An Archaeology of the Senses: Prehistoric Malta

Hardcover | October 30, 2010

byRobin Skeates

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Despite the fundamental importance of the senses in human experience, archaeologists have, until recently, tended to neglect the abundant sensory dimensions of the material world they investigate, with the exception of the sense of sight, which has dominated archaeological theory and practice.In this book Robin Skeates establishes a well-defined methodology for an archaeology of the senses, produces a challenging new interpretative synthesis of Maltese prehistoric archaeology, and provides a rich archaeological case-study for the emergent interdisciplinary field of sensual culturestudies. Using the combined methods of reflexivity, inventory, experimentation, thick description, and creative writing, Skeates explores the senses of sight, sound, smell and taste, touch, spatiality, the emotions, and their synaesthesthic interplay. Over space, three particular types of sensorydomain are considered in detail within the wider context of the Maltese islandscape: dwelling places, monumental buildings, and the underworld. And over time the character, dynamism, and diversity of the successive sensual cultures of prehistoric Malta are defined.

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Despite the fundamental importance of the senses in human experience, archaeologists have, until recently, tended to neglect the abundant sensory dimensions of the material world they investigate, with the exception of the sense of sight, which has dominated archaeological theory and practice.In this book Robin Skeates establishes a we...

Dr. Robin Skeates is Senior Lecturer, Department of Archaeology at Durham University,

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:October 30, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199216606

ISBN - 13:9780199216604

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Towards an Archaeology of the Senses2. The Senses Restrained3. The Maltese Sensescape4. Dwelling Places5. Monumental Buildings6. The Underworld7. Conclusion: Making Sense of Prehistoric Malta