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Object Stories: Artifacts and Archaeologists

Object Stories: Artifacts and Archaeologists (Hardback)

Edited by Brown, Steve
Edited by Clarke, Annie
Edited by Frederick, Ursula

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Twenty-five archaeologists each tell an intimate story of their experience and entanglement with an evocative artifact.

ISBN 9781611323832
Barcode 9781611323832
Published 1 December 2014 by Left Coast Press Inc
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781611323832
ISBN-10 1611323835
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Left Coast Press Inc
Imprint Left Coast Press Inc
Publication Date 1 December 2014
International Publication Date 31 December 2014
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) Edited by Brown, Steve
Edited by Clarke, Annie
Edited by Frederick, Ursula
Category Cultural Studies
Archaeological Methodology & Techniques
Number of Pages 246
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 20mm
Weight 544g
Interest Age 19+ years
Reading Age 19+ years
Library of Congress Archaeologists, Archaeology - Methodology, Archaeology - Social aspects, Material culture - Social aspects, Antiquities - Collection and preservation - Social aspects
NBS Text Archaeology
ONIX Text College/higher education
Dewey Code 930.1
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

Archaeologists are synonymous with artifacts. With artifacts we construct stories concerning past lives and livelihoods, yet we rarely write of deeply personal encounters, of the way the lives of objects and our lives become enmeshed. In this volume 25 archaeologists each tell an intimate story of their experience and entanglement with an evocative artifact. They range from a New Britain obsidian tool to an abandoned Viking toy boat, the marble finger of a classical Greek statue and ordinary pottery fragments from Roman England and Polynesia. Other tales cover contemporary objects, including a toothpick, bell, door, and the blueprint for a 1970s motorcar. These creative stories are self-consciously personal; they derive from real world encounter viewed through the peculiarities and material intimacy of archaeological practice. This text can be used in undergraduate and graduate courses focused on archaeological interpretation, material culture, as well as archaeological theory.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review So, please, join me in applauding and savouring and launching this beguiling, witty, valuable book, this loving book about objects and the value they bring to the world. Ross Gibson, Centenary Professor of Creative & Cultural Research, University of Canberra, Australia. 14 May 2015

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Author's Bio

Steve Brown is a Cultural Heritage Researcher with the New South Wales government, Australia and a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney, Australia. Steve's research interests include the intangible values of landscape (particularly around attachment, belonging and place); the heritage of ephemeral and 'ordinary' physical traces of history across landscapes; applied approaches to managing heritage values of biocultural landscapes; and the heritage of landscapes with the imprint of Indigenous and colonial settler interaction. Steve has recently authored Cultural Landscapes: A Practical Guide for Park Management (2010). Anne (Annie) Clarke is a Senior Lecturer in Heritage Studies and Archaeology at the University of Sydney. Annie's current research interests include the art and archaeology of cross-cultural interactions; mark-making practices at colonial/settler sites of immigration, incarceration and internment; the textual analysis of interpretive signage in protected areas; archaeological approaches to the analysis of ethnographic museum collections; and the creation of archaeological narratives. Her most recent book is Unpacking the Collection: Networks of Material and Social Agency in the Museum , co-edited with Sarah Byrne, Rodney Harrison and Robin Torrence (Springer 2011). Ursula Frederick is an artist and archaeologist based at the Australian National University, Canberra. Her doctoral research (in progress) concerns the art and aesthetics of car cultures. Ursula's broader research interests include visual and material culture and the study of mark-making practices across cultures and time.

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