Wrapping and Unwrapping Material Culture: Archaeological and Anthropological Perspectives

1st Edition

Susanna Harris, Laurence Douny

Routledge
Published September 1, 2014
Reference - 245 Pages
ISBN 9781611328875 - CAT# Y287970
Series: UCL Institute of Archaeology Publications

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Summary

This innovative volume challenges contemporary views on material culture by exploring the relationship between wrapping materials and practices and the objects, bodies, and places that define them. Using examples as diverse as baby swaddling, Egyptian mummies, Celtic tombs, lace underwear, textile clothing, and contemporary African silk, the dozen archaeologist and anthropologist contributors show how acts of wrapping and unwrapping are embedded in beliefs and thoughts of a particular time and place. Employing methods of artifact analysis, microscopy, and participant observation, the contributors provide a new lens on material culture and its relationship to cultural meaning.

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