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The material constitution of humanness

  • John C. Barrett

This contribution responds to recent calls to establish a ‘symmetrical archaeology’ that will assign agency both to humans and to things. My case is that living and non-living things should be distinguished, and for archaeology to be particularly concerned with the ways different qualities of humanness have been constituted in the symbiotic relationships between Homo sapiens and other living and non-living things.

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*John C. Barrett, Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield, UK. E-mail:
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