The Society is now making some of its older publications available as Open Access eBooks. In addition, our new Society for Libyan Studies Open Access Monograph series will be making some of our titles Open Access on publication.

These titles are available to both members and non-members, for digital download, in the following formats:

  • PDF (best for desktop)
  • EPUB (best for Nook, Kobo, Sony Reader and most tablets)
  • MOBI (best for Kindle)

Available Titles

Rural Settlement and Economic Activity

Rural Settlement and Economic Activity is a key new addition to literature on the rural economy of Tripolitania during Antiquity, by Muftah Ahmed. The chapters explore the geography and climate of the area and present the results of the author’s archaeological survey. Settlement types and their constructions are examined, followed by a detailed analysis of olive oil presses and their production capacity. Finally, amphora production sites are discussed, with examples of the types of amphora and their capacities. The conclusions give an overview of the rural economy of Tarhuna during the Roman period, focusing on economic aspects and offering an astonishing new picture of this highly productive landscape.

The Archaeology of the Fazzān

‘The Archaeology of Fazzān is a major series of reports on the archaeology and history of Libya’s southwest desert region. The key element of the story of Fazzān is the existence here of an early Libyan civilisation, the Garamantes, and the publication of these volumes puts into the public domain a rich dossier of information about their antecedents and descendants in this desert environment.

This was a singularly important moment in Libya’s cultural history, with resonances also in Sub-Saharan Africa. There is great interest in the published volumes from specialists in Saharan, Sub-Saharan and Mediterranean archaeology and history, as for the first time we can see in detail the effect of early Trans-Saharan links.

Excavations at Sabratha 1948-51

Sabratha, on the coast of Libya, some 40km west of modern Tripoli, was founded by Phoenician settlers in the 6th or 5th century BC and was a prosperous town during the Roman period. The three volumes of the Excavations at Sabratha deal with excavations carried out under the direction of John Ward-Perkins and Kathleen Kenyon in 1948-51, and subsequently written up in these three volumes by Philip Kenrick, John Dore, Nina Keay, Michael Fulford and Roberta Tomber.

Christian Monuments Of Cyrenaica

J.B. Ward-Perkins and R. G. Goodchild planned a detailed account of late antique and early Byzantine Cyrenaica, but both died before it had been completed. Ward-Perkins’ descriptions of thirty-five churches were found among his papers along with professional architects’ drawings which he had commissioned and a collection of photographs for most of them. These are presented here along with an introductory account of relevant Libyan history, a summary overview of the Christian monuments concerned and a brief account of recent discoveries or reports of others found subsequently in the two ancient provinces of Libya Pentapolis and Libya Sicca.

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