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Memory and Material Culture

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Part of Topics in Contemporary Archaeology

  • Date Published: September 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521545518

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  • 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 artifacts as symbols by interpretative archaeologists and artifacts as units of information (or memes) by behavioral archaeologists, instead arguing for a treatment of artifacts 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.

    • Develops new theories
    • Contains detailed case studies
    • Integrates work on memory in archaeology with cognate disciplines including: anthropology, psychology, cognitive science
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    "Memory and Material is an engaging and valuable book." -Peter S. Wells, Journal of Anthropological Research

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521545518
    • length: 274 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 151 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.37kg
    • contains: 38 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Memory and material culture?
    2. From memory to commemoration
    3. People, time and remembrance
    4. Improvising culture
    5. Continuous houses, perpetual places
    6. Culture, citation and categorisation
    7. Chains of memory
    8. The art of memory
    9. Tracing the past
    10. Coda.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Critical Studies
    • Directions and Issues in Archaeology
  • Author

    Andrew Jones, University of Southampton
    Andrew Jones is a lecturer in archaeology at the University of Southampton. He is the author of Archaeological Theory and Scientific Practice and editor of Coloring the Past.

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