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- DescriptionWe take for granted the survival into the present of artifacts from the past. Indeed the discipline of archaeology would be impossible without the survival of such artifacts. What is the implication of the durability or ephemerality of past material culture for the reproduction of societies in the past? 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 artifactual and architectural forms.
- Author BiographyAndrew 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.
- Author(s)Andrew Meirion Jones
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication10/09/2007
- Series TitleTopics in Contemporary Archaeology
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note38 b/w illus.
- Weight370 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine152 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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