The Cultural Life of Images: Visual Representation in Archaeology [NOOK Book]

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Pictures are often admired for their aesthetic merits but they are rarely treated as if they had as much to offer as the written word. They are often overlooked as objects of analysis themselves, and tend to be seen simply as adjuncts to the text. Images, however, are not passive, and have a direct impact that engages attention in ways independent of any specific text. Advertising, entertainment and propaganda have realised the extent of this power to shape ideas, but the scientific community has hitherto ...
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The Cultural Life of Images: Visual Representation in Archaeology

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Overview

Pictures are often admired for their aesthetic merits but they are rarely treated as if they had as much to offer as the written word. They are often overlooked as objects of analysis themselves, and tend to be seen simply as adjuncts to the text. Images, however, are not passive, and have a direct impact that engages attention in ways independent of any specific text. Advertising, entertainment and propaganda have realised the extent of this power to shape ideas, but the scientific community has hitherto neglected the ways in which visual material conditions the ways in which we think.
With subjects including prehistoric artworks, excavation illustrations, artists' impressions of ancient sites and peoples and contemporary landscapes, photographs and drawings, this study explores how pictures shape our perceptions and our expectations of the past.
This volume is not concerned with the accuracy of pictures from the past or directly about the past itself, but is interested instead in why certain subjects are selected, why they are depicted the way they are, and what effects such images have on our idea of the past. This collection constitutes a ground-breaking study in historiography which radically reassesses the ways that history can be written.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781134546305
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/18/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 296
  • File size: 15 MB
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Meet the Author

Brian Leigh Molyneaux is Assistant Professor of Archaeology at the University of South Dakota.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of tables
List of contributors
General editor's preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction: the cultural life of images 1
1 Art, landscape, and the past: an artist's view 11
2 Drawing inferences: visual reconstructions in theory and practice 22
3 Things, and things like them 49
4 'To see is to have seen': craft traditions in British field archaeology 62
5 Photography and archaeology 73
6 Representation and reality in private tombs of the late eighteenth dynasty, Egypt: an approach to the study of the shape of meaning 108
7 Some Greek images of others 130
8 The art and archaeology of Custer's last battle 159
9 Revolutionary images: the iconic vocabulary for representing human antiquity 184
10 The power of the picture: the image of the ancient Gaul 213
11 Focusing on the past: visual and textual images of Aboriginal Australia in museums 230
12 The painter and prehistoric people: a 'hypothesis on canvas' 249
Index 263
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