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qThis 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.q--Michael Brian Schiffer, author of The Material Life of Human Beings qThis 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.q--Wendy Ashmore, Professor of Anthropology, UC Riverside qA 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.'q--Graham Harman, author of The Quadruple Object... iPhone, Acne jeans, or Mini Cooper, our everyday dealings with most things take place in a mode of inconspicuous familiarity. ... Thus unless broken or missing, or in any other way interrupting our implicit expectation of service as usual, theanbsp;...

Author:Bjørnar Olsen
Publisher:Univ of California Press - 2012


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