Neolithic and Copper Age stamps in the Balkans
A material and processual account of image making
in Images in the making
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This chapter offers a theoretically informed approach to the stamps and their imprints, in order to understand relational processes between various materials, images, humans and non-humans in the Neolithic and Copper Age Balkans. By drawing on assemblage theory (DeLanda 2016) and Vital Materialism (Bennett 2010), it explores distinct material engagements in which stamps, and their impressions, were involved in the creation of some harmonious and some dissonant connections and entanglements within more-than-human communities. It is argued that stamps covered things and bodies with new visual, textural and taste-sensory layers, transforming their properties either temporarily or more permanently. These new distinct assemblages – bodies/things-with-stamped-imagery – emerged through a process of vital material engagement governed by horizontal relations between humans and non-humans.

Images in the making

Art, process, archaeology

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