Object Stories: Artifacts and Archaeologists

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Steve Brown, Anne Clarke, Ursula Frederick
Routledge, Jun 16, 2016 - Social Science - 246 pages
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Archaeologists are synonymous with artifacts. With artifacts we construct stories concerning past lives and livelihoods, yet we rarely write of deeply personal encounters or of the way the lives of objects and our lives become enmeshed. In this volume, 23 archaeologists each tell an intimate story of their experience and entanglement with an evocative artifact. Artifacts 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 and theory, as well as on material culture and story-telling.
 

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Contents

List of Illustrations
Naughtiness on the Mission
On Toothpicks and Elephants
Marooned The Old People a Dolphin and a Model Canoe
Karmas Fathers
Biography and Identity in Early
My Captivation with the American Tintype
Can Door Heritage
Reflections from a Follower of Whales
The Impact
A Song of Electrons
Fragments Towards a Nonlinear History
The Materiality of Plainware Pottery in Polynesia
Enter Sandman
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