HIST FROM THINGS
Steven D. Lubar, W. D. Kingery
Smithsonian, Apr 17, 1993 - History - 300 pages
This title explores the emerging field of material culture and demonstrates that the study of artifacts can disclose important facts about past cultures. Eighteen essays describe how to "read" artifacts, how to "listen" to landscapes and locations, and how to apply methods and theories to historical inquiry to reconstruct and reinterpret the past.
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Why We Need Things
Some Matters of Substance
The interpretation of Artifacts
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Aaron American analysis archaeological context archaeology artifacts artisans behavior beliefs Bellefonte bloomery carved cemetery century B.C. ceramic chair Charles Willson Peale Chinese chlorite clay collections context Coolidge family cultural landscape decoration ding early economic engine essays evidence example Folklore Freer hu function gardens genealogy Georgian groups Harappan historians History from Things House human important inscriptions intercultural style vessels interpretation iron Jessica Rawson Kingery locomotive Lubar machines maiolica manufacture MarhaSi Maryland State House material culture meaning Mesopotamia metaphor Michael Owen Ming dynasty models Mohenjo-daro motifs Museum Native Americans natural nineteenth century objects painting park past pattern blocks pattern language Peale Peale's period political pottery production Prown reflect relationships ritual role scholars Shang shape significance slag social society steatite stone structure suggest symbolic teapot technique Tepe Yahya texts tion town traditional understanding University Press values York Zhou