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An Archaeology of Interaction: Network Perspectives on Material Culture and Society

Carl Knappett


Think of a souvenir from a foreign trip, or an heirloom passed down the generations — distinctive individual artefacts allow us to think and act beyond the proximate, across both space and time. While this makes anecdotal sense, what does scholarship have to say about the role of artefacts in human thought? Surprisingly, material culture research tends to focus on individual artefacts. But objects rarely stand independently from one another; they are interconnected in complex constellations. This book asserts that it is such ‘networks of objects’ that instil objects with their power, enabling ... More

Keywords: material culture, object network, Bronze Age, human society, human interaction, network thinking, societal disorientation

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199215454
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199215454.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carl Knappett, author
Walter Graham/ Homer Thompson Professor of Aegean Prehistory, Department of Art, University of Toronto

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Part I Interaction, Materiality, and Scale

Part II Networks in Practice: From Micro to Macro

Part III Why Networks? Objects, Things, and Time

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