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This book explores the means by ...
This book explores the means by which colour-based cultural understandings are formed, and how they are used to sustain or alter social relations. From colour systems in the Mesolithic, to Aztec symbolism and the use of colour in Roman Pompeii, this book paints a new picture of the past. Through their close observation of monuments and material culture, authors uncover the subtle role colour has played in the construction of past social identities and the expression of ancient beliefs.
Author Biography: Andrew Jones is a Research Fellow of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research in Cambridge. Gavin MacGregor is Project Officer, Archaeological Research Division, Glasgow University.
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|Introduction: Wonderful Things - Colour Studies in Archaeology from Munsell to Materiality||1|
|1||Apotropaism and the Temporality of Colours: Colourful Mesolithic-Neolithic Seasons in the Danube Gorges||23|
|2||Colourful Prehistories: The Problem with the Berlin and Kay Colour Paradigm||45|
|3||White on Blonde: Quartz Pebbles and the Use of Quartz at Neolithic Monuments in the Isle of Man and Beyond||73|
|4||So Many Shades of Rock: Colour Symbolism and Irish Stone Axeheads||93|
|5||The Flashing Blade: Copper, Colour and Luminosity in North Italian Copper Age Society||109|
|6||Munselling the Mound: The Use of Soil Colour as Metaphor in British Bronze Age Funerary Ritual||127|
|7||Making Monuments Out of Mountains: The Role of Colour and Texture in the Constitution of Meaning and Identity at Recumbent Stone Circles||141|
|8||A Biography of Colour: Colour, Material Histories and Personhood in the Early Bronze Age of Britain and Ireland||159|
|9||The Composition, Function and Significance of the Mineral Paints from the Kurgan Burial Mounds of the South Urals and North Kazakhstan||175|
|10||Colour and Light in a Pompeian House: Modern Impressions or Ancient Perceptions||195|
|11||The Colours of Light: Materiality and Chromatic Cultures of the Americas||209|
|12||Epilogue: Colour and Materiality in Prehistoric Society||227|