Envisioning the Past: Archaeology an the Image / Edition 1

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Overview

Envisioning the Past brings together archaeologists, art historians, and anthropologists to offer new perspectives on the construction of knowledge concerning the antiquity of man. The volume demonstrates the extent to which the visual presentation of archaeological research creates a particular discourse, powerful enough to shape our understanding of archaeological knowledge. No category of images is immune from this process, from site drawings to museum displays and from manuscript illustrations to digital media. Yet, given the frequent use of images as illustrative material in professional archaeological publications, museums, websites, and TV programs, there are important lessons to be learned.

If a genuinely unmediated image is impossible, how should images be used? What can we learn from considering the use of images in the past and present that might guide our responsible use of them in the future? Moving beyond unchallenged presumptions about the passivity of the visual record, Envisioning the Past re-evaluates the importance of the image as a key contributor to the reconstruction of the past.

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"I recommend this book to anyone interested in the relationship between archaeology and 'the image', and particularly point to the contributions by Glazier, Scott, Phillips and Arnold." Cultural Studies

Envisioning the Past dissects a range of visual reconstructions of antiquity to expose conventions so widely accepted that their distorting effect has become all but invisible. The reader undergoes a process of re-sensitization that is eye-opening in the most literal sense.” Arthur MacGregor, Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405111515
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/7/2005
  • Series: New Interventions in Art History Series , #19
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Sam Smiles is Professor of Art History at the University of Plymouth. He is the author of The Image of Antiquity: Ancient Britain and the Romantic Imagination (1994) and Eye Witness: Artists and Visual Documentation in Britain, 1770–1830 (2000).

Stephanie Moser is Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Southampton. She is the author of Ancestral Images: The Iconography of Human Origins (1998) and Exhibiting Egypt (2005).

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Table of Contents

Introduction : the image in question 1
1 Romancing the human : the ideology of envisioned human origins 13
2 "We grew up and moved on" : visitors to British museums consider their "cradle of mankind" 29
3 The American time machine : Indians and the visualization of ancient Europe 51
4 "To make the dry bones live" : Amedee Forestier's Glastonbury Lake village 72
5 Unlearning the images of archaeology 92
6 Illustrating ancient Rome, or the Ichnographia as Uchronia and other time warps in Piranesi's Il Campo Marzio 115
7 Thomas Guest and Paul Nash in Wiltshire : two episodes in the artistic approach to British antiquity 133
8 A different way of seeing? : toward a visual analysis of archaeological folklore 158
9 Photography and archaeology : the image as object 180
10 Wearing Juninho's shirt : record and negotiation in excavation photographs 192
11 Video killed engaging VR? : computer visualizations on the TV screen 204
12 The real, the virtually real, and the hyperreal : the role of VR in archaeology 223
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