Archaeological Artefacts as Material Culture

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 2007-12-10
  • Publisher: Routledge

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This colourful book combines practical and theoretical information to provide a fresh approach to analysing and interpreting artefacts. In its study of the used and modified objects unearthed during excavations and surveys, archaeological enquiry is already steeped in material culture: here, Linda Hurcombe shows how an awareness of the discipline can deepen our understanding of the social context of past cultures. She also explores the manner in which objects from the past become part of the present.

Author Biography

Linda M. Hurcombe is Head of the Department of Archaeology, Exeter University

Table of Contents

List of tables and figuresp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgementsp. xv
Deconstruction and analysisp. 1
Introductionp. 3
Artefacts from the groundp. 14
Learning from contextsp. 38
Making sense of artefactsp. 54
Changing perspectivesp. 91
Materials and materialityp. 107
Materialityp. 109
Organic materials and artefactsp. 119
Stone materials and artefactsp. 146
Clay (and glass) materials and artefactsp. 166
Metal materials and artefactsp. 190
Artefacts as material culture: past, present, and futurep. 209
Bibliographyp. 212
Indexp. 278
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