OK, glad to have started this. My proposals comes also from seeing that there are other members of the community that come home with pile dwellings
of books about the visited sites!
Some guidelines to choose titles might be:
- excluding guide books, even thematic ones (like the Danish Turen går til vikingetiden, where Jelling and ring fortresses [T] appear among other)
- excluding general historic works, so the Römische Geschichte
I mentioned would not be appropriate for Rome with respect to a a book that goes over the specific urban development of Rome.
One source of "standard" references which might accompany an entry for a site, of which it is interesting to know that they exist, are some series specificall yabout WHS like
- SAGEP's yellow books
about Italy's WHSs, in Italian and English
- the very nice hardcovers about Czech Unesco heritage
, in Czech and English.
But there are other reference books which, even if they don't necessarily mention WHS status, are really spot-on and vividly suggested readings about some sites. From the top of my mind I have:
- The Leopard's tale
about çatal Höyük (which I cite in my review)
- Sie bauten die ersten Tempel
about Göbekli Tepe (also translated in various languages)
, surely in German and Danish, don't know if in other languages too (sold at least at the museum)
Now, it would be interesting to see what we can gather abou more popular sites, like Teotihuacàn, Verona or Peking's. But I think that those of interested to build such a bibliography are much more manageable than the ocean of books with more general takes and arguments.