Memory and Material Culture

Memory and Material Culture

by Andrew Jones
     
 

We take for granted the survival into the present of artefacts from the past. Indeed, the discipline of archaeology would be impossible without the survival of such artefacts. What is the implication of the durability or ephemerality of past material culture for the reproduction of societies in the past? In this book, Andrew Jones argues that the material world offers… See more details below

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We take for granted the survival into the present of artefacts from the past. Indeed, the discipline of archaeology would be impossible without the survival of such artefacts. What is the implication of the durability or ephemerality of past material culture for the reproduction of societies in the past? In this book, Andrew Jones argues that the material world offers a vital framework for the formation of collective memory. He uses the topic of memory to critique the treatment of artefacts as symbols by interpretative archaeologists and artefacts as units of information (or memes) by behavioral archaeologists, instead arguing for a treatment of artefacts as forms of mnemonic trace that have an impact on the senses. Using detailed case studies from prehistoric Europe, he further argues that archaeologists can study the relationship between mnemonic traces in the form of networks of reference in artefactual and architectural forms.

About the Author:
Andrew Jones is a lecturer in archaeology at the University of Southampton

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521545518
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/30/2007
Series:
Topics in Contemporary Archaeology Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.94(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.51(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     xi
Memory and Material Culture?     1
From Memory to Commemoration     27
People, Time, and Remembrance     47
Improvising Culture     70
Continuous Houses, Perpetual Places: Commemoration and the Lives of Neolithic Houses     91
Culture, Citation, and Categorisation: Regionality in Late Neolithic Britain and Ireland     122
Chains of Memory: The Aesthetics of Memory in Bronze Age Britain     141
The Art of Memory: Memory, Inscription, and Place     162
Tracing the Past: Landscape, Lines, and Places     190
Coda     223
References     229
Index     251

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