archaeology: a Late Roman Ship from Carthage and an Ancient Roman Trade Route near Skerki Bank off Northwest Sicily (1994), and (with S. Stevens and M. Garrison), A Cemetery of Vandalic Date at Carthage (2009).

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