Oxbow Books

was founded in 1983

by David Brown,

and started life in a shed

in the garden of St Cross College, Oxford.

The company quickly outgrew the shed,

and moved to more spacious premises

where the number of books grew and grew,

as did the number of staff.

In the mid-1980s an office

was established in North America,

which became the David Brown Book Company

and later Casemate Academic,

now a major academic book distributor.


Beginning with our subject specialities

of archaeology, ancient history and medieval studies,

Oxbow’s distribution operation offers books

in many other humanities and social science subject areas,

from modern history to music and art.

Now publishing around 80 books a year

Oxbow Books has become a leading publisher

in the field of archaeology and in 2013

the company celebrated its 30th anniversary.