Prehistoric Materialities: Becoming Material in Prehistoric Britain and Ireland

Hardcover | August 31, 2012

byAndrew Meirion Jones

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Humans occupy a material environment that is constantly changing. Yet in the twentieth century archaeologists studying British prehistory have overlooked this fact in their search for past systems of order and pattern. Artefacts and monuments were treated as inert materials which were theoutcomes of social ideas and processes. As a result materials were variously characterized as stable entities such as artefact categories, styles or symbols in an attempt to comprehend them. In this book Jones argues that, on the contrary, materials are vital, mutable, and creative, and archaeologists need to attend to the changing character of materials if they are to understand how past people and materials intersected to produce prehistoric societies. Rather than consideringmaterials and societies as given, he argues that we need to understand how these entities are performed.Jones analyses the various aspects of materials, including their scale, colour, fragmentation, and assembly, in a wide-ranging discussion that covers the pottery, metalwork, rock art, passage tombs, barrows, causewayed enclosures, and settlements of Neolithic and Early Bronze Age Britain andIreland.

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Humans occupy a material environment that is constantly changing. Yet in the twentieth century archaeologists studying British prehistory have overlooked this fact in their search for past systems of order and pattern. Artefacts and monuments were treated as inert materials which were theoutcomes of social ideas and processes. As a res...

Andrew Jones is a Reader in Prehistoric Archaeology at the University of Southampton. He is the author of Archaeological Theory and Scientific Practice (2002), Memory and Material Culture (2007), editor of Prehistoric Europe: Theory and Practice (2008), and co-editor ,with G. Macgregor, of Colouring the Past (2002).

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.1 inPublished:August 31, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Preface1. An Archaeological Order2. Archaeology in Flux3. Materials and Scale4. Materials, Colour and Light5. Materials and Categories6. Materials and Assemblages7. Materials and Performances8. Presenting Three Artefacts9. Mutable ArchaeologiesReferencesIndex