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Prehistoric Materialities: Becoming Material in Prehistoric Britain and Ireland

Andrew Meirion Jones


Humans occupy a material environment that is constantly changing. Yet in the twentieth century, archaeologists studying British prehistory have overlooked this fact in their search for past systems of order and pattern. Artefacts and monuments were treated as inert materials which were the outcomes of social ideas and processes. As a result materials were variously characterized as stable entities, such as artefact categories, styles, or symbols in an attempt to comprehend them. This book argues that, on the contrary, materials are vital, mutable, and creative; and archaeologists need to atten ... More

Keywords: material, pottery, metalwork, rock art, passage tomb, barrows, causewayed enclosure, Neolithic, Early Bronze Age, Britain

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199556427
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199556427.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Meirion Jones, author
Reader in Archaeology, University of Southampton