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Art, process, archaeology

This book presents a study of material images and asks how an appreciation of the making and unfolding of images and art alters archaeological accounts of prehistoric and historic societies. With contributions focusing on case studies including prehistoric Britain, Scandinavia, Iberia, the Americas and Dynastic Egypt, and including contemporary reflections on material images, it makes a novel contribution to ongoing debates relating to archaeological art and images. The book offers a New Materialist analysis of archaeological imagery, with an emphasis on considering the material character of images and their making and unfolding. The book reassesses the predominantly representational paradigm of archaeological image analysis and argues for the importance of considering the ontology of images. It considers images as processes or events and introduces the verb ‘imaging’ to underline the point that images are conditions of possibility that draw together differing aspects of the world. The book is divided into three sections: ‘Emergent images’, which focuses on practices of making; ‘Images as process’, which examines the making and role of images in prehistoric societies; and ‘Unfolding images’, which focuses on how images change as they are made and circulated. The book features contributions from archaeologists, Egyptologists, anthropologists and artists. The contributors to the book highlight the multiple role of images in prehistoric and historic societies, demonstrating that archaeologists need to recognise the dynamic and changeable character of images.

Catherine J. Frieman

, South America, the Mediterranean, southwest Asia, North Africa, Central Asia, South Asia, and East Asia. He later revised this model, recognizing three distinct regions within South America (in the Northern Andes, in the Amazon, and in coastal Chile) and adding North American and southeast Asian/Indonesian regions. Figure 2.1 A parsimonious model of the locations of specific hearths of plant domestication. Archaeological research within these regions has sought to identify the chronological phase in which agriculture commenced, and the reason or reasons for

in An archaeology of innovation
James Clifford

its marketability – is much diminished these days. The deeper reasons for this state of affairs are beyond my present scope. But a tendency to abandon anthropology, ethnology or Völkerkunde as museums rename themselves is worth noting. The UBC Museum of Anthropology is now called ‘MOA: A place for world arts and cultures’. An important factor in its rebranding exercise was the reluctance of wealthy Asian populations in Vancouver to fund a new extension devoted to Asian art. The great civilisations of Asia did not belong, they thought, in an anthropology museum! Now

in Curatopia
Vilsoni Hereniko

globalisation appears to be dependent on funding, location, focus, leadership and openness to change. Museums today should have two presences: one physical, the other virtual. A virtual presence is recommended for relatively well-funded museums in developed countries, such as those in North America, Europe and Asia. These are countries that are most likely to have the human and financial resources to make their collection of Pacific Islands treasures housed in their exhibitions or basements available to people from Oceania. Not everyone has the means to leave the comfort of

in Curatopia
The permeable clusters of Hanna Rydh
Elisabeth Arwill-Nordbladh

archaeologist specialising in Asian religion as well as Celtic and Germanic prehistory and early history. Hubert also gave lectures in primitive European religion at the École Pratique des Hautes Études and in national archaeology at the École du Louvre. In the 1890s Hubert met Marcel Mauss, who introduced him to the ideas of Émile Durkheim, Mauss’ uncle. Hubert and Mauss became close friends and joined in creative collaborations. They were both deeply engaged in Durkheim’s project the periodical L’Année Sociologique (Mauss, 1983: 149; Isambert, 1983: 154; Schnapp, 1996: 59

in Communities and knowledge production in archaeology
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Antonín Salač and the French School at Athens
Thea De Armond

5 A romance and a tragedy: Antonín Salač and the French School at Athens Thea De Armond Defined, in culture-historical fashion, as the regions occupied by the ancient Greeks and Romans, the ‘Classical world’ once spanned much of Europe and parts of Asia and Africa.1 The study of the Classical world – in particular, its archaeology – has been somewhat more limited in geographical scope, or rather, its most prominent forebears tend to hail from only a few places, namely Germany, Great Britain, France and, perhaps, the United States of America (see Dyson, 2006

in Communities and knowledge production in archaeology
Nicholas Thomas

only of and to ‘cultures’ in various remote parts of the world, and to the ‘cultures’ of (for example) West African and South Asian immigrants, they also evoke engagements between the dominant (and itself heterogeneous) British population and the rest of the world over the last few hundred years. MAA in Cambridge is, as much as anything else, a museum of the formation of modern Britain, from a vantage point that may appear oblique, for those with a more traditional understanding of ‘English’ history, yet one that must also be considered fundamental, given the

in Curatopia
The last Saite ruler, Psamtek III
Roger Forshaw

years, it developed around 550 BC with the rapid conquests of Cyrus the Great (559–530 BC), who went on to defeat the Babylonians in 539 BC. The territory continued to expand under his son, Cambyses II (530–522 BC), and eventually became more powerful than the earlier Babylonian and Assyrian Empires it replaced. By 522 BC, less than thirty years from its founding, the Persian Empire extended from the First Cataract in Egypt’s south to the Aegean coast and then eastwards to Central Asia. It was to become the largest ‘world empire’ known up to that time.2 Cambyses, on

in Egypt of the Saite pharaohs, 664–525 BC
Essam El Saeed

: Egyptian Literature. Proceedings of the Symposium Ancient Egyptian Literature: History and Forms’, Los Angeles, March 24–26, 1995 (Göttingen: Seminar für Ägyptologie und Koptologie), 17–41. Borghouts, J. F. (2008), ‘Trickster gods in the Egyptian pantheon’, in S. E. Thompson and P. Der Manuelian (eds.), Egypt and Beyond: Essays Presented to Leonard H. Lesko upon his Retirement from the Wilbour Chair of Egyptology at Brown University, June 2005 (Providence: Department of Egyptology and Ancient Western Asian Studies), 41–8. Broze, M. (1996), Mythe et roman en Égypte

in Mummies, magic and medicine in ancient Egypt
Foreign relations and internal reforms
Roger Forshaw

Petrie in 1886. In antiquity, the locality occupied a strategic position near the end of the ancient caravan land route from Syria–Palestine and would have been an ideal and easily provisioned starting point for expeditions towards Asia. Late in Psamtek’s reign a series of citadels and strongholds were constructed on the Levantine coast during the short period of Egyptian occupation there.13 One such garrison is that at Mezad Hashavyahu, on the coast, not far from Ashdod, where Greek pottery of the period 625–600 BC attests the presence of Greek occupants (see p. 82

in Egypt of the Saite pharaohs, 664–525 BC