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Coming to Senses: Topics in Sensory Archaeology

Coming to Senses: Topics in Sensory Archaeology (Hardback)

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Every culture conceives of the senses in different ways, establishing their own models and sensory hierarchies. Despite the importance of the senses in human experience, archaeology has generally neglected the sensory dimension of the material world. In response to this lacuna, the contributions to this volume incorporate all the senses in imaginative scenarios, in order to stimulate new ways of seeing and conceptualising archaeology and bring back the "self" to this science. The international character of the essays brought together here, including researchers and case studies from across the globe, provides a variety of perspectives on this topic from a number of scales of analysis. The book will appeal to a wide range of readers, including academic researchers and the general public concerned with archaeology, history, anthropology, and sociology, and will provide readers with a greater understanding of the dynamics of the senses, the relationship between narratives and societies, and the cultural world.

History & PoliticsArchaeologyArchaeological theoryHistory & PoliticsArchaeologyArchaeology by period / regionPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesCultural StudiesMaterial culture Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing Publication Date: 01/04/2015 ISBN-13: 9781443874236  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Jose Roberto Pellini is Associate Professor and Director of the Laboratory of Sensory Archaeology (LAS) at the Federal University of Sergipe, Brazil, and the Research Coordinator of the Museum of Archaeology of Xingo, Sergipe. He completed his PhD and his postdoctoral research projects at the University of Sao Paulo. Between 2008 and 2012, he was Director of Excavation of the Argentinean Mission in Luxor, Egypt. In recent years, he has dedicated himself to the study of sensory archaeology, landscape archaeology, memory, storytelling, and the relationship between illusion and reality. Andres Zarankin is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, and a Researcher at the National Council for Scientific and Technical Investigations (CONICET), Argentina. His main research interests include the archaeology of architecture, archaeological theory, and historical archaeology. He is the author and editor of a number of books, including Global Archaeological Theory: Contextual Voices and Contemporary Thoughts (with Pedro P. Funari and Emily Stovel, 2005) and Memories from Darkness: Archaeology of Repression and Resistance in Latin America (with Pedro P. Funari and Melisa A. Salerno, 2009). Melisa A. Salerno is a Researcher at the National Council for Scientific and Technical Investigations (CONICET), Argentina. She received her BA and PhD degrees from the University of Buenos Aires., and is particularly interested in historical archaeology, silenced groups, bodily experience, dress, subjectivities, and identities. She has published several books, including Arqueologia de la Indumentaria. Practicas e Identidad en los Confines del Mundo Moderno (2006); Memories from Darkness: Archaeology of Repression and Resistance in Latin America (with Pedro P. Funari and Andres Zarankin, 2009); and Historias Desaparecidas: Arqueologia, Memoria y Violencia Politica (with Andres Zarankin and Maria Celeste Perosino, 2012).

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