Material Mnemonics

Material Mnemonics

Everyday Memory in Prehistoric Europe

eBook - 2010
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David Brown Book Co
How did ancient Europeans materialise memory? Material Mnemonics: Everyday Practices in Prehistoric Europe provides a fresh approach to the archaeological study of memory.
How did ancient Europeans materialise memory? Material Mnemonics: Everyday Practices in Prehistoric Europe provides a fresh approach to the archaeological study of memory. Drawing on case studies from the British Isles, Scandinavia, central Europe, Greece, Italy and the Iberian Peninsula that date from the Neolithic through the Iron Age, the book's authors explore the implications of our understanding of the past when memory and mnemonic practices are placed in the center of cultural analyses. They discuss monument building, personal adornment, relic-making, mortuary rituals, the burning of bodies and houses and the maintenance of domestic spaces and structures over long periods of time. Material Mnemonics engages with contemporary debates on the intersection of memory, identity, embodiment, and power and challenges archaeologists to consider how materiality both provokes and constrains the mnemonic processes in everyday life.

Book News
Archaeologists in Europe and the US contribute to the current interest in prehistoric memory practices, memory sites, and material mnemonics. Their topics include the production and use of the engraved slate plaque-relics in the Iberian Neolithic, an embodied approach to the Late Bronze Age of central Macedonia, the mnemonics of central European Iron Age burial mounds, the remembrance of the past in Iron Age Scandinavia, and archaeology as a mnemonic practice. There is no index. Distributed in North America by The David Brown Book Co. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell UK
How did ancient Europeans materialise memory? Material Mnemonics: Everyday Memory in Prehistoric Europe provides a fresh approach to the archaeological study of memory. Drawing on case studies from the British Isles, Scandinavia, central Europe, Greece, Italy and the Iberian Peninsula that date from the Neolithic through the Iron Age, the authors explore the implications of our understanding of the past when memory and mnemonic practices are placed in the centre of cultural analyses. They discuss monument building, personal adornment, relic-making, mortuary rituals, the burning of bodies and houses and the maintenance of domestic spaces and structures over long periods of time. Material Mnemonics engages with contemporary debates on the intersection of memory, identity, embodiment, and power and challenges archaeologists to consider how materiality both provokes and constrains the mnemonic processes in everyday life.

Blackwell Publishing
Material Mnemonics: Everyday Memory in Prehistoric Europe provides a fresh approach to the archaeological study of memory. Drawing on case studies from the British Isles, Scandinavia, central Europe, Greece, Italy and the Iberian Peninsula that date from the Neolithic through the Iron Age, the authors explore the implications of our understanding of the past when memory and mnemonic practices are placed in the centre of cultural analyses. They discuss monument building, personal adornment, relic-making, mortuary rituals, the burning of bodies and houses and the maintenance of domestic spaces and structures over long periods of time. Material Mnemonics engages with contemporary debates on the intersection of memory, identity, embodiment, and power and challenges archaeologists to consider how materiality both provokes and constrains the mnemonic processes in everyday life.

Publisher: Oxford ; Oakville, CT : Oxbow Books, ©2010
ISBN: 9781842177853
1842177850
Characteristics: 1 online resource (199 pages) : illustrations, maps

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