Archaeology: The Discipline of Things

University of California Press, 19 nov. 2012 - 255 pagina's
“This book exhorts the reader to embrace the materiality of archaeology by recognizing how every step in the discipline’s scientific processes involves interaction with myriad physical artifacts, ranging from the camel-hair brush to profile drawings to virtual reality imaging. At the same time, the reader is taken on a phenomenological journey into various pasts, immersed in the lives of peoples from other times, compelled to engage their senses with the sights, smells, and noises of the publics and places whose remains they study. This is a refreshingly original and provocative look at the meaning of the material culture that lies at the foundation of the archaeological discipline.”—Michael Brian Schiffer, author of The Material Life of Human Beings

“This volume is a radical call to fundamentally rethink the ontology, profession, and practice of archaeology. The authors present a closely reasoned, epistemologically sound argument for why archaeology should be considered the discipline of things, rather than its more commonplace definition as the study of the human past through material traces. All scholars and students of archaeology will need to read and contemplate this thought-provoking book.”—Wendy Ashmore, Professor of Anthropology, UC Riverside

"A broad, illuminating, and well-researched overview of theoretical problems pertaining to archaeology. The authors make a calm defense of the role of objects against tedious claims of 'fetishism.'"—Graham Harman, author of The Quadruple Object

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Caring about Things
Contempt and Desire
The Making of Archaeology
Archaeology and Fieldwork
Documents and Imagery
Memory Practices and Digital Translation
From Argos to Mycenae and Beyond
Human Being and the Shape of History
A Material Metaphysics of Care

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Over de auteur (2012)

Bjørnar Olsen, Professor at the Institute of Archaeology at the University of Tromso.

Michael Shanks is Omar and Althea Hoskins Professor of Classics at Stanford.

Timothy Webmoor is Research Fellow in Science and Technology Studies at the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society at the University of Oxford.

Christopher Witmore is Associate Professor with the Department of Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures at Texas Tech University.

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